Hello everyone. I was wondering if any of you had any experiences that really made you wonder what has happened to (some of) our provincial parks. Our trip started out great. We camped at Pancake Bay P.P., White Lake P.P. visited Pukaskaw Nat'l Park (so beautiful, and has changed immensely over 30 yrs). We headed back east & stayed overnight (had planned on staying a few days) at Ivanhoe Lake P.P. Pulled in Sunday night (Aug 17) at 8:30 pm, just as they were closing the office. Spoke to the young woman on the gate AND the Warden. They suggested a site for us & told us to come back in the morning to register & pay. So we were on our way, driving past beautiful scenery & hearing the sounds of nature. Found our site & were exhausted & looking forward to a campfire & listening to the loons. Only after setting up & starting to get settled did we realize that provincial parks now offer "seasonal" spots. We were smack dab in the middle of them. The seasonal sites look EXACTLY like sites in private parks right down to garden sheds, patio lights strung all over the sites and in some cases even little fences (temporary). So at about 9:30 it all started. On one site in particular there were approx 12 - 15 people around the fire (majority of our "surrounding" seasonal neighbours). They continued to get louder & louder the more drunk they got. We thought park staff would be by soon to calm/quiet things down. We were SO wrong. The noise, music & yelling got progressively worse as the night/morning wore on. They were yelling from one end of the park to the other, kids were running through sites, screaming at each other & laughing. We were in our pop-up with the furnace on & we could still hear their "conversations" (yelling) plain as day. It was well past 1 am & the party seemed like it was wrapping up. But what do you think these yahoos did when some of them needed to use the comfort station at 1 am & you don't want to get out of "yer truck" to get him?? Why you lay on "yer" horn. Finally it all ended. We got about 4 hours of restless sleep. FINALLY the next morning the Ass't Park Superintendant drove past. We stopped her to tell her of our experience. We asked it ANYONE patrolled overnight. We were SHOCKED to learn that "we only patrol on Friday & Saturday nights, and yes, there was absolutely NOBODY of authority in the park to enforce park rules". The she "apolized" for our "unfortunate experience". (If you're wondering, there was no cell service). These "seasonal" campers treated the entire park like it was THEIR backyard. Only better, because here they didn't have to worry about neighbours calling the police on them for noise, etc. Needless to say we did NOT pay for our 1 night stay & moved on our way. Now for one of the BEST parks. We ended up moving onto Halfway Lake P.P. just north of Sudbury. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!! The staff were wonderful!!!!! They supplied us with a map, circuled all available sites (no reservations pending) & asked if we wanted to drive around & pick our own site. Wow, when was the last time THAT was allowed?! Picked site 162, it was again, beautiful. Every site is VERY private (can't see your neighbours) and almost all are totally level. The trails are fantastic too. No matter what your level of fitness, they have a trail for you to explore. They too also have "seasonal" campers. We were situated across from a couple of them. No problems what-so-ever. They were very considerate campers. Also, the park WAS patrolled on a regular basis. Next year we plan on staying at least a week there.