2017 Trips

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 Booked | 1 place | 4 nights
Camped  Camped | 6 places | 35 nights | 3210 km


Camped Wellesley Island State Park (Wellesley Island, NY)

Hors d'oeuvres and poutine potluck - 02

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May 18-22, Foxtrot Loop, Site 51, 50A 116VAC, water and sewer.

This year's group camping season opener marked our first return to this state park in ten years. Loop F is an excellent section of the park for group events. I'm glad I thought to purchase a 50A male to 30A female dognone power adapter before the trip, because there was no 30A plug on the power pole.

As usual we had our delicious Saturday night potluck but we did another on Friday night with poutine and hors d'oeuvres. Yummy!

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Overall an excellent trip to a park within two hours of home. I think we'll be back.

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Camped Mew Lake (Algonquin Provincial Park, ON)

Sun after rain - 14

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June 22-26, Mew Lake, Site 20, 30A (VAC not measured).

Another visit to Mew Lake at the Grand-daddy of Ontario parks. This time Dawn's Mom and Dad camped at a site near us in their class C motorhome.

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Despite the less than perfect weather, we had a great time at one of our favourite parks.

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Camped Darlington Provincial Park (Bowmanville, ON)

Lake Ontario

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July 25-26, Lakeside Campground, Site 93, 30A 112VAC. We booked a lakeside pull-through site in Darlington enroute to Pinery Provincial Park. Not a long stay but a first glance this is a nice park, and it was nice to break up the long drive to Pinery.

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We'd come here again, maybe for a longer stay.

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Camped Pinery Provincial Park (Grand Bend, ON)

Big wind, big waves - 14

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July 26 to August 18, Riverside 4 campground, Site 792, 30A, 117VAC. We haven't camped at Pinery since 2010 and have always wanted to try the longest allowable stay on a provincial park site (23 days), so we've combined the two. Pinery is a beautiful park and we met up with family and friends on several occasions. During this trip we passed a major milestone - one year spent in our camper(s). We spent a lot of time in the water or at our site, took in a couple of drive-in movies and toured the area including London, Sarnia, Goderich, Grand Bend and at least a dozen nearby small towns. It's a great part of the province. I even managed to get an Amazon order delivered to our site!

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We're glad we tried a 23-day stay, but it might have been a little too long... we were ready for home when the time came. But it was a wonderful trip, and we've passed the 1-year milestone!

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Camped Brighton KOA (Brighton, ON)

Great views

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August 18-19, site A3, 50A, 116VAC, water and sewer. A stopover to break up the trip home from Pinery.

This is nice park for a stopover or a longer stay. The park is high above the 401 to the north; the hum of traffic was ever present but the highway is mostly hidden from view from the campground - it was a non-issue.

Access to the park is easy. The owners are very friendly as are most of the staff, though a couple of younger staffers were polite but not especially engaging. The girl who took us on the wagon ride had never driven the tractor before and had to be shown how to put it in gear. Pretty careless, I thought. Quiet hours start at 10 pm but there was no enforcement that I could see.

We stayed on a premium 50A site (we only need 30A but the only one was booked). The site was very nice with a deck and comfy patio furniture, nice grass, and a stone-ringed fire pit. For the price, though, I was surprised that the pad was sloped (nose and curb side low) and unpaved. How can it be Kamping On Asphalt when it's gravel?

The pool is very nice... salt water and cool enough to be refreshing. The onsite chip stand offers decent food but some items cost too much... Like the 3 tiny chicken fingers Dawn got for $5.00. But the fries were excellent. The store is well stocked. Wifi passwords are handed out per device (we got two) and I couldn't connect with my Android phone due to errors. Dawn reports that it was terribly slow, which is no surprise.

Despite some minor hitches (trailer humour), we liked this KOA and would stay here again.

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Camped Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary (Ingleside, ON)

Foggy Saturday morning - 24

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September, 15-17, Site 43, 30A 116VAC, water.An impromptu group camping event with old and new friends.

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Another great visit to one of our nearby favourites.

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Booked Sandbanks Provincial Park (Picton, ON)

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October, 4 nights. Back to Sandbanks for another glorious Thanksgiving!

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