The Victoria Day weekend kicks off the camping season with all eight of the Parks of the St. Lawrence campgrounds (Glengarry, Long Sault Parkway–McLaren, Mille Roches, Woodlands, Farran, Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Riverside-Cedar and Ivy Lea) opening on Friday, May 16.
The campgrounds which are situated along the shores of the St. Lawrence River from Ivy Lea in the 1000 Islands through to Glengarry Park near Lancaster are showing strong reservations for the holiday weekend.
“Our parks offer some of Ontario’s most spectacular scenery. Each campground has a very distinct personality and unique features,” said Lou Seiler, Manager of Parks and Recreation. “We are continuing the renewal of our parks infrastructure, and I am confident our customers will enjoy the new amenities we have added.”
New Camper Cabins have been added (bringing the total cabin availability to 14) at McLaren Campground (The Aultsville) and at Riverside-Cedar Campground (Whip-poor-will and Hummingbird).
The cabins offer a great opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature right at your doorstep while enjoying the comforts and security of a charming wooden cabin. The cabins come furnished with beds, mattresses, refrigerator, microwave and barbecue, but must bring some sleeping and dining essentials.
McLaren Campground, largely considered to be the family campground has undergone a major renaissance over the past three years.
More than half of its 206 sites have been upgraded to offer RV capacity with 30 and 50 amp electrical services. Plus, a number of pull-thru sites have been added.
Four exclusive new waterfront sites have been added on Hoople Island on the Long Sault Parkway. The sites were selected to take full advantage of the stunning sunrises and sunsets seen from this island.
At Woodlands Campground, also located on the Long Sault Parkway, 30 new 50 amp sites have been added. In the 1000 Islands, taking advantage of its unique location and spectacular views, 6 new ‘Castle View’ sites have been added at Brown’s Bay. They are called ‘Castle View’ because of their magnificent view of Singer Castle.
Recently, Scuba Diving Magazine included the dive site Lock 21 located on Macdonell Island on the Long Sault Parkway as ‘one of the planet’s best freshwater dives’ list.
Lock 21 offers divers a shore dive where they can see the remnants of the lock which was built to circumvent the Long Sault Rapids along with old power generating systems, house foundations and bridges.
“To local divers it will come as no surprise as they have experienced the wonders of this dive and they have seen the Lost Villages sitting in the depths of the St. Lawrence River,” said Seiler. “But for many residents or visitors who are more accustomed to staying on land or on top of the water, it is a confirmation of the uniqueness of this destination.”
The final phase of the revitalization of the 1000 Islands Recreational Trail along the 1000 Islands Parkway between Brockville and Gananoque will move forward this spring.