Many would agree that camping is the quintessential Canadian summertime activity. What better way to take in our great outdoors, relax, unplug and overindulge in sugary, fire roasted treats? While you need a bit of equipment to comfortably embark on a camping adventure, even if you’re not roughing it, pitching a tent is comparatively much more affordable than vacations that involve hotels, eating out and so on. In fact, some of my greatest camping memories were made by popping a simple tent up in my backyard, and spending endless moonlit hours laughing with friends and visiting relatives. While camping used to be a mainstay of Lake Ontario Park, since 2005 outdoor enthusiasts have had to venture outside of the city in order to access public camping grounds. Focusing on those that are closest to the Limestone City, this week’s poll question asks:
Coming off of a weekend of camping, the simple criteria regarding what makes a good campground is pretty fresh in my mind. Accessible conservation areas, swim-able lakes, quiet or at least respectful neighbors and clean facilities all combine to make for ideal conditions when it comes to camping. Venturing outside of the city to enjoy one of the dozens of nearby privately owned or provincial campgrounds is a great way to get away without having to travel too far from the City. While I personally think that we missed a golden opportunity to devote a small portion of the soon-to-be revitalized Lake Ontario Park to tents and RVs, I’m honestly not sure I would have used a campsite inside the city. If I wanted to camp inside the city, I’d be better off setting up a tent in my backyard. Even so, visitors to our city would likely have appreciated this option.
Where are your favourite campgrounds near Kingston? What criteria is essential for you and your family when you venture out to enjoy and live in the great outdoors?
Thanks to A1ik for today’s photo.