Let’s get one thing straight – I am not a camper. I don’t love bugs, tents, or bugs IN tents, so I guess you could say I’m not really the outdoorsy type.
Our son has read so many stories about camping, and his favourite is about Curious George going on his first camping trip. He’s been asking us for ages to go camping as a family, so I needed to find an alternative that would satisfy everyone in the family.
Ontario has some pretty amazing gems, and one of them is Norfolk County. Our trip ending up being unforgettable for the whole family!
To solve the whole “camping situation”, we stayed at Long Point Eco-Adventure. This place satisfies anyone from an avid camper to a city girl like myself.
They have three different accommodation options – Camping Pods which have a comfortable bed (no electricity, shared outhouses), Wilderness Pods which have a private flush toilet, shared shower facilities, and hot and cold running water, and Wilderness Suites.
We chose the Wilderness Suites which included two queen beds (with king options available), an outdoor shower and full bathroom, mini-fridge, hardwood floors, sliding glass locking door, private deck, and electricity. Basically it’s a hotel room in the woods disguised as a tent!
Any accommodations you choose at Long Point Eco-Adventure include a hot breakfast in the morning (eggs, bacon, toast, home fries, cereal, juice and coffee), and access to the activities on site.
They offer zip lining, canopy tours, an observatory, biking trails, fishing, kayaking, axe throwing – anything you could think of really!
When we checked into our suite we were provided a room key and book full of details about what was offered on-site and in the area – this was a really great idea because it gave us so many good options for what to do in the area.
Some of the perks staying in this location included taking a golf cart ride with our luggage to the suite, and at night the staff lit the campfires for everyone so we could gather around and roast marshmallows.
I thought it was fun to have communal fires because we met all of the other campers and our son had lots of kids to play with!
Only a short walk from our tent was Burning Kiln Winery where we sampled wines, and had dinner. The food there was very good, and when we ate there we really didn’t feel like we were camping because it was like eating at a trendy restaurant! It was so easy to walk back to our tent, but we say the Long Point Eco-Adventure staff doing pick up’s in the golf cart after dinner as well.
Staying there was so much fun! Our tent was a little more secluded into the woods, and we’ve heard this was the perfect tent for bird watchers. They have someone on staff round the clock in case you need anything in the middle of the night, and they even had popsicles, ice cream, and drinks for purchase on-site.
The breakfast in the morning was really good, and it was provided by their on-site food truck which also had lunch for purchase as well.
I HIGHLY recommend Long Ponint-Eco Adentures. Everything is done well – they have robes available in your room and hotel-style toiletries like makeup remover, shampoo and lotion, fresh sheets and towels were provided, and we had a heater and a fan in our room. Glamping ALL THE WAY!
Exploring Norfolk County was a lot of fun – we really loved the area and are already thinking about heading back! We visited Turkey Point Beach which had a fun little strip surrounding it with an arcade, mini putt, and a couple ice cream shops and patios.
Went spent a whole day in Port Dover which we loved – it’s a sleepy beach town with all kinds of shops full of beach toys, lots of ice cream shops, patios, and even a taco stand!
They had boat rides running all day that you could hop on, Sea-Doo rentals, and a beach that we spent most of our time on. You know all of those fun unicorn and swan floats that are everywhere right now? They had every kind you could think of in the shops at the beach, but they were the most affordable I’ve ever seen them. I loved that they weren’t gouging the tourists at all and things were so affordable.
We watched the fishing boats come in and out of the harbour, and had lunch at The Beach House where there were ACTUAL palm trees just outside. You can’t even imaging how happy I was to see palm trees in Ontario!!
We had THE BEST perch tacos I have ever had. They were crazy good – we couldn’t get over them.
We fell in love with this little town, and decided we need to rent a cottage and go back – it was the perfect day!
We made time to stop at the Bonnie Heath Estate which boasts a huge lavendar field. We did some wine tasting and left with a bottle of their white wine called Sweetness.
Inside they had a pretty little lavender shop with the perfect gifts and take home treasures, and I pretty much fell in love with the Estate right there.
The lavender fields were gorgeous! We went at the perfect time. They had plenty of seating in gazebos and picnic tables, and we probably just walked around for a good hour. The scent was incredible – I decided then and there I wanted to plant lavender at our own home.
We returned home relaxed, a little sun kissed, and with a definite decision that we would need to return to Norfolk County again. We had a few more wineries and breweries we wanted to visit, and now that we have a better idea of the area we are sure to make a return again soon.
Thank you so much to Norfolk County Tourism for hosting us – we had an amazing family trip!