Algonquin Trails Camping Resort: My Experience August 2015

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Algonquin Trails Camping Resort is a little misleading as a name. I would remove the word camping and replace it with RV/Trailer. It’s actually only for Recreational Vehicle (RV) and trailer camping. I don’t recommend this place for family camping. Especially if you plan on having visitors. They may as well pay for their own site if there is more than one person.

My Impression of Algonquin Trails

 

Grounds

Physically, the campgrounds are acceptable, not amazing. Sites are a good size and have electric and water service. Reasonable privacy but a little open.

Some of the amenities are a little run down. There is what appears to have been a basketball court that is overgrown and the backboard has holes in it. Not really functional. The volleyball court could use some freshening up of sand. The one good feature is the swimming pool. Very clean and well kept, the pool us under a greenhouse like protective shelter.

All in all, I would rate the grounds 2.5 out of 5.

Welcome

My brother-in-law had moved here because the previous place was too busy and noisy. The plus at Algonquin Trails is that there is certainly peace and quiet, I did appreciate that. 

If you are looking for a place where you want to entertain family and guests, this is NOT the place I would choose.

He had talked to the owner before inviting us to visit, to ensure that it was OK to have us overnight and that we would be putting our tent beside his trailer. Apparently, there some miscommunication. The first thing we saw when we got there is that tents were not welcome and to turn around before entering the park. Hmmm…

We went to register at the office, it was about 6pm and no one was available. There was a sign to press a button that would summon someone in 5 minutes. I don’t have that patience and decided to go to my brother-in-law’s site and unload before returning to the office to register. When I returned to the office, I was greeted with “you need to slow down, the limit here is 10km and you were definitely going over that”. He was referring to when I sped up a little to get out of the way of another vehicle entering the park and I was turning into my parking space. Hmmm…

IMG_20150801_220842We had a wonderful evening with our brother-in-law at a fireworks display in Dwight, just down the road from the park. Next day, we went for a long walk back into Dwight and visited some of the local shops with interesting crafts etc. We got back to the site just around 2. I went to retrieve the car and load up for home when I ran into the owner. We had a nice chat but he made it clear that he didn’t realize we had a tent and it would not be welcome next time.

The end result is that we didn’t feel welcome at all.

Recommendation

I don’t like negativity and apologize for the tone of this blog.

I would not recommend this park to very many people but for some, it may be exactly what they need.

Be very sure before you stay at Algonquin Trails Camping Resort that you understand what their definition of camping is. NO TENTS. PERIOD! In my opinion, if you are looking for solitude, don’t expect any guests and own or rent an RV, it’s acceptable.

I feel that this place is NOT truly camper friendly. I would suggest checking into Algonquin Park and other private campgrounds. Ask clear and specific questions to ensure your choice will meet your needs.

Make it a great day!

Barry

What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for differing opinions. I’m thankful for family. I’m thankful for nature.

What are you thankful for today?

 

 

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