Earl Rowe Provincial Park

Earl Rowe Provincial Park, Alliston: Address, Phone Number, Earl Rowe Provincial Park Reviews: 3.5/5

Earl Rowe Provincial Park
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Hagalish
Toronto, Canada28 contributions
Not much to do - lake is full of goose poo.
Aug. 2021
Check in was easy and all of the staff, that we encountered, were really friendly. You can buy wood and ice at the main gate.

SITE: we stayed on the Westside, site 269, which was pretty big - we only had minor levelling to do for our 26ft RV. The ground was more sand than grass so your feet and shoes get pretty dirty. We needed our extra extension to hook up to the 30amp power, it was set back in the woods (total of about 32ft were used to reach. Picnic table (covered in grease from previous tenant) and firepit were already on site.

HIKING: was just ok. The lookout is quite steep in some places and there was quite a bit of bear poop on the trails. All of the trails were relatively easy to do. The lookout was pretty but I think it would be better in late fall when the colours change. The other paths were well maintained but just average wooded walkways.

That's where the activity fun ended for us, unfortunately.

BEACH - CLOSED due to high levels of bacteria. We brought kayaks with us and couldn't put them in the water due to the gross amounts of goose poop. I had read another review about this but it's much worse than we anticipated. We googled "diseases caused by goose excrement" and decided we didn't want any of our belongings (or our bodies) to touch that water. I don't know if the geese are a result of the COVID closures last year or if they've always lived there but it was a real disappointment as that knocked out three of our activities we had planned: beach, kayaking and fishing.

Park was pretty quiet but we camped Monday to Friday. Thursday night, a noticeably louder crew arrived.

We brought lawn games and board games which got us through our boredom. Although we were disappointed in lack of activity, it was all around a pretty good time. You just need to make your own fun.

The park could use some funding for repairs.
Written August 30, 2021
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Patricia D
1 contribution
ok
Jul. 2021
our campsite was nice, the washrooms were old but clean, the beach was disgusting, water was full of bird excraments, they should close it down, the pool was closed due to restrictions, the customer service was awesome, people were friendly and helpful a shout out to Victoria who greeted everyone with a smile at the entrance, and to Mark who was so helpful at the boat rentals
Written August 3, 2021
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Kim P
Cape Haze, FL4 contributions
Not bad but not great
Jul. 2021 • Couples
Lovely campgrounds and full of potential. Huge campsites that have trees and plants between.
Not sure how safe it is though. Woken up by ambulance, 2 police cruisers and a fire truck. Heard about things stolen from campsites (bikes and bbq) so I don’t think we will return. There are nicer parks to explore.
Written July 28, 2021
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CdnGoldy
Kitchener, Canada900 contributions
We probably won't go back
Jul. 2021
Beautiful campground, clean bathrooms, and nice campsites are some of the great things to recommend this provincial park. However, during our 1 week stay, thre was only 2 security patrols, whereas last year we became used to regular daily and nightly patrols of park security.

Also, the swimming area (in the Boyne river) and beach were really dirty - too dirty to swim in or play on the beach. This was really dissappointing because it was really hot and we had a 6 and 9 year old. Also the pool was closed due to Covid.

The staff are friendly and very helpful. The Discovery program for kids was only available one day that we were there, but it was a lot of fun for the kids.
Written July 20, 2021
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Laura B
1 contribution
Nice but too many geese
Jul. 2021 • Friends
Park is nice. Alot of picnic tables available. The trails are nice also.
The only set back ....too many geese. Alot of geese poop all around especially near the lake. Too bad otherwise very nice park.
Written July 19, 2021
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CdnGoldy
Kitchener, Canada900 contributions
Large campsites, great hikes, beautiful park
Oct. 2020 • Couples
This provincial park has a very large beach area surrounding the lake. It also has very large campsites, perfect for RVs, trailers, and motor homes. There is good drainage here so its also good for tent camping.

We were very impressed with the trails, and recommend them. There is a fish ladder around the dam worth visiting too.
Written October 3, 2020
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Alish
1 contribution
It was okay.
Aug. 2020 • Family
We just visited the park for 3 nights.
Cons:
The beaches were closed due to bacteria which is a usual there I guess as they have permit signs that say so too. I understand why, the water is nasty. They have a "pool"which was closed due to covid, I checked it out, its more like a large wading pool... The washrooms (ladies) had 2 stalls with broken door locks. The playgrounds for kids are 2 swings with a metal slide which was disappointing as they have so much space to put in a nice big one!

Pros:
They do have some lovely hiking trails to enjoy. The fishing on some bridges was great as our little ones got to catch some small perch and bass.The beaches sand space is huge & clean for sand castle making.

On a side note, the electrical posts are far back in the bush from the site, we needed 90ft to reach our trailer.
Written September 1, 2020
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Mary
3 contributions
good for first time campers
Aug. 2020
we went to the park on the Civic Holiday weekend. close to city and retail stores. big camping spot, 3 different trails but water was dirty as it said "unsafe for swimming due to high bacterial levels" so if you are planning to visit there for swimming then you will be disappointed like me. there was a pool but not opened due to covid
Written August 25, 2020
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lillian
2 contributions
great time like always
Jul. 2020 • Family
love this place, sad the pool could t open due to COVID but it’s okay. always have a good experience when we go. Thanks!
Written August 12, 2020
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JRoger
Wasaga Beach, Canada54 contributions
Excellent camp ground
Aug. 2019
Large campsites..great beach...facilities are excellent..highly recommend this for families thru singles ..
Written January 18, 2020
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