Craigleith Provincial Park, Blue Mountains

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Craigleith Provincial Park was established in 1967 by Ontario Parks. It is a recreation-class Provincial Park created to help preserve historic oil shale beach. Craigleith Provincial Park is a small park located between Collingwood and Thornbury (10km west of Collingwood) on the southern shores of Georgian Bay.HistoryThe park was created by Regulation 245/67, Schedule 59 of the Provincial Parks Act in 1967. The province acquired two parcels of land along Highway 26 as well as lands along former railway line. Only lands north of Highway 26 became an active park.FacilitiesPark OfficeThe Park Office is located on Ontario Highway 26 near Blue Mountain ski resort. The park is open during the months of May to October.CampgroundsMain CampgroundThe campground has 172 campsites of which 66 have electric service. There is a comfort station and shower building including laundry facilities and flush toilets. Potable water taps are also found at various locations outside the Day Use area. All the campsites in the camping area are within easy walking distance of the beach. A children's adventure playground is located next to the shower building. Firewood is available for purchase at the gatehouse next to the Park Store.Day UseThe park is opened to day use and closed after 10pm daily after which only registered campers can remain overnight.
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  • We stopped at Craigleith with our mini-Aussie for a walk after staying o/n at the Westin Trillium in Collingwood. Very pleasant to see the lake and beautiful views. A treat at the end of February in n...  more »
  • Craigleith's biggest positive is it's proximity to Blue Mountain resort which is about a 10 minute drive or a 20 minute bike ride. You can save A LOT of money camping here over renting a room in the v...  more »
  • Despite the negative reviews about the road noise, Craigleith is still a very nice park. The electric sites offer larger pull throughs, but no water or sewer. My only complaint is that we couldn't get...  more »
  • Good location but sites are very small. Views are awesome but it is very noisy since it is located besides the route. I had reserved a waterfront site and when I arrived it was busy. The stuff was very nice and they tried their best but there was no space. So they relocated my family and myself in another place which was not a site. It was only for emergency. It was terrible. Ground is full of rocks.
  • The staff were friendly and the water in the facilities was hot, but the positives end there. The campsites are wide open (virtually no trees to separate sites for privacy), it's is very close to a main road with frequent traffic noise, and the restrooms were very rundown with old cracked tiles and, while it was clear they tried to tend to them with regular cleaning, they need renovations to be comfortable. The lake is close by which would be great if there was an actual beach. The water entryway maybe fine for a canoe/kayak launch, but the shoreline is very murky and rocky - not suitable for entering the water for a swim without supreme caution to ensure not slipping or stubbing a toe. If you are looking for a real woodsy camping site with good facilities and a beach this place is not for you. However, if you plan on camping with several families/groups that will be interacting daily and you want easy access between sites this might be your cup of tea.
  • No privacy anymore after the storm last year. Park wardens are also fairly strict as they usually are at Ontario parks. Good place to stay if you're looking to do downhill biking at Blue on a budget though. Would highly recommend for that. Quick 20 minute ride to the hill.
  • Windy and stoney ground, the beach breeze was to strong to go boating. Maybe just wrong timing as this was almost fall season.
  • We camp here for the location as it is fairly close to Wasaga Beach and Blue Mountain trails. It is not like the "in town" private camps, which I preferred when I was "younger" I generally prefer provincial parks because I know I will get reasonably clean and serviced toilets and showers. Yes traffic noise is present as the highway is right there. However other than a few loud pipes, it was quite good at night for us Sites can be rocky and rough so bring a mattress or something to put between you and the ground if sleeping in tents. Putting stakes in is a chore, so be patient. Otherwise, the sunset and view from the shore is beautiful and at night -stars. Staff are friendly and helpful, and I like that. I'll be back.
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