Aaron Provincial Park is 116.7 ha in area and supports a rich ecological and cultural history. Ancient Aboriginal peoples used Thunder Lake as a historic food collection area and Thunder Creek as a canoe route. In the 1880s the Canadian Pacific Railway was constructed next to the present park site and was instrumental in opening the area to settlement in the 1900s. Over time, Thunder Lake became an increasingly popular recreational site, and the need for a park here became apparent.
When a tract of homestead land reverted to the Crown in 1935, the site of the park was determined. The park was originally developed as a work campsite park by the Department of Northern Development in 1935. It provided recreational use for travellers and greater numbers of local residents.
Budget constraints led to the closing of Aaron Park in the mid 1990s. In 1998 Aaron Provincial Park was re-opened by the Ministry of Natural Resources (Ontario Parks) in co-operation with the City of Dryden. Since then, the City of Dryden has pursued the operation of the campground, ensuring that the Park remains open to campers and day users. All of Ontario Parks policies and regulations still apply, and revenues remain in the Park to help offset operating costs and infrastructure upgrades. The Park's visitation has been steadily increasing. Top quality customer service and a dedication by all involved have resulted in a clean, peaceful family campground.
The park also offers Ontario Parks merchandise for sale. Ice, pop, firewood as well as canoe and bicycle rentals are easily accessible at the recently renovated Gate House.
Although Aaron Park has no social or interpretive programs at this time, special groups, such as school classes, scouts, brownies and service clubs, may arrange to have guided tours of the nature trails. Please contact the Park staff at (807) 938-6534 for details!
Sandy beaches, playgrounds and the clear, shallow waters of ancient Thunder Lake near Dryden make Aaron an ideal family stop for swimming, boating and fishing. Hiking trails wind through white cedar and aspen forests, and double as ski trails in winter. Spring is great for trout fishing.
Aaron Provincial Park
City of Dryden
30 Van Horne Avenue
Dryden, ON P8N 2A7
May - September
October - April
Winter Phone: 807-223-1425
Winter Fax: 807-223-6989