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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

REVIEW Yogi Bear's Camp Jellystone, Toronto, Ontario

Yogi Bear's Camp Jellystone Toronto was our second Jellystone park to ever visit. Our first was this past winter at Madison Florida. See my review for that park HERE.

Yogi Bear's Camp Jellystone Toronto location is actually located at 3666 Simcoe County Rd 88 in Bond Head, Ontario. Heading North on the 400 from Toronto you would use exit 64, then head West on 88th. Jellystone is shortly after you cross the overpass on your right. Keep your eyes peeled as the signage was overgrown a bit and at an angle. With all the trees and shrubs around it, it is easy to drive by and not spot it until it is too late.

VALUE 2.5/5 (Based on our pre-season price and activities available)
We paid the pre-season rate which was a discounted rate to $54.95CAD plus tax ($62) a night because we booked for mid June. July and Aug rates would be another $40 per night on top for a total of $94.95 ($107) a night!

There is a coupon online for $10 off your stay of two nights or more but it is only valid in July and Aug. Also if you book seven days you get 10% off your stay. I found the $62 pre-seaon price to be very high. There were no extra activities available except Yogi Bear wandering around the campsites every morning. Basically there was a pool and a playground for use. The new Jump pads were not available. There were no wagon rides or movies. The pedal cars and mini golf cost extra.

SITE QUALITY 4.5/5
We booked a companion site with our friend and his kids. He paid the same fees as we did too but his camper was able to pull in the other direction so our two campers faced each other and we could share a common fire pit. Our site was on a grade so we had to raise one side of our RV by a few inches in order to get it even. Otherwise the site was long, large, beautiful grass, mature trees and spacious. Our pad was crushed gravel and we had water, 30 amp electric and sewer services.

FACILITY FUN 3/5 (based on our preseason mid June visit)
To be honest we were disappointed to pay so much in mid June (at their discounted rate which was still expensive). Especially since all their activities are only done in July and Aug.

Even if they only did a simple activity on the weekends like face painting, hula hoops or colouring for 20 minutes, it would have been something. Mid June on the weekend was very busy but still nothing was offered. No movie nights or wagon rides even. All that was available was Yogi Bear visiting the campsites. One morning he was particular energetic and that was the highlight of our visit! The pool was great and there was a playground. Mini golf and pedal cars available for a fee.

NATURAL SURROUNDINGS 4/5
The park is situated along the 400 Hwy from Toronto heading North but it was amazingly pretty quiet. It was just far enough away to be able to drown out most of the traffic noise. The park had large grassy sites and lots of mature trees. There park itself was nice to walk around.

BATHROOMS 2/5
I only entered the bathrooms that were beside the pool and they were dreary and smelled very musty.

STAFF 5/5
The staff here were all amazing. They were very helpful and polite. The Manager really went above what was necessary to help Sierra have a good birthday week by giving her free golf clubs for mini golf when she was bored during the week.

LOCATION 4.5/5
My only complaint about location is how close it is to the 400 hwy. However it was so close that the noise from the Hwy was bothersome. It is pretty close to Toronto so you can easily do day trips and go out and explore if you wanted. They have a great list on their website HERE of all the nearby attractions.

OVERALL 3.5/5
Overall we were a little disappointed. We already had a monthly spot booked elsewhere but wanted to go somewhere really fun for Sierras birthday so we chose here. In the end Sierra was bored here as there really wasn't much available to do in mid June.

The resort looks wonderful. It's very well maintained (except the pool washrooms) nicely manicured and the staff buzz around like bees constantly cleaning and organising, picking up trash, cutting grass etc. Nice laundry room but no Wifi at all.

For the price, we feel there should be more provided. Really the Jump pad (stated on website to be new for summer 2016 but wasn't available in mid June), a small activity or two on the weekend would have raised this rating by a lot. I'm sure my rating would be higher if we went in July or Aug as all their activities would be available, including theme weekends. We'd be paying a very high price though so those activities would have to be top notch to warrant my paying $107 a night. I can stay in the Florida Keys for the same cost.
Site #5 companion site to our friend in site #4
Pool area
Playground located to the East of the pool
Laundry facilities were very nice.

Canadian Habitats aka Yurts for rent

Some of the campsites in the row behind us
Covered meeting area



Community fire pit

Pedal cars available for rent singles $10 an hour, 4 seaters $20 an hour

Mini golf $5 plus a deposit for clubs
This Yogi full of shenanigans was the high light
 of our camping trip here

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