The Bruce Peninsula is one of the most beautiful corners of Ontario, and there is no better place to stay while exploring the region than Tobermory Village Campground.
Located just a few minutes drive south of Tobermory proper, this mini-village itself offers plenty of activities and a variety of accommodation options. If you have a trailer, there are sites for you. If you’ve got a tent, there are options for you, ranging from in-the-woods isolated to right next to a beautiful little pond and close to amenities like a pool, playground and even exercise equipment.
If you’re looking for a bit more of a luxurious place to stretch out after a full day of adventures, though, Tobermory Village Campground also offers cabins, including deluxe cabins equipped with a sink, microwave, bar fridge, flush toilet and even a shower. Decadent, but delightful! Each cabin is made of pine, which not only adds to the rustic feel of the experience, but smells fantastic.
Each cabin comes with a double-bed, a bunk-bed which could probably accommodate two adults or four children (we only have two), and a sofa. You’ll need to pack your own sleeping gear, such as sleeping bags and pillows, but all the beds have a comfy mattress to lay on. There’s no TV, but with so much to see and do I guarantee you won’t miss it!
As with most camp/cabin sites you find throughout Ontario, the ones here come with a fire pit, with firewood and even fire starter blocks available for sale at the camp store located at the entrance to the campground.
While Tobermory Village Campground would be a great place for a group of friends, a couple, or even an individual to stay, it is perfectly set up for families, particularly families with young children. I know my kids have fallen in love with the place and are constantly poking me to go back there again.
What kinds of amenities are we talking about? Where to begin!
If you like water activities, there are many – a salt-water swimming pool and a button-activated splash pad that wisely conserves water but still gives kids a chance to soak themselves (and occasionally their parents). There is also a pond near the entry that boasts canoes and a couple paddle boats to go for a spin on. Available on site are both paddles and life jackets, so all you need to do is show up. All the boats are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, but in my experience there’s always at least one available.
Towards the middle of the campground is a larger pond with a bit of a beach – not good for swimming, which isn’t permitted anyway, but great for kids who want to play in the stand or skip stones on the water. Overlooking this pond is some exercise equipment – steppers, stationary bikes and a few weight machines. You will never feel more motivated to exercise than when you’re doing so watching the sun set over the treetops, reflected in the still pond waters!
There are also two playgrounds for kids in the camp – one next to the big pond, a wooden pirate ship with ramps, swings, poles, etc., and a larger one closer to the front of the grounds with a variety of play structures including some shaped like a train, a tractor, a lighthouse and a cabin. Beside the pool is a petting zoo with rabbits, sheep and goats. Those who don’t mind getting their hands licked can buy animal feed from a dispenser and feed the animals.
For a couple of bucks, you can also rent bicycles or paddle-carts by the hour. You can ride these around the camp or, if you’re a bit more adventurous, there are a few hiking trails through the woods you can explore. These I would recommend visiting on foot to truly enjoy the vistas. The best time for a hike is in the middle of the day when the sun is highest, as it can get a bit buggy early and late in the day. either way, if you aren’t a fan of mosquitoes, you will probably want to put on some spray or wear a jacket, pants and hat.
Of course, vacations aren’t just about constant activity – it’s nice to be able to put your feet up, relax and unwind a bit.
Tobermory Village Campground has you covered there as well. You can sit on the deck of your cabin or around your campsite and read a book (but bring your own chairs, unless you don’t mind using the picnic table) or just enjoy the peace and quiet. The campground has strict rules around playing music outside (none at any time) and being loud (not allowed after dark), and alcohol is only permissible on individual campgrounds. With this and the fact that 1) the campground isn’t that big and 2) there’s not a ton of traffic, it’s relatively safe to let your kids wander about on their own. If you do, I’d recommend familiarising yourself with where their key attractions (the ponds and playgrounds) are just to know where to find them.
One of the best features of the campground for relaxing has to be Hammock Island, which juts out into the big pond. As the name suggests, it’s a tiny island connected to the mainland with a bridge and nothing on it but three hammocks. And believe me…
If you’re looking for a good summer getaway for a week or two, especially if you are a family with young kids, I highly recommend Tobermory Village Campground. Whether you like roughing it or cabining with a bit of luxury, whether you want a lot of things to do or a quiet place to do nothing at all, Tobermory Village Campground has the right site and attractions for you.
Catch is, it’s a popular place, so if you are interested in booking a site, be sure to do so early in the season!
I guarantee, though, you won’t be disappointed.