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“Great location....a few issues”

Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Ranked #9 of 48 things to do in Oakville
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Provincial Park - we are near by and natural. Located between Oakville and Burlington, Ontario. Great place to test our your camping skills or equipment. 145 electric service sites, filling and dumping station, laundry equipment, playgrounds, yurts, programs (summer), trails and a leash free area. Campers use 3201 Upper Middle Road W. During stay campers have access to day-use area (off Burloak) but my drive 6-11km to separate entrance. Day-use area off Burloak Drive has been a family favorite for decades. 13 km of trails, 11 reservable picnic shelters, children's play barn and farm, 1,8 acre outdoor swimming pool (additional fee), family and group education programs. In the Winter enjoy cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Annual events include: Maple Syrup Festival, Springtime on the farm, Ghostwalks, Camper Halloween and Victorian Christmas. Please refer to official website for details as this information could be stale.
Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

We visited the campground a few times over the past 2 years. The location is awesome being in the middle of Oakville. The campsites are pretty roomy with lots of space between sites. The biggest issue for us was that the electric hook ups were a long way away from the parking pad and there was no water on the site. So make sure your water tank is full before you park and make sure you have at least a 50 ft power cable. The other issue we had was that we had a visitor who lived in the area who was going to stop by to say hi at our campsite and was given a hard time at the gate by the "ranger" they insisted that he pay for a park day pass even though he was not using the park. They finally let him in without paying but it was a hassle.

All that said I would still go back and camp there again since it is such a convenient location.

Thank NYHoser
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BCPranger, Public Relations Manager at Bronte Creek Provincial Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2018

Thank you NYHoser for your rating and review of your spring camping trip to Bronte Creek Provincial Park.

Depending on which campsite you choose -- the distance from the hydro pedestal does vary. These distances are identified on our reservation website -- but it might be that you did not make a reservation??

Most if not ALL Ontario Provincial Parks do not have water hook ups available at each campsite -- but rather a filling and dumping station which campers are able to use before and after their trip.

The park staff at the campground gate where upholding our provincial policies --- all vehicles entering a Provincial Park must obtain and show a valid camping or day permit. Your guest had a couple of options... pay the $17.00 per vehicle and enjoy a day visit (until 10pm) with you and enjoy the park facilities, or ask to be added as an additional vehicle to your site and be able to stay over if they choose to.

The fees we collect this year become our operating dollars next year. The Ontario Parks system of parks protects and manages the significant natural and cultural resources of Ontario. This is one reason why out parks will not offer full hook ups for RV's and we limit the number of days a camper can stay. It sounds like you might have thought that we were a private campground -- which can make and enforce their own rules??

We hope that these explanations help you and others to understand our services/ rules and policies.

Thanks again.
BCPP- staff

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Reviewed April 2, 2018

My husband and I checked out the festival this year. I was going with the intent to learn about the actual tapping process. In essence, this is for kids. Young kids. Really there is just a petting zoo type situation with farm animals and a short walking tour lead by someone who was in their teens, who spoke to the small crowd of people as if we were all 5 years old. Cute, but rather intolerable for adults who actually want to learn about the process. We bowed out of the tour after 10 painful minutes, did a quick walk around the property and left. Lots of maple products on hand to purchase, and pancakes to buy - we did not partake. The one cool thing was the Victorian house on the property that you can walk through. If you're going to make the trip and pay the $17 bucks to get in, best be bringing some young ones to get your money's worth.

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BCPranger, Public Relations Manager at Bronte Creek Provincial Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2018

Thank you ilove2travel77 for your review of the maple syrup festival.

Seeing you date of this review as April 2 -- it is hard to tell when you exactly visited the festival. Yes, many of the staff are teenagers and new to leading tours. Depending on when during the festival and which tour guide you get ... the tour changes. You can understand that day 1 (first weekend) most new staff are "green" -- by the end of the festival at the end of March, most staff are comfortable with their tasks.

It is a shame you did not find or ask for one of our experienced leaders --- had you been able to join one of their tours --- we are sure that your experience would have been very different.

We would agree that out festival caters to youth --- each year we get comments about how there needs to be more for kids to do. We do find that most of our visitors are families/ groups with kids ranging in age from infant to 12 years old.

We very much appreciate your honesty about your experience at the festival and your recommendation to other visitors. You informed without slamming us for not being what you expected. :)

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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

We arrived about 10 am to beats any large crowds during the Easter break and that was great but it was cold! (It did warm up a bit after an hour or so) We did the tour with the knowledgeable guide who took us through the history and process of sugaring off. This is a great activity for families with children on a farm with a few turkeys & cows and several activities and demos for kids. You can tour the farm house with guides who explain the workings of an early farm house. There were different samples of maple candy for a small fee available. There is a gift shop an a pancake house where they sell breakfast at a modest price. By the time we finished our tour it was lunch time so we didn’t do breakfast. Nice morning out.

Thank Duckie19
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BCPranger, Public Relations Manager at Bronte Creek Provincial Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2018

Thank you so much for your through and mindful review of the Maple Syrup experience from your family's perspective.

BTW... pancakes aren't just a breakfast food! We serve them all day between 10 am - 3pm.

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Reviewed March 29, 2018

The cost per car was more than fair. The staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. the guided tour through the years was very insightful. Only wish was a little more of a play area for the kids to burn some energy. Overall was a great time.

Thank Stephen B
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BCPranger, Public Relations Manager at Bronte Creek Provincial Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2018

Thank you! --- glad you enjoyed your visit.

Did you see the hay bales? The red tractor? and the indoor family game centre? Also we find that the area is large open... allowing kids to find things to "burn off energy" playing tag, racing each other... building snowmen (if there is snow). etc.

Although located away from the main festival area... there is also the ever popular Children's Farm and Playbarn. This is located next to parking lot C.

When you visit next year - ask a staff member to help you locate these activity areas.

BCPP - staff

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Reviewed March 15, 2018

Went hiking in the winter, and it was nice.
There are pavilions where you can sit and rest and have a fire.
Lower parking areas were closed off to cars, probably just for the winter season.
Nice trails along the ravine.

Thank RailBandit
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BCPranger, Public Relations Manager at Bronte Creek Provincial Park, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to rate and review your visit to Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Yes, we have 13 km of trails and paths to explore. In the winter some trails become ski trails so please respect the parallel track by staying off of them.

Parking lots D and F are closed during the winter --- Lot C and portions of A are available.

If you bring your dog to the park - there are 2 leash free exercise areas - all other areas of the park dogs need to be leashed (for their protection and that of our wildlife/ nature and other park visitors).

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