Located along the southern shore of Georgian Bay, Craigleith is a small, cramped, noisy park with shockingly tiny sites and zero privacy.
The location is fantastic though!
After spending an afternoon at beautiful Wasaga Beach, we headed to Craigleith just in time to set up before dusk.
The park is known for being close to the highway and rather crowded. I was still somewhat disappointed and confused upon arrival. There was zero privacy. The site was too small to set up our dining tent and there was no decent spot for our tent. I couldn’t even figure out where our site boundaries were. Our site was better than some of the others in that area at least! A couple of them were literally a strip of grass between strips of gravel.
We were just there for the one night, so we lit our fire and made the best of it.
While prepping food and organizing our stuff, we took turns walking down to the shale shoreline to see the sunset. Amazing! My son and I walked out onto the rocks to get a better view. Perching precariously on rocks is one of his favourite activities. Viewing sunsets is one of mine. So – good times!
We spent the evening chatting by the fire and roasting marshmallows. At the end of a day exploring, a great campfire is all that really matters.
Monday we packed up and checked out the rest of the campground. Areas A and B had a lot more privacy than we had. Tightly packed, but more trees and better sites. Area A has some right on the water. Quite lovely!
A quick stop at the playground, then we were off to Scenic Caves and Blue Mountain.
Scenic Caves was totally worth the crazy price.
We had so much fun at the playground, the caves and the suspension bridge. Hopefully we will be back for some zip lining one day!
The mountain coaster at Blue Mountain was next on our agenda. This was by far the highlight of our trip!
The first couple times down, we got stuck behind really slow people. That is my one giant complaint. You can control your speed, but honestly, it is really frustrating to be zooming down, having a blast, then suddenly have to break and go down the rest of the way constantly riding the breaks. Don’t be that person.
Blue Mountain has a great policy though – if you do get stuck behind someone, they will let you go down again at no extra cost. As long as the line is short, it isn’t really a big deal.
Luckily it was pretty slow that day and they let us have the track to ourselves the third time down! So much fun!
Hiking – There are no trails, but the Georgian Trail is just outside the park.
Swimming – The water is a bit chilly, and the shale makes it tricky with kids, but it is an interesting shoreline with lots of fossils. Wasaga Beach is just 30 minutes away.
Boating – No rentals at campground. The nearby village of Heathcote has canoe rentals available to explore the Beaver River. They provide shuttle service.
Day-tripping – Blue Mountain, Beaver Valley, Scenic Caves and Collingwood are all very close.
Planning a Trip
There are 4 campgrounds at Craigleith. A,B,C,D. No fancy names here! A and B are both radio-free and offer the nicer sites. There are 4 comfort stations and a playground. All sites are within easy walking distance to a comfort station. The washrooms were nice and clean and the park is well-maintained.
If highway noise is a concern, try to book closer to the water. The waves will drown out some of that noise!