What a beautiful little gem of a campground! Do you like fishing, boating, and a quiet, family friendly place to enjoy a weekend or more away from the hustle and bustle of the city, look no further and try Bayview Lodge Resort. Located on White Lake, 60 minutes from Ottawa, 20 minutes from Arnprior, this campground is a must try. This campground would be a good central hub if you’re interested in visiting a local historical town such as Pakenham, enjoying a beer tasting tour at Calabogie Brewing Co., playing a round of golf at one of the many local golf clubs or exploring the many nature trails and waterways in the area.
Bayview Lodge Resort is composed of mostly seasonal sites but there are 6 premium short-term sites near the front and 5 regular sites somewhat central to the grounds (on the site map found in the photo gallery, these lots are marked with an oval instead of a box around the lot number). Both areas are very close to bathrooms and are 3 service sites (water/30/sewer). All sites also include a fire pit and a picnic table. The difference between a premium site and a regular site are that the premium sites are closer to all amenities and have a deck that you could sit a tent or a picnic table on. They are well shaded by pine trees. The regular sites, nestled among the seasonal campers, have a little less privacy and are a 5-10 minutes walk to the front/beach area. These sites enjoy more sun and have more grass than the premium site in my opinion. Don’t be fooled by the campground map. Lots B9-B13 are not as small as they seem.
This campground has an 11pm-8am quiet time and it is enforced. Camp site rates are decent and range between $42-$60 + taxes per night. Rates are based on 2 adults and dependent children. Additional visitors must sign-in at the reception desk and a fee will apply. Another option is to rent a waterside cottage or chalet that include bathroom facilities, a bbq, heating and air conditioning. Click here to see the cottage rates and rates. During low season cottages and chalets are available on a daily based, otherwise you must rent them on a weekly basis (Friday-Friday). This campground is pet friendly but pet must not be left unattended and must leashed or tied securely at all times and are not allowed in fenced in pool area.
Bathrooms and Laundry Facilities
Bayview Lodge has 2 bathrooms. One is located beside the pool area. This building has showers and bathrooms. The other location is in the regular short term camp site area (Main St.) and is has bathrooms only. Both were very well maintained and clean. Showers cost $.25 for approx. 5 minutes. The showers don’t have a lip to walk over to get in if you have special mobility needs. There are however, no grab bars. We found that the bathrooms and showers were often empty when we used them as most campers here have facilities in their own trailer so the public bathrooms are underused. Bonus for us short-term visitors using a tent or pop-up trailer!
The laundry facility is in the same building as the bathroom off Main Street (behind lots B9-13). The area is clean and has many windows for natural lighting. There are 2 washers, 2 dryers and a long counter to fold your clothes on. The cost of a wash is $2 per load, and $2 per load for the dryer.
Bayview Lodge has a relaxed atmosphere and won’t bombard you with multiple activities that will have you running all over the park with our kids. There are free crafts on Saturday mornings, yoga in the field near the premium lots, bingo games, hayrides, fishing derbies for adults and children, ice cream socials, bonfires, corn roasts and spaghetti dinners and other fun activities. Not a joiner? Spend time at the 20’x40′ salt water pool (no lifeguard and closes at 8pm), play a family game of basketball, baseball, volleyball or horseshoes. Walk or bike around the grounds. Enjoy some homemade goods at the snack bar located in the reception building. Go fishing off the docks or enjoy a beautiful sunset. Bring your kayak, canoe or paddle board and spend sometime on the water. The marina offers boat rentals and docking space as well as bait & tackle, gas, oil and fishing licenses. Interested in rent a boat, kayak or canoe? Check-out the rates here. If you need any supplies, firewood (good amount for the price paid), ice or simply don’t feel like cooking a meal, walk over to the snack shop.
We were pleasantly surprise by how much we liked this campground. The owners, Elvira and Walter are friendly and helpful. The seasonal campers were the nicest we’ve come across yet. They invited us to come to the crafts and insisted we join them at their annual spaghetti dinner (complete with salads, desserts and beverages). We offered to pay for dinner but there was no convincing them to take it. We felt welcomed and included here. All facilities were very well maintained. Even though the beach could use some TLC and the pool closed at 6pm instead of the posted 8pm, we all had a great time fishing, playing ball in the field, taking long walks to explore the grounds, swimming and mingling with the seasonal campers. We would camp here again!
Kid 1 – “I liked fishing off the docks and riding my bike.”
Kid 2 – “I liked the pool, painting (the craft was painting a wooden frame), and the spaghetti dinner.”
Kid 3 – “I loved fishing and paddle boarding with you maman…even though we fell in the water. The park was good too.”
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