Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Presqu'ile Provincial Park

Just back from a week at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, near Brighton. The park has a fantastic one-way road around the perimeter, with a generous bike lane.

The kids biked from the campground down to the nature centre or the lighthouse every day, and we spent most afternoons enjoying the warm water at the long, sandy beach. My seven-year-old and I went "goggling" on the rocky beach next to the campground and came up with a bucket full of colourful stones.

The staff at Presqu'ile are extremely motivated, and the kids loved the programs. Especially the one where the snakes came out. Both kids were wearing a corn snake around their neck.

Not too much wildlife on this trip, just plenty of garter snakes, and we rescued a couple of salamanders that we found when packing up to leave.

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  1. Anonymous9:34 pm

    Thanks for the post on Presqu'ile. Because of your blog we visited and had a great time. It's a fantastic park and the staff were exactly as you described- friendly and enthusiastic. We managed to book site 333, a premium site right by the water (http://flic.kr/p/ctd5Rs)- if you can try to get 333, 330 or 328. The boardwalk was rebuilt in 2009 and this was interesting walk for the kids and their grandparents. Photo: http://flic.kr/p/ctjMNd
    It's definitely a park for bike riding as it is actually very large. We did an interesting hike along the beach from our campsite to the lighthouse (http://flic.kr/p/ctd4e7) for a total of 6km. The staff at the interpretive centre were very friendly and the kids enjoyed the little museum there, especially the videos of the dives to the wrecks.

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed the trip. We still talk about the great programs at Presqu'ile. Those waterfront sites were under about a foot of water when we were there - it had poured quite a bit just before we arrived.

  3. Mommy Happy Camper6:53 pm

    I just got back from Presqui'le. I too am a big fan of the Provincial Park system. This park does have great programs, hikes and a nice beach but my goodness ... THE SMELL. It's almost a dealbreaker. Sorry but the outhouses are the WORST I've ever encountered. Also, the shoreline smelled of dead fish. I felt so bad for the campers on "premium" sites lakeside. Beautiful view, but the smell was so fierce I gagged just driving by. Luckily the site we had was far enough away that we didn't suffer but I'm not so sure I would go back to that park. The comfort station with showers was very clean and lovely, unfortunately none of the electrical campgrounds have flushing toilets, just the horrendous outhouses. Thumbs down.

  4. Yikes! Must be the weather - I don't remember any smell. We stayed close enough to the comfort station to walk, and our trailer has a bathroom so that sure helped.

    I don't know if I'd go back either - we sure prefer the northern parks.