CAR CAMPING and STARS - KILLBEAR PROVINCIAL PARK
Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada
I love the outdoors. And I’m one of those old-school parents who believes that a good portion of a kids summer should be spent outdoors. My kids also love the outdoors - once they’re there. But, tell them that there will be a day without video games, TV, or any other form of digital entertainment, and you have a small-scale riot on your hands. What better way to get the rioters away from digital distractions than to get away from it all - far away. And what better place than a campground?
Killbear has been a favorite camping destination for as long as I can remember. There's general agreement that this is about as close to real wilderness as we're likely to get unless we're ready to ditch the car and portage in.
'Car camping' as us seasoned car campers call this style of wilderness adventure has the benefit of supporting my 'travel-with-everything' tendency, which in turn supports our wish to holiday in style. Us 'car campers' call this 'wilderness luxury'. We love our food, and enjoy the best around the campfire - steak, skewered shrimp, slow-roasted baked potatoes. The kids have a different definition of luxury camp fare - 'spider dogs' and 'smores. Our version of wilderness luxury also includes a nice cold beer, or a well chilled bottle of wine round the campfire - no chance of trudging into the wilderness when the plug-in cooler becomes essential camp gear.
Killbear's wilderness experience includes a series of beautiful beaches along the Eastern edge of Georgian Bay. Each beach offers something different - seclusion, rocky outcrops with a multitude of sparkling pools, swampy ditches teaming with tadpoles, and long stretches of white sand beach. My kids are set for the day with a bucket and shovel. The best part of Killbear's shoreline though is whats between the beaches. Hike out along the rocky outcrops and you’ll find the best jumping cliffs with ledges at heights to suit all ages and levels of daring.
Killbear has so much to offer. But wait til night falls to experience the real beauty of this place. Lying out on the rocks on a dark summer night, warm breeze on your face, gazing up at the starlit sky. Nothing can beat sharing a moment like this with your kids.
For more information on Killbear's over 800 campsites and beautiful beaches, check out: http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/killb.html