Do you ever just see a picture and go “wow, I would love to go there”? Well, that is exactly how we got here. One day I saw an absolutely stunning aerial photo of the Long Sault Parkway in Ontario and the caption had to do with camping there. So I looked it up, saw it was one hour away from us, tagged my boyfriend in the picture, and boom the next thing I know my boyfriend was like “babe we are going camping next weekend”
Of course I was down to go lay on some dirt for a night, like who wouldn’t be?! I love camping, however I considered this like resort camping. There was no peeing in the bush or attempting to find a flat spot to put your tent on, it was all very nicely groomed and laid out. Most people brought their entire house with them! We always look like the poverty campers with our two man tent hahah anyone else?
So what you see here is the map of the Long Sault Parkway. This is what I saw in the aerial picture, so stunning! I’ve never seen anything like this before, let alone one hour away from where I live! The campground we stayed at was the Woodlands Island Campground, and in my opinion it was the best one there. I would 100% stay on the same island next time.
The Long Sault Parkway is 11 islands that were formed from the high points left after the flood of the St. Lawrence River during the Seaway construction in the 1950’s. Click here if you want to learn more about the Long Sault Parkway!
This was our little spot, and since we went early in the season we didn’t have neighbours! My man did really good at picking our spot when he reserved it because at most we could only have one neighbour and you could park your vehicle there to give yourself some privacy if need be. Each site came with a fire pit and a table, which both came in handy!
Literally ten steps from our tent was this beautiful beach all to ourselves basically. The water was a bit cold for swimming, however the temperature was perfect for laying on the beach and having a little picnic! I had watermelon all cut up and a little bag of chips to bribe my boyfriend to come sit with me haha when the snacks were done though he went back into the shade and set up the tent 🙂
Next we went on a drive (about 11 km I believe is the length of the island chain) across all the islands. This is why I have the opinion of our campground being the best – because it looked the best!
As you will see through these pictures, you drive with water on both sides of you when you aren’t on one of the islands – pretty cool. People were boating and playing around with water toys – looked like a blast!
There was actually a lot of little ducky families too! We saw one where the whole family was in a connected line!
These guys were down there having a time fishing – had a little rainbow umbrella and everything.
And dang, did they ever have the right idea. There is nothing I love more then catching fish, cleaning them a few hours later when you get back to camp, and cooking them up over the fire. Too good! I hope they caught something!
There was a whole bunch of sail boats out bopping around the water as well, and the lushest green forest ever.
When we finished exploring the islands, it was time to cook dinner! So I made a little fire and balanced our grill on a few rocks. My boyfriend got the most amazing steaks from the store and we cooked them perfectly! They were mouthwatering!
We brought a little wine too and had a really nice night. Finished up with s’mores at the end obviously! You cannot camp without s’mores!
Once dinner was over, the sun was setting. We headed back out to sit on the beach and just talk about life and the future. It was so relaxing to just be able to sit in the sand with a mug of wine and talk while the warm sun is setting. My favourite.
Overall, it was an amazing night. It felt like we actually went away on vacation and hadn’t worked in days! I would always suggest camping as a great escape from the city life, its a nice mental break.
Now when I say camping though, I don’t mean in a massive camper with your whole house packed into it haha I love actual camping. Especially when it is more rugged then this. This camping I would call “glamping” – glamorous camping. Still a nice getaway though!
Are you guys tenters or camper people and do you like camping? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,