Being in the full swing of Ontario’s sub-zero winter months, you most likely have your tent, camper or RV in storage, unless you’re one of the few who likes to brave the region’s ever increasing chilly snowy season. But just because the ground is covered in a blanket of white, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be thinking about the upcoming camping season. In fact, now is the perfect time to start planning, especially if you’re considering a seasonal campsite.
What is A Seasonal Campsite
Seasonal camping is defined by renting out a specific campsite for an entire season at a campground of your choice. There are many benefits to locking in a long chunk of fun camping times to look forward to for the whole family. Below are a few highlights of seasonal camping in case you’re unfamiliar with the concept or were unaware of its existence, as many people are! Outside of a “trailer park”, most people don’t realize many campgrounds offer reserved seasonal sites, including trailer OR tent options.
Seasonal Camping is Like a Local Vacation
Especially in today’s high stress world of working around the clock to make ends meet, the work/life schedule is often a tricky balancing act. Life is often cyclical, with the familiar daily grind of getting the kids off to school, heading to the office for the day, picking the kids up, preparing dinner, maybe cramming in a sport or other activity and then before you know it, the day is done and it’s time to set the alarm to do it all over again!
One of the best feelings is the countdown to an upcoming family vacation with all the excitement surrounding the idea of being “off the clock” for a week or two and revelling in the notion of not having to answer to anyone in the working world during those precious, cherished days. It’s a time to unwind, disconnect with technology and reconnect with what matters most- family. But in the blink of an eye, it’s over and you’re unpacking on Sunday night, smell of sunscreen still lingering on your skin, dreading the 6AM wake up call of the working world the next day.
With seasonal camping, you can make a mini vacation a reality for months on end! Something local, low stress, no flights to catch, that you can head to each and every weekend (or week) for a good part of the year. Santa’s Whispering Pines Campground offers seasonal camping starting from May long weekend until Thanksgiving weekend, which means up to a half year of mini getaways to get you through the work week, particularly during the lazy, hazy days of summer.
The thought of camping seems novel for many people, but it’s not all fun and games. There’s some time consuming “work” involved, too, even more so if you have a trailer. The familiar routine of packing, hooking-up and towing to the site, unhooking once you get there, setting up camp, tearing down camp, hooking-up to head home, towing home, unhooking and unpacking, becomes about as appealing as passing a kidney stone. Now, seasonal camping sites like those offered at Santa’s Whispering Pines Campground, make it a lot easier and more convenient for folks, even for the most seasoned campers. There are even seasonal sites which offer less traditional amenities, such as mowing the lot for you, leaving more time to perfect the art of marshmallow roasting or fine tuning the campfire guitar.
The Price is Right
Save money! Most people realize that camping is one of the least expensive ways to vacation with your family. Take that thinking one step further and you will see why seasonal camping is THE least expensive way to vacation with your family all summer long! Seasonal camping sites usually cost less than a week long vacation at a resort. Why not enjoy your tent or RV every weekend, all summer long, for less than the price of one vacation? Now that’s being skillfully thrifty!
In order to get the most benefit out of your seasonal camping site, you should compare the unlimited camping rates with the overnight camping rates. The discount that you get between the two is huge. Most campgrounds provide similar services- however, be sure to ask about anything extra they might have to offer. For example, some campgrounds offer seasonal rates that include all taxes, or free access to special long weekend events going on at the park. There might be some other hidden benefits to being a loyal, committed camper for the season, too!
The Commute is Shorter
Towing takes time and money with high fuel and maintenance costs, particularly when it comes to weekend travel. Therefore, if camping (and a lot of it) is on your summer agenda, it would be a wise investment to pick out a perfect campsite for you and your family to enjoy all season without the constant hassle of having to pack everything up each time you leave. With a short drive (a couple of hours, usually) you’ll be at your favourite destination to kick back and relax in no time!
Match the Park Type to the Needs of Your Family
One thing to heavily consider when choosing your seasonal campsite is the reputation and type of campground you’re researching. Some places are more appropriate for a younger teen crowd; some might be notorious for being a rowdy party zone with music and shenanigans til the wee hours of the night. If you have a family, you’re more likely to gravitate to a family friendly spot, with a clean, safe and low key environment to ensure even the smallest of campers have a great time! Even better if the campground has a special theme, amenities or children’s summer programs to keep things interesting, engaging and fun for the little ones, while offering parents a bit more downtime.
Santa’s Whispering Pines Campground is a haven for families that offers all of that and more. So start polishing up the cookstove, get those campfire recipes in order and check out our seasonal campsites online to see if it’s the right place for you to make a lifetime of memories with your family this summer!