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Old 08-29-2014, 04:37 PM   #1
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Thinking of Heading North to Canada

The family, for reasons I cannot begin to comprehend, just does not seem to be that interested in a big trip out west. My younger son (13) would rather stay home next summer so he can spend a week at scout camp here in Pennsylvania than take a big trip out to Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks. My older son (15) does not want to miss cross-country practice in July and August. My wife does not want to drive that far (about 5,000 miles round trip). This is all up to them because I will be at work and cannot go the entire time. Makes no sense to me - I would be gone the day school was out next summer if I was them.

Anyhow, my older son says to me this morning - what about going north to Canada? Apart from Labatt and Molson beer, I never think about Canada.

So, has anyone been around in Canada directly north of the states of Pennsylvania and New York? I see that Algonquin Provincial Park is about 350 miles from where I am at in northwestern Pennsylvania. Has anyone done the RV trip up that way?

How about you Canadian folks? Is there good camping up Ontario province way?

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Old 08-29-2014, 05:39 PM   #2
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Ontario is a pretty big place. Must be some camping there somewhere; thinking of going east from BC to visit with the TT next summer.

Will eavesdrop on the responses you get, if you don't mind.
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Old 08-29-2014, 05:55 PM   #3
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I used to tent camp in Algonquin park when I was younger. I remember a vast park, great scenery, countless lakes, trails, wildlife, Northern lights, bugs but I don't remember looking to see what the RV sites were like. Sorry.
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:45 PM   #4
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Haven't been to Ontario but there are amazing camping locations in Canada. National parks are spectacular.

There are more lakes in Canada than the rest of the world combined....we are outdoors up here
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:15 PM   #5
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Ontario is a beautiful province with the Great Lakes and such... Never camped there as I have family to stay with but am planning to camp that way in June 2015.... There's the Toronto zoo, marine land, Chanda's wonderland Niigata falls and the list goes on and on of attractions...... Northern Ontario is very beautiful with tons of trees and the lakes as well.... Hopefully this is somewhat helpful i tend to just use google.... You can also check out your local AAA and see if they have any campground guides as well as maps
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:54 PM   #6
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If you like camping in State Parks, you will probably like camping in the Ontario Provincial Parks. Check out this web site;
http://www.ontarioparks.com/
Go to the section for reserving on-line, and you can look at maps for each campground. Enter your size criteria for your rig, to see which sites you would fit into. You can also view pictures of each campsite, one by one. Be advised, the popular parks book up quickly for weekends in July-August. They always keep a few sites as non-reservable for those who just show up at the entrance.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:31 PM   #7
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I live in Ontario Canada and we only stay at the ontario parks (see above post). Love them. Never had an issue. Clean, spacious sites and lots to do. But like the about post said you need to book early to get into the best ones. Lots of pictures on their sites for each individual parks and also the big map shows all of them so you can see locations closest to you. Algonquin Park is amazing but is about 4 1/2 hours from the Buffalo NY border. And once you reach the highway heading north out of Toronto you will need to take into account that you are heading towards cottage country and the highway gets very busy and slow.

Sandbanks is another popular ontario park and is one of the fastest filling parks on the eastern shores of Lake Ontario.

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Canada has an abundance of beautiful parks. Come up and enjoy it.
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The family, for reasons I cannot begin to comprehend, just does not seem to be that interested in a big trip out west. My younger son (13) would rather stay home next summer so he can spend a week at scout camp here in Pennsylvania than take a big trip out to Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks. My older son (15) does not want to miss cross-country practice in July and August. My wife does not want to drive that far (about 5,000 miles round trip). This is all up to them because I will be at work and cannot go the entire time. Makes no sense to me - I would be gone the day school was out next summer if I was them.
I can't offer anything constructive about Canada -- only been to Vancouver and Montreal on fly/hotel trips. Loved them both.

Anyway, you first paragraph is one of my greatest fears. A colleague of mine has been encouraging me to plan a couple summers, several years out, for the type of big trip you mentioned before my kids get to old. He didn't, and when he tried his kids were about your's age and it just never happened because the kids didn't have interest due to their involvement in their own activities. He has told me, and I think he's pretty accurate, that around 14ish kids begin having "real responsibility" and "commitments" that make planning multi-week trips nearly impossible. Even when I was growing I started full time summer jobs in the grain mill once I turned 14.

Right now my kids are 8, 6, 2...thinking for us the summers 2018 and 2019 the oldest won't be too old and the youngest will hopefully be just old enough were I can take a leave if absence and take a couple slow wandering extended trips throughout the US.
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:00 PM   #10
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Come to Canada. Enjoy some real wilderness and real beer.

Lots of great camping up here. Where would you go? It's the second largest country in the world, so be a little more specific.
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