The campground itself sits on the side of a mountain. It's very unique in that way. The staff is super friendly and extra nice (maybe to make up for the narrow roads and the uphill battle to get anywhere here. The office building is very cute with a little bridge to get to it and a lily pond beside it. Because of the layout of this campground, the staff takes you around to show you possible sites via a golf cart. We were only shown 2 sites that were on the lower level. I chose the site that had the forested mountain behind it. It was a harder site to get into as the site was not only a narrow cemented pad but also uphill. I also had an audience that waited to see how I was going to maneuver this. To their amazement, I backed up the trailer into the site on the first try, only correcting the trailer's position to the lovely wooden deck provided. The audience was shocked! I was thanking the Lord for a flawless back-up when it was most needed. God knows there are other times that weren't as pretty!
|Lily pond beside the office|
|Gorgeous azaleas planted here and there on the property|
|Our home with the beautiful deck and the forest at the back|
We are very close to both our neighbours but neither are very friendly. A lot of annual and seasonal campers here. Because of the hilly terrain, everything is a bit scattered. The main lodge, which was closed when we were here, is large and seems to have a large stone fireplace. That area also has the activity center where you can get the various equipment to play the few games available. There is a fairly new mini-putt but it seems very simple and easy. There is also a tennis court that needs repair and also has baskets for basketball playing. But the nice surprise is a small general store that also sells ice cream! There is also a kid friendly pool right by the lodge and we later discovered the adult pool on another level across the street. The pools were not open at this time of the year (April).
The campground also has some hiking trails of various levels of difficulty. We tried to find one and couldn't really see where it started so we instead went to a nearby park that ended up having a lovely trail through the woods. It was so relaxing and beautiful to see all the new growth on trees and the many wildflowers scattered around. It was a true "forest bath". Cheeka enjoyed running from Glen to me and then back to Glen at warp speed. She hadn't had the chance to run that fast for a while.
Cabins are also seen here and there, some of them with a lovely view of the small lake that sits behind the main lodge, but they are privately owned and not for rent.
|An idea of what the sites look like and how close everyone is.|
|From our deck out the front. The white truck on the right is our neighbour's|
|The little general store|
|The playground is right by the lake|
|The small lake with some of the cabins on the far side|
|The kiddie pool that looks really nice - no water at this time|
|Part of the simple mini-putt.|
|The nearby trail we found just down the road from the campground.|
|Wild wisteria flowers|
|Everything was growing and showing new shoots.|
|Part of the trail - very nice.|
|So nice to see nature waking up and new plants growing - fern fronds|
There is no internet here at the moment and we couldn't get a signal on our phone but we were told that they had gotten the approval for fibre internet and cell phone booster which should be coming very soon. We did miss having access to the internet at our trailer and had to drive 10 minutes to the nearby McDonalds and buy something so we could use their internet. Our phone also worked in town.
We got one propane tank filled at the TSC which is much cheaper than what you get at the campgrounds. We were also able to shop at the nearby Walmart (less than 10 minutes away) for groceries and other needs (like a pair of shorts for Glen who had been slowly running out of any to wear due to rips, stains, etc. We also discovered the store Big Lots. It has a bit of everything at reasonable prices.
Everywhere through the forest there were dogwoods in flower. We also saw an old growth of wisteria that had taken over some trees - absolutely beautiful! There were a lot of wild rhododendrons around that grow very tall but don't have as many flowers as our cultivated varieties but the azaleas that are part of the landscaped areas were bursting with colour.
|This wisteria was draped all over the trees. Just spectacular!|
|Dogwood in flower everywhere|
If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful retreat, this is not it. Lots of families with young children who scream at the top of their lungs just to be heard and bicycles everywhere. But the birds do sing every morning and there is a creek that runs from the top of the mountain all the way down. Some sites have the pleasure of hearing the babbling brook right from their deck that sits by it.
|The creek that runs through the entire campground.|
Would we come back? Most probably as a stop-over on our way down or back up like we did now (4 days). I don't think I would want to stay here for two weeks unless I had a golf cart to get to the various locations (bikes are pretty useless because of the very steep hills).
|One of the beautiful totem poles on the campground.|