Rondeau Provincial Park
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Introduction

Featuring 11 km (7 miles) of sandy beaches, hundreds of recorded bird species, excellent hiking, rollerblading, and biking opportunities, Rondeau Provincial Park is the perfect place to enjoy recreational activities on RV vacation. Located 20 km (12 miles) southeast of Ridgetown along Highway 17, Ontario, this park is RV-accessible and features wonderful opportunities for RV campers to enjoy hiking, biking, boating, swimming, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, and many other fun activities.

Facilities and amenities at Rondeau Provincial Park include campsites equipped with electric RV hookups, comfort stations, a boat launch, wheelchair accessible areas, showers, fire pits/grills, playgrounds, Wi-Fi, picnic shelter, Visitor Center, parking areas, docks, laundry facilities, garbage, and recycling stations.

Rondeau Provincial Park is well-known for its resplendent flora as it features old growth Carolinian forest along with extensive coastal wetland, as well as some over 200-year old trees present in the park. The park is also renowned as a bird watching destination that attracts birdwatchers from across Ontario and the US.

Established in September 1894, Rondeau Provincial Park is the second oldest provincial park in Ontario.

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Transportation in Rondeau Provincial Park

Driving

Rondeau Provincial Park is located 20 km (12 miles) southeast of Ridgetown along Highway 17, Ontario, and is easily accessible by RVs, trailers, and other motorized vehicles. There are local roads within the park that connect to the campgrounds and sites of interest. There are no driving restrictions within the park.

Parking

There are five parking areas in Rondeau Provincial Park for RVs, trailers, and cars. These parking areas are distributed around the north and south campgrounds in the park and easily accessible for all RV campers in the park. Overnight parking is also available for RV campers.

Public Transport

Rondeau Provincial Park can be accessed via rail and public bus service. VIA Rail service operates a train service from Toronto to the park daily, while Greyhound Canada operates a bus service to the park from Toronto daily.

Campgrounds and parking in Rondeau Provincial Park

Campsites in Rondeau Provincial Park

Reservations camping

North Campground

North Campground in Rondeau Provincial Park features 89 pet-friendly campsites available for RVs and tents. Electric RV hookups are available in 53 campsites in the campground. RV length limit at the campground is 32 feet (10 m), however campers with larger rigs can call the park ahead to find out if there is space available. Amenities at the campground include comfort station with showers, fire pits, access to picnic areas and waterfront, laundry facilities, pit/vault toilet, recycling station, garbage, telephone station, and parking lots.

South Campground

South Campground in Rondeau Provincial Park features 177 pet-friendly campsites available for RVs and tents. Electric hookups are available at some of the campsites in the campground. 80 campsites in the campground are not equipped with electric RV hookups. RV length limit at the campground is 32 feet (10 m), however campers with larger rigs can call the park ahead to find out if there is space available. There are three campsites in the park available only on first-come first-served basis. Amenities at the campground include comfort station with showers, fire pits, access to picnic areas and waterfront, laundry facilities, pit/vault toilet, recycling station, garbage, wheelchair accessible campsites, and parking lot.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Rondeau Provincial Park

In-Season

Boating/Kayaking

Boating, kayaking, and sailing are popular activities for RV campers at Rondeau Provincial Park, particularly on Lake Erie and Rondeau Bay. A boat launch is available in the park offering campers the perfect place to begin their adventure. The boat launch is suitable for watercraft below 19 feet (6 m). The shallow and calm waters of Rondeau Bay make it an excellent place to enjoy canoeing and kayaking. Lake Erie offers boaters and kayakers the opportunity to go around the entire Rondeau peninsula on their adventure.

Biking

There are three biking trails in Rondeau Provincial Park that are available to RV campers who love to cycle, and these add up to 38.5 km (24 miles). These trails take cyclists through mature Carolinian forest in the park, rare Oak Savanna, and trees more than two decades old. Cyclists can also enjoy rides along the paved roads in the park.

Hiking

There are plenty of hiking opportunities for RV campers to enjoy at Rondeau Provincial Park as various hiking options are available, each with fascinating experiences. The 1.5 km (1 mile) Spice Bush Trail offers campers the chance to stroll through a southern hardwood forest of American Beech, Tulip Tree, and maple. Other trails in the park wind through areas that offer hikers resplendent views of Pine-Oak Savanna, Wood Lily, Woodland Sunflower, sassafras, Wild Columbine etc. The scenic views along the trails in the park are incomparable and awesome. You do not want to miss out of these!

Off-Season

Winter Activities

A wealth of winter activities is available for RV campers at Rondeau Provincial Park to enjoy, including waterfowl viewing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, bird watching, educational programs, and hiking. Consequently, campers never run out of activities to enjoy at the park in winter.

Swimming

Along Lake Erie on the Rondeau Peninsula in Rondeau Provincial Park, there are eleven access points that lead to beautiful sandy beaches that stretch for 11km (7 miles). This entire area is a great spot for RV campers to enjoy outdoor swimming in the park. Sheltered swimming opportunities are available for RV campers at the government pier on Rondeau Bay only at points that are marked by buoys.

Birding

Rondeau Provincial Park is a first-class birding destination that provides bird lovers exquisite experiences, thanks to the more than 330 bird species that have been recorded in the park. Of these recorded bird species, 134 have been recorded breeding in the park. Some of the birds in the park include warblers, flycatchers, thrushes, ducks, Tundra Swans, blue grosbeak, painted bunting. The Rondeau peninsula is an important stopover for migrating passerines in fall and spring.

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