Rene Brunelle Provincial Park

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Rene Brunelle Provincial Park

Rene Brunelle Provincial Park
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Jeff H
Toronto, Canada149 contributions
Quiet park -- literally!
Oct. 2020
I would probably say my experience here was good, but also unique: The park had been officially closed 2 weeks earlier to the campsites. The only accommodations left open was the cabin -- which I had chosen. After my stay, they were closing the park entirely for the season. So for my stay, not only was I the only one in the park -- literally -- they were closing the park down behind me.

Speaking specially about the cabin accommodations, it was very, very clean, isolated -- which I personally like -- with an incredible view of the lake. It included a small series of steps down to the water and in theory I could've gone for a swim -- if it wasn't flurrying outside.

The grounds were very well-kept (and empty) with a small beach as a part of the park. Now if you're one for hikes and overlooks, you're not really going to find them at this park. But if you're looking for a quieter, out-of-the-way place this seems to be the place.

Now that said, because I was the only one in the park, I certainly cannot comment on the noise levels, the sorts of people attending the park, nor things like how busy it is. But given its location and the various other reviews, my suspicion is this is one of the quieter parks.

I only met one staff member. She was friendly, welcoming, and happy to explain the various park and cabin amenities.
Written October 12, 2020
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volley11
Oshawa, Canada160 contributions
Wish it was closer
Aug. 2020
Very nice well kept Park! We enjoyed a 2 night stay. Our site was private # 72. We launched our kayaks from the Campers beach area. Enjoyed several long bike rides!
Rode to the Day Use & Group camping area 2.5km, Very nice sheltered beach area on the south side. Great biking trail south of the park and near Bonner & Balsam Lakes.
Staff were friendly and happy to assist in anyway they could.
Written September 16, 2020
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ElizabethRonway
Kingston, Canada19 contributions
Don’t go here!
Aug. 2019 • Couples
This park was a 2 night stop for us and I wish I’d have kept going. The only people who are pleasant and friendly are the staff. The rest of the park is not! They are all buddies who do not like outsiders. We’ve traveled all over Ontario, specifically Provincial Parks, and this park is the unfriendliest! And for some reason, people can stay here until September 2..weird right? Especially when the rules clearly indicate “23 consecutive nights”. It’s August 5th. We will never come back!
Written August 5, 2019
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Anne S
6 contributions
Northern Ontario trip
Aug. 2018 • Couples
The BEST provincial park in the 28 parks we have visited!!!!! What a gift! Clean, quiet, manicured sandy beaches with play equipment, water front electrical sites and tent camping... we WILL be back next year!!!!
Written August 21, 2018
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BeagleBrigade
Guelph21 contributions
Our best Ontario Park experience to date
Aug. 2017 • Couples
When I say this was our best experience to date, it is with a background of 30+ years of car camping in several dozen Ontario Parks. This park is small, but it was the most relaxing and enjoyable visit. We booked one of the walk-in sites for 4 nights. Apart from a brisk initial day and a half we had a terrific time enjoying a private beach with relatively warm swimming from our site. The walk-in was less than 100m and the nearby washroom was kept in fantastic shape by the staff.

We did not use any of the boat or canoe rentals but all were regularly used during our stay.

Our plan was to leave after the 4 nights but decided to rent the cabin for 2 additional nights after a very personable chat with the senior park staff. It was a bit surreal having a comfy bed and a microwave in the middle of a 2 week camping vacation, to say nothing of the deck and bbq. Cannot recommend this cabin highly enough - they did a great job with it and we expect to come back in the future.

Washrooms and comfort station - cleanest and best maintained we have seen in an Ontario Parks campground.
Written October 26, 2017
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683DavidL683
Ottawa, Canada26 contributions
RV Camping at Rene Brunell - 6 Nights
Aug. 2017
Decided to visit some relatives near Moonbeam (August 2017), Ontario, and to use our 21 ft trailer. Got site 66 at the park which was a pull-thru. Found the turn off in Moonbeam and abt 10 kms later we arrived at the main gate to check-in at abt 5 pm. The gate is also the store (very small selection of items). Check-in was smooth and friendly. Unfortunately there was a boil water advisory. We normally bring our own drinking water, so this was not an issue for us. There was a bear warning sign but we saw no bears during our stay. The water filling station was on the right hand side just before the first left turn for trailer sites. Filled up with no problem. Leaving the water filling station, we crossed the road and entered trailer/tent sites and easily found site 66, which was large enough to set up our screen tent. Fire pit had been cleaned and was located in a good spot. Outhouses located close to site 66 and were clean, with a sink and mirror. Comfort station (showers, etc) a bit further way, and we chose to drive to the parking area; clean and hot water in showers. Dock located close to site 66 and quite large. We accessed main beach by driving and also on a path located near site 66; a nice beach area and shallow for children; no life guards. There is a day-use beach but quite a drive on main park road. Wardens only available during the day, but no noise from other campers so this was OK. Some sites have been rented on a seasonal basis and are quite elaborate, flower boxes, etc. Tip - The meat at the Coop in Moonbeam is to die for - we had three BBQs of steak that melted in our mouths. We also had the Quebec poutin at the Twin Lakes Campground which was absolutely delicious. Kapuskasing is abt 15 min drive away if you want bigger stores. Had a great 6 nights and would stay again.
Written September 7, 2017
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MississaugaVoyageurs
Mississauga, Canada54 contributions
quiet retreat
Aug. 2017 • Couples
This is one of the few parks that have really accessible walk in sites. 91 and 95 are the best and give you great privacy with each having there own sand beach. You definitely have to walk in quite a bit to get to deeper water.
Written August 22, 2017
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MissMegHK
Hong Kong50 contributions
Great for all types of campers
Jul. 2016 • Couples
My husband and I camped here with just a tent and some basic supplies. We pre-booked a site that was described as having good privacy, and that was definitely an understatement. We had forest on one side of us, the lake on another, and no neighbours. There were only a handful of other campsites nearby, so we really felt like we were in the wilderness. We could hear the loons calling at night, but luckily no bears!

In exploring the campground we found another group of sites that boasted electricity and room for large RVs. Some people had clearly set up shop for the whole summer, with everything from satellite dishes to a small pool. It seems like this area of the park would be great for longterm campers and people who are looking to be a bit more social.

The lake is beautiful, and the campground staff are friendly and helpful. We had a great time camping and walking through the woods.
Written August 11, 2016
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Saturne31
Canada10 contributions
Great Camping!
Jul. 2016 • Couples
We camp at this park every year so I though I would write a review. This summer, we camped there for 2 weeks (July 2016) on campsites 54 and 39... both campsites were right on the shore of Remi Lake which made it easy to kayak and swim right from the site. This is a fairly quiet park with private, wooded campsites.

Campsites: There are electrical and non-electrical campsites available, as well as beautiful walk-in tent campsites right on the water. For people who have long campers, there are pull-through sites available. There is a Group Camping spot that holds up to 10 campers (or many, many tents). The group campsite is really nice, it is away from the rest of the campgrounds and has its own long sandy beach in a calm bay.

The facilities (Comfort stations, showers and vault toilets) are always very clean. This is a well maintained, clean park.

Bird enthusiasts will love René Brunelle Provincial Park. Lots of warblers breed in the park and you can watch them feed their young in late July and August. You can observe and hear over 18 different species of Warblers in the park. We woke up to the sound of Magnolia Warblers, Northern Parulas and Red-eyed Vireos every morning. The Pileated Woodpeckers are always around. Remi Lake is great for observing nesting Bald Eagles, Ospreys and Great Blue Herons. The Bonaparte's Gulls and Common Terns are also fun to watch on Remi Lake.

There is a small, nice beach near the campground. There are also 2 great beaches at Phipps Point's day use area, along with a playground for kids. You can hike or bike to Phipps Point beaches (2 km) from the main East Bay Campground.

Canoes, Kayaks, Stand-up Paddle boards, peddle boats, motor boats and bicycles can be rented in the park.

Hiking: The 2 hiking trails, "La Vigilance" and "Spruce Lowland", are interesting. They are not long but that's ok because near the park's gate, you have access to Moonbeam Nature Trails, which is a 30 km trail system great for walking or biking.

The small town of Moonbeam is 10 km from the park and has all you need (Co-op grocery store, Hardware Store, LCBO, Minnows, Restaurant,...) The Moonbeam Co-op grocery store offers the best meat for BBQs... the quality of the meat is so good that I always make sure I have an empty cooler when I leave the park so I can stock up before getting home!

Overall, René Brunelle Provincial Park is a great park and we never hesitate to go back every year.
Written July 26, 2016
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