This post is a brief review on the Harmony Acres Campground that I stayed at from August 25 to 27, 2017.
We found this campground online as the first campsite link that popped up after Googling “Tobermory”. It was a family-owned site that appeared extremely nature-friendly and devoted to preserving the area in which the camp site was in. The website was very straight-forward and easy to navigate. You could click to see the photos of each camp site before booking it. There was a calendar that showed each camp site’s availability too.
The price for a two-four person campground was very reasonable and it didn’t take long for us to book the site. Prior to our arrival for our August booking, we had put the deposit in mid-June.
When we got to the campgrounds on the evening of August 25, the check-in process was fine. As I commented before in my blog post, I wish that the staff serving us was a bit more thorough in her explanation as her counterpart. It seemed like we were given a gloss-over of the check-in process and explanation while her colleague provided a more in-depth coverage of what guests needed to know. This is a small minor point, but it still adds to the experience of the check-in process.
Shower tokens were $2 each for a metered shower of four minutes long of hot and cold water. There was a blue flashing button at each shower stall after you put in your token that you could press in order to pause the water for (for putting on soap or shampoo), which was definitely necessarily in order to have a shower in under four minutes. (They don’t provide shower gel or shampoo and conditioner, so remember to bring your own.)
A bag of ice was $3. A package of kindling was $2, a (small) bag of soft wood was $5, and a (large) bag of hard wood was $10.
They had roasting sticks for lending at the office and I was so glad that we borrowed these so that we were able to roast hot dogs, chicken wings, and of course, marshmallows! 🙂
Their website stated that we were not to take any wood or branches from the grounds in order to make our campfire. They seemed very strict that we had to buy the wood from their office in order to make the campfire. However, when we were there, we did notice a few families who did not adhere to this rule at all..
Quiet time was from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day. You could see the starry skies very clearly at night (provided that it was not cloudy of course).
The toilets and shower rooms were very clean. They had a newly renovated shower room (non-gendered) and new dish-washing station too. They had a gendered washroom and shower station near the new shower room and porta potties around the campgrounds, which I thought were as clean as could be. There were toilet paper and hand sanitizers in each one.
The dish-washing stations were clean and outdoor. They even had sponges and dish racks for you.
There was big open field for horses on site. One of the horses was very friendly. It was super cute to take a photo next to the white horse.
I liked how they had lots of bird feeders near the shower rooms too! So many pigeons were pecking on the ground underneath these every time we passed by. 🙂 They had a hummingbird feeder too!
One thing that you have to be aware of before coming here is that their camp sites are poured with gravel. That means that you must bring lots of cushion (blankets, yoga mats, etc.) or an air mattress so that your back and hips don’t hurt the next day when sleeping. Also, their campfire area is just a metal ring dug into the ground with rocks around it. There was no pre-built grill on top of the campfire. This means that if you rely on a pre-existing grill (like some other parks or camp sites do have those), you will be disappointed that they do not have one. Make sure you can cook on an open fire if that is the case.
Their website also stated that they had a lounge for rainy days for board games and wifi, but when we were there, this said lounge was still in the process of being built (so don’t trust that part about a lounge being present — yet).
Also, their campsites are quite close to each other so beware that privacy is limited.
For the most part, Harmony Acres Campground was a very enjoyable and relaxing camp ground in which to stay in Tobermory for. The best part was being in tune with nature. 🙂