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 (starting March 2nd at 9 a.m.) 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 to Monday. You are allowed up to 6 people and one vehicle to a site. Advance booking will be available online and at the park gate on May 1st. However, there are plenty of Festival Field Camping sites 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?
Since the field sites are located near the festival parking lot, you can take advantage of the free shuttle buses running between the parking lot and the causeway. There is also a gorgeous, green pathway you can take from the parking and field camping area 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. 

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 couldn't book a Festival Field site on March 2nd. How do I ensure I get a site?
Guelph Lake Conservation Area has a ton of Festival Field sites. In fact, they never sell out. If you want to book ahead, though, the GRCA will make them available online and at the park gate beginning May 1st. Never fear: there will be plenty of festival sites to purchase upon arrival at the festival. We promise!