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Old 01-19-2014, 12:33 AM   #15
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Hi kmeredith, welcome to the site. We are rookies too. We bought a 1977 24' Argosy late last summer and never had the chance to take it out. My wife and I are empty nesters, but when the kids were small, we tented all over Ontario. Well, South of the French River. Our favourite Ontario Parks were Pinery, Long Point, Turkey Point, McGregor Point, Bon Echo, Six Mile Lake, Balsam Lake and Sibbald Point. The best though is Algonquin Park, we stayed at Lake of Two Rivers.

We are going to go to the Pinery's for our first trip this summer, June 20th for 2 nights. Which reminds me....it is highly recommended that you set up an account with ontarioparks.com and book your site 5 months in advance. That means I will have to book my June dates this Monday, January 20th at 7:00am or I will lose my chance at a good site.

So from Cambridge, I would recommend something west of Toronto for your first trip, like the Pinery's, Long Point or even Rondeau, all about 2 to 2.5 hours.

Good luck and have fun and remember that 5 month booking thing.
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:24 AM   #16
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We just booked for the May long weekend in Point Farms. Spaces were already filling up, and fast.

For the summer my wife is lobbying for two weeks in Long Point, but I think I'd like to go a little further north this time.
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Old 01-19-2014, 07:50 AM   #17
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We just booked for the May long weekend in Point Farms. Spaces were already filling up, and fast.

For the summer my wife is lobbying for two weeks in Long Point, but I think I'd like to go a little further north this time.
We'll see you there in May, Andy. Booked a couple of days ago.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:18 AM   #18
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Sable Falls is very nice with lots to see in the area and a waterfall you can jump off (near Owen Sound). Killbear is excellent, a bit larger than I like, but plenty of places to get away from everyone. Killarney is quite stunning, isolated (take plenty of all supplies!), but you will need a small rig to get into and out of it. Lake Superior Provincial is the best with some sites available having electric (its right on a stoney Lake Superior beach).
Further afield Neys is worth a longish visit as is Sleeping Giant.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:24 AM   #19
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We just booked The Pinery for the May long weekend...still a few sites available.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:33 AM   #20
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We thought about The Pinery too, so beautiful there - but we got friends who have a cottage close to Point Farms, we've got a dinner planned.

Steve, we'll be on site 38 in Huron campground. I'll keep an eye open for a man with a whippet.
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We thought about The Pinery too, so beautiful there - but we got friends who have a cottage close to Point Farms, we've got a dinner planned.

Steve, we'll be on site 38 in Huron campground. I'll keep an eye open for a man with a whippet.
Colbourne 144. Willow's a Greyhound and will be really offended to hear you call her a Whippet!
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Old 01-19-2014, 02:59 PM   #22
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We are new to camping as well, just bought a 78 Sov. 31'. I think we will try staying at Pinehurst (Ayr) as well as Belle Falls (Waubaushene -just outside Midland) - If you like a nice quiet place i would suggest Belle Falls. I've tented there a few times, very small campground, but very friendly and quiet. - lots nearby - Midland, Penetangishine, Balm beach, Wasaga
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I can't believe how quickly the Provincial Parks are filling up this year. We only just got a spot at Long Point for a week and a half in early July. We actually changed our plans and booked two days early to secure the last spot that's close to the beach, the playground and the showers.

We also got into the Pinery for the beginning of June (finally, can't wait) and into Point Farms for the May long weekend, but again, just.
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I can't believe how quickly the Provincial Parks are filling up this year. We only just got a spot at Long Point for a week and a half in early July. We actually changed our plans and booked two days early to secure the last spot that's close to the beach, the playground and the showers.

We also got into the Pinery for the beginning of June (finally, can't wait) and into Point Farms for the May long weekend, but again, just.
I can't get into this early booking lark, it's annoying and frustrating so I just don't play. That said, we do try to get the Victoria Day weekend sorted out early. Point Farms seems to where the families gather on that weekend to avoid the noisy youth who will be occupying all the big and popular parks like the Pinery, Rondeau and Long Point.
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It'll be our first stay in Point Farms - I am really looking forward to it.

I agree with you about the early booking. Last year we booked a lot later as well, but this year my wife has a couple of work dates she can't move, so we won't be as flexible.
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Lovely campsite

I would recommend a lovely little provincial park west of Sudbury called Chutes. It is about 1km north of the village of Massey. There is a truly rushing waterfall (not huge but impressive nonetheless) with a lovely big pool and beach at the bottom. Campsites numbered 91-96 or so are just above the falls and have a lovely soft sussurrus (sp?) all night long. There are also very nice woodland hikes. This park is one of those small hidden gems that few know about. Sometimes bigger is not better, just harder to get into. That is NOT a pun
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We bought our AS from Can-Am in London, ON when we lived in K-W. Our first maiden voyages were to The Pinery and McGregor Point on Lake Huron-- both off-season, and both non-crowded in March/April, and both beautiful. We also went hiking periodically at the Elora Gorge, and the campsites looked nice. (I would avoid spring break time, though, when a lot of high school kids go to The Pinery.)

At The Pinery we were very glad we bought a long extention cord. Yes, our site had hydro, but it was nowhere close to our parking spot.

The best advice we ever got as total newbies to RVing was not to be afraid to ask other RVers or the campground host for advice or help. We never asked anyone who wasn't extremely friendly and helpful. Many RVers are retired guys with mechanical skills, and I think they actually enjoyed feeling helpful to the newcomers.

If you are former tent campers you have a lot of the basics of outdoor living down pat. Now you can enjoy the "glamping" part!
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:49 AM   #28
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I am looking to park my trailer in a campground for the season, although I will take it on a couple of road trips this year. Can anyone recomend campgrounds that accept older trailers? I have been turned down by several parks now because the trailer is over 10 years old. My trailer is in nice condition, and frankly looks much better than most of the new white box trailers out there.
Preferably +/- hour drive from Brantford/ Cambridge area.

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