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Oastler Lake Provincial Park
Ranked #10 of 35 things to do in Parry Sound
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Guelph, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2013

All the other reviews are smack on right about everything!!! TRAINS,TRAINS AND MORE TRAINS....Even during the day trying to have a conversation can be challenging when a train goes by with it's horns a blarring. The only great thing I will say about the park is that it had a dog beach where my small kids could enjoy the water with the dog. Not a large grassy area if the dogs were not water dogs though. No playground for the kids either...We ended up leaving early from our vacation due to sleep devrivation...

Visited July 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Nice Views ..”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The views were wonderful - we were in the walk in campground - campsite 208. The walk in isn't far but there are two hills to combat to get to your site, it was worth it but does get very tiring! The water was fantastic with many spots to swim at the point. There are also huge rocks that you can jump off of. The dog beach was very small - but happy that there was a dog beach at all!

The downside is the train tracks that are close by - during the day not an issue - the constantly blaring of the horn just blends in with the background noise. However, at night when trying to sleep it was very very loud and seemed like it was louder and longer then the blare during the day!!

There are no trails which is a downside.

The walkin site was great but the bathrooms - outhouse was the worst that I have ever experienced camping. Yes I get it that it is an outhouse but it was absolutly disgusting. You could smell it feet away and to go into it was brutal.

We didn't see any wildlife except chipmunks and we took the chance leaving our coolers out and wedged under a table. The park rangers walking by said it shouldn't be an issue as they only saw one bear last year and that was in the main campground. Not in the point / walk in sites.

Overall, good experience. Water was great, train sucked but probably would still go back to the walk in sites. The other sites didn't look all so great - everyone close together, no privacy.

Visited July 2013
3 Thank tulip56
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Barrie, Ontario
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice Park but train noise will keep us away”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

We just came back from testing out our tent trailer for one night. We ended up at Oastler Lake Provincial Park as this was a last minute trip and had to go to whatever campground that had space available. Our actual site was a good size, some shade and some sun. If you moved to the road, you could see the beach...very pretty to be so close. Some sites are right next to the beach. There is a dog beach which we appreciated as we had our dog with us. This beach is quite nice as well, (smaller sandy beach than the main beach....that's ok), and we found it to actually prettier in that it was a little more secluded and less open to the larger waterway. There was also a dock there for boaters. The dogs were allowed off leash while in the water. It was a great place for the dog to swim and get cooled off. We enjoyed swimming there as well. The water was very refreshing and warm. The comfort station was clean although supplies (toilet paper) could have been restocked better (especially for women's washroom). They also have toilet areas, which were clean, flush toilet and small sink for washing hands. It is also close to Parry Sound if supplies are needed. Only a 5-10 min trip to town. We would visit this campground again except for one thing. They do warn on the park website "Note: railway tracks near the park are used frequently. "......and believe me, this is VERY TRUE! Heard the train a bit through the day and found it kind of nice, but we didn't think the trains would be running through the night. We were WRONG. The trains go through 24 hrs a day, and frequently. At times, we could hear 2 trains and both of them honking their horns simultaneously and very loudly. Hearing these trains during the night was horrible and definitely affected sleep. With the quiet of the night, the trains sounded even louder. For this reason alone, we will never go back to Oastler Provincial Park.

Visited July 2013
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Richmond Hill, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Nice scenic views, but ...”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

Great views, nature, but not too much attractions for families with children. We spent there this Canada day weekend, except for canoe that you can rent, not too much to do in park itself. Be aware, there is a train tracks just outside the park which get used frequently. Ok during the day, but it's get really noisy at night time. The worse of all was that they had some electrical problem the night before Canada Day which led to water problems and the night staff simply closed all washrooms in the park except one at the gate. This problem was not taken care of till the middle of next day....
Be very careful when you choosing the site, some sites have poor drainage, so when we came after few rainy days those were fully covered with water. On the other hand, there are some great sites with scenic views of the lake and direct access to water.

Visited July 2013
16 Thank Regina S
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