We have finally taken our first camping trip in our RV!
Harrison Park! We kept our first trip local and after couple minor hiccups, we not only survived but had a great time.
Hiccup one was leaving home over an hour late. On a Friday of a long weekend, that’s kind of a big deal! After we finally go on the road and arrived at our site we saw that our site was tiny! Maybe to a more experienced camper, it would be fine but for us it was going to be a tight squeeze.
Once we took a look around we also noticed that there were no water and electrical hook ups remaining for us. That was hiccup #2. So before we even attempted the narrow back in, we asked the registration booth if there were any other sites available. We knew we wanted water and electric so luckily the pull through site right in front of our booked site was available! The new site was spacious and level with no neighbour on either side.
We enjoyed meals outside, sunshine and endless bubbles while at our site. We also got to open up all of the new camping gear we have been hoarding since late winter. We had newbies written all over us, but you got to start somewhere right?!
A quick history of Harrison Park. John Harrison, a business man from Owen Sound, purchased a large chunk of land at the south side of the city. He loved the area and his land so much that for 36 years he tirelessly improved and cared for the park. After his death, his family offered the park for a small sum in exchange that the residents and visitors to Owen Sound get to enjoy the park and all the beauty it has to offer.
Harrison Park not only has a lovely campground with water and electric hookups, it also is home to a bird sanctuary, a huge playground, picnic pavilions, a lovely restaurant called the Harrison Park Inn, trails, sprawling parkland and paved walking paths, a pool, mini golf and paddle boat rentals.
This playground is honestly the best playground we have ever visited. We visited last year with my parents and Penny still talks about this playground. When she found out were going to camp here again, she remembered every last detail of the play equipment they had.
This music area was a big hit. If you have small kids this park will easily fill you day. Being only a short walk from the campground it was easy to coax the kids back to the trailer for naps and meals because it was so quick and easy to come back later on in the day.
This was new. It’s a parent and tot type swing and Ethan and I loved it! It’s so nice to do some swinging with your child and not just stand there and push!
Canoe and paddle boat rentals are available for a fee. We didn’t try them this visit but Minnie was very close to jumping into a paddle boat while I tried to take a few pictures. So one of us *almost* tried it.
I love this age because these 3 honestly thought they might catch us a fish with the stick method. They quietly sat here for about 15 minutes with their sticks in the water waiting for some fish to come by. They didn’t catch anything. Maybe next time!
The littlest member of the family also had a very eventful trip. Not only did she have a good first camping trip ever, she made a lot of new friends along the way. She was overly excited as you can imagine most puppies would be in a new situation but she still did great. Nice with strangers and enjoyed meeting new dogs. I hope that she will become an old RVing pro right along with us!
Our final day was rained out. While a bit of a bummer, it was good to have a big rain while in the trailer so let us triple check for any problems like leaks. Happily we found none.
Last but not least, the inevitable dumping of the grey and black water tanks. Of course to Mike’s chagrin, I had to document the inaugural dumping of the tanks. Which went fine by the way! Mostly because I stood at a nice distance away with hand wipes at the ready. This handy tool made a not so nice job much easier. Even though we had to look at what was coming out of the tanks, we knew when they were empty and clean!
Beautiful park with lots of amenities
Affordable at $33.00 a night
No sewer hook-ups
Sites are small and very close together
Would be come back? Yes!
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