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Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park and Camp-Resort Toronto
Reviewed July 26, 2012

The negatives: This place was very expensive for the amenities offered. There is a pool and a mini golf course (for a fee), but that is about it. I felt like I was paying for the Yogi Bear affiliation, which is unimportant to me. It's located right beside the highway so it's very loud and they don't turn off the street lights so if you're a light sleeper, you may have trouble sleeping. There is no wifi.

The positives: The actual campsite was very flat so it was easy to set up our tent in a comfortable spot without a lumpy ground.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

Stayed at this location last summer. My kids loved every second of it! The recreation schedule that was given to us at check in was fabulous. Kept the kids entertained all week. We stayed on a RV site with full hook up. Next time we will book a pull through site as it is a bit larger. Campground is not wooded but my husband was happy with that because we had no problems parking the 5th wheel and opening the awning on our site. Grounds were very clean and well maintained. Friendly and helpful staff. Washrooms were extremely clean for a campground, saw night cleaners a few times that week, was nice to see! Prices were reasonable. I decided to write a review because I just booked our stay for this summer, 2012!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

We stayed at Jellystone Park for 2 nights over the weekend in August. It was my husband and I and our 2 young children, ages 5 and 3. When we first arrived, I was disappointed at the lack of "wilderness" feel. Our camp site literally overlooked the hwy 400 (we were in site 72). Once we got over that initial disappointment, things looked up. There are lots of activities for the kids, which is mainly why I gave Jellystone a 4/5 rating.. My kids really had a blast the entire time and didn't want to come home. When we arrived, we were given the weekly calendar of events, everything from face painting, arts and crafts, chalk colouring, kids playground, pool (life jackets available for rent for little ones from the Rangers Station), Hey Hey Hey Rides twice per day (10am and 7pm) with Yogi and Ranger Smith, themed dances and more and all included in the price of our campsite. The tent campsites are about $40.00 per night and then an additional $9.00 per child per night. There's was also a 9 hole mini-golf on site (extra charge of about $5.00 per per person) which we did. It was just a basic course, but the kids really liked it. The grounds are nicely maintained and clean. The grass was newly cut, the buildings were all in a good condition. The arts and crafts room had tons of stuff for the kiddies. The bathrooms were cleaned regularily.

I will agree that many of the campsites are on a slope. Luckily ours wasn't. Also, the park wasn't that full when we were there, or we probably would have had other campers almost on top of us, with few trees or buffers for privacy. But, it wasn't too busy, so it worked out fine for us. In my experience, most campsites provide a grill for over the fire, but unfortunately, Jellystone does not. So, we purchased one at the Rangers Station for $17.99 when we arrived. We thought this was a bit of a rip-off. Also, not all of the sites seemed to have a metal fire pit to keep the fire contained. Ours didn't, it was just a hole in the ground, so we ended up taking one from one of the vacant sites. Again, if the park was full, we probably would have complained about this.

Overall, we had a great experience. The weather co-operated and the kids really did have a great time (so did the grown-ups). We've promised them we will return next year!!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

This campground visit to Jellystone Toronto (really waaaay north of Toronto up Highway 400 near Gwilimbury/West Bradford) was inspired by a visit a couple of years ago to Jellystone New Brunswick (near Woodstock, NB) - that place has a waterslide and many more refinements than this franchise has to offer, but we went in the spirit of family fun...and found some.

There were a few early tip-offs that perhaps things weren't as cozy and wonderful as our previous experience. (i) RATES: The NB location rates are based upon two adults and three children, while the Toronto location rate is apparently based upon only two people - any kids after the adults will be an extra $9 each (not impressed with that, but went with it anyway while booking by phone).(ii) SLOPED SITE: Upon arrival we were given campsite #82, so we went to the location in the not-so-busy area and found that site was a very sloped hill that led to a brush and stream area (again, not impressed). We returned to the office and asked if there weren't any other sites that were actually flat enough to pitch a tent, and were offered plenty of other choices. Why did they knowingly give us a terrible and mostly unusable site? Do they really not care about our experience? No real answer from them seemed to come. Again, we muddled on if only to get the tent up before sunset and not totally wreck our fun and outdoorsy sense of a family weekend. (note: we opted to "rough it" by getting a non-serviced site)

There is really a lot to do for children over a couple of days, as long as it doesn't rain, but staying a whole week might be a bit of a bore. From arts & crafts, scavenger hunts, mini putt, dance party games, pool fun, to the twice-daily "Heyrides", there's enough to keep wee ones pumped up and busy the entire day and tire them out by the end of it.... so much so that our kid actually asked to put themselves to bed! In general, as well, I must say that the people who deal directly with the kids for activities are a bundle of energy for the entire day themselves - really quite wonderful to see.
The "Heyrides" (there's no actual hay, so they call it that I suppose) occur at 10am and 7pm daily, and feature Yogi Bear on the wagon that's equipped with benches and pulled by a large pickup. The kids love it, and it's pretty fun for them to just tour the campground as they do things like yell out there name, where they're from and what they plan to do that day....and get a lollipop!

Many of the people who stay there use it as a cheap home base to make tourism daytrips from - Wonderland (very close), Toronto Zoo, downtown Toronto attractions, Niagara Falls (far!), etc are all within reason from the campground. See the company website for their list/distance chart.

Overall, the facilities are looked after. The washrooms with showers are clean and looked after. The campground is fairly quiet, even though it partially overlooks the busy Highway 400. Firewood is sold there (don't bring your own for fear of transporting pests that are destroying our trees) at $10 for a large bag that served us easily for two nights. The pool has no lifeguard, and can get quite busy, so keep very close to wee ones lest they get in the way of rambunctious bigger kids.

The campsite has plenty of spots for trailers, RVs, etc. and they also have "habitat" facilities, which are sort of large hard tents with bunkbeds in them ... but we didn't want to risk the mattresses.

Room Tip: There are several pull-thru sites in a nice area ... #55 - 58 or thereabouts are flat and seemed tro...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 4, 2016
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  • Stayed: August 2016, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park and Camp-Resort Toronto

Address: 3666 Simcoe County Road 88, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ontario L3Z 2A4, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Bradford West Gwillimbury
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Bradford West Gwillimbury
Number of rooms: 128
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There is always a lot to do at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park™. Take a swim in our heated in-ground swimming pool, play a round of mini-putt golf, watch Yogi Bear™ cartoons, enjoy the traditional "Hey, Hey, Hey, Wagon Ride", and much, much, more. You can also take part in any of our planned special events. There's never a dull moment at Jellystone Park™! ... more   less 

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