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Nicolston Dam Campground and RV Park

9.8

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General

  • Family-run site on the banks of the Nottawasaga river
  • Around an hour's drive from downtown Toronto
  • Outdoor pool, miniature golf, fish ladder and canoe hire on site

Fancy a holiday with a side order of history? There’s bags of it right there at the campground for folk staying at Nicolston Dam Campground and RV Park: this place was founded by John Nicol way back in 1853 and has been kept in the same family ever since.

Guests at this campground on the banks of the Nottawasaga river can still see the original dam and mill, and there are heaps of other historic places to visit with a drive of an hour or so. An hour’s drive can also take you to downtown Toronto if you’re up for urban wanderings; those who’d rather stick to rural surrounds can easily hike nearby, fish for trout or salmon at the park’s fish ladder or hire canoes, paddleboards or kayaks for days on the river.

And should you fancy a few hours relaxing on site, there are games of volleyball, miniature golf and horsehoes to play, a solar-heated outdoor pool for swims and sunbathing, and a playground to keep the tinies amused.

Evenings at Nicolston Dam are best spent in the traditional manner, gathering round the campfire; a firepit is provided on each site and there’s firewood for sale in the shop (also the place to pick up ice creams and ice bags on warmer days).

An inn is within walking distance.


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9.8

Overall rating based on 56 reviews

 

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100% would stay here again.

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Campground was clean and will maintained, staff was friendly and …07/10/2019

Reviewer's country: CanadaDan H.Confirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch (riverside)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Campground was clean and will maintained, staff was friendly and help full.
    Site 58 was amazing, level and lot's of room backing on to the river. We will be back for sure 10/10

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Wonderful place to camp03/10/2019

Reviewer's country: CanadaAnonymousConfirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch (riverside)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    We had a beautiful extra large site riverside with many mature trees. All the sites looked large with tons of room. Very clean well kept park. Owner of campground, a Nicol family member was friendly & we felt very welcomed. He gave us a tour of the old mill and explained the history of generations of his family. The washrooms and shower facilities were "the best ever" according to my husband and free. Very pet friendly with several posts with bags and disposal bins throughout the grounds. We loved our stay there and will definitely go back.

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Loved this park. Very clean and friendly staff01/10/2019

Reviewer's country: CanadaCathy K.Confirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch (riverside)
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    Loved this park. Very clean and friendly staff

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Spacious sites on all grassy area, clean common areas excellent owners29/09/2019

Reviewer's country: CanadaKathleen K.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Huge spacious lots

    Disliked: 

    No fenced areas for dogs to run

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Excellent facilities, beautiful riverside campsite25/09/2019

Reviewer's country: CanadaAlaina D.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch (riverside)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Riverside campground
    The size of the campground
    Overall appearance
    Facilities were very cute and clean

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Great campground overall23/09/2019

Reviewer's country: CanadaJack H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch (riverside)
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  • Liked: 

    Great camping site

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    None

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The sites are a great size and luscious green grass. …23/09/2019

Reviewer's country: CanadaSara T.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch
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    The sites are a great size and luscious green grass. Staff were friendly and helpful. Washrooms were great as well!

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Wonderful hosts and a extremely well kept campground15/09/2019

Reviewer's country: CanadaRoz H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch (riverside)
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    Beautiful site right beside the river and had the pleasure of watching the salmon running upstream and into the fish ladder

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    Nothing to dislike about this campground

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Very clean, variety of sites, sites are a good size …10/09/2019

Reviewer's country: CanadaAnonymousConfirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch (riverside)
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    Very clean, variety of sites, sites are a good size for maneuvering trailers. Friendly staff & fellow campers.

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we had a great time. The staff was amazing and …15/09/2019

Reviewer's country: CanadaJennifer C.Confirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch
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    we had a great time. The staff was amazing and very friendly, we will be making this one of our favorite place to go back to. !!!! Amazing!!

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Features

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

Takeout

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Type

Farm

Large (51-200 sites)

Touring and motorhomes

Tourer storage facilities

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Themes

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Location

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  • 5140 5th Line Essa Township, Nicolston, Alliston, Simcoe, Canada, L9R 1V2
  • Timezone America/Toronto Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-04:00)   GPS 44.1706°N 79.8122°W

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Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

For open-air activities, it’s just a couple of minutes’ drive to the nearest golf course, and there are walks and lake swims to be had 10 minutes away at Earl Rowe Provincial Park. If you’d like to head out by bike, a recommended route is the North Simcoe Rail Trail, along the route of an old railway line.

To get to grips with a bit of the area’s history, it’s about a five-minute drive to the Sir Fredrick Banting Homestead, or a 20-minute drive to Base Borden Military Museum to see the fab collection of aircraft and armoured vehicles. Bygone Days Heritage Village, just under an hour away, is worth a visit, as are the ships at Discovery Harbour.

Other options recommended by the Nicolston team include the town of Alliston, five minutes' drive west; the village of Cookstown (10 minutes east); Tanger Outlet Mall (15 minutes east); Barrie (25 minutes north) and Canada's Wonderland, 40 minutes to the south. Elmvale Jungle Zoo, 45 minutes away, is good for a family day out, and there’s an excellent zoo and aquarium in Toronto.

The campground has plenty of tourist info and leaflets for guests' use, and staff are happy to assist.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  11:30 a.m.

Please use self-serve check-in. Your vehicle ticket will be on the mill/office door.

Nicolston Dam Campground and RV Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Nicolston Dam Campground and RV Park will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Tax

Supplemental tax (exclusive) 13%

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Nicolston Dam Campground and RV Park have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
  • Is Nicolston Dam Campground and RV Park dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Nicolston Dam Campground and RV Park? For open-air activities, it’s just a couple of minutes’ drive to the nearest golf course, and there are walks and lake swims to be had 10 minutes away at Earl Rowe Provincial … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Nicolston Dam Campground and RV Park?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  11:30 a.m.

    Please use self-serve check-in. Your vehicle ticket will be on the mill/office door.

    Read more

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Dogs
A valid vaccination certificate must accompany your dog.

General
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

Dogs
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Pool
Only park guests are authorized to use the pool.
Swimsuits are required and cut-offs or Bermuda shorts are not permitted.
The outdoor swimming pool is open between 15/05 and 15/09 (subject to weather conditions).

Dogs
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Visitors
Visitors are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

Under 21s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Silent generators may be used during daylight hours; be mindful of your neighbours.

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