One of the best ways to explore a new area is to spend a few nights in the great outdoors. Whether you’re pitching a tent, pulling a popup, or driving a motorhome, there are plenty of great camping opportunities in Grey County. Have a campfire under the stars, listen for wildlife, fish a nearby river or take a sunset paddle on Georgian Bay.
If you’re considering a camping experience in Grey County, there’s an option for everyone. Whether you’re ideal trip includes a secluded canoe-in campsite, a drive-in campsite with plenty of amenities, or a fully-loaded RV site, we’ve got an adventure that will suit your needs.
Rubber boots, marshmallows and sleeping bags: Tips for first-time campers
There are a million lists of camping essentials out there, but two of the most important things to pack are your sense of adventure and your sense of humour. There may be bugs, rain or any number of unexpected challenges, but ultimately camping is more about the journey than the destination. Be ready to improvise, adapt and enjoy!
As for packing, if you’re tenting it, consider an air mattress. You’ll need a reliable, waterproof tent and a tarp that can be strung up to provide additional covered outdoor space if the weather doesn’t cooperate. A good sleeping bag is a must – and if space allows bring your favourite pillow—it’s worth it! If you’re not in an RV or trailer, you’ll need a good cook stove and it’s helpful to plan a few meals that can be cooked over the fire for convenience—and fun: What’s camping without smores and spider dogs?
As for clothing, it’s best to plan for rain and cold. Extra socks, shoes and rubber boots can be a trip saver. Extra layers will come in handy. Imagine yourself by the fire wearing everything you brought—will you be warm enough then? Pack so the answer is yes. Other handy packables include hand sanitizer, extra matches/lighter, glow sticks for kids, playing cards, bug spray, sunscreen. Be sure to check on the availability of drinking water at your campground and confirm any firewood restrictions.
Grey County is home to Craigleith Provincial Park. Located on the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay between Thornbury and Collingwood, this popular campground offers access to a unique shale beach with great swimming and fantastic fishing. Suitable for everything from tents to RVs, the park offers a long list of amenities including flush toilets, showers, laundry, a small park store , a PDF loaner program, horseshoes and volleyball equipment, a playground and a pet-friendly exercise and swimming area.
Camping is also available at the Durham Conservation Area with over 200 campsites for trailer and tent users including electrical and water hook-up facilities. The park opens the last weekend in April and remains open weekends in the fall until Thanksgiving.
The region also offers a string of top-notch private campgrounds across Grey County – all operated with the support of the Ontario Private Campgrounds Association. For a complete list of private Ontario campgrounds, visit www.campgrounds.org.
For a complete list of Provincial Parks, Conservation Areas and private campgrounds click here.