Today’s post comes from Jordana Hart, creator of I Hart Nutrition. Jordana is one of six content creators we invited to document and share her RV experience at Ontario Parks in a custom RV as part of this year’s OP125 celebrations.
If I’m honest, although I love nature and love being outdoors, I definitely don’t consider myself the camping type. Needless to say, this type of experience was definitely out of my comfort zone, but I couldn’t turn it down.
I think the idea of traveling in an RV is what really sold me. I’ve never set foot in an RV before and I love new adventures.
Before I delve into the details of the trip, I must say that it was a PHENOMENAL experience. I went with two friends and we were all stunned by how much we enjoyed every minute.
I travel quite a bit, both for work and pleasure, and I must say that this particular one was an experience I will never forget and something I would do again without hesitation.
Before this trip, I had never realized how lucky I am to live in Ontario and that in my own backyard, just a short detour from the city, there is so much beauty and serenity waiting to be explored.
Three friends and a motor home
Well, time to look at the RV trip that changed my perspective on Ontario AND camping. It all comes down to three friends, three days, two nights, and an RV.
On the first day, we arrived at Motorhome Canada and learned the ins and outs of the RV we would be staying in during our trip. At first it seemed like a lot to take in, as we had never been in one before, but we were assured that we would figure it out quickly, and we did.
We loaded up our suitcases, filled the refrigerator with food for the trip ahead, and hit the road. The first day we made two stops: the first was Mono Cliffs Provincial Park and the second was Earl Rowe Provincial Park.
Mono Cliffs Provincial Park
Mono Cliffs is located in southern Ontario along the Bruce Trail. Once we arrived we were eager to explore. We spent a couple of hours walking the many trails and visiting the park.
The views were beautiful and we were there during the week so there was hardly anyone else around! This was actually kind of nice and gave us the first bit of serenity we were waiting for.
Be sure to bring running shoes if you visit – many hikes and hilly hikes make good footwear a necessity!
FYI: Mono Cliffs is considered a “day park” and does not offer camping. So be sure to book a nearby campsite if you want to spend more than a day there. As for us, we went straight to Earl Rowe Provincial Park, which was only a 20-minute drive away.
Earl Rowe Provincial Park
We arrived at Earl Rowe later in the afternoon and got settled in as soon as we did. We stayed at Fletcher’s Field Campground. The staff working there were very helpful and showed us how to hook up our RV to the power pole.
A really cool bonus: each campsite has a picnic table perfect for dining and hanging out outdoors. Apparently there is some amazing fishing you can do here, which normally I would have loved, but we didn’t have time! This is definitely a place to return to.
The next day we woke up and I made an epic, healthy breakfast in the RV kitchen. The menu included eggs, avocado toast, smoked salmon, sliced vegetables, fresh fruit, and of course, piping hot coffee!
We enjoyed brunch outside, walked around to see the beautiful campsite and made sure to take it all in before heading to our next destination, Inverhuron.
Inverhurón Provincial Park
Inverhuron is located in Bruce Country in southern Ontario and has a rich history tied to it. Generations of indigenous communities lived there for thousands of years.
The first word that comes to mind when describing this place is “stunning.” This was my favorite place. Our campsite was surrounded by trees and greenery and we were just steps from the water – talk about Zen! We spent the afternoon relaxing, by the water and simply enjoying the smells and sounds of the outdoors.
As night approached, we started a fire, which really got us in the camping spirit. There is nothing like the smell of firewood and its crackling. After dinner, we took our folding chairs to the water’s edge and enjoyed the magnificent sunset.
The next morning, before getting ready to head home, we managed to get in one last hike along the River Trail. This was a beautiful and perfect way to end an already amazing trip.
The mobile home
The RV itself was quite luxurious. It was a new Ford and was completely wrapped in images of Ontario parks. Their marketing of him really works because people stopped to ask us about him wherever we went!
It was stocked with clean sheets, towels, and basic kitchen items like pots and pans, cutlery, plates, and even a kettle. There was also a full bathroom with a shower. I mean, how cool is that?
Once you park the RV, there is a button that expands it, allowing for more space when setting up your home for the night. I slept in the “attic,” which is the corner above the driver and front passenger seats. It was a double bed and, to my surprise, very comfortable!
In the kitchen, the benches that serve as seating during the day become a double bed and a full closet, perfect for storage. The three of us slept comfortably and were constantly fascinated and amazed by the efficient use of space.
Nutritionist turned camper
The beauty of the RV, at least for me, is that it really allowed me to be the “camper” I never thought I could be. You have the comfort and security of home, along with the smells, sounds and sights of the beautiful Ontario landscapes that surround you. Some might even call it “glamping,” but traveling in RVs sounds much cooler.
A little about me: I am a holistic nutritionist, wellness expert, great food lover and firm believer in balance and moderation. I love to travel and I am always open to new adventures. When Ontario Parks approached me to help celebrate their 125th anniversary, I jumped at the opportunity! Catch up with me on Instagram @ihartnutrition.