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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 15

Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort, Sundre, Alberta

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

We have been to Coyote Creek several times throughout the spring, summer and now fall. The current daily fee remains $45 Cdn. For this you have a large (75'x25') level, gravel pad with 20, 30 & 50 amp power that has always remained steady, even when the park was full. Water and sewer are also provided at each of the 40 rental sites and again have always been consistently good. The shower house is clean and well supplied with paper daily. The showers have a good flow of hot water and do not require additional payment. The laundry has two washers ($2) and dryers ($?). There is a book/games exchange, bottle and can recycling. Wi-Fi works well but can get a little slow when the park is full. No cable and only 3 OTA stations but pretty open for satellite reception. Wood for fires can be purchased or you can bring your own. Even when full, this park was very quiet. There is no childrens play park immediately nearby although I think there is one at the seasonal section of sites. No dog walk but plenty of places nearby. The staff are always friendly. There is an advertised on-site wash available by phoning a mobile wash company. Equally, a local RV dealer has a mobile repair service available 7 days per week June, July & August. If there is one site I would not select that would be # 40 - purely for the fact it is alongside the shower house. Other than that, all sites are very good. 2-7, 8 - 15 back on to trees. 36 - 40 back on to the golf course and 16 - 25 back up to the season sites, separated by a tall, white fence. 26 - 35 are pull-through. Dumpster adjacent to the showers Ice and ice-cream sold in the office but nothing else. There is decent shopping in town, only ten minutes drive away. We will continue to visit Coyote Creek as our weekend away venue each season. We camped at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
Tips for other Campers:

Nice walk through crown land to the river. Decent grocery store and food options in town.

Review Count: 66
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 15

Chinook Cove Golf & RV, Barriere, British Columbia

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

The price is in Canadian $ before tax. No discount unless staying seven nights, then one night is free. The RV Park - not really a resort - is located on an elevated, level platform of ground above the golf club. Check-in is at the golf club and was fast. We had a gravel pull-thru site but fairly narrow and about 60' long. Very tight for our 40' 5er with opposing slides and 23' tow vehicle. I had to park away from my rig because of the placement of the trailer on the site - optimized for the utility post and being able to slot it in between the slid-outs. Our site had 20, 30 & 50 amp power (not all have 50amp), water & sewer. Water was a good pressure and the sewer was a ground level towards the rear of the site. Voltage read a steady 120. Wi-Fi is included in the cost of staying and we had a good, strong connection. Between the sites is a neatly mowed strip of grass about 12' wide and a gravel patio area with a heavy picnic table. The bathrooms were clean and tidy. For the men, one very large stall - very easy to get a wheelchair in and a grab bar for assistance. One very large shower stall and two hand sinks. There is a laundry - one washer and one dryer. $2 each (loonies). Also an outside kitchen prep area at the end of the washhouse building. Communal fire pit - no fire pits at sites. The railroad track is about 1km away but the rumble of the trains is very noticeable during the quiet of the night. There is no children's play area or dog walking section. I could not get any OTA TV signals but this is Canada and in the Rookies. Sites 8 - 11 look fairly short and may only fit an RV of about 20 - 25' with tow vehicle. All sites are south facing so pretty much full sun exposure all day with only small trees for shade. What is shown as overflow parking on their site map is now half a dozen electric and water only sites and a dump station.

The RV host was very pleasant and always busy trimming the grass or pruning the trees. We camped at Chinook Cove Golf & RV in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Costco and Walmart about 70kms (45 minutes) south in Kamloops but there is a small grocery store in Barriere that is well stocked and not too expensive - by Canadian standards.

Review Count: 66
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 15

Sicamous KOA, Sicamous, British Columbia

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $51.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate shown is in Cdn $ and before the KOA member discount. I paid using my KOA points so my actual cost was $0. This is conveniently located on the Trans Canada Highway just east of Sicamous. Being so convenient there was highway noise but that does die down late in the evening. Also not too far from the obligatory railroad but that didn't cause us any problem. Check-in was relatively painless even though we had no reservation. The receptionist was fairly new and under instruction but she did a good job and was pleasant. However, I didn't get any KOA literature or plan of the park so had no idea where anything was. Neither did we get an escort to our site or wi-fi code but as this was a one-night stop it wasn't a major problem and I used my Telus hotspot. We were given site 100. A very private site, tucked in to the back corner of the park and about the furthest point away from the TCH. It was a gravel & dirt site, fairly level and pretty wide - enough for opposing slides. Long enough for a 40' 5er and 23' F350 truck. Equipped with a picnic table, fire pit, 30amp power, water & sewer. All well positioned but no breaker on post and had to walk to the office to get staff to re-set after it tripped. Interior roads are dust & dirt. Even at walking speed I kicked up a lot of dust towing to the site. The back row was very poorly lit - non existent. Without a layout I set out to locate the washrooms - only one set for the CG - I believe. Fairly clean but the showers looked dated and the kind that are very difficult to keep clean - looking at these. Bathroom stalls are wide for disabled access but I didn't see any grab bars to help. They offer curbside trash pickup There is a pool, children's play area and an all you can eat daily pancake breakfast for $5.95 (incl drinks ) - bacon extra $ Good for an overnight stop but that would be it - for us anyway. We camped at Sicamous KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
100
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Scraping Branches, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

At a busy time of the day getting out of the park and heading west could be a challenge.

Review Count: 66
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 15

Okotoks Lions Sheep River Campground, Okotoks, Alberta

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate indicated is the daily rate in Cnd $ with no discount and before tax @ 5%. This Lions CG is situated on the banks of the Sheep River and adjacent to Hwy 2a as it passes through the centre of town. Traffic noise is noticeable but not overwhelming and did not cause any problems overnight. Equally, the trains that pass through are on the opposite side of the river but do sound their horns. The staff at reception is pleasant and welcoming and from what I saw, all appear to be seniors. I was advised, without asking, to use a pressure reducer for the water - apparently it is 70+psi. I was also made aware of the town fire ban and outdoor water ban - due to hot, dry weather. They also mentioned there had been a rash of thefts recently and to ensure everything was locked up. Police do patrol through the night and there is a barrier with access code but still accessible to pedestrian or cycle traffic. After paying I was then escorted to my site. This was a long ( 65'+), fairly level, gravel & dirt pull-thru with 30amp, water & sewer. It had a picnic bench and fire pit located on the 15' width of grass between my door side and my neighbor. Sites are fairly close together and there are lots of mature trees for shade. Tengo Wi-Fi is free for 1 hour every 24 and was OK, although it did drop me several times. Additional Wi-FI can be bought. Several OTA TV channels had good signals. Power was stable @ 120v. The bathrooms require a code to access and are small but clean and neatly tiled. Not sure you could get a wheelchair into either of the stalls on the men's side. Showers are pay and looked to cost $1 but for how long I'm not sure. We used our on-board shower so I cannot comment more. No on site laundry or pet walk that I noticed. Overflow parking is available but in a public lot outside the CG. Appears to be mainly transient Rvers but perhaps a handful of seasonals too. Tents are permitted on specific sites. We would revisit. We camped at Okotoks Lions Sheep River Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
21
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

This is a pretty good location to consider when visiting Calgary. It's a large town with all of the major stores including a Costco, Wal-Mart and Canadian Tire. For real British Fish n Chips visit The British Chippy across the river. Best we've had since emigrating. Not cheap but authentic. I'm not sure what else there is to do here as we only came for a change of scenery from our usual weekend haunt and to decompress over the long weekend.

Review Count: 66
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 15

Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs, Saco, Montana

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

The price indicated was for a back-in FHU with 20, 30 & 50amp power. Pull-through sites are an additional $8. We arrived on a Friday evening without a reservation but there was no problem finding an open site. The office area is nicely situated in the main building adjacent to the indoor pool/hot springs. These look very enticing but I was only there for a night. Sites are a mix of very long back-in and pull-troughs', all of which appear to have a fire pit and picnic table. The sites are gravel and dirt but did not appear very level. They are also at 90 deg to the narrow roads making reversing in or turning in to a pull-through more difficult than it needs to be. Initially I picked site 13 but on getting there I found the trees at the back of the site were too low for my 5er and the utilities on 12 & 13 appeared to be placed on the wrong side as they did on another couple of the back in sites. I then walked back and checked it later so I am convinced this was the case. Instead we backed in to site 3. Some sites have a little shade but most are open. I did talk to the owner who is very pleasant and helpful. At the time he was out spraying the enormous mosquitoes that are very noticeable. They actually forced us to stay indoors they were so bad, even with spray on me. The shower house looks like something dating back to the dark ages. There was a bad odor, stains on the floor and flies/bugs everywhere. On the men's side there was two shower stalls and one toilet. This had no door, only a shower curtain. I ended up by using the handicapped shower/toilet because that had a solid, lockable door. No soap at the hand wash sink, just a roll of kitchen paper to dry your hands. Wi-Fi is available but only at the office. We could pick up a decent number of OTA signals for the TV. We camped at Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Located on the north side of US2 about 10 miles (16km) west of Saco. Not well sign-posted and if coming from the west the road is just over the brow of a hill. Bring mosquito repellant - lots of it. Not much in the way of grocery shopping, so bring that with you too. Access to the hot springs is approximately $8.50 pp. This is too early to be classed as a resort but in time, once the RV sites are sorted out and the shower house is torn down and replaced, it may be worthy of 'resort' status

Review Count: 66
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 15

Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort & Cabins, Spearfish, South Dakota

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate indicated is their nightly rate before GS discount and tax. After a long drive all across SD we pulled in to the drive of this resort and found a chalkboard with our name written on, welcoming us to their property - nice touch. This resort is minutes away from I90 and adjacent to US85. The check-in was simple and the guest services receptionist was very pleasant and welcoming. The reception area is huge and also houses a well stocked store and a coffee bar. Initially we were placed in site 52 but that had an issue with low voltage so we moved to 97. The resort was probably less than 1/3 occupied so sites were not a problem. It was also nice that we were not all bunched up together but well spread out across the entire resort. All sites appear to be very level and large (90'+) concrete pads equipped with 20, 30 & 50amp power, water, cable TV (with lots of channels) and three sewer drops. As this is a fairly new resort, trees haven't yet had the time to develop and sites are in full sun. The washrooms are individual rooms equipped with sowers, toilets and a hand washing sink. They even provide those little flushable paper toilet seat covers. The bathrooms I used were always very clean and tidy. The two washroom building also house washers and dryers ($2 each) and double as a severe weather shelter. A mobile RV wash facility is on site. Despite the proximity to the roads traffic noise was very limited. They have a very good sized pool with an equally big patio area. Adult only swimming is 11:30am - 1pm. Wi-Fi is included in the cost of the stay but didn't work very well and was slow. Also needed to log in each time I switched on the laptop, although no password required. We did let staff know of a leaking water supply pipe and within minutes the Maintenance worker was there fixing it. This is a great place and I will certainly return here again. We camped at Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort & Cabins in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
97
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Just over an hour to Mt. Rushmore or Devils Tower. Old town of Deadwood 10 minutes away. Best priced diesel is at Safeway in Spearfish.

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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 15

Shipshewana Campground - South Park, Shipshewana, Indiana

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

We arrived at about 6.30pm and without a reservation. I was surprised to find the CG almost full but the very pleasant lady at the reception was able to find us a long enough pull-through for our 40' 5er for a couple of nights. The sites are fairly level gravel & dirt with 30 & 50amp power, water and a sewer drop. Each site has a picnic table and fire pits can be borrowed from the office. The power supply remained steady and caused us no problems. Sites are separated by a small strip of mowed grass but there isn't much in the way of privacy. Two washroom blocks are old but clean and the showers, although we did not use them appeared Ok. There is a laundry in one of the two blocks but again we did not use this. Interior roads are gravel and easy to navigate. There are no trains nearby and very little in the way of traffic noise while we stayed there. Wi-Fi is included in the price and does not require a password although for most of the time it wasn't particularly strong but just enough for emails and browsing. After two nights we left while our RV was being worked on nearby and we then returned for a third night before setting off the following morning. This place is adequate for a two or three night stop and I would consider staying here again if ever we are in the area. We camped at Shipshewana Campground - South Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
47
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Good Amish family restaurants in the area. Be very aware of the horse buggies, slow down and give them space.

Review Count: 66
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 15

Sioux Falls KOA, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

We arrived here by accident after I incorrectly entered Sioux Falls instead of Sioux City in to our GPS. All they had available was a back-to-back, back-in site with power and water. The check-in staff was polite and helpful, as was our escort driver who ensured that we were placed as well as possible in to the space. Another unit was already in one half of the site and had come right up to the marker meaning that we had to leave about 4' in order to allow for some privacy and space between the two rigs. We have a 40' 5er with the utilities about 1/3 of the way back from the front end. Because of this, our 50 amp power cable wouldn't reach the supply post located at the back of the site and the only way I could connect was to use a 30amp extension and a 50/30 pig-tail. As a result, we couldn't power up both AC units without tripping the breaker. As it happened, later in the night, the CG lost power for several hours during a storm but with temperatures in the 100's we really could have used that AC to cool us down. Sites are gravel and dirt but level enough for us to have no problems. We had trees on both side of us and they did provide some relief. Sites are equipped with a picnic table on a small, rough piece of grass between the sites. There is Wi-Fi but it was completely useless and we went over to McDonalds just to open emails. This is a KOA Journey and is located right alongside I90 so there is a significant amount of traffic noise. This part doesn't have trees to shield the noise and would benefit from some screening from the highway. We only stayed for the one night but the pool was a welcome relief from the oppressive heat. The washrooms were clean but we didn't use the showers - used our own onboard facilities. There is a dump station at the exit and dumpsters for garbage. If we're ever back in the area I think we'd look for somewhere else. We camped at Sioux Falls KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B06
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Grocery shopping stores convenient and local. Easy on and off Interstate.

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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 15

Fisherman's Corner COE, Hampton, Illinois

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is only the second time we have stayed at a COE CG but once again we very happy with the site and facilities. This CG has approximately 56 back-in sites of varying sizes. You'll have to see those when booking through their on-line reservation system. All sites were concrete pads that appeared to be pretty level and had a patio area. Ours was rock/gravel and located at the back of our site, housing the picnic bench and a fire pit. The 50 amp electric remained stable during the course of our two day lay-over and we experienced no problems. The power pedestal was located towards the rear of the pad. We took the wheels of the rig to the end of the concrete in order to reach which meant that our back end was well over the patio area. None of the sites are water and/or sewer connected although there are numerous water faucets around where one can fill the tanks. There is no Wi-Fi but we did find numerous OTA TV channels. The CG is split in to two loops, one being closer to the river and offering some sites with uninterrupted views. This side appears to fill up quickly, hence the reason we took a site on the second loop. The roads are asphalt and allow access for big rigs (we have a 40' 5er). Although adjacent to the railroad, during our stay we never had any trains pass by. The only trains we knew about were actually on the IA side of the river but didn't cause us any disturbance. You are close to the IL84 but traffic is pretty light and the Cicadas drown the traffic noise. The washrooms are a little dated but clean. However the showers did look grubby and we did not use them. A Ranger patrols the park for added security. There is a two-lane dump station at the exit. We enjoyed our stay here and would happily stop over again. We camped at Fisherman's Corner COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
43
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

From I80 west, take exit one just before crossing the Mississippi in to IA. Drive west along IL84 for about 3kms and the CG is on the right just after a wooden pedestrian footbridge running parallel to the road. Whitey's Ice Cream is a must and available at several locations. Visit Isabel Blooms stores for gifts. Cheapest diesel appears to be in East Line at the Conoco gas station. Lost of McD's for free Wi-Fi.

Review Count: 66
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 15

Toronto-North KOA/Cookstown, Cookstown, Ontario

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $86.00
Overall Rating:      

The price indicated is in Canadian $ with tax and the KOA member discount for a large, fairly level gravel site equipped with 50amp electricity, water, cable TV and sewer that all worked well. Wi-Fi is available at each site but is painfully slow and often to the point of being unable to open a website or email. The premium site also had a brick patio, very solid table and chairs (made of recycled plastics) and a barbecue with propane. Both prior to and during our twelve-night stay the campground was subjected to several heavy downpours of rain. This causes the roads to flood in several places and the grass verges to become very soft which in turn, makes them vulnerable to getting chewed up by vehicles and trailers. This is a very popular CG for families and the pool always looked to be very busy - and for that reason we didn't use it ourselves. The bathrooms are cleaned daily but unfortunately some of the people staying at the CG use that as an excuse for not treating them, as they would like to find them. Not the fault of KOA but rather the people who abuse them. It would be nice to see the KOA staff check on bathroom supplies at the end of the day though. Several times, after the office had closed and the staff left, I found there to be no hand towels or toilet paper. There is some road noise from the nearby Hwy 400 but due to the proximity and easy access to and from the Hwy, this is only to be expected. Although he sites are long and pretty wide, there is only one sewer drop which meant that for my 40' fifth wheel RV, we had to use an extension hose in addition to the regular hose. The staff is courteous and professional but to my surprise there was no escort to the site. On a couple of occasions, just before the arrival of a storm, staff came around to warn of potential high winds. There is a gated entry that requires an access code, provided when you check in. Washers and dryers are both $2 (Cdn) per load. We camped at Toronto-North KOA/Cookstown in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
105
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Tangers Outlet Mall less than 5 minutes away and the KOA provide a shuttle to this. Costco and a large Wal-Mart on the southern tip of Barrie. Cheapest diesel is available in Barrie. Downtown Toronto about an hours drive (outside of the rush hour) south. Cottage country about 90 minutes NW. Innisfil Creek GC next door to KOA.

Review Count: 66
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 15

Pinecrest Tent & Trailer Park, Thessalon, Ontario

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

The price indicated (which I feel is too high) is in Cdn $ and includes tax for a 30amp and water site - no sewer connection. Wi-Fi is included in this price but was incredibly difficult to acquire and then hold without continuously being dropped. The power was poor to say the least. After approximately 8pm, my Progressive Industries EMS repeatedly kicked in with a low voltage error being indicated. I don't know if this is something to do with the park or their provider. Thankfully my fridge and freezer can also run on propane so I didn't suffer any losses. Equally the PI EMS most likely saved my appliances and electronics. I was only running the fridge and charging a cell phone at the time so it was certainly not caused by me. On arrival the note in the office window indicated the owner/manager was out in the park somewhere. Having made our reservation months ago we ventured past the entrance and found one of only a small number of pull-through sites open for transients. The remainder of the park is utilized by mostly seasonal guests who were pleasant and chatty. However, some of the rigs appear to be well beyond their life expectancy and many have permanent extensions built on. Some are very cluttered and make the place look untidy. Our gravel & dirt site was far from level but as we were now only staying for one night and not the planned two we had originally reserved I didn't bother too much. The owners were gracious with us after we cancelled a night due to a problem with a slide on the rig and needing to get it fixed near Barrie. There is good access to a nice sandy beach and Lake Huron. The CG is directly adjacent to Hwy 17 so expect traffic noise. I took a peek at the showers while they were unoccupied and found them to be quite unclean. There is a laundry but I don't know how much this was. We would not stay here again when next passing through the area. We camped at Pinecrest Tent & Trailer Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The entrance is located at the end of a section of road with a passing lane. Only 800' to slow from 90kmh to turn in to the CG - not fun with an 18 wheeler riding your tail end.

Review Count: 66
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 15

Penn Lake Park Campground, Marathon, Ontario

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

The price (which I felt was a little expensive) indicated is in Cdn $ and includes tax for a 50amp FHU (including cable tv), pull-thru, gravel site that was level. Each site appears to have a picnic table with bench seats and a fire pit. There are two pull-thrus for big rigs at about 80'+ and just in through the main gate of the park. #2 wasn't particularly private, being open on the door side and the main access road passing right by. The site on the other side is much more private but this was taken by someone in a tent who plugged their electric car in to the 30amp outlet. I booked several months ago through the town office and had been assigned my site by their staff. I had no interaction with the on-site staff but did see one or two of them around. Drop-in registration is available at the gate. Many of the back-in sites are nestled in to the trees but it would be a struggle for a big rig to get in to any of these The shower houses are individual showers with what appeared to be plenty of space. I took a peek while they were empty and they appeared clean and there was no additional charge to use them. The toilets were also clean and very accessible to those who use a wheelchair with wider doors and grab bars. There is a small laundry but I couldn't see how much it was to use. The power was a steady 120v and we experienced no problems. Water tasted good but the pressure wasn't particularly high. All services were located centrally on the correct side of the site. There are trains nearby but these do not appear to run through the night and it wasn't a problem. Many folk in town sound like they have ATV's and use them to get around so there was some noise there. Wi-Fi is included in the price of staying and worked well enough for us. The CG is part of the town park and sat next to a small, shallow pond/lake with clean, sandy beaches and children play equipment. This is a gem of a place and I would certainly return. We camped at Penn Lake Park Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Located in the town, there was access to an Extra Foods grocery store which has a good selection of foods. There is also a gas bar selling diesel that has a wide nozzle for quick fills. This is the cheapest place around for fuel. We looked for a local restaurant but it was late and nothing appeared to be open.

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States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 15

Crystal Lake Campground, Vermilion Bay, Ontario

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

The price indicated is in Cdn $ and includes tax for a 50amp FHU, pull-thru, asphalt site that is fairly level. Each site appears to have a picnic table and seats, trashcan and a fire pit. There are five pull-thrus, all approximately 100’ long. #2 has a couple of mature cedar trees that afford some screening from site #1. The remaining sites have about 15 - 20’ of grass separation.

The CG has approximately 28 mixed sites in a 40-acre section of land located by a small lake with a nice sandy shore. Unfortunately, for our three-day stay it rained heavily so we couldn’t get out to explore too much.

The shower houses have two or three showers each but there doesn’t appear to be any distinction as to which is male or female. We used our onboard facilities anyway. The same shower house also has toilets in each side. In another block located closer to the lake, there are two separate rooms with toilets and a room with a washing machine (replaced while I was there) and a dryer but I don’t know how much these are to operate.

We had an open ground fault when connecting to the electric so we moved to another site the following day after one opened up but I did see the owner repairing the defective pedestal a day or two later.

The CG appeared quite empty after our first night with only a couple of RV’s being there at anyone time

There are trains nearby but these do not appear to run through the night and it wasn’t a problem. Located about 1km from the highway so very little in the way of traffic noise.

The owner was down to earth, honest and friendly. Always appears busy working and making improvements.

We couldn’t pick up any OTA TV signals but the pull-thru sites do lend themselves to being satellite friendly. I didn’t see a dog walk area but equally, we don’t have a dog so I wasn’t really looking for one either. Wi-Fi is included in the price of staying and worked well enough for us. We camped at Crystal Lake Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Pleasant 4km trail starting and finishing at the CG. Try the "Comfort Table Bakery" about 4kms further east along Hwy 17. Great coffee, pastries and chilli. Small grocery store in the town is good for basics but you might want to bring most of your groceries with you. Diesel available at the Shell gas station further east along Hwy 17. Liquor store (LCBO in Ontario) for wines, beer, etc also further east on the hwy.

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States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 15

Meadowlark Campground & RV Park, Brandon, Manitoba

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

The indicated price is in Cdn $ and includes tax. Travelling eastbound across the prairies on the TCH is mind numbing and we'd been driving for the best part of 9 hours when we pulled in here without having made a reservation. Located just off the TCH was convenient but also prone to traffic noise which is only to be expected. The entry road is very pot-holed and rough but manageable. The check-in was friendly and being here for only a night we got a 50amp pull through right opposite the office. The utilities worked well with a steady power level and decent water pressure. It took me a couple of minutes to locate the sewer point that was tucked down in the neatly mown grass between us and the neighbours. The sites are fairly level gravel & grass. Long enough that we didn't need to unhook the 40' 5er and full size dually although we did disconnect to make it easier to head off and refuel. The bathrooms are older but clean and require an access code. It might be tight using these if anyone is in a wheelchair. I didn't venture in to the showers as we have our own onboard facilities. Wi-Fi is included in the price of the stay but was a challenge to use even for browsing. I only found 2 OTA TV channels but that might be something to do more with being in Canada than anything else. Many rigs looked like seasonal or permanents. We camped at Meadowlark Campground & RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
210
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Large Safeway a few blocks away with a gas bar for discounted fuel (gas & diesel) if you've shopped in the store. Wal-Mart & Home Depot in the same complex.

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States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 15

Willowbend Campground & Cabins, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

The price noted is in Canadian $ and fully inclusive of tax for a 30amp FHU pull-thru site. We called ahead while about an hour out because I wasn't sure when the office would close and it was getting late in the day. The owner was very amenable and waited until we arrived. The site was a long pull-thru enabling us to stay connected with the 40'5er and a full size dually. I did lower the front legs just to take the weight from the truck but the site was pretty level so we had no problems there. All sites and roads appear to be level from what I saw. They are primarily dirt but with ample space between and some privacy was afforded by a few spruce trees between the neighbor and us. The utilities were located towards the very back and my water hose was about a foot too short to connect to my rig without using the extension hose. Being an overnighter, we opted for 30amp service and sufficient for our needs. Power showed 123 v on my PI EMS. Water pressure was steady and the water quite palatable. The Wi-Fi access is included in the cost of staying here and was adequate for browsing or emails. There appears to be one washroom block, which, on the men's side, had one very large private shower and two toilets. One is above average size but the narrow door would hinder anyone in a wheelchair and there wasn't any grab rails if needed. The washrooms were dated but very clean. A bottle of liquid soap is provided at the hand sinks as well as disposable paper hand towels. As others mentioned, there are trains and only about 50 yds away. The rig vibrated when they passed by sounding their horns every trip - even in the middle of the night. Located about 8kms south of the TCH this is good for an overnight stop and I would stay again. We camped at Willowbend Campground & Cabins in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B1
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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