Smith’s Park

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Campsite #F22

I booked a weekend at Smith’s Park in Midland in hopes of doing some kayaking on Little Lake. The weather once again didn’t cooperate so we didn’t even bring the kayaks. Had we brought them, we would have had maybe a couple hours on Saturday morning before the rain moved in.

The campsite I booked was a large pull thru with three way service. It was also 50 amp at the post. The park is very large but mostly seasonal sites. There are a range of 50 amp and 30 amps sites available with most being pull thrus. There was a bit of a slope on ours, but it was definitely workable. The privacy is non existent at these sites and had we been doing our usual activities we wouldn’t have spent much time on the site, so it wouldn’t have been as bad. Due to the rain we hung put up a tent shelter, read books and relaxed while the campfire kept the dampness minimal.

Little Lake looked like a very nice place to paddle and I hope to one day come back for that purpose! Here are some photos of the lake:

Saturday we also took a drive into Midland to check out the waterfront before the rain started. What a beautiful place! We’d like to also bring our power boat and do some boating and fishing in Georgian Bay. The waterfront was beautiful with painted murals on silos and of course a large stainless steel trumpeter swan! I did a little research on the swan and here are some interesting facts! It was unveiled on October 12th 2001. It was built in celebration of the reintroduction of trumpeter swans to Ontario after an absence of about a 150 years. The swan stands 20 feet high with a wing span of 25 feet. The weight is 2700lbs! Here are some photos of the swan and the waterfront!

 

The weekend wasn’t the greatest weather wise, but it was still a great time away. We enjoyed the company of our friends from Barrie and shared dinner and a campfire late Saturday. We got the crazy idea to go for a swim Saturday night. Brrr…… refreshing! Thank goodness for warm showers, hot coffee and a blazing campfire!

So, for a review of Smith’s Park! The overnight sites are very close together with relatively no privacy to speak of. If you’re hanging around camp, that might be bothersome, but we usually are not at our site for the day. We’re off kayaking, hiking or checking out local places. So, for us, no privacy is not a big deal.

The 50 amp pull thrus are on a slight slope but the post with hookups and sewer hookup are nice and close to the pad. The campground itself is clean and well maintained. The pool of course was closed for the season but the lake offered a nice place for a quick swim. The beach area at the lake was small, but again clean with a nice bench to sit on and take a rest with a view! The park is in very close proximity to the Midland waterfront and downtown area and I must say, downtown Midland had many cute, eclectic stores I’d love to visit! The staff were very friendly and I must say very generous with the wood we bought. We were thinking we’d get three bags of wood, but instead we got a Gator load! Needless to say we brought some home! The park store carried quite a range of supplies which was nice when we ran out of cream. So, no complaints about this campground! In fact, I’d return just to kayak Little Lake or maybe bring our power boat up and launch into Georgian Bay. Here are some links:

http://smithscamp.ca/#/home

https://www.sunrisereservations.com/reservation/selectSiteCriteria?cgId=200

http://www.visitgeorgianbay.com/midland-penetang-region.cfm

HAPPY CAMPING!!!

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