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“Conveniently located near urban areas.”

Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Ranked #8 of 46 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 3 weeks ago

The idea to preserve green space so close to major urban areas is a good one.
The park is an escape but it has a man made foot print compared with more remote Provincial Parks.
If you want a genuine Canadian park experience go farther afield.

Thank 686lyndam
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Reviewed July 10, 2018

Bronte Creek Provincial Park has been a special place to my family and me for four decades. When the boys were small they spent time in the barn with the animals or enjoying the farm animals, making crafts at Spruce Lane Farmhouse or swimming and playing in the splashpool. It truly has something for everyone. Now I spend many days there in all seasons looking for birds and just enjoying nature.
It is a great place for campers from Toronto and the GTA, especially those who don't want to spend hours driving to a northerly park. The section east of Bronte Creek, is where there is camping and there are even yurts for those who don't have tents or trailers. West of Bronte Creek, the main part, has activity areas for frisbee, model airplanes, picnics, a barn and house for activities and a pool. In winter there are activities as well. Both sides have leash-free areas for your dog.
Each year there are 'Learn-to-Camp' sessions for those people who are new to this Canadian pastime.
Unless you are enjoying the Maple Syrup Festival, Halloween or any of the other bigger celebrations, there is always ample parking and there is lots of space for everyone. Truly, a wilderness within the Town of Oakville and an hour from Toronto.

Thank jeberspaecher
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Reviewed June 26, 2018 via mobile

This park is located in the heart of Oakville, does not feel like much of a getaway from the city. The entrance to the campground is different than the day use entrance, but they dont tell you this, and they are not close to one another. The campground entrance is not marked, nor are there any signs to the park. The gravel roads were poorly kept making it hard on the trailer to get through, full of holes. The sun never set because of all the light pollution from the city. The site itself was nicely kept, and they have lots of birdhouses around so there were lots of birds to watch. Overall probably a good place for city people to camp but not for experienced campers wanting real nature.

2  Thank Randi W
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Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

We went for Victoria Day. It was a fantastic. Open space. Tea. The farmhouse museum. It was relaxing. Plenty of parking and clean facilities. Pack a lunch and have a picnic.

Thank CanFamily1371
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Reviewed May 14, 2018

Every year a number of people who are coming to the park to camp end up at the Burloak Drive location of the park instead of the Upper Middle Road location where the camp grounds are. You need much better highway signage to direct people to the camp grounds. On many occasions i have helped people get to the campgrounds by driving my car and having them follow me, and at night it is even worse for them to find the place. The sign that is at the camp ground is not even lit up at night when they arrive there. They have all said the same thing, " why don't they have better street signs to get to the camp grounds "

3  Thank chelseaa
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BCPranger, Public Relations Manager at Bronte Creek Provincial Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Chelseaa --- thank you for helping our lost campers find their way.

If you only knew the issues we have had... (eye roll) --- our 2 sides, our signs (sigh), google map (groan). It has been an ongoing struggle --- going on for over 17 years!

If you will allow this explanation:

1st... we don't have a sign issue.... we have an entrance issue. If we CLOSED the campground entrance it would solve SOOO many issues. Hear us out.

We should have a bridge! But only a bridge for our campers to get from the Burloak drive side to the camping area. Right??? Wouldn't that be fantastic!! --- totally out of our budget... but wow!

Back in early 2000 when the campground was being constructed we started to work with the TODS people (those are the folks that make and maintain those blue signs along the highway). We knew that we were going to have to have 2 sets of signs --- one directing day visitors and one for our campers.

Trouble - we were not allowed to use the word CAMPGROUND on a 400 series highway (which the QEW is technically the 403).

This meant that we could use the ontario parks symbol or camping symbol only. --- so we know that did not work.

Next issue --- construction on the QEW for third line. --- we only had signs if you were coming from Hamilton -- for about 3 years!

We could go on... but we think you are starting to understand.

Currently we do have proper signs on the QEW (not the 407) --- that now DO say Campground!!! You do have to watch from them --- if you are in anything but the far right lane you are likely to miss them.

Now with everyone google mapping --- we thought we had the solution. Add -- Day-use or Campground to the end of your search for Bronte Creek...but people would only click on the first listing. We tried to fool google into thinking we had 2 businesses. We are only allowed to have 1, as we ARE one park. (eye roll, sigh). So now if you google -- you will be lead to the day use area. -- we have recently asked for an edit to the "wikipedia" information blur. Let's hope it is allowed!

When campers make a reservation --- they are notified of the different address.

We have a BIG sign on the berm between the Day-Use and Campground side... again if you are looking it is there.

If you are unlucky enough to still find that you have arrived at the Burloak Drive entrance --- there is another HUGE sign that says "campground access via Bronte Road".

We have alerts, notices, popups on just about every website, listing, advertisement out there.

So you see ... we are really trying.

Campers need to search --- Bronte Creek Provincial Park - CAMPGROUND.

Thank you Chelseaa for this opportunity to get this information out there. We are fully aware of the issues... and we are always trying to make improvements (where ever we can).

Until we get that bridge we will have to continue to leave bread crumbs for our campers. (sad face).

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