FERRIS PROVINCIAL PARK – JULY 2013
The second part of our vacation took us to Ferris Provincial Park in Campbellford, ON. Our site #75 was really nice! It was incredibly large and we were able to find a reasonably level spot on it. It was very private, surrounded by various trees and shrubs and poison ivy! There were even black raspberry bushes with bountiful fruit, guarded by poison ivy! The site was listed with partial shade, but where we parked our trailer, the only shade we ever had was from the awning or the trailer. No complaints though, it was a beautiful site!
The park itself has many hiking trails and some key features like the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge and Ranney Falls. There is a boat launch that puts you into the Trent River Trent Severn Canal. Here are some photos of the park:
And here are some photos of Ranney Falls and the suspension bridge:
We kayaked on the Trent River while camping at this park. We headed up river towards the falls but barely made it to the suspension bridge before the current got too strong for us and we turned around. We were marking fish the entire trip up and back, but the current was too strong to hold in one place. The one morning we were kayaking, we were fortunate enough to see a beautiful yacht lock through Lock 13 on the canal! Here are some photos:
We decided to go fishing along the Trent Severn canal in the cute little town of Campbellford! Now this town is a tourist destination in itself with chocolate factories, cheese factories nearby and lots of quaint bakeries and shops! The town itself is situated along the Trent Severn and is just so pretty! Here are some photos:
We spent a lot of time at Ferris just relaxing enjoying campfires, good books and each other’s company. The park was pretty quiet until Friday night, then every hydro site there was taken! It was still quiet despite being busy! Here are some more photos of our stay here:
And of course here are some photos of our cedar plank salmon cooked where else but over the fire! I even treated myself to Strawberry Daiquiri Bacardi Breezers in a fancy glass no less!
So ends our lovely camping trip to Ferris and our first week of holidays for 2013! Now for my review!
Ferris was a beautiful park and I’d love to return again. Our site was near perfect and the park was clean, well patrolled and well staffed. The washrooms were very close to our site, the showers a lot further away. That was fine with us as we used our own facilities anyway. We enjoyed the Ranney suspension bridge and Ranney Falls were pretty, although we were told by the park warden that they were at an all time low flow. Kayaking the short stretch of the Trent Severn from the park launch was fun and we caught a few fish. The town of Campbellford was close – walking distance if you crossed the suspension bridge and it presented opportunities for many other activities. Absolutely no complaints about this hidden gem of a park!
Here is the link to the Ontario Parks web site for Ferris: http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/ferr.html
And a link to the Campbellford, ON website: http://www.visitcampbellford.com/
For more photos, here’s a link to my Picasa web album for Ferris Provincial Park:
A link to my kayaking blog: http://kayaker67adventures.blogspot.ca/
Lastly, please take a look at the RVCamping Facebook group – RVing in Canada if you’re interested in travelling to places like this in Ontario or anywhere in Canada for that matter!