FAQs

  1. Who can use the campground?
  2. When is the campground open?
  3. How many campsites are there?
  4. Are there comfort stations?
  5. Do I need reservations for camping?
  6. Are there any organized activities for children?
  7. Are there any supervised activities?
  8. Is it safe to swim in the lake?
  9. Are there swimming pools on the property?
  10. Are there nature trails?
  11. Can I expect to see wildlife?
  12. Do I need a fishing license?
  13. Is winter camping available?
  14. When can I start booking the cabins for the next season?
  15. What do the cabins offer?
  16. Do I need reservations for a cabin?
  17. Can I pay with my credit card?
  18. Are there RV/trailer hook-ups?
  19. What is the maximum size for a trailer?
  20. What about drinking water?
  21. Are there fire pits available?
  22. Are there fire restrictions at the campground?
  23. Any rentals available for canoes, pedal boats, etc?
  24. Do you have a boat launching ramp?
  25. Are there any stores or food concessions on the premises?
  26. Who do I contact for more information?

1. Who can use the campground?

Members of OTF and workers in education (including retired workers) such as custodians, teachers, secretaries, principals, vice-principals, and teaching assistants

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2. When is the campground open?

The campground is open from May 1 (weather permitting) to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Check the OTF website at www.otffeo.on.ca for confirmation of the official opening dates.

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3. How many campsites are there?

Over 100 sites with an over-flow area. Lovely grassy meadows provide clean, spacious campsites with easy access to a beautiful lake bordered by mixed forest teeming with wildlife.

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4. Are there comfort stations?

Yes. Facilities include service buildings with flush toilets, hot showers, and two large picnic pavilions. There are lots of picnic tables and firewood is available at a nominal fee.

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5. Do I need reservations for camping?

No, it is a “first-come, first-served” basis. Generally, there are ample camping sites. The Civic Holiday weekend is the busiest time.

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6. Are there any organized activities for children?

No. Space is set aside for baseball, horseshoes, and volleyball, and there are several golf courses within driving distance. Mutual respect has meant that loud radios are not a problem so you can even curl up with a book under a shady tree!

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7. Are there any supervised activities?

No. Adults are responsible and must supervise all members in their group. Children must be in the company of their parents when using the property. It’s a safe place for kids, with lots of grass, sand piles and a roped-off beach (unsupervised/no lifeguard).

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8. Is it safe to swim in the lake?

Yes, however, the beach/lake area is unsupervised; no lifeguard is on duty. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. The lake is ideal for swimming, fishing, canoeing, or sailboarding. Motors are not permitted on the lake.

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9. Are there swimming pools on the property?

No.

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10. Are there nature trails?

Yes. Nature trails and quiet country roads provide ample opportunity for walking.

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11. Can I expect to see wildlife?

Yes. The Quinn Lake area is rich with birds, fish and various animals. There have been sightings of herons, loons, beaver, raccoons, deer and occasionally moose or bear. Seasoned campers limit unwanted visitors by properly disposing of garbage and keeping a “bare” campsite.

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12. Do I need a fishing license?

Yes. There are three types of fish in the lake – pike, pickerel and bass. The same regulations apply here as anywhere else in Ontario. For details, visit the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources website.

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13. Is there winter camping available?

No. The campground closes the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and re-opens May 1 (weather permitting).

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14. When can I start booking the cabins for the next season?

You can start booking cabins on the last Saturday in January at 4:00 pm. Click here for more information.

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15. What do the cabins offer?

There are three cabins-two small and one large. All three cabins are located on the south side of the lake, with access to pit toilets. Showers and flush toilets are available on the north side of the lake. Each cabin is equipped to accommodate four people and includes a propane stove, lights and fridge, a table with four chairs, dishes, cooking utensils and cutlery. Please bring your own sheets, blankets and pillows. A fire pit and a picnic table are also provided. There is no indoor plumbing, heat, or electricity. Cabin keys are obtained from the registrar or caretaker on the property upon arrival. Cabins #1 and #2 have one room, two sets of bunk beds, kitchen facilities, a screened porch, and a wonderful view. Cabin #3 is larger, with two bedrooms (one with a double bed, one with two single beds), a separate living room/kitchen area and screened porch. Cabins #1 and #2 share a dock and cabin #3 has its own.

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16. Do I need reservations for a cabin?

Yes. Cabins have to be booked and paid for in advance. Once OTF receives the cheque, a permit will be issued. For reservations, call the Ontario Teachers’ Federation at 416.966.3424 or 1.800.268.7061.

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17. Can I pay with my credit card?

No. Payment is by cheque or cash only.

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18. Are there RV/trailer hook-ups?

There are electrical hook-ups at eight of the sites only. There are no hook-ups (water, sewer, cable, telephone, etc.) although there is a trailer dumping station where you can empty your holding tank(s).

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19. What is the maximum size for a trailer?

The maximum length is 30 feet.

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20. What about drinking water?

Drinking water is available on site. There is, however, a “boiled water” advisory currently in effect. Water at the service buildings is filtered and chlorinated.

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21. Are there fire pits available?

Yes. There are fire pits available on the campground.

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22. Are there fire restrictions at the campground?

Yes. Open fires are restricted to the fire pits. The campground must comply with any fire ban regulations issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources.

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23. Any rentals available for canoes, pedal boats, etc.?

No. Canoes and kayaks can be rented locally in the village of Dunchurch (a ten-minute drive from the campground).

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24. Do you have a boat launching ramp?

No. Outboard motors are not allowed on the lake.

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25. Are there any stores or food concessions on the premises?

No. The closest stores are in the village of Dunchurch (approximately a ten-minute drive from the campground).

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26. Who do I contact for more information?

The Ontario Teachers’ Federation
10 Alcorn Avenue, Suite 100
Toronto, ON  M4V 3A9
Telephone: 416.966.3424 or 1.800.268.7061.
To email, click here.

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