Stopover in Campbellford – Ontario, CANADA

The beach at Presqu'ile Provincial Park

The beach on Lake Ontario at Presqu’ile Provincial Park

The drive from Montreal to Toronto is no day’s drive for us so we needed a stop-over and a place to kill a few days before we were meeting up with our friends from Arizona in Toronto (and our Toronto friends, who have real jobs and not much time to hang out with us vagabond boho live-in-our-trailer dirty hippies). Chris found Ferris Provincial Park (Canada’s version of a State Park) as a good half-way point so we made that our next stop. He read about the suspension bridge over the river in the park and we knew Zeph would love that. The bonus part was the campground was so darn pretty and we were just about the only people in it! It’s a primitive campground, a few spots have water and electricity (hydro, as they call it in Canada), and there are showers in one part of the campground. We had a huge grassy spot there, but didn’t know our time there corresponded with the hatching of a million billion little mosquitos, so we tried bug spray and smoke from the fire pit, but the only thing that kept those little buggers off of us was staying inside.

Suspension bridge over the river in Ferris Provincial Park

Suspension bridge over the river in Ferris Provincial Park

Ferris is just outside of the little town of Campbellford, population 6,000 or so I believe. We got a carwash at the local firestation for a donation. That was fun! We drove right into the firehouse and the firemen scrubbed down the extremely dirty CRV and washed it clean. We tried poutine the first night we were there (basically French fries smothered with gravy and melted cheese), and did some exploring of the other small towns in the area. We went to Warkworth, where they were having their annual Lilac Festival. Warkworth was a charming little town, and it seemed everyone who lived there was out and about wandering the little downtown shops and lilac walkway. There was a delicious shortbread shop (Sprucewood), plenty of antique shops, a quirky giftshop (don’t remember the name of it but it was cool) and tons of really friendly people.

Our awesome giant campsite at Ferris. Too bad there were so many biting flies and mosquitos!

Our awesome giant campsite at Ferris. Too bad there were so many biting flies and mosquitos!

The last day we were there we drove to Presqu’ile Provincial Park on Lake Ontario. This campground was beautiful! The edge of the lake along the campground is turquoise blue and clear. If we ever end up back in this part of the world we will camp there.
All in all we had a great time in this part of Ontario, and were impressed by the yummy food and beautiful countryside. But onto the city for us – we had a date with friends in Toronto to get to!

Standing on the riverbank that runs through the town of Campbellford

Standing on the riverbank that runs through the town of Campbellford

  • Allie

    The sky is sooo blue!