Now that this has become summer of camping for us, we’ve been compiling a list of places we’d like to go, including some of our favourite outdoorsy places from our tent camping days. Over the next few months, we’re planning to go to the Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest, New York State’s Finger Lakes and the our own Bruce Pennisula.
We’re looking to add some new parks to our list, and I’m looking for recommendations. Ideally, we’re looking for places within about a 300km radius of the Greater Toronto Area, but I’d love to hear about any other amazing spots for longer road trips in the future.
Here’s what we look for in a campsite:
We like to have trees for both shade and privacy. I see so many campgrounds where people are just crammed into an open field. This just doesn’t look fun at all.
I’m not much a swimmer, but I like to be near water. If it’s really hot, I’ll even risk coming in contact with the unidentified scary things that lurk beneath a lake’s surface. Occassionally, we’ll also rent a canoe. Whether we use the water recreationally or not, we like to have the option.
This is really more for me than Jeremy. I’m not good at sitting still. After our trip a few weeks ago, Jeremy expressed that he wished I could just sit and do nothing for a while.
I can’t. It’s genetically impossible. I come from a long line of busy bees and putterers. I get restless if I sit idle for too long. Therefore, I need things to see and do when we get away. I prefer to visit places where there’s something interesting to check out. Perhaps a geologically impressive formation, a quaint country town, or a historically significant monument. I just need something to do, other than just camp.
Plumbing and Electricity
I really do wish I could be one of those people who could just camp out on a piece of crown land and be happy, but I’m not. I need a flushing toilet, a hot shower, and a place to plug in my hot rollers (for those reading this, who don’t know me well, I’m not kidding about the rollers).
So, where do you think we should go?
I’d love to hear all about your favourite camping spots and experiences.