Karen Stephenson


South River is truly a fine destination to visit and/or use as a home base while exploring  Algonquin or Mikisew Provincial Parks.
Campers can select a site in the 300-acre mixed forest of Mikisew, located 16 kilometres west of town, with its three beaches and boat launch. Head out on an amazing canoe journey into Algonquin Park by launching your canoe on Lake Kawawaymog (Round Lake) entrance to the park. Vehicles can be left at this entrance, located 20 kilometres east of South River. 
Signs on Eagle Lake Road will lead explorers to South River's area trails on the Old Nipissing Road, through the old Rye settlement and along the shores of Eagle, Bray and King Lakes.
South River downtown provides shopping with its grocery and convenience stores, real estate agency, gas bar, medical centre, pharmacy, beer and liquor stores, local craft brewery and more! An ample number of shops and galleries present local creations like paintings, sculpture, photography, pottery, glasswork, porcelain dolls, handcrafted knives, accommodations, herbal and aromatherapy products.
Come, stay and play a day in beautiful South River!

Check out Explore South River for more details on events and information about the Almaguin Highlands! Find Explore South River Online at Home - Explore South River and on the app store!


The Explore South River Community Project was created to highlight all of the amazing places to experience arts, culture, recreation, learning and entertainment, as well as traveler-centric assets like where to eat, sleep, and adventure on the doorstep of Algonquin Park.
Located within the beautiful Almaguin Highlands just north of Muskoka, South River is a little village with a big heart. Home to one of the province’s most northerly craft breweries, a magical crystal shop and artisan village, never ending trails, parks, canoe routes, artist studios and so much more – there is no end when it comes to exploring this hidden gem. A true paradise for locals, artists, crafters, sportsmen and tourists alike.
Funded in part by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) in addition to community contributions in the form of donations, memberships and sponsorships, several pieces of the project will come to life in 2020, including but not limited to:
Creating a print and digital map of all South River area art, recreation, culture, learning and entertainment assets as well as traveller centric assets like where to eat, sleep and a variety of parks and trails to enjoy: Forgotten Trails, Forgotten Tales, Walking & Bike trails, Snowmobile, etc.
Creating interpretive panels of historical and cultural stories from the area which will be anchored on the land in various locations
Creating multimedia versions of the stories in photo, text, audio, video
Linking to online media that comes to like at the panels on handheld devices
Creating an inclusive events calendar of all public arts, recreation, culture, entertainment and events happening in the South River area.
Stop by for some amazing local history, stories, local events, hidden gems to discover and more. Now is the time to Explore South River.
This page is managed by PARC Association and moderated by volunteers. Get in touch if you’d like to help out!

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.

The Village of South River is great starting point to ride the trails in the Almaguin highlands with the c105D Trail running right through town, pick up your trail map at the municipal office located at 63 Marie Street, South River! For more information regarding snowmobiling, maps, trails conditions and permit information in the area please visit the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs website and the Near North Snow drifters website.

For additional information regarding ATVing in the area please visit the Ontario Trails website.

Visit Outdoor Adventures ATV to book your next off-road adventure and trail guide!

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