Oastler Lake Provincial Park

Oastler Lake Provincial Park

Oastler Lake Provincial Park
3.5

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Robin A
Petawawa, Canada3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
This is a beautiful park that I visit year after year. Past 2 visits I’ve seen cockroaches! This time some came home with me. Sorry Oastler but this puts you at the bottom of my revisit list, which is super sad because it’s gorgeous 😭
Written August 26, 2023
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Tamar A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Site 206 is the site to book if you can gorgeous walk out onto the rocks with the view of the docks and the water aswell as forestry.
People were friendly so were the staff, despite what ive seen others say the train is not as bothersome as you might think i promise its worth the risk, same with the car noises (pretty much all sound pollution can be avoided if you camp further out in the sites
Written August 25, 2023
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nickelcitygirl
Sudbury, Canada672 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We had a one-night stay at Oastler Lake on a weekend in mid-September. We often camp in June or September, what we consider to be non-peak times, so we usually don't book in advance and typically the parks have availability. We checked availability online the day we were planning to stay here and saw that there were only 3 sites available, so we made a reservation. Good thing we did because when we arrived, the park was totally full for the night, so I recommend booking further in advance than we did! There are a mix of sites at this park, all sizes and shapes, some with a view of the water. Our site was small and not very private (but average privacy according to the website) and it was in close proximity to other sites. We like a wooded, private site so we were disappointed, but that’s what happens when you book at the last minute! In the evening, we took our chairs to the beach, which was a really short walk from our site, and watched a beautiful sunset. There were quite a few people out kayaking and fishing. Seems to be a great spot for families. The night we were there, the comfort station toilets in the women’s were quite disgusting; there seemed to be some issue with toilets not flushing properly. My husband reported that the men’s was clean, though. There are trains close by and we were warned of this when we booked. Lots of highway noise as well as noise from train horns. Cell reception was good.
Written August 18, 2023
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IndigentTraveler
Richmond Hill, Canada76 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We usually start our camping like i said in my past reviews during Victoria day long weekend.
It’s last minute decision this year where we want to camp and we end up in here in Oastler lake provincial park. Park is small there’s a boat launch and a dog beach. We just noticed the privacy was so little and also the fire pit was in a wrong spot the campsite we got the fire pit was so close to our neighbour campsite and mind you there tent was near to our fire pit so me and my husband keep apologizing to them because the smoke goes to there site.
The park store was closed so if you need to buy a souvenir the park ranger in the registration will let you know what’s souvenir that they have. I forgot to ask if propane gas available anyways park is so close to parry sound downtown around 15 minutes drive so we just drive to Canadian Tire and buy a propane for our camping stove. We grab some thicker jacket too in walmart we only have a thin hoodies with us and it was really cold during this Victoria day Long weekend.
We plan to do canoeing but the rentals are not available in the park maybe because its still cold. We just decided to just visit tower hill heritage garden and around town. Walk with our girl inside the park as well
Are we going to visit it again? Yes but if there’s other option may we need to weigh first if this park or the option one but still if you need to get a fresh air and get out from a stressful job any provincial park will help of course.
Anyways enjoy camping everyone
Written June 4, 2023
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Cory Q
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Choo choo all day and night. Only camp here if you want no sleep. Just camp anywhere else. Stop with the blowing horn already. Terrible camping.
Written May 31, 2023
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chickandbeast
Southgate, Canada8,728 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Let me say we will return to this provincial park as it's location is so convenient. We had a really good site, enjoyable time

Downside: The facilities especially the showers, gross and dirty with baaaad shower heads that squirt in every direction but you. Lack of temperature control if the shower next door activates you are getting a blast of ice cold or scalding hot.

The trains: regular loud and annoying. However it didn't bother my dogs at all a blessing. At night I used a white noise machine plus the overhead RV fan and mostly drowned them out. Dogs never responded to them so it was just a momentary night issue. More trains during the day.

What no one mentions: The regular early and late noisy overhead low flying planes. More annoying than the train on an afternoon nap.

Barely saw the park staff no problems with overzealous anything as mentioned by others. Maybe different staff high season versus close to closure?
Yes we.did hear the leaf blowing dude as mentioned clearing a parking lot of leaves, so many leaves were raining down and it was closing soon so we wondered why?

Everything going on around us was louder than our dogs when they barked so all good with that. Barking dogs for a few minutes until we got them under control no competition for leaf blower guy or the train.
Written October 15, 2022
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Andrew B
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I'm reading a lot about the train noise and yes its a little too much some days but quite frankly it pales in comparison to the over active maintenance crews bombing around on ATV's and excessive use of leaf blowers. Ranger didn't seem too fussed when I talked to him. Borderline indifferent. We were there for an entire week for a little R&R but didn't find this park particularly peaceful. Dog beach and park are actually great for young families or a social setting BUT if you want some serenity, recommend avoiding this park. Quieter in the city!
Written September 7, 2022
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Sonya C
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We have just arrived home . Yes the train is constantly travelling through but we didn't mind.

Beautiful park for paddling and you can rent canoes and kayaks. As this was not busy seasons it was very quiet other than the train.
I don't however understand 1 water station and 1 pump out station both beside each other. It's really crazy ,you have no option if you want water only you have to wait in a line up if someone is.pumping out. I can't imagine the time wasted waiting around in high season.
Written June 5, 2022
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NorthernLive20
Ontario, Canada156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Great place to spend an afternoon or a week. I only went for an afternoon, but I'd love to go back. It's a beautiful place with a nice, shallow beach.
Written January 16, 2022
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Chelsea M
Kitchener, Canada26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I decided to check out this park for a few nights of car camping after having no luck finding a decent site at Kilbear. It seems that almost all of the sites for tents at Oastler Lake (particularly in the non-electric sections) have beautiful views of the lake, making this an ideal choice if you want to have on-site swimming access during the summer months. Our site (130) was directly on the water with a small rock ledge followed by a sandy area to wade into. 130 + 131 would be perfect for a group, as the only thing separating these sites is a fallen tree. There seems to be an abundance of washroom facilities (some with flush toilets, some with vaults) for a park of this size, but only one "comfort station". Taking a walk through the park, I found both the beach and its nearby campsites (meant for larger trailers) to be disappointing - I recommend leaving the large trailer at home for this park.
There are no hiking trails at this park; take the 45-minute drive north to Kilbear for a good day hike.
The only reason this park is not receiving an "excellent" rating is because of the noise from the trains. We could see the train passing from our campsite, and with the track being right on the water, the sound travels far and is very disruptive. I question the validity of the "radio free" section of this park when there is definitely no solitude to find with the frequent train travel. Despite this, it was still an excellent 3 days with unbeatable views - would likely return with friends, so long as they aren't looking for peace and quiet.
Written October 6, 2021
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