|Charleston Lake from Site 505|
Website: Ontario Parks
Map: Google Maps
Camping Facilities: Pseudo-Backcountry (and excellent car camping)
Summary: Not to be mistaken for backcountry, but you gotta love tent platforms
Thoughts: (Dear reader, prepare for a rant).
|Site 504 - with two picnic tables (grrr...)|
|Site 503 - swampy and only two tent platforms |
(don't bring a third tent)
And motorboats are just one of the things to disturb your peace. Among the list of things that intrude upon your wilderness experience are:
- Trains (audible from nearly 10km away!);
- Barking dogs;
- Large-screen TV screens flickering in the windows of neighbouring cottages;
- Morons loudly yammering on while they trawl for fish at dusk.
|Taking shelter from the waves in Bob's Cove|
|These sites don't even get |
individual site markers
Our cluster was housed in the quaintly-named "Bob's Cove", and I'm sure Bob deserves a better memorial to his earthly accomplishments. The website will tell you that each site "comes equipped with three elevated tent platforms, a picnic table, a fire grill and a privy)". This statement is mostly lies. We stayed at 503 (not recommended, as it's nestled right in the armpit of a swampy, mucky mess), which only had 2 platforms, and the same was observed at 505 (also not recommend, as it was a bit cramped and lacking any natural shade for the picnic table). As well, 503's picnic table wasn't even there (some group of ninnies moved it over to 504 - thanks, ninnies). The privy does indeed exist, but it is shared with the campers at 503, 504, and 505 (it is a real outhouse, stocked with toilet paper and dozens of well-fed spiders). So it's a bit misleading to say that each site is equipped with a privy - in this case it's more like a third of a privy. The saving grace of camping on Charleston Lake is the ease in setting up your tent on the platforms provided. Beautiful. In the rain, they'll save you from flooding and damp misery. Plus it'll save you the trouble of searching for the flattest piece of ground to sleep on.
|Site 504 in the centre, 503 on the left|
If you insist on camping in the "backcountry" here, aim for sites 504, 507, 508, maybe 510 (though there only seems to be one platform on 510 - Please, OntarioParks.com, accurately disclose on the reservation site exactly what us campers should expect, no surprises).
|Site 505 - hope you're not looking for shade|
|Site 505 - just two platforms|