Saturday, August 25, 2012

Camping in Presqu'ile

The second part of our vacation was a camping trip to Presqu'ile Provincial Park on Lake Ontario. It is about a 4 hour drive from Ottawa, just far enough that it feels like you've left home but not so far that you are tired at the end of the day.  Again, Tucker stayed home with my sister. He wouldn't have been able to do even the short walks we did, although with the weather we had he may have enjoyed being out in the fresh air. We had the best camping weather, sunny with highs of about 22 to 24 degrees C dropping down to about 17 at night; perfect sleeping weather.

Campsite 224 in Lakeside Campground 
Presqu'ile Provincial Park is on a small peninsula most of which is the park but there is a small community near the park as well. The campgrounds mostly all border on Lake Ontario and the pebble beaches. There are sand beaches as well but the dogs are not permitted on those beaches and on some of the trails where the birds nest. The pebble beaches were fine for us, the water is shallow and the bottom was mainly smooth rock with some patches of pebbles. A lot of people in the campground just came out to these beaches to sun bathe and swim. They probably were a lot less crowded than the sand beaches.

Fannie and Jasmine

Shoreline of Lake Ontario

Beckett and Keltic on a rock that they had waded out to.

Presqu'ile Trip
We also did a couple of short walks. The first was just down the shoreline and back through the campgrounds but we also did the Marsh Boardwalk as well as took a drive out to the old lighthouse and had a picnic lunch. The park had a very scenic one-way road that also has a bike lane. From this road there are small parking lots at the start of a few trails for hikers. Nothing for the very serious hiker though, the Jobe's Wood trail is only a little over a kilometer and the other two trails are between 3 and 4 kilometers. There is another trail in the park but dogs are not permitted on that trail as it goes through a migratory bird nesting area.

Jasmine and Beckett on the Marsh Trail

The Marsh Boardwalk

Keltic inspecting a possible mouse house

Looking out on the lake from the shoreline path
Presqu'ile is a very nice small park. The campgrounds are well equipped with nice facilities. It's the second time I had been there, the first time was with Ceilidh and Tucker.  I have a picture of them on the boardwalk, I'll have to see if I can find it. If you only have a few days, you don't leave the park feeling like you missed out on seeing it.


  1. Looks wonderful. Makes me want to go back.

  2. I love the marsh boardwalk! Very cool.

    It looks very relaxing and pristine.

  3. Love the picture of the 2 dogs on the rock on the water. Very adventurous.

  4. Looks beautiful! What a fab time you had!


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