Simon and I have tested out many campsites over the past 5 years. We have a strict check list for suitable camp spots that deserve our presence.
3. Close to wildlife
What a long list, right?
Really, we don’t ask for much. But a lot of the time QUIET is not achievable. See, many places that we visit also act as a weekend getaway for many locals that live nearby. Don’t get us wrong, we totally agree with campfires, a few drinks and a merry time…but NOT a raging rave that lasts until 4am for two or three consecutive nights, while everyone else is attempting to get some shut eye. Especially when our alarm is set for 4:15am.
Well this happened quite a few times this summer, and in summers past, so when we were nearing the end of our summer journey, we stopped in Riding Mountain National Park to catch up on some rest and relaxation. The wonderful visitor centre employees pointed us straight away to the QUIETEST campground in the park when we arrived all blurry eyed and zombie-like. Welcome to Whirlpool Campground:
From Parks Canada:
On Hwy 19, 15 km (9.5 miles) from Wasagaming. This small, intimate campground provides large walk-in unserviced tenting sites with views of Whirlpool Lake. Sites vary from open to semi-wooded with fair to moderate privacy. Parking is available at the campground entrance, approximately 50 metres from the campsites. Campers can enjoy hiking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking and non-motorized boating.
- 15 unserviced sites with firepits and picnic tables; tenting only (must carry your equipment 50 metres)
- Kitchen shelter
- Accessible privy
- Boat dock
- Nearby trails include Cowan Lake, Grey Owl, and Gorge Creek
It even has a neat little “hike” that explains the habitat in the area, as well as the active research being conducted in the area.
Wow – quiet it was. So quiet as there were absolutely NO other campers here! The friendly people at the visitor centre were so right. And we were so happy that we were able to enjoy two whole nights of such peaceful and quiet sleeps. Better yet that we were able to enjoy listening to the howls of a wolf pack and chirping of the birds. Sigh. Rejuvenated!
So next time you happen to be in Wasagaming, Manitoba and are looking for a taste of peace and quiet (and a dash of education) in the wild, check out Whirlpool Campground.