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Friday, July 18, 2014

Our Visit to Parkbridge Resort: Our Ponderosa #Glamping #GlampingStyle

For the last two years, I've wanted to borrow my father-in-law's trailer and take our children camping at a campground.

In my teenaged years, I worked at a small local campground facility and remembered how fun it was for families.  I wanted my children to have the opportunity to experience what a campground had to offer.  But,  there were a couple of factors which were holding us back.  The biggest being the logistics of borrowing the trailer and getting it to a campground.  Also, I am just not a camper.    With my back injury, I would never consider sleeping anywhere but a bed, not to mention a person with IBD knows that camping really isn't ideal.

And, then....

a few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to visit Our Ponderosa, which is a Parkbridge Resort.  

Our Ponderosa is located minutes from Ipperwash Beach on Lake Huron, Ontario.   Our Ponderosa is a cottage and RV resort, which also happens to have a golf course at the rear.  It includes seasonal, transient and rental sites.  We enjoyed a stay in a fully furnished rental cottage.  With a rental unit there was no set up or tear down required, we enjoyed indoor plumbing and all the conveniences of home.

We enjoyed all the park had to offer in absolute comfort. 

My ten year old son kept saying to me that what we were doing wasn't camping.  He's a boy scout, what he does as a scout is camping, what we were doing was Glamping.

Our rental unit was fully furnished, including everything needed in the kitchen.  Basically, all we needed to bring with us was bedding, towels and food.  The unit is equipped with a furnace and air conditioning for optimal comfort.  The cottage was spacious and impeccable.

There was a master bedroom with a walk-in closet, a second bedroom with bunk beds, a living room, a kitchen (with a gas stove and fridge with a freezer) and a washroom with a shower.  The sofa in the living room pulled out to a sleeper.  Outside, we had a deck, a patio set, a propane barbeque and a fire pit for a campfire.   We were blown away with our unit - it was modern, and comfortable.  

Our Ponderosa is for families

Our family had an absolutely fabulous time at Our Ponderosa!

Our Ponderosa is very family friendly.  There were planned activities for the children, such as bingo and Charlie Choo Choo - a train ride which takes adults and kids around the park.  There is a kids only pool with an awesome water slide,  playgrounds, splash pad, mini golf, and open green spaces.   There was also adult activities - horseshoes, and adult only dance.  Upon entering the park we were given a full season calendar of events, and could see that there is a summer full of fun awaiting.  When exploring the park we found laundry facilities (which I would love if we were staying for an extended visit.)  There is loads of room to roam and enjoy the outdoors.

Our Ponderosa is a safe and secure place to visit.  It has a gated entrance and the speed limit is strictly enforced, making it safe for children to play and ride their bikes.  We had no apprehensions about our kids running across the driveway to the playground or riding the train on their own.  Children under 12 required supervision at the pool and splash pad, though there were lifeguards on duty at the pool. 

We were very impressed with how Our Ponderosa is managed.  The resort manager was present and in-sight our entire weekend.  The resort was clean and well attended to.  We saw housekeeping attending to the public washrooms and maintenance keeping the grounds neat and tidy.  In the evening we saw security that patrolled the park, to ensure that everyone was able to have an enjoyable time.

Our family loved our time at Our Ponderosa!  We've already discussed when we'll make a return visit. It is close to Lake Huron, and if we had extra time, we would make a trip up to the beach.  For this visit, though, there was so much to see and do that we were happy to just spend our time within the park.

The Details
  • Our Ponderosa is located at 9338 W. Ipperwash Road, Ontario.  Phone: 519-786-2031.
  • The resort manager is Nancy, who we found to be excellent.
  • The unit we stayed at was a new resort cottage (P2).  The rental rate is $166.00 per night.  It was smoke and pet free, and has a two night minimum stay.   
  • The price of the rental includes: electricity, water, sewer, propane and barbeque.
  • These units are popular and must be booked well in advance.    
  • These units may be purchased starting at $57 900 + HST. 
  • Our Ponderosa is a Parkbridge community.
Thank you so much to Nancy for hosting us at Our Ponderosa.  Our experience was amazing - we certainly didn't want to leave.  This is my kind of camping glamping! 

Please visit my album on my facebook page with more park photos.  

What is a Parkbridge Community? 

Vacationing at a Parkbridge Community, such as Our Ponderosa is a great and affordable alternative to cottaging.  Owning your own cottage is expensive, as taxes on the lakefronts are going sky-high, making it impossible for families to keep both a home and summer place.  With Parkbridge, you own the home (cottage) or RV, but you lease the land it is sitting on.  Parkbridge manages the property (which I witnessed first hand) and you enjoy a sense of community and security.  

There are three main benefits of a land lease within a Parkbridge Community. 
  • Pride of Ownership
  • Sense of Community
  • Parkbridge is your Partner 
Find available cottage and RV resorts by visiting: Parkbridge.  

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Disclaimer:  My family was hosted for the weekend at Our Ponderosa.  These are our opinions based on our time spent at the resort. 


The Flying Couponer said...

Wow, looks like you had a great time! I would love to go!

Jennifer Van Huss said...

OMG!! What a great place! That is my type of camping!! Last year we went camping camping and I slept in the van! No outdoors for me! lol

Aeryn Lynne said...

Oooh, glamping is so much more fun imho, lol! Love being able to enjoy nature without having to worry about upkeeping the cottage and surrounding property. I hadn't heard of Our Ponderosa before, but will definitely keep them in mind next time we're looking for a cottage to rent! :)

Mom vs. the boys said...

wait, a walk in closet? this would be a great place to stay all summer!

Randa Derkson said...

Ponderosa looks so inviting with their clean grounds! This is my kind of camping.