Earl Rowe Provincial Review
2001, 2002

Earl Rowe Provincial Park is located just 5 minutes West of Alliston, ON., where the annual Alliston Potato Festival is held usually around the second week in August. (Alliston is the potato capital of Ontario.) The park is also approximately 30 minutes from Wasaga Beach, the longest fresh water beach in the world!

At night you can look up and actually see stars that you probably never knew were there before. I had the pleasure of a clear night and a great view of the meteor shower. (Not sure which one.. Perseid?)

There was also a visit from a wild Turkey on Saturday morning, who helped clean the bugs off my front bumper and strolled away ever so leisurely in search of another bumper to debug.

The staff at Earl Rowe are very professional. They tend to keep a low profile, however when there is a problem or they are needed they are right there.

I would have to say that my most enjoyable weekend this summer has been at Earl Rowe.

I rate staff professionalism at a full   *

The maintenance people do an excellent job of keeping the park clean. The washrooms and showers were extremely clean and well kept. Upon arrival, the campsite did not have a picnic table, within half an hour after informing the staff at the gatehouse, maintenance brought one down.

I rate maintenance/cleanliness at a full   *

The park staff keep a low profile while patrolling the park, and have a "zero tolerance policy" to excessive noise/abusive language situations. Violators will be fined and/or evicted from the park. Park wardens are not as visible at night because they find the most effective way to patrol is on foot or by bicycle. "We are too visible in vehicles to problem campsites. They see the headlights and quiet down until we pass" say the park wardens. [Insert cheap shot here] (Hmmmmm... I wonder if the Guelph Lake staff might take a lesson from this park?) The result is clear, Earl Rowe is a very enjoyable place to spend a weekend.

I rate noise control/regulation enforcement at a full   *

Activities at the park are plentiful with Camping (Two campsites are designed for use by persons with disabilities), Swimming (2 Large beaches or in the football field size swimming pool at an additional charge), Fishing, Hiking, Canoeing, Picnicking, Group Picnicking Shelters, Canoeing & Cycling. The Resource Center has Canoe, Paddleboat, Bicycle and Tent Rentals. You can even borrow a fishing rod! The park also has Playgrounds, Food Concession, Laundry Facilities, Points of Interest, and many organized activities for all.

Even though no facilities are offered during the off season and winter, visitors still enjoy cross-country skiing on ungroomed trails, snowshoeing and refreshing winter nature walks.

The park is open from the second weekend in May through Thanksgiving

I rate activities at a full   *

Costs are relatively low compared to privately owned parks/campgrounds. They are higher than conservation areas, but the quality is worth the little extra.

2001 Camping fee's are: $19.75 per night (unserviced) and $23.75 per night (serviced), all inclusive.

Non-Camping "Day Use" fee's are $8.50 (per car). The Summer Vehicle Permit is $60.00 and an Annual Vehicle Permit is $90.00. Permits are good at ALL Ontario Provincial Parks.
All prices quoted are regular/non-discounted rates.
Discounts are offered to Seniors and persons with disabilities.
2001 Prices (subject to change)

I rate cost at a full   *

Overall Park Rating   *****
2001, 2002

Ratings are based on 5 key points...

* Staff Professionalism
* Maintenance/Cleanliness
* Noise Control/Regulation Enforcement
* Activities
* Cost

Reviews are based on personal use of the park and/or campgrounds.

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