Earl Rowe Provincial Park, Alliston

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  • Although the park is closed you can still park outside the gates and access the trails. Most of the trails are paved which make it a great place for a walk. Bring the dog and the family and get out go...  more »
  • The beach was closed for swimming. Water / lake shore were disgusting & sour. Bird droppings were everywhere & insects were awful. We used to camp here every summer - not any longer.  more »
  • Much larger park than we had expected - lots of room to walk or bike. Campsites were spacious and private - we'd been told it was like camping in a farmer's field but happily this wasn't our experienc...  more »
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  • Lovely Provincial Park, dog friendly (even on one of the beaches! 🙌), new-looking comfort stations/washrooms & showers. Pit toilets are still the pits. Rainbow Run trail is an unusual but nice trail to hike - not much elevation, various terrain (grass, gravel - not newly laid, asphalt, etc.). You pass by farm fields, highway, forest, and wetlands. Lots of butterflies (monarchs, I think), an honey bees (they're after the pollen in the flowers, not you! so don't swat them or otherwise worry). Campsites are fairly large, not too close together, and some are right next to a river (Salmon Run - you have to navigate down the embankment, but it's not difficult), with good launch sites (no docks, just an area that many people have walked & launched from). Friendly and helpful staff, bundles of kindling ($2.50 in 2017) and firewood ($7.00 in 2017) are available, and they burn nicely. You can also get the stuff to colour the flames, but I don't remember the price. Overall, it's a nice family (and fur-baby) friendly park, not far from civilization. 🙌 🐝 🌸
  • Beautiful with the changing seasons. Beach is man made and not swimmable but unnecessary for enjoyment. It's beautiful and well run. Available as wedding venue as well.
  • Good if you like the convenience of being close to a town for supplies. It does not have clean natural water to go in; instead there is a big swimming pool that they charge you do use. It doesn't really feel like camping with all the train noise and the town being so close. I'd drive another hour for more authentic camping experience and clean water to go in.
  • My daughter and I camped here the other night, and had a great time. Pros: The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The afternoon activities at the visitor center were fun and educational for kids. The park is well maintained, clean and well marked. The beaches are very large, as is the pool. There are several trails, with a variety of terrain and views, and we biked on most of them. There are tons of places to picnic in the park, from single tables along the water, to large covered shelters. Also, the park is close to Alliston, so if you forgot something, it's a quick trip to pick it up. Cons: The lake water wasn't safe for swimming because of high bacterial levels, and there were goose droppings on the beach. This was probably because the park was virtually empty on the Monday, which meant the geese could make themselves right at home. Overall:. I would definitely recommend this park, for both camping and day use.
  • The sites are huge. The beach was closed due to possible ecoli levels. The huge wading pool was overcrowded because of that and the water was too cold. Very scenic.

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