sets the rules for private campgrounds?
As member campgrounds are privately owned
businesses, they set their park rules and regulations, determine their rates
and payment policies and use their own customized forms at their campgrounds.
Like any business owner, they are required to abide by all municipal,
provincial and federal laws.
Why am I not allowed to bring my own firewood?
Ontario campgrounds are trying to protect
their trees. While many are in, or close to Emerald Ash Borer zones, many are
not. To avoid being turned away from the campground, assume that you are not
allowed to bring in firewood. Most campgrounds sell wood on site.
How many people does my site fee cover?
Each campground sets their own rates for their
campsite. Please check the campground
website or ask when making the reservation as to the total cost of the camping
Why do I have to reserve 3 nights for a long weekend?
As you know, campsites are in high demand for
all long weekends. It is the industry practice to ask for 3-day
reservations. This ensures that staff
time is spent tending to the guests needs rather than checking campers in and
out of campgrounds.
Why am I charged a reservation fee?
Some campground charge reservation fees for
on-line or phone bookings. The cost of the reservation fee varies from
campground to campground.
Why do fire
bans affect private and not provincial campgrounds?
Under Provincial Law, Provincial Parks and
Conservation Authorities do not have to adhere to municipal fire bans. If the
Province issues a fire ban, then all campfires are prohibited.
What is a
License of Occupation and why do I need to sign it?
The License of Occupation is a contract between
the campground owner and the camper(s) for use of a seasonal campsite. This
contract outlines the terms of the contract, names the occupant and additional persons
that will be using the site. In addition, it verifies the camper’s information
including a permanent address and insurance policy. The charges for the
seasonal occupation of the campsite are outlined, as well as any other
additional charges (winter storage, boat docking, hydro etc.). As privately
owned businesses, each campground sets their rules and regulations. A copy of
the campground’s rules and regulations are attached to the License of
Why can’t I
have my mail sent to my seasonal campsite?
Campgrounds are designed for seasonal or
temporary use only and as such, the campsite cannot be used as a permanent
residence or home address.
looking to sell my trailer at a campground. Why do I have to pay a fee to the
It is common for a campground to charge an
administration/marketing fee when selling a trailer on behalf of a camper at a
campground. Campgrounds will likely have a set of conditions under which they
will sell the trailer at the campground. If you do not wish to pay the
administrative fee, you may remove the trailer from the campground to sell
Why does the campground limit the number of people on a site?
The campground’s infrastructure was designed
for a maximum number of people based on the number of sites. The facilities and amenities were also
designed using these same numbers. Keeping the number of guests within these numbers also ensures that all
guests will have an enjoyable stay. It
is for this same reason most campgrounds limit the number of vehicles per campsite.
Why do my fees go up every year, but I do not see any change in the
Sometimes the upgrades completed or planned
are not seen such as septic, water treatment and electrical upgrades. The cost
to run and maintain a campground is steep. Many times the facilities that
campground owners upgrade are the washrooms and pool to keep guests happy, but
they also need to ensure that they are in compliance with codes and
legislations, which can be costly.
Why can’t I have a golf cart at my campground?
Some campgrounds do not allow golf carts due
to liability issues. The rate for a campground’s liability insurance is based
on risk assessment. To ensure the safety of all campers, campgrounds may have
regulations prohibiting various types of motorized vehicles including golf
carts. Check with the campground you are planning to visit to ensure that they
allow golf carts.