Review by Ian Taylor, Newmarket, ON
19th July 2015
Spent my first time at Earl Rowe Provincial Park in Alliston ON, this weekend.
Here is my personal take on the park…
PROS – Beautiful well maintained park.
Grass cut, beaches clean, comfort station (Mens) very clean, helpful & friendly staff, good fire wood, many activities provided by park staff for family’s, well groomed trails, large clean sites, hardly any bugs, centrally located and lots of wildlife.
CON’S – Beaches, Pool & Park store not centrally located with respect to sites and campgrounds, too few sites with full privacy, not all roads in campgrounds are marked properly with site numbers etc, several water drinking taps where littered with garbage and being used for washing (proper signage required), advertisement in the park paper for local firewood delivery NO mention of weekday delivery ONLY!
On Friday night park staff and or the warden asked several campers in our area to please keep it down especially on Saturday evening, due to the fact that several sites behind us where taking part in a Ontario Parks learn to camp day/night.
All that where told complied with the request.
This brings me to Saturday/ Saturday night…
Several, but not all of these sites taking part in the learn to camp programme had a total lack of respect, or where misinformed on proper camping etiquette (would think that’s the first thing taught). Children allowed to run free cutting through occupied camp sites, screaming and yelling all afternoon and until 1am( these where kids not teenagers), more than 6 people to a site.
And total lack of parental supervision.
WHERE WAS THE PARK STAFF TO GIVE VERBAL WARNINGS!
Also several other loud groups making excessive noise till 3am.
Saw park staff drive by once on Friday night at 6:30pm & again Saturday night at the same time. Clearly need more patrols.
Overall I enjoyed my stay and was generally happy with my experience.
With that said, I’m not sure I would return until the late night noise problem is addressed.