Where do you camp?

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.

setting up our old tent (we gave it away a few years ago)

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:

Cook Forest State Park, Pennsylvania

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.

Dorcas Bay, Ontario

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.

Watkins Glen State Park, New York

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.

Dune’s Edge Campground, Massachusetts

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.


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  1. We love camping and we go every year for the 4th of July. Our favorite camping spot is East Harbor State Park in Marblehead, OH. You have trees, nature paths, the beach, plumbing, and tons of attractions! Heather

  2. We have camped at many different parks throughout the USA and Ontario. In Ontario, some of our favourites are Arrowhead Provincial Park, Bon Echo Provincial Park and Grundy Provincial Park. Algonquin is another must-see. In terms of the USA, our trip to the Eastern States- Vermont, NH and Cape Cod were incredible. KOA’s were fantastic!

  3. i wish i had some good recommendations for you, but i’ve only camped in the midwest! if you ever make it out to minnesota, there are some truly gorgeous spots to camp here!!

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