Blissful Bell Falls Camping: Living Off The Land In Waubaushene

Thank you to Georgian Bay reader and fan Linda Wright from Midland for this story of a wonderful weekend at Bell Falls Family Campground 

So when was the last time you went camping?

For me, it was about 40 years ago, when my children were toddlers and loved the excitement of camping.  Those are such great family times in my memory.  I have hundreds of photos from our times together on hiking trails, fishing, and around the campfire with marshmallows and hot dogs. But now that our children are 47 and 50, we no longer camp.

Recently at a party, the conversation led to camping and I said “As a senior, I no longer camp, nor do I have a trailer”.  The quick response was “Have you heard of Bell Falls Family Campground?”  

I did know of Bell Falls because we used to bring our children there in the spring and fall to watch the fish jumping. However, there was no campground there at that time.

Trailer site at Bell FallsBut now, there is Bell Falls Family Campground, conveniently located in the heart of Georgian Bay area, off Hwy 12 West and Rosemount Road in Waubaushene. The campground has 65 seasonal sites, 7 full-service hook-up sites with water, 30 amp service, plus septic. In addition there are  wilderness tent sites with no services.

Nature walking trails and paved bike paths are a feature of this scenic 20-acre campground. It is bordered by the Sturgeon River to the south, the water falls to the east, the escarpment to the north and rolling farmlands to the west.

All of this information really made no difference to me since I do not own a trailer.  

No problem said Wes Douglas, Owner Operator of Bell Falls.  As. It turns out he also offers 3 on-site fully-stocked rental trailers, complete with patio, full size BBQ, and a fire pit!

Being that Bell Falls is a short drive away from Midland we decided to rent a trailer for the weekend. The campground, by the way, is also an easy drive from Penetanguishene, Port Severn, Muskoka, and Coldwater

My main concern was whether the trailer had air conditioning.  And it did! In fact, the trailer has everything you need – air conditioning, heat, fridge, freezer, oven, microwave, drinkable running water, full washroom with shower, 2 separate bedrooms plus dishes and all the utensils you need to prepare a meal.

The FallsOn the deck was an outdoor patio set with chairs and umbrella. There were additional chairs around the fire pit. Truly, the only things you need to bring are your bedding, towels, blankets and your food to prepare.  You can even purchase ice and firewood at office.

So, we settled in for our weekend of relaxation.  The weather was perfect, the birds were singing, and we strolled the campground to find the Falls. It is an interesting spot to explore.  

The river rushes through a break in the bedrock with considerable force dropping about 5 to 6 meters in height over a distance of 50 meters. Our stroll was very pleasant and the grounds are well maintained.

People from campsites were quick to say hello and warmly welcomed us to the campground.  On our return from our stroll we cooked dinner on the BBQ  provided and enjoyed our meal outdoors.  We then sat around the campfire till late while watching the star show above!

Playground at Bell FallsPets are allowed on a leash & owner provides “poop & scoop” bags and adjacent garbage. I was also informed that the campground has theme nights.

Our short drive to Bell Falls to rent a trailer for the weekend proved to be very enjoyable.  We really had so much fun and were able to reminisce about past times. Given the tree cover the autumn would be a great time to do this again.

Bell Falls Family Campground is conveniently located in the heart of Georgian Bay area, off HWY 12 West and Rosemount Road in Waubaushene. The campground is parallel to the Sturgeon River, offering great spring and fall trout and salmon fishing within the grounds.

You will find Bell Falls Family Campground at 1927 Rosemount Road, Waubaushene, ON, L0K2C0

Story contributed to JSGB by Linda Wright, Midland

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  • We became part of the seasonal family at Bells falls this year. Wes and his family are very accommodating. They are just a amazing people . They will exstend there lives even after its there family time. They are very special people you don’t find very often.

    • Nice! Thank you for sharing that with us Luanne!