Early RV Experiences
James and I both had previous experience camping as kids: James traveled to the east coast in a 1980s vans and Margot around Ontario and to Florida in a 1981 Taylor Coach travel trailer.
As adults, we got our first camping trailer brand new from Taylor Coach in spring 2010: a 15′ 1700lb beauty that had everything and could be towed by our car. Since we were both working, we kept her in storage pulling out for 13 trips over the season. We camped at Valens Conservation area, provincial parks including Six Mile Lake, the Pinery, Bon Echo and MacGregor Point; Mosport racetrack (3 times!), plus private parks in Bruce County, outside Tobermory, near Quebec City, Wasaga Beach and event parking in Toronto.
New RV & Winter Camping
The next year we upgraded to a slightly larger Taylor Coach: 2012 17′ 2300lb dual axle. We loved the additional space but could no longer tow it ourselves. We enjoyed the winter camping program at MacGregor Point from November 2011 to April 2012 where we had our trailer parked and enjoyed multiple weekend getaways in the unseasonably mild weather.
On April 15 our friends Stuart and Ashley towed us with their pick up truck to a seasonal site at New Lowell Conservation Area. Our site was unusually spacious, backing onto a deciduous forest but fronted by a stand of mature white pines. Having a smaller trailer makes it easy for us to maneuver in and out between the trees.
Seasonal Camping in the Georgian Triangle
We spent the next 3 summers parked at our lovely, forested campsite enjoying the many benefits of the beautiful Georgian Triangle area! We were drawn to this area in 2007 when we considered moving up to Wasaga Beach for a change of pace; instead, we decided to stay put in Markham when James got a promotion at work. So it was a fulfillment of our earlier dream to station our RV in New Lowell enjoying many days at Wasaga’s dog beach, cycling the trails in Collingwood, Barrie’s vibrant waterfront and downtown area, beautiful motorcycling roads leading to wineries and waterfalls, and area attractions like historic Saint Marie Among the Hurons and the fantastic Elmvale Zoo.
We also had friends tow us out in August 2013 and 2014 to Mosport racetrack for the annual Canadian Superbike Races. Having a trailer trackside adds to the fun and enjoyment of the weekend and getting all those moving parts moving helps keep our coach in good condition. It also reminds us that we did buy a travel trailer in order to travel, and 2015 is the summer we planned to do it! With over 10 years use out of our Mazda 3 hatchback, the time is right to replace it with a tow vehicle and hit the road again! The plan is to travel the north eastern states this summer since we can only be in the US 6 months per year and we have one more winter in Canada.