Sunday, August 2, 2009

Post Review - Lock Camping

What can I say, phenomenal, the grounds are maintained by parks canada and the views are spectacular.  

They charge about 5 dollars for camping if you arrive by boat, didn't have one lock master ask for payment and would have paid instantly had they. Well worth it.

Some locks have firepits, though most don't  the few that do also provide firewood, nice.  

They all have ample picnic tables which make eating and relaxing so much better.

All have washroom access, while no showers they do have washrooms and sinks, much nicer for brushing teeth and cleaning up.  They all provide you with washroom lock code or key for after the lock closes. If you think you won't be at a lock by closing, any of the previous locks will call ahead and they will arrange to get washroom access ahead of time. 

The only downside, some are very difficult the get kayak out of the water, best to get out kayak and see where the best place to camp and take out is before locking through.  Ask the lockmaster, they have people going through all the time. They may even recommend the next lock.  Canoe docks are the best but very few locks have them, sometimes you have to get creative and you can count on a little work and sometimes a lot of frustration.  The lock staff were always willing to help if not busy.

There were almost always people around and very social, enjoyed very much.

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