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A popular activity for local children and those cottaging in the area is the South River - Machar Day Camp.

This program is administered by the Village of South River and is held at the Hockey Opportunity Camp facility on Eagle Lake.  Free transportation is provided along a designated route.

Cancelled for 2022.


Volunteer Form can be found here

Please forward completed form to


Drop off at the South River Municipal Office at 63 Marie Street, South River


Using the walking trail signs around the community as a reference, residents and visitors can get in some daily exercise.  Visit this link for an 8 WEEK WALKING PROGRAMME to help with your fitness goals.     

Also available is a series of marked trails form the 'Forgottern Trails'.  For more information about the Forgotten Trails, visit the Discovery Routes website.

drawn map of Loxton Beaver Trail, part of Forgotten Trails

Enjoy some of the Forgotten Trails on your bike or local backroads for an enjoyable ride.

Enjoy a sunset or sunrise on the South River in your canoe, kayak or SUP.  There are lots of interesting natural features of the river to explore.

 scenic view of the South River from the causeway

Try your luck on the South River or one of the many lakes in the region.  Remember to follow all regulations and get your license.  Read about opportunities to fish license-free at

 boat launch at Tom Thomson Park

Ride the trails in the Almaguin Highlands for day trips or part of a multi-day ride.  Visit the Near North Snow Drifters for maps, trail conditions, permit information and more.

With two provincial parks nearby, there's plenty of opportunity to experience the great outdoors. 

South River is a neighbour to 2 provincial parks with Mikisew Provincial Park 12 kilometers to the west and a paddling entrance to the world renowned Algonquin Park only 20 kilometers to the east.

Mikisew offers sandy beaches on beautiful Eagle Lake.  Nearby trails provide opportunity for hiking and are part of the Forgotten Trails.

Paddling and fishing enthusiasts can appreciate the multitude of options in the backcountry of Algonquin.  Private outfitters located near this access point can equip you or even guide you through your Algonquin experience. A different type of Algonquin experience can be found along the Highway 60 corridor with an assortment of campgrounds, trails, museum and more.

Visit the Ontario Parks website for more information about Mikisew Provincial Park and Algonquin Backcountry Camping.  Additional information about Algonquin park can be found on the official site for Friends of Algonquin Park.

Read about bear safety here.

Pickleball South River at the tennis courts

The Village of South River Skate Park open to all ages.

Located on Dufferin Street beside the community gardens.