I'm guessing almost any camp ground is going to be better when you're one of the only people camping there - no crowds, no noise, no disgusting bathrooms.... but our first trip to Presquile was definitely one of our best trips to date.
|View down the shore from our site|
I only got to do a walk through some of the other sections but for the most part the sites were of good size and with medium privacy. I wasn't impressed with the Pines Campground sites, and didn't get into the Elmvale and Trails End ones at all but the Maples and Craig's sites were pretty nice. *Note - in the spring, the Craig's sites sit amid a bit of stagnant water which increased the number of mosquitoes in that area, but this will have dried up by summer.
|You can see the boardwalk wiggling off into the distance|
|Mom, Dad and three babies|
Considering the time of year, we were lucky to not have swarms of black flies and mosquitoes. Some of the parts along the bike trail had swarms of little flies that I'm not entirely sure the name of, and in some spots it was so bad it was like walking through a beaded curtain. They don't bite though, it was just annoying to suddenly get a mouth full of little flies.
I got the feeling a lot of locals use the park on a regular basis for biking and hiking. When we were in line to get our camping permit, there were a lot of people there getting day-use season passes. Yes the pass lets you use any Ontario Park (excluding overnight use) but considering a lot of these people biked in to buy their pass, I figured it must be popular with those in and around Brighton. This is understandable because the bike path runs right along the shore of Lake Ontario (for the most part) and there are three really nice beaches and a lot of picnic areas, including a brand new screened in picnic shelter.
In general, I give Presqu'ile a good rating. The site are the usual mix of good and bad, like with any park, but the good out number the bad. There is plenty of things to occupy your time, lots of trails, as well as a store and educational opportunities. Brighton is only a few minutes away and has at least two grocery stores where you can get supplies, and there is a Walmart about 15 minutes away in Trenton. (We had to make a trip there to get a few more little propane canisters.
If anyone else has been to Presqu'ile and would like to share their impressions, stories or favourite sites, leave a comment. I'd be interested in hearing what others thought of this park.