Dressel’s Jordan Valley Campground
Pool side patio
Wood shed, pool parking
Pool parking lot & wood shed
Play area near pool
Play Area - Near Rec Hall
Play Area - Near Rec Hall
view from pet cemetery of pool & serviced sites
Pet Cemetery near rec hall
Main bathroom - women's
Main bathroom - women's
Main bathroom - women's
Main Bathroom - Shower stall
Main bathroom - men's
Row B - sites 7-8
Row B - Weekend Sites
Row C - weekend sites
Full service sites - Row B & C sites 7-8
Row B - Weekender Sites
Full service sites row C site 8-5
Full service site 1-6, uphill from tent sites 13-19
View from OF1 looking towars site OF2
View from site OF1
view from site OF1 towards OF2
Tent Sites 19- 25
going towards tent circle -sites 24-57
Tent area site circle entrance
Tent area circle - looking towards site 37-40
Tent site area - view from site 53
Tent site - porta potties
Tent area sites 12-1 - in direction of bridge
Tent area - sites 16-OF1
Bridge to The Jordan Village
Front tent area - creek beside bridge
Tent area - sites 1-12
Tent area - view from site 1
Tent site 1-12
Tent sites - view from bench near bridge
View of main bathrooms from field in tent area
Ball's Fall - during a drought
Ball's Fall Church
Every year we plan a 2 week camping vacation. For our 2016 trip, we visited the Niagara Falls region followed by Toronto! We originally looked at the campgrounds that were really close to the Falls to avoid wasting time on the highway but we ended up stay at Dressel’s Jordan Valley Campground, a wonderful place about 30 minutes away. Best decision ever! Located in the Jordan Valley and a 15 minutes walk from The Jordan Village, Ontario this small family owned campground is a nice quiet place to experience the Niagara region while getting away from the noise and crowds of this world renown tourism mecca. Staying at Dressel’s means you can enjoy a dip in their pool, play outside with the kids at the play structure or or in the well maintained green spaces, take in the beautiful lush landscape or take a forest walk through the many marked pathways. You’ll also be a 15 minute walk across the bridge to the Jordan Village for some wine tasting and boutique shopping. While you’re in the area, how about a few day trips to Niagara Falls, Ball’s Falls Conservation Area, the famed Lakeside Carousel in Port Dalhousie, a big name vineyard such as Jackson-Triggs or a smaller gem like the Stoney Ridge Estate Winery. Buy some fresh cheese from the Upper Canada Cheese Company and some local peaches or cherries at a street site stall and savour the flavours of Ontario’s wine region with a campsite glass of wine. What could be better! Want to see and do more, ask the very friendly owners, Monique and Bruce, for more fun places to visit or sit back and relax by your campfire!
Dressel’s Jordan Valley Campground serves campers requiring everything from an unserviced tent site to a 3 services 15-30amp site. The grounds are surrounded by forest and on one side a creek. They have a total of 97 sites which includes: 31 seasonal sites and 83 weekender sites. Sites OF1-3 are served with water and electricity. Sites 13-57 and all sites in the tent area have no services. Water spigots are located throughout. Full service, water, sewer and electricity, is available in areas B, C, D, E and F. 14 water and electrical and 5 no service sites. The serviced sites are shaded by mature trees and are fairly flat. They are grassed with a gravel strip to park your vehicle and or rv. The tent sites at the front of the campground, are fully grassed and border the trees and the creek so you will get some shade depending on the time of the day. In front of these sites is a large grassy field that is perfect to play a game of soccer or frisbee, fly a kite or let the kids run loose. Tents sites 27-44 are surrounded by forest and you will get a lot of shade. If you stay on site 20-24 (approx.) there is space across the road from your site to park your vehicle. In the center of the tent circle area (sites 24-57) you’ll find a volleyball courts, horseshoe pits and and basketball court. Sites 20 to approx. 26 and 45-57 are backed by mature trees.
All sites are well maintained and have a picnic table and a fire pit. This campground had many families with a strictly enforced 11pm quiet time. Campfires must be out by midnight. We found this campground to be very quiet at night. You can however hear the noise canons used by local vineyards to scare the birds away every once and a while. We got use to it quite quickly. If you’re staying near the front entrance you will also hear cars go over the metal bridge but car traffic is very light. If you are staying at site OF1 or in tents sites 1-12, note that there is a street lamp that is on all night at the entrance gate so you’ll be somewhat lit all night. We stayed on OF1 which is the closest to this light. It didn’t bother me but my husband did mention it a few times during out stay. It was convenient to have a lit path to the bathrooms. Site rates are reasonable and range between $28-$54 per night including tax. They also have family rates YAY! These plans includes 2 adults and dependent children between 4-17 years of age. Prices range between $44/night -$59/night depending on the services you require. Children under 3 are free. Additional people carry and extra fee of $4 for a day guest 4-17 years of age and $5 for guest 18+. This campground is pet friendly but pet must not be left unattended and must leashed or tied securely at all times. They are not allowed in fenced in pool area.
Bathrooms and Laundry Facilities
The main bathrooms, open 24 hours a day, are located at the entrance of the campground. They look recently renovated or built and are very well maintained. Both the men’s and women’s bathrooms included 1 wheelchair accessible toilet and shower stall. There are two shower stalls in each bathroom and showers are free. The water pressure and temperature where both good. Toilet and shower stalls all have many hooks which is always a bonus! The shower stalls have a small bench. If you are staying in the tent area at the back of the campground (sites 20-57) and don’t want to walk to the from to use the bathroom, there are porta-potties in the center of the area.
The laundry facility is located behind the main bathroom. This building also has a double sink if you’d like to use it to do your dishes. The laundry room is very clean and well maintained. To wash a load of laundry int he newer stainless steel machines, on the Superwash cycle will cost $2.50, regular wash $2.25. If using the regular white machine, a load will cost $2. The cost to dry a load of laundry is $1.50. Laundry soap and fabric softener is available for $1 a piece. Please note that all the machines only take Loonies and quarters.
There aren’t any planned activities at this campground but the opportunities to have fun and plentiful! Take a dip in their pool (open from 11am to dusk with adult swim between 5-6pm) or bring your cooler to the pool side patio area and enjoy a snack and a drink. Explore the many forest walking pathways. Play at the new play structure with the kids. Play a game of pool, darts, arcade games or foosball in the rec hall. Go for a bike ride on or off the campground. Set up a game of volleyball or horseshoes. Sit by the bridge and enjoy the view or take a long walk along the creek. Step into the reception office to get brochures for the local tourist spots. You can also buy candy, ice (in cubes and blocks), and firewood here. Take a quick drive or walk to the Jordan Valley Village for shopping and wine tasting. Drive 15 minutes to the nearby town of Lincoln for ice cream or anything else you may need such as groceries and other supplies. Whatever you choose to do, Dressel’s Jordan Valley Campground is a perfect campground if you crave quiet and relaxation within a quick driving distances to many Niagara region attractions!
We really enjoyed our stay here. If was the perfect place to have a base camp for our many days trips in the area. Coming back in the late afternoon to this quiet and charming campground that didn’t have a million things going on was a treat after a busy day of site seeing at places like Niagara Falls. We liked that the owner, Monique, is perfectly bilingual (French/English) so the kids were comfortable speaking to her in French when they went to buy candy. We appreciated the beautiful grounds and the very well maintained and new looking facilities. The work that the owners put into this campground is truly a work of love and dedication. Rules are strictly enforced here which is fine with us. Following the rules and being respectful of others, makes for a wonderful camping experience. We would recommend this location and would return without question.
Kid 1 – ” The pool was awesome and it was really clean…no floating stuff! I liked our walk by the creek. The lady and the man (Monique and Bruce) at the desk were really nice and they put Kid 2’s name on the big bulletin board on her birthday. The bathrooms were sooo nice. I didn’t like the noise of the cars driving over the bridge. I wish there were activities for kids during the week like crafts or water balloon fights. Hey fat squirrel!”
Kid 2 – ” I liked Monique at the desk. I liked the pool and I liked the fat squirrel.” – There was a big squirrel that came around to our site often. Thankfully it never came too close to us but the kids loved watching it run around our stuff and up/down the trees lol.
Kid 3 – ” I liked the candy but there were no slushies!!! I liked biking everywhere, the play structure and I liked the slide at the pool. I didn’t like the ants that bit me in the sand box.” – Poor little child went without a camping slushie. He survived just fine lol.
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