2015 Trips

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Camped  Camped | 9 places | 32 nights | 6276 km


Camped Westcott Beach State Park (Henderson, NY)

Mist in the CG - 01

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 9/10 | Our experience: 7/10

May 15-19, Plateau Loop, Site 139. 30A, VAC not measured

Our annual May 2-4 get together with people we met on the internet. Same location as 2013 - good weather, good food, good times, good friends. We toured the area, enjoying food in nearby Sackets Harbor and we checked out the nice beach in the lower section of the park. And we supported the local economy without setting foot in a Wal-Mart.

On our last night there were only three campers in the loop and the other two were at the far end. Around three in the morning (we happened to be awake) a car came through the loop slowly, stopping in a couple of places for several minutes each. We couldn't imagine what legitimate business would prompt this sort of creepy behaviour and neither could the park attendant I spoke to later in the morning - she said she would let the park police know. This intrusion knocked a couple of points off our experience score.

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We'd come back for a group event but might not stay an extra night after everyone else departs.

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Camped Sandbanks Provincial Park (Picton, ON)

Cliff again

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 10/10 | Our experience: 10/10

June 19-24, Woodlands CG, Site 714. 30A, VAC not measured

Our first gathering with the RVing in Canada Facebook group and it was a memorable one. We met lots of great people and made some new friends.

Sandbanks, as always, was amazing. Even though the temperatures were in the low 20s most days, we had great fun playing in the waves at Outlet Beach. We toured Prince Edward County as we almost always do, discovering new spots and getting reacquainted with old. And we celebrated Father's Day and Dawn's birthday during our stay. A great time all around and, as always, it was over too soon.

This was our first camping trip towing with our 2013 Ford F-150... this truck was built to tow and put a smile on my face while doing it!

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Camped Rock Island Camp (Athens, ON)

Site 75

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 7/10 | Our experience: 8/10

July 3-5, site 75, VAC not measured

This private campground is the retirement dream of Rose and Bill; we know Rose from Ottawa Camping Trailers, where we bought our Starcraft travel trailer in 2008. We visited the park earlier this year. It's very new - much is still under construction - and is situated in beautiful wilderness between two large lakes. Camping with friends and family.

We had a wonderful time in this idyllic setting with two sites on the north side of the road and two on the south... lots of good times around the picnic table and the campfire. The first night we had no power on our campsite; a camp host got hold of some technical help and the problem was resolved (breakers in a panel were off). We wrapped up our trip with a delicious Sunday morning pancake breakfast which also included bacon, back bacon, sausage and potatoes.

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We will certainly be back (though perhaps out of tick season). It's a beautiful place and they made us feel like family... we look forward to seeing this park grow and develop.

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Camped Montreal South KOA (Montreal, QC)

Morning comes early

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 7/10 | Our experience: 8/10

August, 7-8, Site 12, 30A, 117VAC

Our first 1-night stop enroute to PEI; although it's only two hours away it allowed us to leave on Friday afternoon instead of early on Saturday morning. We haven't camped at a KOA in several years and this fit the mould pretty well - clean with pull through sites and well kept grounds. There was even some terrain (hills and curves) in the tent camping area. Pool looks good (though we didn't use it) and the playground is nice. There's a basic 9-hole mini golf course for $2 per person. We had a pull through site.

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We would certainly stay here again if it met with our travel plans.

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Camped River Country Campground (Clearview, NB)

Set up for our one nighter

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 8/10 | Our experience: 8/10

August 8-9, overnight pull-through, 30A, 109VAC

Our second of two one-nighters for this year's big trip to Price Edward Island. The Google reviews are good so we thought we'd check it out. Located in the valley along the St. John River, this campground is mostly seasonals. I don't know if ours was the only bookable spot but it was a convenient pull-through (I don't think it had a number). A boisterous group of kids ran around, brandishing sticks and hollering, but they were harmless. And we saw several sites where folks were congregating and we figured we were in for a noisy night, but that wasn't the case at all - it was very quiet after dark.

The other campers were friendly; one gave us directions to a trail than ended at an abandoned church (see photos). The owners were great - they delivered free firewood and split it at our site - twice!

We felt welcome and would stay here again.

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Camped Prince Edward Island National Park - Cavendish (Cavendish, PEI)

Sunset - 05

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 10/10 | Our experience: 10/10

August 9-20, Site 282, 30A, 117VAC

Breaking our three-year tradition of Algonquin Park, this year's summer vacation has us back in beautiful PEI - on the North shore this time. Cavendish is the home of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables and there is lots in the area to see and do; some are natural and educational though most are tourist traps. The national park is beautiful, natural and secluded.

We had a glorious time, and the perfect weather helped. It broke 30ºC some days, but we were only a few hundred metres from the beach and the lovely, cool Atlantic Ocean. We were in the water almost every day. We did our share of touring, taking in much of the North Shore and the east of the island including Singing Sands at Basin Head and the lighthouse at East Point. We had a delicious lunch at the Stone Island Pub in Kensington, went deep sea fishing, biking and walking, and most evenings found us at the Cavendish boardwalk for Cows ice cream. We had a wonderful stay and were not ready to leave when the time came.

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Next time we come to PEI we are planning the same location. Same park and, if possible, same campsite.

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Camped Camping Municipal de la Point de Rivière-du-Loup (Rivière-du-Loup, QC)

At Riviere du Loup - 18

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 9/10 | Our experience: 8/10

August 20-21, Site 36, 30A, 118VAC

Rivière-du-Loup is close to halfway between PEI and Ottawa so we chose to stop here for a couple of nights. The campground is right in town and is beautifully situated and maintained. Campers coming from the maritimes on highway 85, beware - although the campground is very close to Autoroute 20, there is no interchange right at the town - our GPS brought us and our 30 foot trailer through the narrow, twisty, curvy, busy downtown. Next time we would head west along the 20 for a few kilomtres to exit 496, get off and head back east to town on the 20.

That said, Rivière-du-Loup is a very pretty town located along the south shore of the St. Lawrence. Even bad weather did not prevent us from spending much of our single day exploring, mostly along the water. And that evening the weather cleared and we played shuffleboard at the campground.

We would certainly stay here again.

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Camped Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary (Ingleside, ON)

Site 21

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 9/10 | Our experience: 9/10

September 4-7, Site 21, 50A, 115VAC

We love this place because it's close to home, close to the water and the sites are well spaced. This year we lucked into site 21, which was only added to the campground on July 15th. It's a 50A site (though we only use the 30A socket) with water. The site is right on the edge of the beach with an excellent view. The comfort station is right across the road (great except for the lights at night). And immediately in front of the site - the campground dump station. We knew it was close from the map, but not HOW close.

Dawn and Emily went to Upper Canada Village on the first day, while I puttered around the site. In the evening her parents and uncle joined us for dinner. We learned that friends were staying down the road in the Riverside-Cedar campground - on the second day we accepted their invitation for breakfast and ended up spending most of the day there.

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We continue to enjoy this fine park.

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Camped Sandbanks Provincial Park (Picton, ON)

Praying mantis - 02

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 10/10 | Our experience: 10/10

August 9 to 12, Woodlands CG, Site 607: 108 VDC

Back to Sandbanks for another family Thanksgiving trip - just us and Dawn's parents this time. It was wet and rainy on Friday when we arrived but sunny all the other days. Overall we had a great time with an all-day campfire and lazy day on Saturday, and some nice touring and relaxing on Sunday. John somehow let himself get talked into going for a swim. Yes, in Lake Ontario. Yes, in October. The proof is in the pictures. Sunday night was another campfire under a brilliant canopy of stars. Absolutely amazing.

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So ends the amazing 2015 camping season!