Backcountry Campsite Reservations - Haliburton Highlands Water Trails

  • Camping permits are required for backcountry campsites in both the Frost Centre and Poker Lakes Canoe Route areas.
  • To make, change or cancel a backcountry campsite reservation, or to view campsite availability on a map click here, this will take you to our online reservation page
  • We do experience a high volume of calls, unless reserving a canoe, booking online will be the most accessible option. 
  • Reservations can also be made by phone at 1-866-364-4498, 8am – 9pm, 7 days a week.
  • For route and itinerary suggestions, including points of interest click here

Reservation information 

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Reservations are sReserve Now Button to take you to the Water Trails Reservations pageite and date specific, meaning that you can choose what site you will stay on in advance.  The on-line reservation system allows you to make reservations as well as browse maps, view campsite photos and check availability of campsites.

All reservations require full payment upon booking and reservations by phone or the online reservation system are only payable by Visa or MasterCard.

Once a reservation is completed you will receive a confirmation email which serves as your campsite permit, you are not required to register onsite upon entering the area, you can go directly to your access point. This email also has important details on area rules and regulations, safety considerations, driving directions and other information relative to your trip, be sure to read it.  Please carry a copy of your confirmation email on you at all times while camping and traveling in the area and produce to staff upon request. A digital copy on your device is fine. 

Camping Fees - All taxes are extra Per Night Disabled
Per Adult (age 18 or older) $12.83 50% of rate
Seniors (age 60+) $10.44  
Per Youth (age 6-17) $5.93 50% of rate
Per Child (age 5 and younger) $0.00 $0.00
Per Group Campsite (11-16 people) $162.33 50% of rate
Reservation Fees (non-refundable) Fee
To make or change a reservation     $10.00

All fees are subject to change.

Reservation Policies

  • Campsite capacities are restricted to a maximum of 4, 6, or 10 persons. Group sites are unavailable to family and/or friend groups.
  • Group Campsites are specifically and only for organizations which provide and specialize in outdoor education and/or wilderness tripping. Typically, these organizations have accreditation with a governing body such as the Ontario Camps Association, Scouts Canada or similar; a curriculum and  mandate related to back country camping; guides and instructors certified in wilderness first aid and backcountry camping related instruction; insurance for leading backcountry camping expeditions; and a publically open enrollment process.  The process for an organization to be approved for group site reservations requires that a member of the organization be listed as the main contact and be solely responsible for all bookings related to that organization and for ensuring that the organization understands and accepts all risks and liability associated with leading groups on back country trips.  If you represent an organization meeting the aforementioned criteria and you would like to reserve Group Campsites with the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails, please contact the trails office at 705-766-9033 or email We will ask you a series of questions about your organization to determine your eligibility. No consideration will be given to large groups of family/friends.
  • Reservations can be made in advance up to the day of arrival for the entire camping season.
  • Multiple reservations in the same name for the same time period are not allowed (except for Agents of approved organizations).
  • A campsite may be reserved and occupied for a maximum of 6 consecutive nights and 7 days.
  • Reservations cannot be assigned from one person to another without changing the reservation.
  • For any change to a reservation, a non-refundable administrative fee will be charged.
  • Check in time - Reserved campsites can be occupied starting at 12:00 noon (EST) on scheduled day of arrival. You do not have to check in before proceeding to your campsite. 
  • Checkout time - campsites must be vacated before 12:00 noon (EST) on the date of departure.
  • Cancellations and changes to the arrival date must be made by 12:00 noon (EST) on the scheduled day of arrival.
  • Reservations are only held until 12:00 noon (EST) the day following your scheduled arrival date. Reservations not claimed by this time will be considered a “no show”.

Payment Policies

  • Full payment is required at the time of reservation.
  • Payment may be made by Visa, MasterCard, debit or cash (in person); for Call Centre or Internet reservations payment is by Visa or MasterCard only.
  • Cheques and Money Orders must be received within 14 days of making your reservation to confirm your campsite and at least 21 days prior to your arrival date. Postage fees are the responsibility of the patron. 
  • NSF/cancelled cheques will void your reservation immediately and be subject to an administration fee.
  • Please make cheques payable to the Township of Algonquin Highlands.  Please indicate the HHWT reservation/booking number on the back of the cheque.

Refund Policies

COVID-19 Lockdown Refund Policy:

  • If provincially mandated COVID-19 regulations require that campsites be closed, a refund for the required cancellation will be provided for all fees EXCEPT the non-refundable $10 reservation fee, which will be forfeit. If a COVID-19 lockdown related cancellation is required, a customer service representative will be in contact with you to process the cancellation and refund.

The following refund policies apply at all other times:

  • For cancellation notices given 1 week (7 days) or more in advance of date of arrival, a 60% refund will be issued, for notices less than 1 week from date of arrival a 40% refund will be issued.
  • A “no show” will result in the reservation being cancelled with no refund.
  • Under extenuating circumstances (member of camping party is seriously ill, death in the immediate family), campers may be eligible for a full refund.  Conditions such as weather, high insect populations, etc. DO NOT constitute a valid reason for a refund.  To apply for a refund, please contact our staff at the Trails Office at 705-766-9033.

What is a 'backcountry' campsite?

All of the campsites in the HHWT are backcountry. This means that they are remote, rugged and offer no amenities beyond a stone fire pit and wooden privy box, which is an open air style outhouse. Access points are in remote areas and far from amenities such as grocery stores, visitors should come prepared with everything they need. Travelling in the backcountry is a very rewarding experience which requires careful planning and preparation. Canoe tripping can be a physically and mentally challenging activity that requires adequate levels of fitness. Trippers should have experience and knowledge in navigating wild areas by map, compass and GPS and the safety considerations associated with it. Choose routes that match your comfort level and ability. Be prepared for emergencies and unforeseen circumstances.