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Old 03-15-2016, 03:58 PM   #11
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Dry Suit??? Not for these hardy Canucks!

I like the idea of the Provincial Parks up at Superior and I have promised my son one or two canoe trips this year to get back a little closer to nature so heading up there with him is a possibility. But my bride is an RV Princess... Here first stop on any website is the list of amenities.

I think we are getting closer to a visit to Maine. By bride has set her focus on Wild Acres, although I had pointed out Castaways as a possibility as well.

Interesting that Kim suggests prices at Provinicial Parks are expensive??? $30-40 a night is pretty cheap by Canadian standards. And our parks tend to offer a level of privacy that I have never found in a State Park and certainly not in any private park. Guess it is all a matter of perspective.

As for the dry suit... We breed em hardy in the Great White North... I grew up life guarding on Canadian waterfronts and have swam, trained and competed in many of our lakes... Perhaps I am naÔve but I will stick with my bathing suit for now
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Old 03-15-2016, 04:16 PM   #12
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I beg you to update on the Ontario Parks Website.
I am sorry but I don't agree at all on the level of privacy offered in Ontario Parks. At the best its meh. McLeod in Geraldton was about the best.

I have been camping in Ontario since 1967 and they have priced me right out of the market.

Pukaskwa National Park in ON is way more reasonably priced.

Have a sit down and a glass of vino.. You will need it.
https://www.ontarioparks.com/fees/camping/2016

Campground Fees: Reservations: Burea of Parks and Lands: Maine DACF

Most State Parks in New England have very limited or no hookup availability, so that kind of makes the privacy questions moot. They are private. And unserviced.

Lake Superior is cold.. can be deadly cold. Several people I know of have perished of hypothermia there. Lets get rid of the great north stuff. You live south of me.

Agawa is a most unprivate campground but it is pretty. Try for one of the front rows. Otherwise the transport noise from Rt 17 all night can be annoying.

I am coming from a tenting background and for me Provincial Parks that charge $43 for just dirt and a table and no services is really off putting. ( Algonquin Provincial Park.. water lines busted , no change of fees)
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Old 03-15-2016, 05:55 PM   #13
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Dang that is cold!

Had a look at water temps in Superior and Maine and admit to my naivety ... Surface temps in August seem to be between 65-70 degrees in both locations. Certainly not warm by any stretch and agreed that those temps are potentially fatal to surfers and boaters. Safe though for beach play and boogie boarding. Perhaps not as enjoyable for my older bones, but the kids won't care. We swim in Lake Simcoe in May most years and the temps are significantly cooler... As for the Great White North stuff... That is Canadian tongue in cheek fun, hence the smiley face

And it is still interesting the cost perspective, cost of living here greatly impacts the value... When we are paying the equivalent of $3.60 a gallon for fuel while our American neighbours are paying $1.80... Well $43 for a camp site seems reasonable in comparison to $25US. Particularily when that site normally comes attached to huge water ways too paddle on, some of the best fishing in the world, kilometres of hiking trails and an abundance of wildlife. Luckily for me, I get to travel and find the benefits of camping on both sides of the border and love them both.
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Old 03-15-2016, 06:19 PM   #14
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Your right.. Clark.. may I call you Clark? Priorities. I love Canada and canoe tripping there. I just grit my teeth at $1.30 a litre and say its vacation.

However I see more moose at home! And the canoeing is pretty good here but I have not found but a few RV campgrounds with access to canoe country. Pretty much all Mainers with an RV head out to the North Maine Woods for canoeing.

But those are unserviced sites and not even a table which might not be to your familys liking. Those are $8 a night. $4 for me as I live here!

OOB is fine but is hardly representative of Maine. To find the real Maine I am afraid you will have to give up electric and water service. A bucket to go to the lake is handy.

I live right across from a pretty neat full service campground on a lake but so far the wakeboard boats have not been able to generate boogie board surf. Why the loons gather around wakeboard boats I have no idea. Last year we had three nesting pair.

I have to congratulate you though for coming "down here" as it costs a lot more. No more do we see the parking lots full of New Brunswick license plates.

Meanwhile I have to figure out how to camp in the desert . With no services and no available water and electric..!
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If you are self-contained well enough to "dry-camp", you may be able to get a site at the Assateague National Park in Maryland. The State Park there is actually nicer, but reservations are typically 364 days out for that place!
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We stayed at Paradise Park in OOB with a group. It is very clean. Nice mgmnt and a 5:min walk to the pier. We're booked for 4th July. Very busy though. We have teens but they like the beach and the 15 min ride to old port, Portland for walking around.
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New Jersey shore. A lot of Canadians head to Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and Cape May. Cape May has a couple of good rv parks. In fact Newar has there North East Rally there in the summer. Terrific beaches, boardwalk, good restaurants, etc.
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If you are self-contained well enough to "dry-camp", you may be able to get a site at the Assateague National Park in Maryland. The State Park there is actually nicer, but reservations are typically 364 days out for that place!

I agree! I tried last March to get a spot there for the Fall of 2015. They told me they're taking reservations for NEXT (this) Spring! Must be nice there!
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Old 03-17-2016, 07:52 AM   #19
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If you decide on the Lake Superior Provincial Park I enclosed the psrk links to the campgrounds.
Naturally Superior Adventures provides wet suits on request and is only short drive from any of the park ground. ( 20 minutes)
If you are looking for rock climbing there isa school at Batchewanna/Montreal River
Superior Exploration, Adventure & Climbing Co.

Like I said I live here if you have questions shout
there is space to park an RV at NSA but you are boondocking
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Had a look at water temps in Superior and Maine and admit to my naivety ... Surface temps in August seem to be between 65-70 degrees in both locations. Certainly not warm by any stretch and agreed that those temps are potentially fatal to surfers and boaters.
I'm not sure if you've ever been to Old Orchard Beach in Maine, but I can tell you first hand that the water at Maine beaches is very cold. It's not much better in New Hampshire either. It never warms up.
You numbers above are accurate for Maine. If you go a bit further south to Cape Cod or Rhode Island, it's totally different. Much warmer ocean temps.
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