Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Turkey Point Provincial park

Located on the north shore of Lake Erie, Turkey Point Provincial Park will always hold a special place in my heart. Back in 2002, it was the first park that we experienced as a family, with a small tent and 3 kids, all under the age of 4.

Many things have changed; the kids are all bigger, we camp in a trailer for the most part, and our dog Rosie accompanies us now. One thing that hasn’t changed is our family’s love of camping and the outdoors.

We decided to start the 2010 camping season with a return trip to Turkey Point and found that it hadn’t changed at all and is still a beautiful destination with lots to offer.

Booking a little late this year, we camped at site 208, which is in the middle of the Whippoorwill campground. The site was a great size but a little more open to the neighbours than I like. The best sites in the park are around the outer perimeter; particularly 107 and 109 (get these 2 if you want 2 amazing sites together!) Other great sites are 108, 117, 118, 121, 122, 123, 128, 153– 158, 159 and 161. These sites are large, private and have the added benefit of having nothing but woods behind them. They are a mixture of electrical and non-electrical sites, so check out the details when you are booking.

Turkey Point Park is not right on the water but is less than a 5 minute drive away. The park maintains a parking lot right on the beach and your park parking pass gives you parking privileges there. In my opinion, the beach is just average and if you are looking for a good beach day, my recommendation is to do the 20 minute drive to Long Point Provincial Park. Your parking pass grants you there as well and the beach is spectacular. (article to follow.)

All in all, Turkey Point is a great choice, particularly for families with kids as the park features 2 playgrounds, an interactive kids program and is in close proximity to Long Point and Port Dover.