Riverside Park – Niagara Falls, Ontario

 

I’m excited to be able to post my first official campground review. We’ve been camping for the past several weekends, but it was dry camping  out in fields due to my family’s Ontario Cup bike races. Our first trip this year at an actual campground was Riverside Park Campground in Niagara. This is our fourth visit to Riverside Park. I originally found it years ago by looking through the Campground Ontario magazine that we pick up every year at the RV show. It is a nice campground if you are looking for a small, quiet place that’s close to lots of attractions.

 

 

 

We first camped here with our boys when we were staying in Niagara Falls for several days about 5 years ago. Riverside has a small, rather dated playground but the boys still enjoyed the teeter totter and slide. It also has a mini golf area as well as a pool. If a campground has a pool it will always be a hit with my kids!  I didn’t take any pictures of the pool as it was in the process of being opened for the season, but it’s located beside the mini golf course at the front of the campground. Mini golf can be played for a fee. Riverside has  a small field with soccer nets that the boys enjoyed playing at as well. The sites are fairly level and many  have large trees that provide some shade and the grounds are well maintained.  The bathrooms were clean and had laundry facilities as well.  Riverside Park is about 15- 20 minutes away from downtown Niagara Falls if you take the route along the river. Over the years we’ve done most the large attractions. Here are some pictures from past trips.

On our most recent trip is was just my husband and I so we really didn’t spend much time at the campground as we were out enjoying the area. It was still early in the season so the campground was extremely quiet, other than about a dozen seasonal trailers and a handful of tent campers and trailers the park was empty. If planning on coming to the area during summer holidays or a long weekend I would book ahead, as in the past when we camped at those times the park was quite busy. We have a 32 foot trailer and didn’t have a problem with getting into our site, however the sites could be considered “cozy” by some. My husband is used to driving large vehicles  so parking and setting up wasn’t an issue for him.

 

I don’t know if we’ll make it back to this area again any time soon but we enjoyed our stay. Overall this campsite would suit those wishing to have a close base to Niagara Falls or those that enjoy smaller campgrounds.  When my children were small we spent a happy weekend just swimming in the pool, going for bike rides along the bike path, playing games and having campfires. Many people enjoy fishing along the river. To travel to Niagara-On-The-Lake is about a 35 minute drive so if wishing to be closer to this area you may want to stay elsewhere.  Although we spent the majority of our time this past weekend in Niagara-On-The-Lake, we decided to stay at Riverside as we knew what to expect and the extra drive time didn’t bother us.

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