Occasionally Torontoist gets bitten by the camping bug. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the extra vacation days or access to a vehicle required for a Kawartha Lakes getaway. Then, of course, there’s the environmental irony of loading the minivan full of camping gear and burning dozens of litres of gas in order to enjoy nature.
Luckily, there’s a quick camping fix right here in town. The Glen Rouge Campground is accessible by bicycle (about two to three hours from downtown, depending on your route and speed), and is a quick jaunt from the TTC or GO Transit. Oh, and it’s an easy drive, if you’re into that sort of thing.
The campground is a good place for a change of pace, whether you’re looking to spend a few days exploring Rouge Park, or are just looking for a day away from the condo construction across the street. It’s also close to the zoo and the beach, so there’s plenty to keep the kids busy. If you’re cycling, Glen Rouge is a good first stop on a trip east along the Waterfront Trail.
It’s hardly an idyllic backwoods camping spot, but if you’re the type of camper that likes to have flush toilets and laundry facilities as part of your outdoor experience, Glen Rouge is for you. Shopping is nearby as well, so you can travel light and buy your food when you get there. So pack up your tent, bring some marshmallows for toasting, and enjoy Toronto’s campground this summer.