Guelph Lake Camping

For campsite booking, visit  Grand River Parks Campsite Reservations. The GRCA will open up online booking for the Hillside weekend on March 2nd, 2020.

All camping is organized by Guelph Lake Conservation Area staff. Click here for a brochure that includes a map of the park. Two types of campsites are offered over the weekend:

  • "Regular" Conservation Area Camping: These are traditional campsites (with fire pit and picnic table) clustered in a campground. They can be booked in advance and generally sell out very quickly.
  • "Festival" Field Camping: These are sites created in the fields along Hall Road (see map link above) specifically for the festival weekend. Permits for festival field campsites are good for the entire Hillside weekend (Thursday at 9am to Monday at noon). You are allowed up to 6 people and one vehicle to a site. There are plenty of Festival Field Camping sites available and so there will be sites available to purchase upon arrival at the festival.

Camping FAQ

Q: How big are Festival Field Camping sites?
A: These sites are 20ft x 20ft. You are allowed 6 people per site and one car.

Q: We have 6 people on our site and two cars. One car is parking on our site, what do we do with the second?
A: The second car may be parked in the Hillside Festival parking area with the purchase of a weekend parking pass. The parking lot is located directly beside and across from our festival camping.

Q: Is Festival Field Camping appropriate for our family with young kids?
Absolutely! When you arrive, request to be placed in quiet camping. That way your little ones will be well rested to spend their day splashing around in the lake and checking out our Rainbow Stage

Q: How do you get from Festival Field Camping to the festival site?
The festival parking lot is located right next to and across from our Festival Field Camping sites. Our shuttle buses coming from downtown Guelph stop here to pick up patrons who have parked their car or are staying in Festival Camping and take them down to the island. There is also a gorgeous, green pathway you can take from camping to the festival site. It's a 15-minute walk, roughly.

Q: Are there bathrooms and showers available in Festival Field Camping?
Festival Field Camping is equipped with porta-potties. You also have full access to the washrooms and showers that are available to all Guelph Lake campers. Another perk of Festival Field Camping is that we do our best to ensure a coffee/food vendor is open in the morning! The vendor will be in the parking area next to the festival field campsites.

Q: Can we park our RV in Festival Field Camping?
Yes, you definitely can. Unfortunately, there are no hook-ups available and your RV has to fit within the 20ft x 20ft dimensions.

Q: The traditional campsites are sold out and I missed buying my Festival Camping site on March 2nd. How do I ensure I get a site?
Guelph Lake Conservation Area has a ton of Festival Camping sites. In fact, they never sell out. If you missed your chance to purchase them online, and don't live near Guelph, you may purchase them in person on the day you arrive. Never fear: there will be plenty of festival sites to purchase upon arrival at the festival. We promise!