About Neil C.

2007-2010: full-time RVing (Canada/US); ..... 2011-2014: stayed at various seasonal sites; ..... 2015: living in a cabin (Ontario); ..... 2016: hopefully back on the road again!

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Gros Morne / Norris Point KOA, Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

$36 CDN for a large, level, private back-in site with 30-amp electric, water, picnic table and fire pit. Other site configurations are available, including full hookups. Interior gravel roads were well maintained. The grounds, my site and the washrooms were very clean. The free Wi-Fi was useless (even though the signal strength was very good); 63% packet loss meant that nothing worked, even in the late morning when most of the overnight campers had already left. I got very good Telus cell reception at my site. The office staff were friendly, but put me in a site that already had another camper in it... apparently someone was told to move into that site, but the staff didn't update the computer, so it thought the site was empty.

As seems typical with KOA, it's MUCH pricier than other options (especially compared with $18.60 for sites in the national park), but when you need hookups, it's the only option. We camped at Gros Morne / Norris Point KOA in a Tent.

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Trout River Campground (Parks Canada), Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is at the end of a long, winding highway, which big rigs may wish to avoid. (Especially the sharp turn onto Highway 431 near Woody Point!) Sites are back-in, with good privacy, picnic tables and fire pits. Washrooms seemed clean. There are no hookups or cell reception, but the free Wi-Fi did work for me; it's available in the "public kitchen" area, but does not extend throughout the campground. It's a short drive back to Trout River, where there is a gas station, laundromat and restaurant (but no cell reception there either).

Price was $18.60 CDN, plus day pass or annual pass. We camped at Trout River Campground (Parks Canada) in a Tent.

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Lomond campground (Parks Canada), Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an unserviced campground between the park entrance and the tablelands area. Sites are large and mostly level (all are back-in), with moderate privacy. Picnic tables, fire pits, central water taps and free showers are available, but no hookups or Wi-Fi. Cell reception (Telus) was almost unusable. Price was $18.60 CDN plus day pass (or annual pass); bring exact change because the park is self-registration; the attendant never showed up the whole time that I was there. There are 3 hiking trails in the area, plus quaint fishing villages a short drive away. We camped at Lomond campground (Parks Canada) in a Tent.

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Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
27
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to drive to Trout River, and take the Tablelands hike on your way.

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Mountain Vista Seaside Campground/Bird Island Boat Tours, Big Bras d'Or, Nova Scotia

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice quiet park that's only a few km from the highway to the ferry to Newfoundland. Grassy back-in sites with lots of room; clean (but small) washrooms. Wi-Fi didn't seem to work very well. Boat tours to Bird Island were also available. We camped at Mountain Vista Seaside Campground/Bird Island Boat Tours in a Tent.

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Site Details

Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Lost Lake Campground, Bancroft, Ontario

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a basic campground with mostly seasonal sites; phone ahead to see if there are any serviced overnight sites available (most unoccupied sites are unserviced). Narrow winding interior roads make it unsuitable for big rigs. No WiFi or flush toilets; outhouses only. The campground is on a private lake; very peaceful and quiet, especially during the week when the seasonal campers are not around. Lots of trees (which means lots of mosquitoes too); nice sandy beach with play equipment for kids. Sites were very clean, with a picnic table and a fire pit. Cellular reception was fairly good. 2016 rates: $32/night unserviced; $34/night serviced. We camped at Lost Lake Campground in a Tent.

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Site Details

Site Type
Back in
Site Space

Campground Details

Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Swan Lake Campgrounds, Sesekinika, Ontario

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a quiet RV park on Highway 11, north of Kirkland Lake. It is far enough in from the highway that you won't notice the trucks or trains. It has a boat launch, nice sunsets, cottages for rent, a laundry room and dump station, but no sewer hookups. Overall, it was clean and quiet. We camped at Swan Lake Campgrounds in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

James Bay Highway - Lac Rodayer, Matagami, Quebec

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a lovely rustic (no services) campground on Rodayer Lake, along the James Bay Highway running from Matagami to Radisson. At km 189, follow the good gravel road about 1/2 km to the lake. There are 11 level, medium-sized back-in sites surrounding a large turn-around area. There are picnic tables, an outhouse and a boat launching ramp. The campsite is free, but the municipality suggests a $5/day donation to cover the maintenance costs. More information is available at the information station at km 6. We camped at James Bay Highway - Lac Rodayer in a Tent.

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

James Bay Highway - Waswanipi River, Matagami, Quebec

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a rustic (no services) campground along the James Bay Highway running from Matagami to Radisson. At km 48, follow the gravel logging road 10 km to the Waswanipi River. There are two back-in sites, suitable for small or medium-sized RVs; no big rigs. There are picnic tables, an outhouse and a boat launching ramp. This area is *very* remote; even in August, I was the only person there. The campsite is free, but the municipality suggests a $5/day donation to cover the maintenance costs. More information is available at the information station at km 6. We camped at James Bay Highway - Waswanipi River in a Tent.

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Milton Heights Campground, Milton, Ontario

Date of Stay: November, 2010 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

Medium-sized level sites; a generally clean and decent campground. Wi-Fi isn't free, although the rates aren't too bad. The main negative is the constant highway noise! We camped at Milton Heights Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Algonquin Provincial Park - Mew Lake Campground, Whitney, Ontario

Date of Stay: November, 2010 - $46.00
Overall Rating:      

The good: scenic park, with fairly large sites and good roads. Lakefront sites available if you book far enough in advance, or go off-season. Lots of hiking; open year-round. The bad: hideously overpriced for electric-only sites. This was the most expensive park (by far) that I've stayed in all year. We camped at Algonquin Provincial Park - Mew Lake Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Sutton Bay Park, New Liskeard, Ontario

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great park, just a few km east of highway 11 on Lake Temiskaming off Highway 65. It's mostly seasonal sites, with several rows of short-term sites. Some are huge pull-throughs, others are large back-ins. Prices vary by services required. Free fast Wi-Fi available, but reception will vary due to trees and hills near the office. There's a small store, boat launch, swimming pool and kids playground available. Cell phone reception is very marginal, although a new tower across the lake is being installed for 2011. I stayed here for a month and a half, and loved it. We camped at Sutton Bay Park in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Culver Park, Kirkland Lake, Ontario

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a municipal park with mostly seasonal campers, but some overnighters. Sites are fairly large, level back-ins with a picnic table and a fire pit. Park has a beach on the lake, and a playground area for the kids. It's only a 10 minute drive into Kirkland Lake for groceries and supplies. We camped at Culver Park in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Big Water Campground, Timmins, Ontario

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is almost entirely filled with seasonal campers, but occasionally they can fit an overnighter in. There are only four sites with electrical hookups (powered by solar panels!); the remainder are unserviced due to the remote location (14 km north of Timmins on Highway 655). Roads are good; most sites are quite large, surrounded by trees. Untreated well water is centrally available, as well as a dump station. Access is via swipe cards, which seem to randomly stop working. I'd strongly suggest that you phone before coming, as all sites may be full during the summer (I ended up camping in their parking lot, which worked out okay). We camped at Big Water Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Eastview RV (formerly Camper City), Timmins, Ontario

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a small RV dealership with 6 campsites available for short-term stays, some with 30-amp hookups and others with 15 amps. There are no showers, toilets, laundry, Wi-Fi or any other facilities available and campers are told that the well water is not fit for human consumption! It's nicer than staying at a Wal-Mart, but is not a good value for your money at $36/night. We camped at Eastview RV (formerly Camper City) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Cameron's Beach Trailer Park, Iroquois Falls, Ontario

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice park just off highway 11, with good signage and roads. It's mostly seasonal sites, but has partial and full service overnight sites too. Very quiet, no highway noise and only 1 train per day going past. Wi-Fi is $5/day, but there is good cellular coverage for those people with an air card. Large sandy beach, boat launch, snack bar and boat rentals available. I stayed here a week and would definitely return. We camped at Cameron's Beach Trailer Park in a Travel Trailer.

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