Earl Rowe Provincial Park
Earl Rowe Provincial Park
3.5
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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Hilde K
Norwich, Canada9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The website mentioned that the park had both a lake and swimming pool. On arrival, we were disappointed to find out that the lake had a high bacteria level and full of black muck by the edges. As well as floating sewage. It was very disgusting.
So we went on to the pool. It was under reconstruction apparently, so also couldn't be used. We were very disappointed as we like to swim when camping.
The trails were nice and quite well marked. The campsites were fairly large.
Written August 14, 2023
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Lizzy
Ontario, Canada50 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Not a provincial park I would ever go back to again. We purposely camped in the radio free area and were surrounded by partying campsites until 3am.
Also, upon registering at the main gate we were not told our camp ground was not in the "official" park! We drove aimlessly until we realized we had to exit the park to get to the campground! Any activities or time spent in the park required us to drive back in.
We did not have time to swim, however, the lake looked and smelled unswimmable!
Written August 4, 2023
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Danomite6
Milton, Canada7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
First off, I’ll say that the actual camping experience was fine. The site was in good shape and, while the nearby outhouse style washroom was almost unbearable, there was another washroom not too far away that had flushing toilets and sinks.

However, the reason for my 1 star rating is not the camping (that would probably get a 4). The issue here is that they are essentially lying about the availability for swimming which was basically the reason we booked in the first place. The two beaches were on a lake that was completely disgusting with geese poop floating everywhere. The site mentioned one beach being closed but the other being open which leads one to believe you can go swimming. This was definitely not the case (perhaps the fine print said that the lake was only available for canoeing but it should have been more clear). There was also mention of a large pool. When we went to check on the pool, it was gated up, there was no water in it and it appeared to have been closed for years.

In the end, my wife and I spent a lot of time specifically looking for a place to camp where our family could spend many hours of the day at the beach and/or pool and we feel very much like we were lied to and this essentially ruined the entire experience. I didn’t bother to ask for a refund, not that I would expect one. However, I don’t feel like anyone else should be put through a similar experience so that’s why I’m writing this review.

Congratulations Earl Rowe, you get a 1 star rating for blatantly lying.
Written July 31, 2023
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Ann Muir
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Beautiful Park. Great trails but more signs are needed to help you find where your want to go. Lots of activities and areas to visit. Staff courteous and helpful.

Beach is okay with a canoe but definitely NOT FOR SWIMMING. Maybe the rain had a negative impact on the water which appeared dirty and very uninviting.

The signs for the directions are very few and far between which was extremely disappointing. Although we were given a map, as a first time camper it was very, very difficult to find our way around.

Everywhere looked almost the same with hardly any signs.

The numbers for the lot could be bigger and be on both sides of the post to make it easier to find your spot.
Written July 31, 2023
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Marinahennie
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Why is there a cockroach infestation?!
I don’t understand I been camping at other parks for years and this is the first time I saw this, completely disgusted and even have to keep item outside for days since I don’t want to being roaches into my home
Written July 16, 2023
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Peter S
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
In the past 10 years we have kept coming back since finding this gem! Love the quietness but also the closeness of town for shopping and the nearby tourist spots. On the eastern part of the campground we find it much more relaxing and less busy. Nice open areas for activities and a pretty good location for star watching! Was disappointed he pool was closed this year but it sounds like it'll be ready for next season!
Written October 13, 2022
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Jeff B
Midland, Canada20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
First let me start by stating that even in it's best years this park was never a 5 out of 5. It never had the wilderness of Algonquin, or the beaches at Awenda, or the views of Sleeping giant. But what it did have was a great place for families to gather over the summer. A huge day use area, a colossal pool, decent trails and well taken care of sites. This was the park that my extended family used to our family reunion camping week every summer. I cherish those memories fondly.

Fast forward years later and the state of this park is heartbreaking. I havent been since pre-covid and we did a family camping trip in late August. Let me just say this park is on life support. I've been to over 25 provincial parks in Sakatchewan, Ontario and Quebec and none were in this sorry of shape. Just to list a few things:

-The Pool which was closed during covid is apparently "undergoing maintenance". There's a bench in the pool and shrubs growing out it. I asked the staff and it won't open again. So the main entertainment at this park is now gone.

-The beach has always been disgusting. Anyone who's been here knows this.

-There's minimal to no playground equipment here. They've removed a few of the ones that used to be here.

-The lookout tower at the top of the hill is gone.

Those are the main concerns. There are positives though such as the friendly staff and well taken care of sites. I just feel as though they're doing the bare minimum to keep this park alive. They really need to re-evaluate this place and pour some money into it. I do not think I'll be going back anytime soon. It saddens me to see this park now.
Written September 17, 2022
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Michelle L
Whitby, Canada19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Very noisy neighbors all around the park. Pool was out of commission and the lake was closed due to high lvls of bacteria. Bathrooms i found complicating to find. For the most part we had a good time. Town is close by if u need to get supplies and Tim Hortons. 3 out 5 🌟 I wouldn't come back to this park but still had a great weekend.
Written August 27, 2022
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Susan G
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Horrible don't waste your time! No swimming, water has ecoli, pool has been closed for years. Camped on "Riverside" but there was no river on the entire site. Other then a playground and paved roads to walk on nothing to do. Very disappointing and boring. Better off camping in your driveway at home...
Written August 4, 2022
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Corrinne S
St. Catharines, Canada70 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
The park was ok. It was very disappointing to get there and find out that the lake was full of algae and not open to swim. The pool was closed for maintenance. Really there was nothing to do there.
Also the hydro towers were so far into the bush it was incredibly hard to reach, even with an extra extension cord. It took alot of back and forthing to get the camper close enough to plug in .
On the positive side, the comfy station was clean. The shower was perfect temp and great water pressure.
Written July 29, 2022
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