Newfoundland/Labrador Camping Season Opens
As campers in Newfoundland and Labrador gear up for another season in the great outdoors, some parks are already opened, while others are getting ready for a season that opens a little later, The Western Star, Corner Brook, reported.
Gerard King of St. George’s was one of the people setting up camp for the summer at Barachois Pond Provincial Park, the largest provincial park in Newfoundland and Labrador when it opened on Wednesday (May 18).
“We’ve always camped here,” he said. “A few years back and for years before that we (family) camped in tents and graduated to a camper trailer last year. This year we upgraded to a full size trailer and it will be here until the park closes in September.”
Other relatives are set up at another site in Barachois Park, located just off the Trans-Canada Highway between Route 490 intersection and the intersection to Burgeo Highway.
King and his friend Dean White will have lots of company during the summer as the park features 150 campsites, each with a picnic table, fireplace and garbage can. There are comfort stations located in the park with hot and cold running water, showers, washbasins, flush toilets and laundry facilities.
Tina Coffey, public relations specialist with the Department of Environment and Conservation, said there are no new features being added to Barachois Park this year, but visitors can still take advantage of all the services the park has to offer.
One of them is the trail up Erin Mountain, a 2 1/2-hour hike to the summit, which provides a panoramic view of St. George’s Bay.
As in recent years, there will be alcohol ban in the park for the Victoria Day weekend. Other amenities include an interpretation program, swimming area and a children’s playground.
Barachois Pond Provincial Park remains open until Sept. 19.
J.T. Cheeseman Provincial Park near Cape Ray and within 15 minutes of the Marine Atlantic ferry to Port aux Basques is a convenient first/last stop on the island of Newfoundland.
It has the same opening and closing dates as Barachois Pond Provincial Park from May 18 to Sept. 19 and features such amenities as day-use facilities, playground, a hiking trail, outdoor swimming, picnic sites and a viewing point.
Zenzville Park in Kippens opened its camping area on May 15 and its heated pool will open at the end of June.
The privately operated park has more than 100 campsites with many of them fully serviced for recreation vehicle use. While no new additions are planned this year, other features of the park include a laundry mat, a playground, dune buggies, and six cabins.
Piccadilly Head Park, operated by the Port au Port Economic Development Association, is open for business as of today and remains open to Labour Day.
The park features 49 campsites, all with water available, the Bird Blind walking trail, sandy beaches, shower facilities and is virtually fly free due to its close proximity to the sea.
KOA Kampgrounds, located at Norris Point in Gros Morne National Park on the Northern Peninsula, opened on May 15 and runs its season right up to Oct. 15.
A feature of the park is on-site trailer rentals and “kamping kabins,” which are beautifully situated overlooking a small pond with a great view of mountains. While there are no washroom/shower or kitchen facilities in these units, these facilities are located nearby.
Campsites overlook a majestic mountain lake and the park is perfect for swimming and boating with pedal boat and canoe rentals available.
Sir Richard Squires Memorial Provincial Park, known locally as Big Falls Park, is located about 20 miles northeast of Deer Lake and is set to open May 27 and will close on Sept. 12.
The park is situated on the scenic Humber River and is a popular place for salmon angling, along with whitewater canoeing. Sir Richard Squires Memorial Park has 159 campsites plus an overflow area with each campsite featuring a picnic table, fireplace and garbage can. There are no electrical outlets.
Blow Me Down Provincial Park, situated between Lark and York Harbours in the Bay of Islands, opens this year on June 3 and remains open to Sept. 12.
The park, located 36 miles from Corner Brook and the Trans-Canada Highway offers magnificent views of the Blow Me Down mountains and the Bay of Islands.
It features 28 campsites and such amenities as hiking trails, a beach and comfort station, day-use facilities, playground, laundry facilities, washrooms/showers and drinking taps located throughout the park.
The Corner Brook Kinsmen Club operate Prince Edward Campgrounds and RV Park and is gearing up for its camping season of June 24 to Labor Day weekend, offering a number of services and facilities for everyone from tenters to motorhomes.
The park has 28 fully serviced sites, 19 semi-serviced sites, and 40 non-services sites to accommodate a wide range of campers. The park has many other services and facilities to offer to all campers such as picnic areas, playground, laundry facilities, washroom facilities, and many more.
The Kinsmen Prince Edward Campgrounds and RV Park is a 10-minute drive from Corner Brook on route 440, the North Shore Highway.