This is Ivy Lea Campground
Unique amongst the 10 campgrounds within the Parks of the St Lawrence, in both its location and geography, Ivy Lea is a campground experience like no other.
Located in the heart of the majestic Thousand Islands and at the foot of the towering Thousand Islands Bridge, this jewel of the St. Lawrence Parks system offers 146 campsites and 4 Camper Cabins set amid the granite and greenery of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve
The south east corner of Ivy Lea is a camping wonder. With rocky, elevated campsites on curved roads amongst the tallest of trees, you will feel like you are in a completely different biosphere than at the entrance of the park.
Prefer to have an open space where kids can play and you can park your RV? Well Ivy Lea has a section that accommodates over 50 RV serviced lots. It's a place where you get to know your neighbours and can see kids playing in the central play. Children's programming is offered throughout the summer on weekends so there is always something for the kids to do!
Ivy Lea also features 4 cabins - all with a water view through the tall trees - but mainly situated in a wooded area. As Ivy Lea is a perfect location for scuba diving, the cabins have become popular dive shacks with campers.
Located at the west-end of the St Lawrence Parks 40km 1000 Island Parkway, a beautiful stretch of road with panoramic vistas of islands and that blue-green hue of the water unique to this area. The Parkways is also a popular cycling destination with a separate paved cycling trail that makes for a great bike ride.
20km to the east is Brown's Bay Beach and Picnic Area - a perfect destination for your afternoon bike ride.
Come and see for yourself why people love coming back to Ivy Lea campground.
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Meet John and Cheryl-Anne
This married couple from Ottawa has been camping at Riverside-Cedar for over 20 years and we thought we'd find out why they love it so much.
To start, they love the quiet, open atmosphere of Cedar park on the East side of Riverside-Cedar Campground. Over the years they have made many friends with their neighbours and even have their daughter (and husband and two grand-daughters) as their immediate lot neighbours. The family is now at their fourth generation of campers, as John's parents spent their summer's in the same location.
John probably said it best when he stated "As retired seniors we enjoy the quiet peaceful nature here at Riverside-Cedar." An avid boater, they also enjoy watching the big boats go by and taking out their power boat or kayaks onto the calm, clear waters from the sandy beach.
Cheryl highlighted that she thinks the staff make the place what it is; "This campground is well maintained and Ernie and Kent do a great job and are very professional." She continued "It's a very family-oriented campground with lots of things for the grandchildren to do. Our grandchildren are growing up here."
Although they have upgraded their camper to a 40-foot park model "cottage on wheels", the location of their lot hasn't changed much in 23 years.
"It's like a staycation all summer long." Says John, who also hosts a large Thanksgiving weekend celebration with extended family to mark the end of each season.
If you're ever taking a stroll on the quiet gravel roads of Riverside-Cedar, be sure to wave or stop in and say hello to these wonderful seasonal campers.
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This is The Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary Campground
Primarily known for the Bird Sanctuary itself, with walking trails and habitat for hundreds of bird species, there are two campgrounds that are part of the 400 acres sanctuary.
Nairne island is the largest of the two campgrounds, which are both located on islands jetting into the St Lawrence river south of the bird sanctuary. They are also the two of the smallest campgrounds within the Parks of The St Lawrence.
Nairne Island features the luxurious Robin's Roost Treehouse, with its private beach, 2 bedrooms, private bathroom, upper deck and gorgeous view. Robin's Roost is a unique camping adventure on its own and is booked throughout most of the summer. Best to reach out when camping reservations open in February to book your stay here!
There are also two cabins facing the south and located right near Nairne Islands' fantastic quiet beach. A hidden gem of a sandy beach with shallow waters. It is the perfect place to bring young children and let them splash in the water or build moated sandcastles.
With some secret paths, gravel road causeways and rocky outlets, there is also some great fishing locations at Nairne Island. In fact, you will often pass a few anglers on your way into the campground.
The small, quiet campground is a great place for tent camping, RVs or trailers alike.
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Ever wonder what the inside of our cabins look like? Here's a photo tour of the Bass Cabin at Crysler Park Marina
Each cabin features a fridge, microwave, table for 6, queen bed, bunk bed (in the same room as the queen bed), a futon couch, covered porch, BBQ with propane, fire pit and a waterfront view.
You can find similar cabins at Glengarry Park (3) McLaren's (8), Farran's (3), The Bird Sanctuary (2), Crysler Park Marina (3), Riverside-Cedar (5) and Ivy Lea Campground (4). 10 cabins are wheelchair accessible and 2 are dog-friendly.
Prices are $95 per night on weekdays and $112 on weekends (Fri/Sat).
We do not provide linens for these cabins so it is important to bring the appropriate bedding for your stay.
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This is Farran Park Campground
Just west of the Long Sault Parkway and the village of Ingleside lies Farran Park, a large, rounded peninsula with a public beach and over 200 camp sites.
Farran's features many seasonal campsites with some families having camped here for over 20 years. The south-west section of the point is a must-see camping destination. With wide-open lots, large majestic trees and rolling gravel roads, Farran Park is a quintessential quiet campground for a nice slow bike-ride or walk. With direct access to the Waterfront Trail, it is also a mainstay for cyclists. Just a short 3km bike ride over to the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary for a nice walk in the woods.
As with many of the campgrounds within the Parks of The St Lawrence, Farran's water view is mainly of uninhabited islands across the river. With the extensive bird sanctuary grounds across the western bay, you simply won't see anything but untouched islands and marshlands from the water's edge and nothing but stars at night by the campfire.
The western section of Farran's is an open, spacious place with plenty of room for kids to play Frisbee, fly a kite or just run around playing tag. You can often find people walking slowly around the eastern loop and stopping to chat with each other.
The eastern section of Farran's is mainly for RV and trailer camping and is located up on a small hill. The trees and breeze give these lots that 'camping sound' almost all of the time. Sit back relax and listen to the leaves while you read your book.
The beach is also a perfect spot for the family to spend a day together. A wide sandy beach with a kid's playground, swings and a roped off swimming area, the beach also recently added several metric tonnes of sand. If you visited Farran's beach in the past, it is perhaps the perfect time to return and see the improvements. With weekend programming included, there is always something for the kids to do while staying at Farran's.
Over on the far east side of the campground is a few group camping lots reserved for larger groups looking to camp together. A unique feature in the Parks of The St Lawrence and a popular destination throughout the summer.
There is also a boat launch and small dock available on the eastern side / group camping area which is the perfect place to get your boat or canoe into the water - or to fish with your kids.
The three cabins overlooking the water are also well placed for a beach view or early morning sunrise coffee on the veranda. There is also a wheelchair accessible cabin with larger doors and a ramp.
Farran's is open until October so it's not too late to enjoy a fabulous weekend of camping with the family!
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