Kittawa Camping

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New map 2017

New map 2017

Yellow = Weekender Sites - old map

Yellow = Weekender Sites - old map

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Arcade

Arcade

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Arcade Bathroom

Arcade Bathroom

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Adult Hot Tubs

Adult Hot Tubs

Pool Bathroom

Pool Bathroom

Pool Bathroom

Pool Bathroom

Pool Change Stalls

Pool Change Stalls

Pool Showers

Pool Showers

Tent Sites Across Lake

Tent Sites Across Lake

Tent Sites Across Lake

Tent Sites Across Lake

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Seasonal Sites

Seasonal Sites

View from lot 130 towards main entrance

View from lot 130 towards main entrance

Tremblay Road

Tremblay Road

Tremblay Road

Tremblay Road

Tremblay Road

Tremblay Road

Seasonal Sites

Seasonal Sites

Seasonal Sites

Seasonal Sites

Seasonal Sites

Seasonal Sites

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View of beach across the lake

View of beach across the lake

Beach

Beach

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Public Bathrooms & Laundry Room

Public Bathrooms & Laundry Room

Public Bathroom

Public Bathroom

Public Bathroom

Public Bathroom

Public Bathroom

Public Bathroom

Public Bathroom - Shower Area

Public Bathroom - Shower Area

Public Bathroom - Showers

Public Bathroom - Showers

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* Summer 2018 – A very large portion of the forested area between the main campground and the baseball field had been chopped down to eventually make room for more approx 100 new sites, therefore, the bike trails the kids loved so much are gone. All Kittawa building exteriors have been resurfaced with brown vinyl siding but the interiors have not been touched.
* Spring 2017 – Kittawa Camping is now under new ownership!  They also now have a web site  www.kittawa.com
* Summer 2017 – The main reception building has a new sign and the inside has been renovated to house a small restaurant instead of the arcade.

Kittawa Camping is a large and busy campground located minutes from Highway 417, in Limoges, Ontario.  We’ve been camping here once a year with 3 other families as traditional get together for about 4 years now.  Open since 1975, this family owned campground is a good place to try if you live in or near Ottawa and want to get out camping without wasting too much time traveling.  It’s close proximity to the nation’s capital makes it a convenient place for visitors to use as a home base to easily explore the tourist attractions in Ottawa and it’s surrounding areas.  One of the closest attractions to this campground is Calypso, currently Canada’s biggest and best themed water park.  If you’d rather stay at this family run campground, spend the day on the beach of their man-made lake, take a dip in the pool, play ball in their back field then come back and relax in one of their hot tubs.  At night watch an outdoor movie or join the friendly seasonal campers for one of their well attended dance parties.   Have a look at their YouTube video tour to see what Kittawa Camping is all about!

The Campsites

Kittawa Camping serves campers requiring everything from an unserviced tent site, 3 services 15-30amp site and newly built cabins.  The grounds is located in the middle of the village of Kittawa, surrounded by forest at the back and main road at the front.  There is also a fire station directly beside it.  From our experience in Kittawa, the fire station seems to not be too busy, therefore it’s not been a nuisance.  They have a total of 401 sites which include mostly  seasonal sites, and approximately 80 weekender sites including 40 unserviced sites in all of the back area of Chemin du Lac, 6 elec/water sites and 26 full service sites.  Note that when looking at their website a new site map is shown.  Some site numbers are different that the ones shown on the old map in our slide show.  When on their web site, the new site map shows sites marked in white as seasonal.  Red sites are weekender sites that are booked and green site, even amongst the seasonal sites, are available for you to reserve.

Sites 135-130 on 8th row have water/electrical service.  They are grassed thinly and have a few tall pines for shade and to separate them from seasonal camp sites they back onto.  These lots face the parking lot and are about 100′ from Limoge’s main road.  A chain link fence separates the sites from the parking lot so they are safe and the fence give you a spot to hang wet towels on.  If you’re staying on the 8th row you will be listening and seeing constant traffic.  Due to the poor maintenance of this part of the road, when anything bigger than a car goes over a certain bump, you can hear the loud clanking of metal!  Lots 240-361 (391-401 on new web site map) on Chemin Tremblay have water/electrical/sewer service. These sites have no trees or shade (even though the new map on their web site shows trees near lots 392-401, between the campground and the firestation) and the ground are mostly gravel based. They are a chain link fence away from the fire station, which is great to have so close by in case of an emergency but could be noisy if they have to leave for a call in the middle of the night.   We’ve noticed however, that this station does not seem very busy and when they do have to go on a call, they drive out a bit before turning the truck lights and sirens on.  At the back of the campground are 10 full service sites (site 285-294 on new map) in the middle of the island with a bathroom/shower station in the dead center of the area. The sites are nice but have only the odd tree to provide shade.  The tent sites (sites 376-234) in the back are beautiful and very quiet.  Located on the edge of the forest with a view of the lake, these fully grassed sites have no services.   They have one porta potty available as they are approximately a 5 minute walk from the bathroom/showers on the island.  In front of these sites is a large grassy area that is perfect to play a of bean bag toss, soccer, or tag! Newly constructed cabins are located on lots 1-10. These wooden cabins have a window a/c in units 1-5. Units 6-10 have no a/c. They can sleep 4 (bunk beds stacked over a queen bed). If you choose a cabin, note that there is no plumbing and no refrigerator but there is electricity. Rates for all sites and cabins can be found here.

All sites are well maintained and have a picnic table and a fire pit.  This campground has an 11pm quiet time but it is not as strictly enforced as what we’ve seen at other campgrounds.  The hot tub and pool is open till 10pm and the main building is quite busy with dances ect till 11pm on weekends so you will hear some music and voices if you’re staying at the front of the campground.  You can easily stay up late enjoying the fire with friends and family if you are reasonably quiet. We found this campground to be generally quiet after curfew but if you are staying on 8th or Chemin Tremblay there will be the constant drone of  traffic.  Kittawa has a gated entrance and you will require a provided FOB to enter.  This gate is closed after 11pm therefore if you are not in by then, you can’t even park in their parking lot and walk to your site. We’ve seen many campers (who went our for a Big Mac run or to pick up the diaper bag they forgot) get creative in order to get their vehicles onto the campgrounds after hours.  If you have any garbage or recycling to dispose of, two seasonal men drive around on weekend mornings, ringing their bell to tell let  you know that they’re coming, and collect it all for you!  A great service! Site rates are reasonable and range between $28-$54 per night including tax.  This includes 2 adults and dependent children between 4-17 years of age.  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+.  For and extra $10, you can stay on your site till 6pm if it’s not reserved for that night.  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

Kittawa Camping has 5 bathroom facilities.  There is a bathroom in the main reception building.  Located in the restaurant. There is also a new bathroom (one men’s and one women’s room) across from the hall. These are the best bathrooms at Kittawa by far but only have a sink and toilet in each bathroom. The pool bathrooms look like they are original and are in dire need of some TLC.  They are open till 10pm when the pool closes. The women’s bathroom has one toilet small stall that will not fit a wheelchair or walker.  It’s a tight squeeze for a child and parent.  The slide bolt is badly rusted and hard to lock and unlock.  It also has two change room stall than each have a bench but no curtain or door for privacy.  There are two shower stalls and thankfully they do have a curtain.  I’ve only ever seen people rinse off here as there is nowhere to put a change of clothes, your bottle of shampoo or soap.  There is one sink with a large counter.  The soap dispenser is broken.  The men’s side of the pool bathroom is similar with the exception that is has a broken urinal. The pool bathrooms are generally clean.  They are the ones we use the most as they don’t require a key to get in.  The kids can go while playing at the park or driving around on their bikes without having to come back to our camp site to get the bathroom key.  The main bathrooms, open 24 hours a day, are located at the front of the campground, beside the playground.  This building contains the women’s and men’s bathroom as well as the laundry room.  The bathrooms are locked at all times.  When you register at your arrival, they will give you one key to have access.  One key for my family of 5 means you sometimes have to coordinate bathroom breaks, go back to the camp site or find the person with the key when someone suddenly very urgently needs to pee…now!  They are clean but would benefit from a face lift.  Both the men’s and women’s bathrooms included 3 toilet stalls, a long counter with 3 sinks and a smaller counter perfect for diaper changing.  Separated from the bathroom area by a curtain are two shower stalls.  They are not wheelchair accessible.  Showering with a little child is tight and you most likely will end up wiping the stall walls with your derriere.  There is no private area to change or dry off, so if you’re not alone in the shower area, you’ll have to change in the shower stall itself or walk to and from a bathroom stall in your towel. The water pressure and temperature where both good.  One hook  on the outside of each shower stall is provided.  They also provide a wooden stool.  I’ve never used it as it’s too small to place a bag on it and I feel it’s too high to sit a small child on it without worrying about them falling while waiting for me to finish showering.  The shower are has a small counter with a mirror.

Two more bathroom facilities are available.  One is located on the island at the back of the grounds.   We haven’t used it or the 5th facility located on lot 71 of 5th Street. I’ll make it a point this summer to go see these two bathrooms and report back with pictures.

The laundry facility in the main bathroom and is accessible with the bathroom key.  At the time I was taking pictures, I didn’t have the key therefore pictures will be taken and posted at a later time.  If you have pictures, feel free to send them to us!

Activities

There are a few planned activities for adults at this campground and special events on weekends.  Events such as corn roasts with free booze, pot-lucks, rib-fests and weekly dance parties are on the menu for all!  While the events are family friendly, note that the drinks are flowing and everyone is having a lot of fun.  There are no restriction on where you can drink at this campground, well none that we’ve noticed so if you’d prefer to be in a low or non-alcoholic setting, this may not be the place for you.   As for kid activities, they can enjoy a movie at dusk on Saturday night, complete with popcorn.  All they have to do is bring a chair to the small field beside the play structure.  We’ve never seen other organized activities for the kids.  What else is there to do here?  You can go for a swim in their large pool, open from 10am to 10pm.  The pool is in our mind, the highlight of the campground.  Supervised by 1-2  very responsible lifeguards (hopefully the new owner keep them), the pool includes 2 slides, 1 in the shallow end and 1 in the deep end, a diving board, and many reclining chairs.  The enclosed pool area also includes a hot tub for kids only.  There is signage stating that kids shouldn’t be in the hot tub for more than 15 minutes, but that is rarely enforced.  We’ve had to shower the kids after being in the hot tub a few times as they got very itchy.  I’ve seen the lifeguards test the water regularly and add chlorine (they then close the hot tub for a  little while) so I’m unsure if the itching was cause by too a high level of chemicals or cooties.  My kids avoid it now.   The 2 adult hot tubs are in a separate gated area beside the pool.  They appear clean, are large and deep so many people enjoy standing in one and having a few drinks.  They hot tubs are till 10pm.  If you’d like to enjoy their man-made lake, walk to the back of the campground and set up on their beach.  You can also rent canoes and kayak if you wish.  At the very back of the campground, through a small road that looks like it’s just going into the forest, there is a baseball and volleyball field.  There are also a few kid made bike paths in this part of the forest.  Take a nice long walk around the lake or bring your bicycle and enjoy a ride around this large campground.  It also makes it quicker to get around, especially if you are camping in the unserviced area.   Play at the play structure with the kids near the main bathrooms or try the new structures in the forest behind lot 380. If you need any supplies you’ll have to drive into town.  The reception sells a small amount of candy, ice cream and it has a slushie machine.  You can also buy ice, and firewood here. If you don’t feel like cooking, Kittawa has a small restaurant, Chez Stan’s, offering sit down or take-out service.

 

Parent’s Overview

Approximately 30 years ago, as a child, I spent a weekend here with family friends were seasonal campers and not much has changed.  Generally speaking the facilities are in need of sprucing up.  The pros are that Kittawa Camping is close to Ottawa,  has a large heated pool open till 10pm with a lifeguard,  2 adult hot tubs and well attended evening parties.  The lake is nice to walk around and the seasonal campers are welcoming.  My husband shows less enthusiasm for this campground compared to others but as we always go with a few other families, he overlooks the noisy highway and the aging bathroom facilities for all the fun we have socializing at our yearly camping reunion.

 

Kid’s Overview

Kid 1 – “I like the pool and there’s lots of long roads to bike on. The lake is ok.  I don’t like that the kid hot tub makes you itchy and the highway noise is annoying.”

Kid 2 – “I love the pool!!!  No games or crafts for kids? Why maman?”

Kid 3 – “I like the kid hot tub but it makes me itchy. I like the slides in the pool, I like the newer stuff at the park not the really, really, really old rusty things.  I like the movies at night because they give free popcorn and I like biking in the forest out at the back.”

 

Have you been here lately?  Is there anything you’d like to add to our review or comment on?  Do you have any questions?  Is there anywhere else you’d like us to visit and review?  Feel free to speak up!

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