almost a day off the road - Huntsville, ON

Discussion in 'Ride Reports & Photos' started by Jim C-G, Nov 9, 2019.

  1. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    Camped at Arrowhead Provincial Park near Huntsville, Ont. All is not happy in paradise, but still having a good time.
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  2. dresda

    dresda Member

    We love camping at Arrowhead. All the sites are very private and the roads in the area are fabulous! I particularly like the 518 out to Parry Sound.

    Just don't go there in the spring, the mosquitoes are FEROCIOUS! Worst we've ever seen.

    First time we went there Mike had to change a wheel bearing in the bike trailer at the campsite, in June. It was not fun.
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  3. dresda

    dresda Member

    Just watched the first part of the video and I have to comment on your view on the pricing of Ontario parks. Contrary to what you may think, the parks are generally full, especially on weekends. We were at Sandbanks in September and there were no empty sites to be had the two weekends we were there. We have to make reservations 5 months in advance to camp at our favourite parks if we want a good site. The parks are rated at 3 prices levels depending on their popularity and Arrowhead happens to be a 'premium' park.

    I have camped at Nova Scotia provincial parks, Ontario, and National parks. Of them all, the premium parks in Ontario are by far the best - clean, big sites, electricity at many sites and laundry facilities are available at every park. Many of the parks have paved roads to the sites. The shower buildings are clean and well maintained. Nova Scotia has some very nice parks but only one park has laundry facilities and many of them have no electrical sites. We camped for two months down there with our RV and bikes on a trailer one summer. We found it quite difficult to keep our RV powered with our solar panel at many parks because of lack of sun and tree cover. And we had to keep looking for laundromats. The sites in Nova Scotia are almost as expensive as in Ontario.

    The national parks we've been to were quite disappointing with poor facilities. They were very run down and just as expensive as parks in Ontario.

    So, you get what you pay for. Also, the Ontario Provincial Parks are self supporting in that they work entirely on their revenue with no additional funds being required from the taxpayers.
  4. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Come on back so you can rate our NL parks.:rolleyes:
  5. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I assume you are referring to Sandbanks ON as opposed to Sandbanks NL.
    I have found the Newfoundland provincial parks to be very good for the most part. Not much experience with Ontario but I have done a lot of camping in New England. Most state parks are pretty good although the sites tend to get smaller and less private the closer you get to larger centers. Sites are available most weekday nights without reservations (watch out for holidays) but safer to reserve on-line. I think I would like to do some touring in Ontario (away from the cities).
  6. Bob

    Bob Active Member

  7. dresda

    dresda Member

    Yes, Sandbanks on Lake Ontario. Fabulous park. I hadn't really been down that way until we got our RV and I was amazed to see what it was like there, very much like the Cavendish area in PEI. World's largest fresh water sand bar and dune system.

    If you decided to tour Ontario I'd be happy to send you a list of excellent roads and areas to check out. If you stay away from Toronto and keep further north in the Canadian Shield area there isn't too much traffic and there's lots of wonderful winding roads.
  8. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    When you factor in the online booking fee, I do find it a little expensive for one person at $40+ per night to camp without electricity, although I am rarely interested in electricity. That's just me. $30 I'm fine with. Luckily I did get to share the site with someone.
  9. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    I might get up to visit you again one day...
  10. dresda

    dresda Member

    Well, yeah, I can see that, just one tiny motorcycle with one person.... We don't often see motorcycles when we camp. Its mostly families or couples in RVs or with trailers. Mind you, we never camp in July or August. Might be more m/c campers then. We need more of those motorcycle only campgrounds like that one in Nova Scotia.
  11. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    I’m working on it! We got a fair bit done upstairs today, still looking at a spring opening.

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