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Gordon's Park
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Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

We were not disappointed with our stay at Gordon's park! The purpose of our stay was for the dark sky preserve, the darkest in Ontario and even though most of our 2 night stay it was cloudy we did catch a small glimpse of the sky early the first night and we still loved our stay at the park!

We loved the Eco-friendly aspects of the park, recycling, eco-showers, compost pile etc and the hiking trails were fun to walk around during the day.

Loved the signage they have around explaining the different types of trees and fossils in the area. The staff was super friendly and the items in the front office for sale are definitely worth checking out as well. Lots of activities and things to do for families or couples alike including mini put and a pool.

We look forward to our next stay at Gordon's park in the near future.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Rita G, Owner at Gordon's Park, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2016

Thank you so much for enjoying our park. It has definitely been a labour of love for Terry and I over the last 26 years when we began the journey from an empty field to a campground and eco park. So glad you shared your stay with us and took the time to write this review. Thank you very much and also for the praise for our staff, we consider ourselves blessed to have these amazing persons taking care of us and our park. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

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Reviewed 9 August 2016

We loved it here. It was quiet and the dark skies and stars were amazing. The park was quaint with a lot of added touches we had never seen before. Clothes lines were on each campsite. The campsite numbers were all hand made with a picture and a quote. There were solar lights on darker campsites. The firewood came with newspaper. All these little added features made us feel welcomed and that they cared for there campers. The summer kitchen was awesome. We did not have to bring our pots and pans and BBQ and we could wash our dishes right there. We did the Mother nature trail, where the trees were labeled with a little history of the tree. It is a great place to camp while you explore the rest of Manitoulin Island.

Stayed: August 2016
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Rita G, Owner at Gordon's Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2016

Thank you for the review, we appreciate the time you took to write it. We are glad you enjoyed the little touches we have put at each of the sites in the park and hope you will come back to visit us again.

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Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Peaceful, dark zone sanctuary, Sky gazing!
Perfect for us to relax. Not very busy during the week. Staff were friendly. Spent our days at local beaches, and other tourist attractions. The evenings and nights were quiet. Had to pay extra to use the pool, mini golf, etc.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Rita G, Owner at Gordon's Park, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2016

Thank you for your review, glad you enjoyed the peace and quiet of our park. The stargazing is definitely amazing and we are glad you got to see it as so many in the cities have forgotten what the Milky Way looks like. It is true we do charge for the pool and mini golf but we do not charge for our Nature Interpretive Center and educational Hiking Trails and provide a free recharging station for cell phones, etc., a summer kitchen with a BBQ, and free WIFI. We give people the option to create their own package based on their interests. Again, thanks for your review, we appreciate your time completing it on our behalf.

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Reviewed 21 July 2016

I stayed at Gordon's Park for 1 night with 3 girlfriends. We loved it! The property was beautiful, serene and very clean. I was pleasantly surprised to find flush toilets and hot shower facilities. We stayed in a tipi and that was quite an adventure. The tipi was clean, spacious and comfortable. The only issue we had is that a tonne of moths got in and so we had a very hard time sleeping. Our fault for leaving the light on! What do we know? It was all our first time camping!
We did the night howl hike and spent the rest of the night looking at the amazing night sky! We do not get to experience that many stars in the city! There was a cell phone charging station available to all campers, bbq & sink facilities and a pool.
I highly recommend Gordon's Park for the seasoned and novice camper. We loved our time on Manitoulin Island!

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with friends
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Rita G, Owner at Gordon's Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2016

Thank so much for the excellent review, glad you and your friends got to enjoy our tipi tenting experience and creating some valuable memories. We hope to see you again in the future, perhaps in a tree house if we ever get it built, lol:)

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Reviewed 19 July 2016

We spent a couple nights in a tipi at the park. They were very clean, waterproof and had comfortable foam pads in it. It was one of the best nights sleeps we had during our week long trip on Manitoulin. Overall, the entire park was very clean and well kept.

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We felt nickel and dimed for extra items that are typically included at camping parks. The tipi was expensive compared to the hotels and other accommodations we stayed at in the area. It was $107 per night + an additional $22.50 for our 2 kids. The swimming pool cost an additional $28 for the family, the wolf howl hike cost $35 for the family, the mini putt was $28, etc. You basically don't get any use of the activities at the park without paying an additional fee.

Overall, I can't really say anything bad about the park, it was nice. However, due to all the extra costs, we probably won't go back. We stayed at several different places throughout Manitoulin and Tobermory and most were comparable for considerably less cost.

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Rita G, Owner at Gordon's Park, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2016

Hi John, thank you for the review and comments about your stay at our park. We are glad you enjoyed a wonderful sleep in the tipi and the clean facilities. Included with your overnight stay was the Nature Interpretive Center with displays of Canadian Wildlife such as bears and wolves, hawks and owls, fossils, astronomy and fish and skulls, as well as the educational hiking trails in the park that outline all the different eco systems and the trees in our forest. We also provide a free recharging station, summer kitchen with BBQ, 3 burner stove, all pots and pans, and a very different kind of playground that all kids love to all our guests in the park which is an additional perk not available at other locations. We do charge for the guided experiences and for the additional activities therefore allowing people to make their own packages. Not everyone wants to use the pool and no everyone wants to play mini putt so this is the best way for us to offer choice. Again, thanks for your review, glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

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Reviewed 14 July 2016

Gordon's Park was everything we had expected and more...The park itself is spectacular, we stayed in one of the teepee's and had a great time. With 3 adults in the teepee there was plenty of room to spare. We took advantage of the wolf howl which was lead by first timer Anna, she was amazing. She had a lot of knowledge about wolves and also added a few fun facts about the park and other wildlife in and around Gordon's Park. Comfort stations were perfect, flush toilets and eco showers. We liked that they also provided a common area where pots\pans were provided and there was a BBQ and grill, in case you may have forgotten your own or didn't want to lug around heavy cooking items. Hiking trails and the Dark Sky preserve are a few fun things to do at the park. Overall experience at Gordon's park was fantastic and would recommend a stay there. Got to spend a few hours in the pool talking to Rita, who had so much knowledge of the island and all that Manitoulin is about.

Thanks so much for an awesome experience.

Grace Alexander

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

I booked 2 campsites for 4 nights over the Canada Day weekend. I'd never been to the island so didn't know what to expect, but Gordon's Park was PERFECT. Our campsites were only 2 min from showers and bathrooms but felt very secluded and private which is exactly what we wanted. The trails behind the campsites were fun and looking at the stars was incredible. The staff were all very helpful for newcomers like us and very knowledgeable. Next time will definitely visit their Dark Sky Preserve!

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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Gordon's Park

Address: 18777 Hwy 6, Tehkummah, Ontario P0P 2C0, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Northeastern Ontario > Manitoulin Island > Tehkummah
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Tehkummah
Price Range: $38 - $105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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 

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