As I'm booking campgrounds for our upcoming vacation in Oregon, I was fondly thinking of my husband's and my first camping experience spent at Gordon's Eco Park.
We stayed in a teepee for two nights (the one closest to the bathrooms and office) and took advantage of a star gazing tour that included the use of a telescope, which I highly recommend. The staff is really fun and friendly, we enjoyed the hiking trails, and the outdoor bathrooms and showers were much better than expected.
I felt safe sleeping in the teepee; however, even with the provided border ring and tarp over the door some bugs got in and my husband (born and raised in FL with all sorts of poisonous critters) freaked out a bit, which I'm snickering about right now thinking about it. It was just a couple caterpillars and two harmless spiders in two nights.
The only con:
The first night a family with a baby camped two sites down, the baby repeatedly woke up in the night and would cry for 20 to 30 minutes, I'm not actually sure if the parents were even trying to soothe it. Of course, the baby crying continuously through the night set off other campers who then decided to shout profanities at the family. The second night, the family had left and we figured we'd get a good night's sleep before needing to catch the ferry early the next morning. However, our teepee was close to cabins occupied by people that stayed up until at least 1a.m. (last time I checked my watch), they were drinking and loud, and when other campers shouted profanities at them they just shouted right back. Nobody (back in August 2013) staffed the office at night and we weren't sure whom to complain to. I think that should be made clear during check in. After two nights of horrible sleep, I think next time we will try to get a camp site in a secluded area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in Nature, Gordon's Park on Manitoulin Island has a B&B, camping sites, Tipis and Cabins available. We have an Educational Nature Centre and Hiking trails + an extensive summertime calendar of events. We're just 15 minutes from the ferry docks. ... more less