5 reasons to explore Ontario Parks in an RV

Today’s post comes from Catherine Sugrue, a writer for Canadian leading lifestyle blog DoTheDaniel.com. Catherine is one of six content creators we invited to document and share their Ontario Parks RV experience in a custom-wrapped RV as part of this year’s OP125 celebrations.

Did you know that Ontario Parks turned 125 this year?

Recognized all over the world for stunning scenic landscapes and outdoor recreation opportunities, Ontario Parks hosts millions of people every year from all over the globe.

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A bonding family experience in the #OPescape RV

Today’s post comes to us from Paula Schuck (@inkscrblr), the writer behind Thrifty Mommas Tips, and our next #OPescape content creator to travel around Ontario’s provincial parks in our wrapped RV

A few weeks ago, I listened to a podcast about the brain and nature’s impact on health, and I learned that time spent in natural surroundings impacts immune function, weight, and blood pressure as well as attention deficit disorder.

The impact of even a three day break when spent outdoors enjoying nature lasts months and leaves you in better health mentally and physically.

After learning that, I was more eager than ever to leave on our first ever RV trip (in celebration of Ontario’s Parks 125th anniversary). I needed to see for myself if it was true. Would the experience change us?

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Nutritionist turned camper in the Ontario Parks RV

Today’s post comes from Jordana Hart, creator of I Hart Nutrition. Jordana is one of six content creators we invited to document and share their Ontario Parks RV experience in a custom-wrapped RV as part of this year’s OP125 celebrations.

If I am being honest, while I love nature and love being outdoors, I definitely don’t consider myself to be the camping type. So needless to say, this type of experience was definitely outside of my comfort zone, but one I just couldn’t turn down.

I think the idea of being on an RV is what really convinced me. I had never stepped foot into an RV before, and I’m all about new adventures.

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Toronto – Algonquin – Ottawa Route

Planning a cross-province adventure? Check out the Ontario Parks Driving Routes.

This classic route features the iconic Algonquin Provincial Park, along with Ontario’s abundance of natural waterways and stunning vistas.

Visit majestic waterfalls, scenic whitewater rapids on heritage rivers, and Lake Ontario’s graceful shoreline. Most parks along this route offer rentals to explore by canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard.

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Algonquin — Peterborough Route

Planning a cross-province adventure? Check out the Ontario Parks Driving Routes.

A route to explore Canada’s cultural heritage!

Visit five Visitor Centres that tell the unique story of Ontario’s natural and cultural history through Indigenous rock carvings, the War of 1812, the famous Group of Seven artists, and Ontario’s pristine natural environment.

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Fall RVing in southeastern Ontario

Camping doesn’t always have to involve driving a far distance to pitch a tent.

RVing allows you to experience the beauty of Ontario’s fall colours with more of the comforts of home.

In southeastern Ontario, there are many great RVing opportunities nearby. You can find your adventure by RV at several different parks close to city centres and along major travel routes.

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Brunch-o-licious campground fare

In today’s post, Chef Deb Rankine, a.k.a. The Fridge Whisperer, shares two decadent brunch recipes loved by RVers and tenters alike.

Laid back mornings at the campsite deserve the finest brunch-o-licious fare.

Created in minutes in an RV kitchen, these recipes are also easily adaptable to those tenting on full service sites.

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RV camping in late fall

RV travellers love fall at Ontario Parks even after Canadian Thanksgiving (second Monday in October). Some even camp in winter. Park staff affectionately call these campers ‘winter warriors’ since staying warm and maintaining the water systems in your RV in Ontario winter temperatures is a challenge.  These four Ontario Parks are your best bet for late fall camping in an RV. Know that trailer fill stations for water are normally closed later in the season, based on weather.  However, three parks have campgrounds offering electrical service, and comfort stations with hot showers that are open year round. The fourth, Killarney Provincial Park, does not have electrical service.  The park also closes its comfort stations and turns off its water systems following the Canadian Thanksgiving, but the bathrooms outside of the main office remain open along with a tap so campers can access water to fill large jugs. Don’t forget that you need a park permit to camp in any season at Ontario Parks. More detailed RV information is on the Ontario Parks web site.

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