Shamadon Resort – our new Thanksgiving tradition! This was our first visit to this park and we absolutely will be back! We were so impressed with this park! I can’t think of a better place we could have spent Thanksgiving! 🙂
I had the fiver hooked up and ready to go on the Friday we left. Google Maps said about 2.5 hours and it took us a really great way that avoided traffic on the 403W and Hwy 6N. It was a nice detour down country roads which were very quiet on a long weekend! Our main concern was getting there before dark, but thanks to Dave’s early release day, we made it in lots of time!
I had originally booked a pull thru, site #105, but upon arrival, it was suggested we switch to #209 also a full service pull thru. It was in a quieter area and close to two other camping friends from our Facebook group RVing in Canada. In fact, we were the only three RVs up there! Here are some photos of the area we were camped in:
Shamadon Resort is a privately owned campground near Mount Forest. The campground is perfect for bigger rigs with 120 full hookup sites. Some have 30amp, some 50amp and all have water and sewer. Shamadon is on 127 acres of land with hiking trails winding around the park, a Koi pond and a stocked trout pond. The grounds are very well kept and the staff extremely friendly and helpful. They are always delivering firewood (included in the campground price), picking up garbage which you leave out at your campsite and dropping by to see if anything is needed. The lawns are well cut, the hiking trails very well groomed and the campground roads a breeze to get through with a big unit! For the kids, they have a beach area, a heated pool, an amazing playground and a giant trampoline called the SHAMADON JUMPER! I should also mention the wifi is free for campers and there are various hotspots around the campground.
Here are some photos of the beach and fishing pond:
And some more random photos of the park:
As mentioned, the hiking trails at the park were very well maintained and very scenic!
We heard wild turkeys, but never seen any. Also, there are supposedly deer that wonder through the campground. For us, no wildlife sightings! We couldn’t believe how quiet this park was and how dark! There were no campground lights near us, so the night skies were pretty dark. The stars were so bright and beautiful! The Friday we arrived it was still very warm but it cooled down pretty quickly overnight. Saturday was not near as warm and it rained off and on most of the day. It cleared out late afternoon, but we enjoyed a hearty Thanksgiving feast anyway! I tried the new “roaster oven” for the turkey and wow, did it cook it perfect! Our friends Bonnie and Steve and my father joined us for dinner and a campfire afterwards. What an awesome time!
Saturday night we really needed that furnace on! It cooled down to almost freezing but we were cozy inside. Dad left on Sunday so we relaxed around the campsite for most of the day enjoying a fire then some R&R inside. Later that evening Steve came over to invite us to their campfire. We promptly headed over! Bonnie provided some “num- nums” AKA Tequila Rose lol. We stayed until we were tired then headed back to our fiver. What a relaxing time spent with awesome friends! That Sunday night it went down to -2C!!! Of course, our propane tank ran out and needed to be switched! Yup, just like when we’re winter camping – I mentioned that it might be getting low and we should maybe switch it, but…………… Well, at least I wasn’t the one getting up at 2am to switch the tank over. Thanks Dave! 🙂
It was a super weekend away. I’ve always said that so much of a trip is the experience you had and to a smaller degree the park itself. We loved the park, the staff and the experiences we had here. The call of the wild turkeys lol, the vivid night sky, the incredible quiet of the campground, how well laid out and cared for the park was, the beautiful hiking trails and the quality of the campsites. I’ve already booked the same campsite again for next Thanksgiving and as I mentioned earlier, this will likely become a tradition!
So, no point in even reviewing this park. You already know what I’m going to say if you’ve read this far – it’s terrific! Again, the customer service – FANTASTIC! Patrick was always driving around dropping off firewood, picking up garbage and stopping to say hi and see if we needed anything. Crystal at the front office showed us alternate sites, set us up on a good one and provided friendly, helpful service and great conversation! The front office had a wide variety of camping necessities and some very pretty things too! I bought a dragonfly suncatcher and a few things for our kids. I can’t even begin to tell you how clean and well looked after this park is. The roads are wide, trees cut back, campsite entry and exits super! Three ways service and the sewer hookup located in a place where you can actually use it!
We were in Deer Meadow campground and it would always be the one I’d go back to. The sites are grassy and some are very large. There are lots of trees and a hiking trail that is very close by. Sites 200-208 are in a stand of pines but they are well trimmed at the bottom so privacy is kind of like in Algonquin – Lake of Two Rivers, not much. Still, it’s woodsy and forested. Sites 216-209 are more private with a few being pull thrus, the majority back in. All have three way service. I just can’t say anything negative about this park. I’ve had people ask me if I thought it was worth the premium rate they charge and without hesitation – YES! To me, it’s worth it and we will be back!