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Real Name:Liz
Location:Ontario, Canada
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4 Star Rating  December 4th, 2016   Beautiful Park in May
We camped at Wheatley for the first time in May of 2016. It is a beautiful little park, loaded with wildflowers and migrating birds when we visited. We stayed in the Highlands campground, which was quite soggy despite the name. Check site information carefully for warnings about poor drainage. There are some beautiful campsites right along the creek; we intend to try one of those the next time we come to Wheatley.

The park store carries quite a few items, as well as selling firewood. The comfort station in the Highlands campground is outdated, but was kept clean. The “playground” labeled on the online map near the Highlands campground can’t really be called a playground – it’s a set of swings only. There is a fantastic playground at the beach though, which can be accessed by road or by crossing a footbridge from Two Creeks or Boosey campgrounds. The hiking trail along the creeks was a beautiful, easy walk but needs some maintenance – there were several trees across the trail when we visited.

Point Pelee and Hillman Marsh are just a short drive away, and we visited both on our trip. The town of Wheatley is only a minute’s drive from the entrance and has gas stations and what we’re told is a great little restaurant – the Car Barn.

We really enjoyed our visit to Wheatley and despite some minor shortcomings will camp here again during the spring migration, enjoying the relative quietness and natural setting of this park.

Wheatley Provincial Park
5 Star Rating  December 1st, 2014   Our early spring camping destination
We`ve never camped at the Pinery in peak season. We camp at the Pinery in April each year and the quietness and natural setting is amazing. We spent a great deal of time watching muskrats and ducks in the Ausable River, which was right beside our campsite.
Walking on the Riverside, Hickory and Bittersweet Trails are some of our favourite activities.

The Pinery Provincial Park
3 Star Rating  December 1st, 2014   Beautiful area, terrible camping
I have such mixed feelings about this park. The area is stunning and there is so much to see and do. However, the camping is undeniably bad. We stayed at the Cypress Lake campground in Bruce Peninsula National Park for the second year in a row, in July/August of 2014. We stayed 5 nights in the Poplars section of the campground. The camping was terrible. The site (#28) was listed as "good" privacy when we reserved it online in April of 2014. However, the site was exposed to at least 4 other campsites, with very little shrubbery or growth in between sites. The site itself was a mudpit, despite a fresh layer of gravel having been laid down just before our arrival. Our lightweight tent trailer sunk on one side due to the mud. The muck was caused by a continually leaking watertap nearby. It`s a shame that Parks Canada decided the appropriate action was to lay more gravel instead of fixing the problem - the leaky tap. Washrooms are primitive at best, with inadequate cleaning. Showers are not available in this area. For a price not much less than camping with Ontario Parks, our experience camping with the National Parks system is far inferior to Ontario Parks. While we really enjoyed the hiking in the area and various other activities, we were very disappointed by the camping and won`t be returning to the area for a few years. When we do return we may try a private campground.
Bruce Peninsula National Park
3 Star Rating  December 1st, 2014   Great campsites, declining beach
We have camped at Port Burwell quite a few times, but this past year we only went once. Although the campsites are generally good sized and fairly private, the beach is really declining. They no longer groom the beach, and it`s now full of debris from Lake Erie, our least favourite Great Lake. Port Burwell does have a fabulous playground, though.
Port Burwell Provincial Park
2 Star Rating  December 1st, 2014   Can`t imagine camping here
We visit Rondeau usually once a year, but just for a day trip. The beach is OK - it`s quite narrow and often full of shells. Lake Erie water is usually warm (and dirty), so not my favourite place to go to the beach, but it`s close to the grandparents` house. We are avid campers and cringe everytime we see Rondeau`s campsites - they are out in the open and incredibly close together. We do not intend to ever stay overnight here.
Rondeau Provincial Park
 
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Point Farms Provincial Park, Ontario - Path from parking lot to beach Point Farms Provincial Park, Ontario - Point Farms beach Point Farms Provincial Park, Ontario - Playground beside comfort station at Huron campground Point Farms Provincial Park, Ontario - Sunset seen from lookout at Colborne campground Point Farms Provincial Park, Ontario - Park warden at dog beach Point Farms Provincial Park, Ontario - Fire pit near old barn
Point Farms Provincial Park, Ontario - Sign at Hwy. 21 Point Farms Provincial Park, Ontario - Office at Point Farms Inverhuron Provincial Park, Ontario - Beach directly behind Lime Kiln campground Inverhuron Provincial Park, Ontario - Boardwalk over the dunes near parking lot Inverhuron Provincial Park, Ontario - At beach, looking toward Gunn Point Inverhuron Provincial Park, Ontario - Sunset at beach directly behind Lime Kiln campground
Inverhuron Provincial Park, Ontario - Staff at park office educating about park wildlife MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Ontario - Huron Fringe Trail boardwalk MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Ontario - Sunset seen from dog beach near Huron campground MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Ontario - Lake Shore Trail MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Ontario - Beach seen along Lake Shore Trail MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Ontario - Big playground at camper`s beach
MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Ontario - Yellow Lady Slippers seen in Algonquin campground MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Ontario - Small turtle pond along Tower Trail MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Ontario - Sunset seen from Sunset Point Trail MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Ontario - MacGregor Point sign MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Ontario - Old Shore Trail MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Ontario - Old Shore Trail
MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Ontario - Beach, taken from big playground MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Ontario - Ducks Unlimited Pond at Tower Trail MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Ontario - Park boundary MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Ontario - Aquilegia canadensis taken along Tower Trail MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Ontario - Day use beach MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Ontario - Day use beach
MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Ontario - Porcupine in tree along Tower Trail MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Ontario - Tower overlooking Ducks Unlimited Pond Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario - Arrowhead Lake Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario - Bridge over Little East River Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario - Arrowhead Lake at dusk Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario - Big Bend Lookout (Big East River)
Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario - Big Bend Lookout (Big East River) right side Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario - Park naturalist on guided hike, Hardwood Hills trail Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario - Stubb`s Falls Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario - Stubb`s Falls Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario - Arrowhead Lake Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario - Stubb`s Falls
Awenda Provincial Park, Ontario - Stairs down to Kettle`s Lake viewing deck Awenda Provincial Park, Ontario - Kettle`s Lake, through the trees along the trail Awenda Provincial Park, Ontario - Calm, warm waters at Beach #3 Awenda Provincial Park, Ontario - Near Beach #2 Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario - Beach at Rondeau PP Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario - Beach at Rondeau PP
Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario - Display in Visitor Center Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario - Display at Visitor Center Port Burwell Provincial Park, Ontario - Beach #4 at sunset Port Burwell Provincial Park, Ontario - Ravine Creek Trail Port Burwell Provincial Park, Ontario - Ravine Creek Trail Port Burwell Provincial Park, Ontario - Beach #5
Port Burwell Provincial Park, Ontario - Amazing playground at Port Burwell PP Port Burwell Provincial Park, Ontario - Grassy area near playground - lots of room for kids to run! Port Burwell Provincial Park, Ontario - Climber adjacent to playground Port Burwell Provincial Park, Ontario - Grassy area beside comfort station in Iroquois campground Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario - Rugged trail on Flower Pot Island, part of Fathom Five National Marine Park - adjunct to Bruce Peninsula National Park Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario - Shoreline on Flower Pot Island, part of Fathom Five National Marine Park - adjunct to Bruce Peninsula National Park
Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario - Cave on Flower Pot Island, part of Fathom Five National Marine Park - adjunct to Bruce Peninsula National Park Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario - Large flowerpot on Flower Pot Island, part of Fathom Five National Marine Park - adjunct to Bruce Peninsula National Park Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario - Observation tower at Visitor Center Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario - Visitor Center Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario - Cypress Lake, near Poplars campground Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario - Dunk`s Bay Lookout
Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario - View from observation tower at Visitor Center Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario - Cardinal flower along park entrance road Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario - Indian Head Cove Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario - The Grotto Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario - The Grotto Wheatley Provincial Park, Ontario - So many beautiful orioles migrating through the park in early May
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