By S. Standish
S’Mores, sunsets and sunscreen. If you are looking for an awesome camping experience, Ontario has a lot of great places to rough it or glamp in style.
Tons of options of camping sites starting with off-the-grid camping (for more experienced campers), big party camping, and cabin rentals, there are many choices in the province that are home to some breathtaking beaches, trails and access to amazing things for families to do.
From the caribbeanesque water in Tobermory, the Sandbanks near Kingston, exploring the wilderness in Algonquin to the bustle and activity of Niagara Falls, there is something out there for everyone.We’ve rounded up 5 of our favourite Ontario camping sites from our journeys last summer. We also added campgrounds that our friends had experiences with last summer. This is not in a particular order, as each campground had different amenities and locations.
#1 – KOA Niagara Falls – When you stay at a KOA, you know what to expect. A great experience for people with families, and tons of options. The owners are fabulous and the facility is close to all the action (Say hi to owner Lisa from Try It Kids INC 🙂 ). You can get a KOA member card which entitles you to 10% your KOA stays for the season.
#2 – Ryan’s Campground – Deep River ON – Retro playground, free food for the trout pond and an amazing 2000′ beach……what more can I say? Oh yeah $40 a night!!! The owner took myself and the boys for a tour, while my husband set up the trailer….fair trade. We are going back this summer!
#3 – The Pinery – Grand Bend has a beautiful beach and it is super close to the campground. There are children’s programs are held from late June to Labour Day weekend. There is an hour and a half of nature discovery with games, stories and animals. You can rent paddleboats, canoes, hydro bikes, single/double kayaks to explore the channel that runs through the park. It is a super busy park and you need to book months in advance.
*****The Pinery also has winter camping in Yurts (a portable, round tent) to experience the park during the winter (yes there is heat).
#4 – 1000 Islands/Kingston Holiday KOA – We had friends that stay here every year and love it. The 1000 Islands are lovely and Kingston is a great town to meander about in. There are all the amenities for the munchkins, plus a HUGE hot tub for adults! Sounds great to us! We hope to visit this summer!
*We stayed at Rideau Acres in Kingston and it was great, but KOA’s are more kid-centric.
#5 – Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park – Toronto – Our first campground as a family was Jellystone Park in WNY. This one is great too. There are HEY! HEY! HEY! rides, activities, and characters that wander the park. We love theme weekends! It is great to take part in all the fun for kids of all ages.
Ok, I’m making lists in my head and ready to bask in camp sunsets from my gravity chair, drink of choice in my metal camping mug. I hope this list helps you plan a fabulous summer holiday for your family.
Happy Camping and send me your favourite family campgrounds in the comment section below or via email- KidCampy@TryItKids.com
Campgrounds we are looking at reviewing this summer: (will be adding to the list:) )
Emerald Lake – Puslinch
Craigleith Provincial Park – Craigleith (by the Blue Mountains & Collingwood)
Quinte’s Isle Campark – Cherry Valley