Where to Go Camping in Ontario
By Elli Davis, August 24, 2012
When I was a child, I didn’t have an iPhone, an iPod, or the Internet, and today I can say I am thankful for that. I remember spending my summer days outside, with occasional breaks for lunch or dinner. Today’s kids should also experience warm days outside, away from all the technology, I believe. If you are running out of ideas on how to entertain your children (and yourself) out of your home, here is an idea for you. Have you thought about going camping? If you have not, I hope this article will serve as inspiration. It introduces a couple of amazing camping sites all over Ontario.
Fisherman’s Cove Tent & Trailer Park
13 Southline Ave., RR#4, Kincardine
It was in 1971 when the McArthur family moved to Fisherman’s Cove Tent and Trailer Park, then consisting of 150 acres of rolling land and 200 acres of lake. A lot has changed since that time (the McArthurs planted about 100,000 trees in the area, for instance) and the place now is one of the most wonderful campsites in our province. Importantly, “at Fisherman’s Cove you aren’t just another pretty face, you are part of the family,” but that is not all.
Being surrounded by an amazing forest with deer, birds, and other forms of wildlife, near a lake with fabulous pike and bass fishing certainly sounds appealing. Those who cannot imagine spending so much time in nature will also find the amenities they need including; indoor pools, clean restrooms, a whirlpool, and a recreation hall. Furthermore, there are many events based around kids as well as four playgrounds. Check out the website to see the price for the services that interest you. Have fun!
Wildwood Golf & RV Resort
11112 Concession Road 11, McGregor
The “relaxing atmosphere and the peaceful scenery” are just a small part of what Wildwood Golf & RV Resort has to offer its visitors. Joseph and Valerie Lucierre are ready to welcome you to their resort and do everything in their power to satisfy your camping needs, and at the same time keep you and your children entertained. The 18-hole golf course, swimming pools, and the great licensed restaurant may well be enough for your fun, but in case they are too little, you can easily find a variety of shopping, dining, wine, and other attractions (such as Casino Windsor) in the area. Interestingly, the resort is located only about 25 minutes from the Canada/U.S. border, which can be particularly attractive for those who have never visited the States before.
Summer House Park Ltd.
197 Miller Lake Road, RR#1, Miller Lake
Spending time in the middle of nature in a hardwood forest surrounded by a lake is something truly wonderful. You and your family can experience this magic too if you just visit the Bruce Peninsula’s “ultimate camping, cottage rental, and guest house destination.” Summer House Park is a fantastic place to spend a few fun camping days (campsites for RVs, tent trailers, and tent campers are all offered). There are a number of children’s programs and events taking place at the park, just in case the sandy beach or Bruce Peninsula National Park are not enough for visitors. After approximately 60 years of experience, it should be safe to say Summer House Park offers just what campers need.
Cedar Shade Campground
530 Peladeau Rd, Alfred
The Péladeau family has been in charge of Cedar Shade Campground since 1970. Already in 1972, the newspaper Le Droit referred to the place as a small paradise, and let me tell you, it is heavenly even after four decades. If you do not believe me, just visit and see it yourself! You and your family can enjoy spending the day swimming in the pool, having a picnic by the lake, relaxing in the spa, or tasting what the local restaurant offers. Moreover, various organized activities, playgrounds, an arcade, a pool hall, and even a petting zoo are ready to entertain visitors.
Bingemans Camping Resort
425 Bingeman Centre Dr., Kitchener
Spend a week at Bingemans Camping Resort and experience “the world of glamorous camping!” Special Glamping Experience Packages are offered for all those who want to spend a night in the luxurious Glamping Yurt, which has more than any camper could dream of. Wondering what to do during the day? Your children might particularly like the Big Splash water park and FunworX Indoor Playland, while you might want to check out the Glen Ridge Golf course. Enjoy!
Before You Go Camping
There are a few things you ought to do before you leave for a camping trip. First of all, you cannot forget to check the weather to know whether spending days in nature is even worth it. Weather is not the only thing that matters, however. Many might need some equipment for their trip, from tents to appropriate clothing. Where can you get some of the crucial gear? Here are a few shops in our area where you can find everything.
Mountain Equipment Co-op
400 King Street West
If you need equipment for outdoor activities (not only camping), there is one place where you will certainly find just what you are looking for. Mountain Equipment Co-op (or MEC) requires a $5 lifetime membership to shop, but it is certainly worth it. Just visit the store a choose from the unbelievably wide range of equipment made with eco-friendly, sustainable materials.
Too busy to go out shopping? That is not a problem; just check out Campstore.com, the web version of Camp Connection General Store and shop away! The online store offers a great range of outdoor and clothing items, supplies, and accessories. You will finds various brand names, including Stone Peak, Joe Boxer, and Columbia. The aim of Campstore.com is “to make your shopping experience fun and enjoyable.” Try it and see for yourself.
Exclusive Sport Rentals
10 Planchet Road, Unit #36C, Vaughan
If you need outdoors equipment but do not want to invest too much money, you do not have to: it is possible to rent the gear you need. Choose from a selection of items, including coolers, cooking equipment, tents, and even backpacks. Pick whatever you need and enjoy your Ontario camping trip!