This weekend, we tried a new campground on the recommendation of @bikeyknit. The Wesley Clover Park in Nepean is a super easy 20km bike ride from downtown Ottawa. The route is nearly completed separated if you use the NCC pathways, except for the last stretch on Corkstown Road.
We rented one of the new cabins (they come with electricity, a microwave and fridge). This means, if you’re biking, you don’t need to bring any stove or tent. We found that our regular sleeping bags were too warm for glamping, so we could reduce our load next time by bringing sleeping sheets instead.
There are four cabins. Two cabins have a double bed and set of bunk beds, and two cabins are just bunk beds.
With some essentials taken care of, you have extra room for creature camping comforts like wine glasses and extra chips. (Or maybe these are essentials).
And retractable marshmallow/hot dog roasting sticks. Side note: the lighweight Monarch chairs from MEC were a hit. I guess I’ll need to go back to buy one for the kid – since he sort of chairjacked mine.
Despite the nicely wooded location, you can hear the traffic on the 417 from the campsite at night. Have another glass of wine and you can almost believe it’s the soothing sound of the ocean.
All in all, it made for a good overnight outing without too much planning needed. The Wike bike trailer served us well again to tow all of our things. Very pleased with it… but regretful that I almost hit a rollerblader on the pathway with it. It was crowded. Sorry. : (
Blog pause: Let’s talk about crowded NCC pathways for a minute. Holy humanity. Every type of traffic calming device was out in full force on the Ottawa River Pathway this weekend. Strollers, double strollers, wobbly kids, kids on tricycles, kids on training wheels, dogs, seniors, wheelchairs, rollerbladers, geese, oh and regular biking folks.
It was so insanely crowded from the Carling crossing and Britannia Park, it actually felt dangerous to even attempt biking. Passing was tricky – especially with so many little bends that you can’t see around. I’m pretty sure we’ve passed whatever metric is needed to widen the path and separate the users. End rant.
We stopped at the Deschenes Rapids for a little water break and enjoyed the NCC’s #ottdrive infrastructure and view. The woman who parked next to us, sat in her idling car with a book. Sigh. We contemplated taking some 1950s era “carefree drive on the parkway” style photos. But, we were too hot for that nonsense.
We got back to Hintonburg and stopped for brunch at our usual place, the Hintonburg Public House. (They make a mean lemonade.) The kid was pretty worn out from pedaling – the husband reports he pedaled the Weehoo all the way. His said his legs hurt, so he quietly hoovered fries.
Today, we’re all back to work and school and I’m quietly itching all of my mosquito bites.