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Old 10-26-2014, 07:49 PM   #1
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Fall camping at Ontario Provincial Parks

I have great memories of camping this time of year in Ontario Provincial Parks with my father but most if not all of the parks are now showing that the camping season has ended. The parks would have a minimal staff presence and you'd pay using an envelope on the honour system. As I recall we even still had power just no water.

Does anyone know if this is still an option and they're just not advertising it?

2 parks that previously offered it were Charleston Lake and Presqu'ile.

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Old 10-27-2014, 10:29 AM   #2
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Mew Lake in Algonquin, Killarney, Pinery and MacGregor Point are open year round.
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Old 10-31-2014, 06:37 PM   #3
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Mews Lake is open, was there 2 weeks ago. Park office closes at 4:30 Friday night and reopens at 10:30 AM Saturday, there are no reservations so if you get in late, pick an open site and register in the AM. They do patrol through the night and record new arrivals. Check out sites 51-63, large power sites on the lake with lots of separation between sites. Short walk to the comfort station and walking trails.
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Old 10-31-2014, 06:57 PM   #4
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Pinery is under Native occupation presently. I would check before going there. Same band as Ipperwash in the 90's.
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Hey B&B, didn't hear about Pinery, we have gone there in past a few times for Haloween weekend camp.
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Old 10-31-2014, 07:37 PM   #6
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Just happened Oct 20. It one old 80's era Prowler. But the family is part of the original deed.

Aboriginal family begins 'repossession' at Pinery Provincial Park

Aboriginal family begins ‘repossession’ at Pinery Provincial Park | CTV Kitchener News via @CTVKitchener
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Old 10-31-2014, 07:46 PM   #7
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May I add the DW and I would be camping there next weekend but life was too busy to do so.

May Daughter works in Killarney all summers as a Chef. Her friends up there say there is lots of snow today!
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Old 10-31-2014, 07:50 PM   #8
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B&B, our camping is over until next springMH has been put to bed for the winter.Hopefully the Pinery thing doesn't nasty in the future.
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Old 11-01-2014, 08:04 AM   #9
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Thanks for the suggestions and site #s, Mew Lake has definite possibilities. Drive is a little far at 3.5 hours for us but for an extended weekend it would be fine.

Do you know what services would be available?
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mTn, the site numbers I mentioned are all power sites. Comfort center is less than 3 minute walk from site 53. The trail to the comfort center is right across from site 53. Dumping station is about 6km east of Mews.
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Best memories of camping in fall is Thanksgiving at Balsam Lake with my 2 Uncles, all cousins, and my Grandmother who was 75 and bought a Travel Trailer to Vacation in. We had Turkey cooked on the fire is a home built oven and all the fixings. I was 7 years old.
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Just camped at Pinery last weekend (Holloween) and maybe 25 sites full. The comfort station has water so you can fill up your tank and showers & washroom nice and comfy. The Yurts were pretty much all occupied on Friday & Saturday nights. Camped at Mew lake last October after Thanksgiving and was great although we had 2-3 inches of snow the second week but looked fantastic.
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Fall camping

Interesting topic wish I had found it sooner. Put me in mind of Wheatley Provincial Park which is open until the day after Thanksgiving the park is filled to capacity and Halloween is also celebrated on the Thanksgiving weekend its a very popular event. A few years back the officials in charge of Provincial Parks decided to change the closing date of Wheatley to the end of September. WOW, did this cause a major case of anger!!! The public outcry was so loud they left it open until Thanksgiving and never ever brought this idea up again. Too funny I think to this day the Provincial Parks people just whisper Wheatley.
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