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Campgrounds 101: A Few Helpful Tips for Camping in Bruce County

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Preparing for Your Trip

Bruce County and the Bruce Peninsula are some of the most popular destinations in Canada for campers and outdoor lovers. The rugged landscape, breathtaking views, and stunning night skies make for an exciting trip filled with exploration and discovery. But are you prepared for your trip? Have you booked your campsite already? Let's go through some helpful tips you should know before journeying to Bruce County. 

Book Your Campsite Early
Book Your Campsite Early

Most people start planning their camping trips well in advance, in some cases months or even a year ahead of time. You don't want to get caught excitedly planning your trip only to realize you can't get a spot. That's why it's important to make sure you book your site as soon as possible, to avoid the headaches of booking last minute and helping your fellow outdoor enthusiasts by letting them know what's available.  

You can make this even easier by downloading the Camping in Ontario App. Introduced new in 2021, CampON is a free app available on iOS and Android devices that gives campers access to over 400 private campgrounds across Ontario, taking the hassle out of finding a campsite. You can also check campsite vacancies in the Bruce Peninsula on your laptop or desktop here

Consider Moving Your Trip to the Spring or Fall

Summer camping in Bruce County is packed, with so many travelers taking advantage of the hot weather and getting a taste of nature. But have you ever seen the Bruce Peninsula in the Fall? Have you ever hiked the Bruce Trail in the Spring, when you can see the plants in bloom and catch a glimpse of animals emerging after the long winter?  

There's a beauty in camping during the shoulder seasons that so many campers miss out on discovering, which is a shame because the Spring and Fall months are some of the most beautiful times in Bruce County. So, consider pushing your summer trip and really experiencing the beauty of the region during these often-unexplored months. 

Embark on a New Adventure in a Provincial Park

Did you know that Bruce County is home to three provincial parks with campgrounds, each with its own unique features and areas to explore? The provincial parks are often booked up right through the summer, so check the campsite availability before expecting to find a site. Regardless, our parks are great to visit for day trips with countless outdoor activities to experience. 

There are tons of campgrounds to choose from in Bruce County, whether you want to be deeply immersed in nature, or you want to look at the stars at night and explore the vibrant downtowns by day. Your choices are endless. 

Know What You’re Getting into Before You Show Up

It's your responsibility to know the details of your campground before you arrive. This includes knowing if you have water access, understanding what amenities are available near your site (for example, washrooms).  

It's also important to keep in mind that provincial and national park sites are often different from private park sites. Front country and backcountry sites in the provincial and national parks are more spread out and isolated, whereas in private parks you'll find yourself closer to your neighbours. Make sure you take that into account before booking your site and before arriving for your stay. 

Have Fun and Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Taking the time to head out into the wilderness, whether you're by yourself or with friends and family, is an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life and breathe, take in new sights and sounds, and challenge yourself by taking on a new adventure. Your outdoor experience can only be improved by following the Campgrounds 101 guide, so make sure you follow all these tips to make the most of your trip to the rugged and beautiful Bruce County.