Where can you go in your RV in Ontario this summer? The question is really where can’t you go! There’s nowhere that the open Ontario roads and highways can’t take you this summer. But, while it’s always fun to set out and see where the road takes you, you may want to start thinking about some destinations now. Due to new COVID-related restrictions, such as capacity limits, campsites and attractions are booking fast for the summer of 2021. As well, now that Ontario is safely reopening, most people are ready to go RVing and seek adventure after a long year of lockdown. Luckily Hiemstra can help you get your RV road-ready and give you some ideas on where to go this summer in Ontario.
Ontario: Yours to Discover
Whether you’re looking for a true roughing it experience, a sight-seeing adventure, or some family fun, Ontario has it. The province is truly yours to discover.
Don’t let the summer pass you by without visiting the oldest provincial park in Canada, Algonquin Provincial Park. There are numerous hiking trails, a visitor and education centre, and plenty of lakes for canoeing. You will probably see a moose! The park welcomes RV enthusiasts, couples, and families, and has many sites that are suitable for almost all types and sizes of RVs. You’ll also have access to comfort stations, sanitation facilities, flush toilets, and showers on certain campsites.
Super-Secret Side Stops: On your way to Algonquin, stop at Webers on highway 11 for a delicious charcoal barbecued burger. While you’re camping, take a trip into the town of Whitney, Ontario for some ice cream. And if you’re looking for a real adventure, check out the Bonnechere Caves in Eganville, Ontario.
The Big Nickel
For the sightseers out there, consider taking a trip to the Big Nickel this summer. It’s located in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, so there’s no shortage of excellent RV facilities on the way, and nearby. For those looking to make the trip to Sudbury fun for the whole family, you’re in luck. The Big Nickel isn’t just a big nickel in the middle of nowhere. It’s located on the site of Dynamic Earth, an interactive science museum. And while you’re there, don’t forget to tour the nickel mine!
Super-secret Side Stops: Be sure to check out the French River, about an hour before Sudbury if you’re coming from Toronto. There’s a beautiful trail, and you can enjoy a picnic lunch. But the best part is the large suspension bridge. Cross it for a real thrill! If you prefer nets to bridges, consider a stop in Parry Sound for a visit to the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame.
Fanshawe Conservation Area
You don’t have to go way up north to enjoy some exceptional camping and Ontario nature. Keep it local and take the RV down the road to London’s own Fanshawe Conservation Area. This is a great campground for a quick weekend jaunt in the RV, or for families with young ones looking to test out the RV before taking it on a longer adventure. Fanshawe Conservation Area has many amenities, including a playground for kids. This local RV campground is a hidden gem in the big city, and it fills up fast, so book ahead if you’re considering an adventure in London, Ontario.
Super-secret Side Stops: Some may call it cheating, but there’s a Tim Hortons just down the road from the main entrance of the conservation area. Just hop in your car and you’re minutes away from that familiar Canadian brew. Or, if you’re thinking about a full breakfast, consider Johnny’s, the small diner that serves all-day breakfast, just minutes north on Fanshawe Park Road.
There are many beautiful RV parks located in and around the Lambton Shores, Port Franks, and Ipperwash areas, all off of Lake Huron. But if you have a family and you’re looking for a fun-filled summer all without ever leaving the park, you’ll want to check out Our Ponderosa. Hot tubs, heated pools, horseshoe pitches, and that’s just for the adults! For kids, there’s a splash pad, play parks, waterslides, mini-golf…and more! Stay overnight or book a whole season.
Super-secret Side Stops: The area around Our Ponderosa is known for its large sand dunes. Climb to the top and race down but be careful not to stumble. If you’re looking for a view, Enjoy a stunning sunset on Ipperwash Beach or at Kettle Point. Top off the day with a slice of Pizza from Port Franks mainstay Grog’s Pub and Grill. And of course, when you RV in Lambton Shores, you’re only minutes away from the world-famous shopping and beach at Grand Bend, Ontario.
Port Burwell, Port Bruce, and Port Stanley
You’ll find a whole lot of RV parks, quaint port towns, beaches, sun, sand, and surf off of Lake Erie. If you like shopping, Port Stanley offers the best in seaside shops. And for the RV enthusiast who also enjoys a spin out on the water, there’s plenty of marinas or boat rental facilities as well. Be sure to check out the Happy Hills Campground.
Super-secret Side Stops: The Port Bruce peer offers breathtaking views. Grab a hotdog or an ice-cream cone, play at the playground, and enjoy the sound of crashing waves. There is sometimes live music, entertainment, and other events under the peer pavilion too. In Port Stanley, enjoy some Mackies fries, or a few cocktails on the GTs patio after a day of sunbathing on the beach. You can also see the famous Port Bruce bridge that fell down. It’s a real local attraction!
Off-Peak RV Adventures
If you’re seeking an off-peak time adventure instead of a main attraction, consider the following:
- Winter RVing at MacGregor Point
- Dog sledding at Algonquin Park
- Camp near Niagara Falls during the off-season to see attractions at reduced rates
Many of the options listed above also have off season rates available. Contact them to learn more.
No matter where you end up, if you’re in Ontario you know there’s going to be something to see, something to do, and somewhere great to eat! But don’t wait! Many attractions and RV parks are filling up fast, so book a spot and make your plans today!
Let Hiemstra help you get your RV ready to take you where you want to go. We offer a full-service menu, and we guarantee all of our work. Hiemstra is also a Jayco RV and RV parts dealer. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we’ll help you order it from our online catalogue. Contact us today.