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French River

French River Provincial Park

Barrier Free

The French River Visitor Centre has barrier-free access.

Boat Launch(es)

The majority of boat access to the French River is through private marinas and lodges. Launching fees are required. There is no river access from the Visitor Centre.

Day Use

Picnic tables are available at the Visitor Centre.

Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are available at the Visitor Centre.

Park Store

A Park Store is located at the Visitor Centre and sells maps, gifts and souvenirs.


Private canoe and kayak rentals are available at a number of locations along the river. There are no rentals available with Ontario Parks.

Visitor Centre

A recipient of the Governor-General’s Architectural Award for public buildings in 2010, the French River Visitor Centre is located at the junction of the French River and Highway #69 – about 65 km south of Sudbury.

The Visitor Centre’s exhibits showcase the rich history of First Nations, French and English cultures that have lived, worked and travelled these waters over the centuries, as well as the river’s plants, wildlife and unique landscapes. The Centre offers local tourist information and a wide variety of specially selected gift and souvenir items at the Ontario Parks store.

Visitor Centre Hours

Open for the season - May Long weekend
Spring: open Thursday to Monday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (closed Tuesday and Wednesday)
Summer: open 7 days a week 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Fall: open Thursday to Monday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday)
Closed for the season - Thanksgiving Sunday