Guelph's Best-Kept Camping Secret

Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Real Estate Centre Inc.

Can you believe the weather lately? We haven't got a drop of rain in over two weeks! It really seems like summer decided to show up in September instead of July /August. My brother Todd and I took our daughters camping on the weekend and we had an amazing time. We spent Saturday on the beach swimming, enjoying the sun and watching fish jump in the bay. The evening started out with a bbq of sumptous burgers served with cheesies and potato chips and continued with ghost stories and toasted marshmallows around the campfire. After we tucked the girls into their sleeping bags Todd and I watched the fire burn down while the girls whispered and giggled in the tent for another hour. The night was peaceful and quiet except for the midnight raid by a family of very noisey racoons. They polished off the un-eaten marshmallows and made off with a bag of hot dog buns that they removed from the cooler. Our first father/daughter campout was filled with memories that will last a lifetime and the incredible part was that the whole time we were only a 15 minute drive from home! That's right, instead of driving for 3 hours to Muskoka or some other northern destination we camped at the Guelph Lake Conservation area. If you haven't been there you really should check it out. As soon as you drive through the front gate the fact that you're minutes from home disappears and you could be anywhere! The campsite are large, flat and sunny, not dark and damp like many others. Our campsite overlooked the lake and included a beautiful dusty rose sunset. Rumor has it that the fishing is excellent at Guelph Lake as well though we didn't try our luck this time. Sunday morning we all went out for a pancake breakfast and were home before noon. I know I'll be camping at Guelph Lake next summer for sure. In fact, if the weather keeps going the way it has been, I may be back again this year!


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