| | December 4th, 2016 Beautiful Park in MayWe 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 The comfort station in the Highlands campground is outdated, but was kept clean.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
December 1st, 2014 Our early spring camping destinationWe`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
December 1st, 2014 Beautiful area, terrible campingI 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 December 1st, 2014 Great campsites, declining beachWe 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 December 1st, 2014 Can`t imagine camping hereWe 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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