Grundy Lake Provincial Park

Grundy Lake Provincial Park

Grundy Lake Provincial Park
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4.0
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World_travellor79
Sudbury, Canada149 contributions
Sep. 2022
I'll start with the positives...this park is lovely. It's located just south of the French River and is one of the last parks before you hit the Northern ones. The staff are friendly and it was well kept. the grounds were clean and well organized. There were plenty of activities for the kids to do, several beach's and a nice store located just outside of the park.

As avid PP campers, we checked out every single campground in Grundy PP and learned that most of them had nice private sites with plenty of space (there are a few exceptions but that's to be expected).

What we didn't like about the park and the reason I would only give it a 3.5 out of 5 are as follows. In our particular campground there was a lot of poison ivy. While I understand that this is nature and I'm not suggesting they get rid of it, there should be a warning or something on the map that tells campers that there is poison ivy in that area if they wish to avoid it. As a family with kids, having our entire site surrounded by it limited some of the things we usually like to do.

The other negative for us was the strictness of the wardens, and here's why. We have a young family, which means we are not partying to all hours of the night. We are respectful of our neighbours and will not play any music past 11 pm. The kids are usually inside either watching a movie or sitting around the campfire with us. We turn off all of our lights most of the time and just enjoy the light from the fire. We usually camp with friends and enjoy the social atmosphere in the evening discussing our day's by the fire. We were there for 3 nights, and 2 out of the 3 the Warden's came by and said they could here us talking. Not yelling, not shouting...just talking. I understand that PP's used to be a place that people would party and be loud all night and I understand that the Wardens are there to enforce the quiet time past 11. But in all the years we've camped...I've never, ever had a Warden stop by and tell me they can hear us talking and to whisper. In my opinion, that kinda ruined my whole experience.
Written September 8, 2022
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Frank V
Toronto, Canada7 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Family
Best family park , been coming here for over 25 years great beach , great trails , staff is amazing . I would definitely recommend this provincial park.
Written September 1, 2022
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BMartin
Ontario, Canada31 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Family
Beautiful park! Well worth it! So much to do! Rock jumping, kayaking, swimming, fishing, rock sliding. The night skies were incredible. Downfalls, bathrooms and showers could have been cleaner. Our site was completely sand which made levelling our trailer tricky. Everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful!
Written August 18, 2022
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Maryam A
Toronto, Canada101 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Family
First time camping in this park and loved it! We tried Learn to Fish program and it was a fun program for both adults and kids. This park has three lakes and each one has its own beauty.
We actually saw a black bear too which was an interesting experience.
Written August 2, 2022
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Kelsey M
1 contribution
Aug. 2022 • Friends
Beautiful park all around. Spacious sites, AMAZING views (go check out the sunrise, seriously!), and clean well maintained comfort stations.

The ‘Gut Lake’ trail is to die for (but not for the faint of heart, it’s a moderate trails with steep inclines). Beaver Dam trail is also beautiful and is a more beginner level trail.

There are bears. I’ll cut right to that. Had a run in with a black bear my 2nd day of my most recent stay. Make noise, wave your arms, don’t startle them.
Keep your food & toiletries in your car/ camper & off your site, even in the day. My run in was about 3pm when I was alerted he was breaking into my site neighbours RV. They are cool to see in real life, but do your part to keep them off the sites (keeping you & them safe!). A fed bear is a dead bear.

10/10 recommend this park, check it out for yourself ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Written August 1, 2022
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Cathy P
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
Jul. 2022
I have been camping at Grundy since 1958 (the year before the park opened). There is something about Grundy Lake that sets it apart from other Provincial Parks. Perhaps it is the ambient fragrance of white pine needles warmed by the sun. Perhaps it is the call of the loon. I have always found the park staff at tis park to be very friendly and welcoming. (Who wouldn't be working in a gorgeous natural environment such as this?).
Unlike many other parks, EVERY campsite is excellent. They are consistently large and have buffer zones between them. And when darkness falls, the park becomes absolutely quiet.
The location is great, swimming excellent, and trails well-marked and not too difficult.
The Supply Post at he park entrance is well equipped to handle all your needs.
Written July 21, 2022
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Canadian_Guy1000
Toronto, Canada3,110 contributions
Jun. 2022
I have visited Grundy Lake Park about 10 times since the late 1990s, mostly spending a night or two before or after my canoeing trips on the French River or Georgian Bay. This time we spent 4 nights at Poplar Campground, from Sunday to Thursday. A number of campsites were vacant, so we could enjoy a relative privacy. The wardens frequently patrolled the park, yet after 10 pm or so the park was very quiet. The nearby bathrooms were clean. The check-in process was fast and we got one bag of wood from the park, which was not that great.

Each day I watched numerous woodpeckers flying from one tree to another around our campsite. There were also up to 6 chipmunks at the campground; being territorial, they often chased one another—and then climbed onto the table, or even on us, in search of food. Very friendly critters! Twice we were visited by raccoons.

Upon arrival at the park, we were warned about active bears. A few hours later we saw a smallish black bear which was inspecting our neighbor’s campsite.
The next day, as we were engaged in a conversation, the bear walked across our campsite, totally undisturbed by our presence, and proceeded to the one on the other side of the road.
Then on the third day, while I was alone at the campsite, just about to prepare & have my breakfast, the bear emerged from the forest, sniffed at my tent and walked straight to the table, to the bag containing food—which I had just brought from the car. I was standing on the other side of the table, banging on it with a stick, shouting, banging on the car and even honking the horn-but the bear did not care at all and continued consuming the food. Only when I lifted a chair, it took off and went into the forest, carrying the bag in his mouth. Fortunately, bears are clumsy and it quickly lost the bag, which I managed to grab, along with a few other items from the table, and put into the car. Just 10 seconds later the bear was back at the table, dissecting a box of fiber (i.e., my breakfast) which I did not get a chance to snatch. Again, I shouted and pounded a piece of wood on the table, yet to no avail—the bear was just totally preoccupied with consuming the content of the box. Eventually it grabbed the box in his mouth and went into the forest, a few meters from my tent, when it finished eating it.

I have had a lot of encounters with black bears, but this was the first time when I came across a bear that was totally unafraid of me and that showed up at the campsite while I was sitting at the table, about to have breakfast.
Written July 3, 2022
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Larry W
Ottawa, Canada26 contributions
Aug. 2021
In response to those that think this park is your private cottage, it's not. The wardens do a fantastic job and any of you that think you can hoot and holler, drink and swear at all hours, just go somewhere else, like back in the bush.
Written December 12, 2021
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Susan T
2 contributions
Sep. 2021 • Couples
We stayed at Poplar Campground for a week. Beautiful beach. We enjoyed our time. One note, the canoe route out of Pakeshkag Lake on the Pakashkag River to connect with the Pickerel River is not fully passable at this time. Our paddle was beautiful and as described until we were about halfway down the Pakashkeg River. Past that point the river is impassable (dry) because the beaver dams have been destroyed. We were forced to retrace our route back to Gurd Lake.
Written September 18, 2021
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Kim F
Niagara Falls,10 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Family
Having read the very negative reviews, I can only assume they are from people who either haven’t camped much and don’t know that Provincial parks have rules to keep all campers safe and happy or that they chose not to follow them. We have never had any issues with Park staff and this year was the same- only respectful, helpful interactions with all park staff and very unobtrusive visits from night staff cruising to make sure all was well in the evenings.

Have been camping here for 20 years and we still love this place. There is so much to do, from the beaches to the jumping rocks, several beautiful hikes and slippery rocks for sliding on. Great for young children and teens, definitely something for everyone!

Keep in mind if you come that this place is a good drive from any town, so aside from the well-stocked store just outside the park, you probably want to make sure you bring everything you need. Having said that, the Grundy Lake Supply store is a great place to pick up small groceries, camp supplies or fishing gear you might need (we had to buy a new air mattress there), rent a canoe or kayak- they drop them off right at the lake for you, or snacks like fries and ice cream from the snack bar.

This place is not for people who want to party at night. And because it’s bear country, you have to make sure to keep all animal attractants away when you’re not using them- that takes work, but why should some bear have to be put down because us humans caused it to become too comfortable eating our foods to be safe for people around?
If you want to enjoy nature, find peace and quiet, swim in clean water, find solitude or spend time with loved ones and smell that delicious clean air, come here. If you want to party and disregard wildlife and nature, stay in the city.

This place is a gem. Come and enjoy it.
Written August 16, 2021
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