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Fanshawe Conservation Area, London

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  • Kayaking, first time, went well here. Great Lake and scenery. Very calm and well maintained. Girl at front gate was exceptional; welcomed, map and instructions. Saw some hawks and bald eagle, other....  more »
  • We had a great first camping experience in our new RV for the weekend. We wanted to give it a good test run somewhere local before some of our bigger trips this summer. Our site in the Pines was...  more »
  • I decided to purchase a season's pass this year for Fanshawe as well as the two other sites that are part of the Upper Thames Conservation Area and was so pleased with the experience I have already...  more »
  • Inexpensive weekend getaway. Conveniently located for those who live in London. Staff was friendly, washrooms well maintained for the most part (didn't smell too terrible and were fairly clean). Airplanes can be heard overhead quite frequently. Walked the 20km trail which had some beautiful scenery. Could not swim in the lake due to high levels of blue-green algae in the water.
  • A great place to visit this park offers a lot for your money but the quiet area is not so quiet someone was hammering and sawing a 7 in the morning. Also this park is close to an airport and planes and jets were flying about two hundred feet over our head constantly. Meanwhile we were not allowed to use our generator 2 put out our tip out. But still an ultra clean nice park that I would return to. And the prices were good $49 a night
  • It was unplanned camping, a break from the city. We achieved the goal of having a few quiet nights and serene days while at the Fanshawe Conservation Area. The area was not crowded, we got a cool and spacious campsite, surrounded by tall trees that gave us shades and privacy and across us was the lake. It was refreshing to wake up in the morning to the chirping sounds of the bird and cool breeze embracing us. The washrooms were well-maintained, which I think is a bonus when you are camping. I would give it a 5-star had we had any access to swimming area. We didn't explore this part though, although one of the staff assured us that the water is safe for swimming, I didn't confirm it with the authority. There was not much activity, except hiking and I think the freedom for the children to roam around and explore nature safely was a good one for unplanned adventure. If you want a break from the city and just be with nature, Fanshawe Conservation Area is a good choice if you just wanna be within the city but secluded from the buzz of city life.
  • Convenient camping near London, Ontario. We came to attend a conference in the convention center there. We chose a lakeside campsite using the photos on the website. However, when we arrived, we discovered that the site was not as large as it had appeared. This was not helped by our late afternoon arrival due to our long drive, because the people in the adjacent site had put their tent over a bit farther than they perhaps should have. So, instead of a direct view of / access to the water (and we were on the water side of the road, site 446), our view was of their tent. Instead of putting up 2 tents, we could only fit one. We were concerned about not having a tent too close to our fire pit. So no fire until the 3rd day, after they left. Probably ok anyway as we had periods of heavy rain. Luckily we had brought a good tarp for the picnic table, and brought a screenhouse to drape it over because there were no trees to hang it from. That worked well and we were able to cook and eat while the rain poured down. If we come back again, we will go for a more remote site, because these are just too close together. It is a radio-free area of necessity, but we still could hear multiple conversations past midnight. Also finding the cut through walking path to the bath house at night would be helped by a reflective sign or marker.
  • Friendly staff, nice green space, huge trees for lots of shade. Fun playground and swings. Lots of activities to do such as canoeing, kayaking, sailung etc. Pioneer Village on site is cool. Safety Village looked cool but not sure if it was open to use. Grass was a bit long so not as easy to get around and worried about ticks.

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