Ready to Ride!
Albion Hills is a conservation area in Caledon near Toronto. We have camped here numerous times over the years, often due to mountain bike races at Albion.
One of the races my boys compete in at Albion Hills is the 24 HR Summer Solstice Race. This race starts at noon on Saturday and runs straight through until Sunday. The course this year was an 18 km loop, the goal is to have your team members complete as many laps as possible in the 24hrs. We have competed for a number of years now with a variety of teams. It’s a fun weekend of racing and visiting with friends.
My husband prefers to set up the day before the race when the campground is quiet and it’s easy to pull in to our campsite. This race often sells out, so by Saturday morning there are hundreds of mountain bikers. We always make sure to book a serviced site months in advanced for this race. Tents, trailers and mountain bikes are in every possible spot as far as the eye can see! Friday night is a fun night of relaxing and everyone having fun before the Saturday start time. The weather this year was fantastic for sitting out at night with a campfire and the kids enjoyed making ‘smores.
Albion Hills has great mountain biking trails, but for the younger kids it also has a great wading pool and splash pad that can be accessed for an additional fee. On a hot day it’s a good way to beat the heat and what kid doesn’t love a pool?! If camping for the weekend and you have small children I would recommend driving to the pool area. The pool is a good distance from the serviced campsites.
Here is the link to check out the prices for tent camping sites, serviced trailer sites as well as the fees for the pool .
In the past we have always camped in the bottom serviced section. When camping recently for another race we decided to try the upper campground named Deer Run. The upper section has more privacy between campsites with trees and but this can make some of the campsites narrow. Depending on the type of trailer you have some sites may make it a little more challenging to park and set up. Those with tent trailers and tents would have plenty of room. However in the lower section the site are wide and open. Easy for set up but not as much privacy. In both sections there are outhouses but no showers. The upper section has a very small playground (just a swing set and climbing structure) while the lower campground has a larger playground.
On our most recent visit we had a great weekend camping with friends. All of our kids had a great time playing football and tag in the grassy area in front of our campsites. An evening thunderstorm crowded us all into our trailer for several hours, but seven kids from the ages of 8-15 had fun playing games in the back bunk room. The adults relaxed and chatted at the kitchen table with the dogs underneath hoping someone would share the snacks…ok it was just my dog begging for treats!
I would recommend Albion for those looking to get away for a couple of days. During the week the campground is fairly quiet but it can become busy on the weekends. Due to its proximity to Toronto there are many day trippers that come to picnic and barbecue for the day and of course those who come to ride the trails!