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Rideau Acres Campground Kingston

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Rideau Acres Campground
1014 Cunningham Rd
Kingston
ON
K7L4V3
Tel: 613-546-2711

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Rideau Acres is an overnight and seasonal family campground, and is the closest campground to attractions such as, the Thousand Islands, Fort Henry, Bellevue House, the Miller Museum of Geology, the Grand Theatre, the K-Rock Centre, and Downtown Kingston.
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    I stayed here with some friends over Thanksgiving Weekend. Rates are by family, and if you're not camping with your family, then 4 people are covered by the rate. I thought this was pretty reasonable since most of the campgrounds I've stayed at in the past require you to pay per person or only allow 2 people per site. As for the prices themselves, they're mid-range...comparable with a provincial park. Nowhere near as high as the KOA. The campground was nice and quiet and even this late in the season, the sites were well maintained and clean. It...Read More

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    Run, don't walk away from this place. From dramatically increasing prices, run-down, decrepit facilities to owners that are simply out to make a buck, this place is not fun. With the installation of the key-fob system the amount of people that were allowed per site plummeted. Well, my family is 6 people, so unfortunately this doesn't work for us. They are extremely anal about your site, God forbid if you need to rake or the grass gets above a certain height. They neglect to tell you if you have a site that floods, but will not hesitate to tell you...Read More

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    We stayed at this campground over Canada day weekend 2014. The staff was very friendly and check in was no problem. We did not have any problems with the seasonal campers (as per other reviews). Campground was clean and well maintained including showers and bathrooms.
    They did have one of the best firework displays that we have ever seen at any campground and the kids really enjoyed the peacocks that wonder around.
    Unfortunately I don't think we would return. The pool is pretty small for the amount of campers (capacity of 84) it actually had line...Read More

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    Nice campground but rude seasonals is why I would not go back. Almost every morning for a week why we stayed here we were awaken by a riding lawnmower at 7 or 8 am. We're on vacation and the park should have some rule regarding this, like 10 am and after. Nice big mature trees everywhere but some lots were a bit soft/muddy, this was in late June month too. Beach is just dirt not beach sand so don't expect much, pool area is nice though.

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    We were at Rideau Acres in July and really enjoyed the park. We don't have small children so we were put at a more private location away from the playground. Our first site was not a good fit with our trailer and we were quickly supplied another. I loved the crazy collections of ducks, guinea hens and even peacocks strolling around the beautiful pond. The pool area was very nice. We strolled along the beach which was well used by the guests. It looked like everyone was enjoying it. They have a good size park store compared to others we have...Read More

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by Laura Macintosh

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I stayed here with some friends over Thanksgiving Weekend. Rates are by family, and if you're not camping with your family, then 4 people are covered by the rate. I thought this was pretty reasonable since most of the campgrounds I've stayed at in the past require you to pay per person or only allow 2 people per site. As for the prices themselves, they're mid-range...comparable with a provincial park. Nowhere near as high as the KOA. The campground was nice and quiet and even this late in the season, the sites were well maintained and clean. It was lovely to see the birds migrating from the shoreline. At this time of year, a great many trees are changing colors. I can imagine it gets quite busy here in the summertime when all the sites are booked, but I do most of my camping in the autumn anyway. I would definitely recommend this campground, especially at this time of year...we pretty much had the place to ourselves.

by Shandlyn Robinson

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Run, don't walk away from this place. From dramatically increasing prices, run-down, decrepit facilities to owners that are simply out to make a buck, this place is not fun. With the installation of the key-fob system the amount of people that were allowed per site plummeted. Well, my family is 6 people, so unfortunately this doesn't work for us. They are extremely anal about your site, God forbid if you need to rake or the grass gets above a certain height. They neglect to tell you if you have a site that floods, but will not hesitate to tell you if they want something (be it a shed, bench, or lawn ornament) off of your site.
As I said facilities are run-down, and the entire property (especially the beach) is covered in goose poop. Worst of all, the people there consistently scream at you to slow down (even if you're cruising at the required 5km/h), yet it is perfectly acceptable for these patrons to absolutely tear around the roads on their golf carts. I have seen more than one patron have to leap out of the way to avoid drunks careening down the road.
Save yourself time, money, and stress and go enjoy your time at the KOA.

by Lynn Meredith

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We stayed at this campground over Canada day weekend 2014. The staff was very friendly and check in was no problem. We did not have any problems with the seasonal campers (as per other reviews). Campground was clean and well maintained including showers and bathrooms.
They did have one of the best firework displays that we have ever seen at any campground and the kids really enjoyed the peacocks that wonder around.
Unfortunately I don't think we would return. The pool is pretty small for the amount of campers (capacity of 84) it actually had line ups to get in a few times over the weekend and is closed for adult swim every day from 2-3. If you have small children you need to drag the whole gang down the road and across the street to use the closes washroom to the pool, it's not very convenient. The beach was the next option and it consisted of dirt which was covered in bird poop prior to being stirred up on Sat morning. The kids were excited to swim out to a small island fairly close by but it too was covered in poop. We actually had tent campers who had been moved very close to the beach because the sites they booked were too wet (according to them) asking us to move because we were too close to them.
We also ran into problems with power.... The power went out several times over the weekend and it got to the point that us and other campers were walking back and forth and flipping the breaker ourselves.
Personally I think the campground needs a little work for the amount of people they are putting into it..

by Marie Evans

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We were at Rideau Acres in July and really enjoyed the park. We don't have small children so we were put at a more private location away from the playground. Our first site was not a good fit with our trailer and we were quickly supplied another. I loved the crazy collections of ducks, guinea hens and even peacocks strolling around the beautiful pond. The pool area was very nice. We strolled along the beach which was well used by the guests. It looked like everyone was enjoying it. They have a good size park store compared to others we have been at. We are returning this month for another great experience.

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