Believe it or not, it’s time to start planning for the Victoria Day long weekend! The Ontario Parks reservations for Friday May 20th opens in just 4 days. I already have my campsite chosen and will be logged in and ready to click for 7am this Sunday.
Choosing a park was easy this year. While I had a few ideas, they were all trumped by one opinion:
My husband repeated over and over, I want south. That was the extent of his opinion to camping in May.
To be honest, I think that is probably a wise choice. While I have read rave reviews of camping north of here (Algonquin, Silent Lake were ones I looked into), we’ll be avoiding that for now. Black flies are not my friend, and while I may be willing to give it a go to see the early spring wildlife – my family is not!
Wheatley Provincial Park is as south as it gets in Ontario for camping -it is in line with Northern California on the shores of Lake Erie. This, and the 1.6 km of sandy beaches, the network of creeks, campsites situated in the Carolinian forests and the spring bird migration, make it the perfect May destination.
While Wheatley should see its fair-share of birds, Point Pelee, located just 20 minutes away, is the most well-known spot for bird-watching and it attracts thousands of visitors during migrations. Mid-May is an excellent time for bird-watching, with dozens of species returning in the spring. I’m not currently an avid bird-watcher by any means, but I think I’ll pick up a field guide and have some fun with it!
Planning a Trip?
Wheatley has a total of 200 campsites, including electric, non-electric and radio-free, as well as 2 group campsites.
There are 4 campgrounds – Boosey Creek, Highlands, Middle Creek and Two Creeks. Boosey Creek appeals to us as it is best-suited for tents or small campers, with sites nestled in the trees along Boosey Creek. Foot bridges lead to the beach and day-use area. This is a radio-free zone and has plenty of sites close to the comfort station. Sounds ideal!
I’m already excited for spring!
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Have you started planning your spring camping trips?