Pancake Bay Provincial Park in Ontario is a gorgeous gem to consider for your next road trip or getaway, boasting a long stretch of sandy beach and striking turquoise water.
Although the quiet park is quite far away, nearly 8.5 hours drive or 78 km north of Sault Ste. Marie, it is an enchanting destination for an overnight getaway, with so much natural beauty to explore.
Located on the eastern shore of Lake Superior, Pancake Bay encompasses 490 hectares, with unique vegetation as many of the plant species are at their northern limits.
The park got its delicious name from old folk stories, which told of voyageurs in the 1700s and 1800s preparing batches of pancakes from their provisions as they travelled from the bay to Sault Ste. Marie.
Seemingly to go on forever, its sandy beach stretches 3.5 km long and is often rated as one of the best beaches in the province. While the water is cold, it does provide a refreshing dip on hot summer days and is great for other water activities, like canoeing and kayaking.
Facing west, visitors might also be blessed with a beautiful sunset across the bay, and a starry sky with minimal light pollution.
There is also a beautiful hiking path with a panoramic view of the lake from a lookout point found within the Edmund Fitzgerald Lookout Trail.
For those interested in spending the night, Pancake Bay Provincial Park offers 338 campsites, including RV sites, car camping, and yurts for a little additional comfort.
Camping reservations can be made online, and you will need a daily vehicle permit. Vehicle permits can be made up to five days in advance to guarantee your spot.