Success of non-reservables in Canada

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  1. familyof4

    familyof4 New Member

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    we're heading up to grundy lake tomorrow and hoping against hope that we're going to be able to get a non-reservable site. maybe even with electricity.

    what is your success with getting a non-reservable when you want one? have you ever had to leave a park because they were just too full when you showed up without a reservation?

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  2. West Coast Canuck

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    Well, we go up to the provincial park on a Wed or Thur and pay for those nights as well as the weekend that we are going to stay. We leave an old lawn chair. Long weekends we sometimes have to pay an extra day to insure a site. When ever we can we will reserve the site over the internet. At least in BC we can.

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    i really didn't think i was going camping this summer so i didn't bother to make any reservations this year.

    but, we came across a deal that we couldn't pass up so here we are...new PUP owners!

    i called the park and they said that we should have a good chance of gettting what we need.

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    Some prov parks here still do reserve but the majority don't...first come first served. I called one of the prov parks here in AB and their recording said if you come up during the week and plan only to stay over the weekend, you must leave your camper even if the site is paid for. So I guess it all depends on the campground.

    IMHO - I personally don't go anywhere (especially on a long weekend) without reservations...I am just not comfortable doing it, but I have seen many, many people do just that.

    Have a great time on your first family trip!!!!

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    well, we don't normally go with a non-reservable either, i don't like taking the chance. but this year, we REALLY didn't think we were going to get out at all.

    here in ontario, it's kind of stupid NOT to reserve a site...they are so busy.

    i wouldn't be going up to get a site and NOT plan on staying, they parks are too far of a drive to make arrangements like that.

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    Hi there.....2:00pm is the check out time at the Ontario Parks, so I would plan on being there maybe by 11:00am or so...maybe someone will checkout early.
    Have fun there - enjoy the jumping rocks and avoid the bears.

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    I don't know if I would like to take the chance on a non-reservable...why drive all that distance just to be disappointed when you could have reserved earlier!!
    As for me, I always reserve..just for the peace of mind that goes with it.

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    I reserve some, but in general there's usually something available for the Pups

    it's the guys in the giant rigs that NEED 25+ feet that are usually boned by non reservation
     
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    My PUP opens up to 24 feet, so I kind of like the larger sites as well. I usually reserve for under 32'

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    We've been to a Provincial Park every long weekend so far this summer and although the internet reservation site had all three parks as full (no reservable sites available) on each of the long weekends, there were sites empty at the park we were in on every one of the long weekends - McGregor Point, Inverhuron and Algonquin - all popular parks.
     
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    All the Provincial Parks have to maintain a certain number of non-reservables, but if you got a site on each of the long weekends, I would consider you to be extremely lucky, but then again, even though those are popular parks, they aren't likely the favourite "party parks" like Pinery and such for the "longweekenders", and Inverhuron has only been running a short time now, most people have likely not heard of it yet, IMHO.

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    I just did a quick check of the Provincial Parks within an easy drive of me (also checked Algonquin) and for this weekend coming up (Labour Day) there was nothing reservable at any of them except for some non-electric sites at Point Farms. I checked Rondeau, Pinery, Point Farms, Inverhuron, MacGregor Point, Sauble Falls, and Canisbay Lake, Mew Lake and Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin. As for myself, I wouldn't want to pack everything up and "hope" to get a site at any of these provincial parks, but I'm one of those people who want to know what I'm going to get. Others may do what they want and be rewarded by showing up..if they do, I commend them, but it isn't for me. Have a great long weekend and happy camping to all...I have to work nightshift all weekend.

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    We are fortunate in that our jobs, children's activities etc. allow us to know whether we are available to go camping five months in advance (which is what you have to book to get into most Provincial Parks on a long weekend) and I made reservations for all long weekends. I was stating that on each long weekend that we were in a Provincial Park, there were sites available that stayed empty all weekend - each long weekend. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to plan their weekends out five months in advance and for those that can't, but find they become available on a long weekend, I say go ahead and take a chance. If the park you are hoping for is full when you get there, I'm sure there will be a campground somewhere in the vicinity with a site for you.
     

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