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Recreationland Campground, near Ottawa, Ontario

Recreationland Campground, near Ottawa, Ontario

A Target Destination on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

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I spent a week at Recreationland Campground, near Ottawa, Ontario. I wanted to see the Canadian Museum of Nature. Alas, not every national capital has a Smithsonian to collect the best of the nation's fossils.

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Id Flights_GFT_2018_0911
Title Recreationland Campground, near Ottawa, Ontario
Subtitle A Target Destination on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour
Keywords Ottawa, Ontario, Recreationland Campground, Canadian Museum of Nature
Author Jim Fulton
Author's URL https://fenixnest/Phoenix/
Copyright 2017
Status Development Began: 2018/2/19
Last Revised 2018-10-21

Ottawa, Ontario

Arrived 2018/9/11
Day of Tour 416
Nights Stayed 7
Departed 2018/9/18
Map miles from last stop 141
Mileage on arrival 43,121
Actual miles from last stop 185
Accumulated miles for trip 24,604

I spent a week at Recreationland Campground, near Ottawa, Ontario. I wanted to see the Canadian Museum of Nature. Alas, not every national capital has a Smithsonian to collect the best of the nation's fossils.

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Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa is yet another large, bustling city, a national capital proud of its architecture that reeks of poser and wealth. Not my kind of place, though I am glad to have visited.

The Journey to Ottawa

 The drive from Montreal to Ottawa was short, only a couple hours. T'was a gray day, but the rain, which had spent the night beating a loud tattoo on the roof of my bedroom, had passed to the east.

The first part of the drive, along and crossing the St. Lawrence, was flat farming country. Corn and beans and a few crops a townie like me can't recognize. As I got closer to Ottawa, which is a ways north of the river, I began to see the foothills of the mountains to the north.

Map of Journey to Ottawa

Map to Ottawa
Route of Journey to Ottawa, Ontario, from Montreal, Quebec

Around Ottawa

I wanted to do two things in Ottawa: take a tour of the city and visit the Canadian Museum of Nature. Since the Gray Lines on-and-off tour stops at the museum, It appeared I could do both in one day's trip. It took two! The first day I drove into town and drove around for an hour before realizing a sad fact about the city: all of its many parking lots display Lot Full signs during the times when visitors might want to use them. Unless I wanted to arrive very early, and compete for space with the business commuters, I was not going to park my car in downtown Ottawa. But the only way I could take the tour was to go downtown, because this particular instantiation of Gray Line Tours is not set up to admit passengers at the out-lying stops.

I had about given up on seeing the museum, when a neighbor in the campground, on hearing me grumble about the parking, told me that there was a public bus stop just down the road. Voila! I found the bus, got downtown, toured the city, and saw the museum. None of it quite worth the trouble, but at least I don't have to regret missing it entirely, as I do Montreal.

The tour was pretty bare-bones. The guide pointed out the massive, government power-buildings, and the embassies, and seemed to know something about how much those edifaces cost, but said little about the human history of the city. Ah, well, not every stop can be the high point of the tour.

Photo Gallery for Ottawa

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Morse translates as
"Lest We Forget
N'Oubli Jamais"
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Mother Nature
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Recreationland Campground

Recreationland is a small, family-owned campground on the eastern outskirts of Ottawa, about half an hour from downtown. It was pleasant, moderately wooded, quite attractive in the September sun. It boasted an old-fashioned playground, but not much else by way of children's activities. In fact, I don't remember seeing children at all, though I suppose September is not a popular camping month for young families. My site was only 30 meters from a country road that turned out to be a major corridor for Ottawans who live in the area, so the road noise was significant.

The park has a pay-extra wifi system that worked very well on my computer. I was able to upload and download files to my web site with reasonably good speed. The daily rate below includes the moderate extra fee was, and remains a good value. The problem is that the fee is per device, and miser that I am, I could not persuade myself to purchase additional licenses for my phone and tablet, which are not "essential" to my work. So they were dark all week.

Photo Gallery for Recreationland Campground

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Recreationland Campground
Address 1566 Canaan Rd
Ottawa Ontario K4C 1E5
Home Page http://www.rec-land.com/
Phone ‭(613) 833-2974
Associations
  • none
Rate (net US$) $27
Features
Amenities
Sewer Fire-Ring
Picnic Table   Paved Patio
Pull-through   Back-in
  Paved Gravel
 
Site Type
Lane Surface
Site Surface
  Paved Gravel   Grass    
  50 30   20
Playground   Swimming   Golf
  Tennis   Waterfront   Other
Power
Play Areas
 
Reviews (as of 2018/9/17)
Reviewer
 
Rating Out of
(Highest: Best - 1: Worst)
RV Park Reviews 6.8 Good 10
Good Sam 6.5 10
KOA n/a 5
Tripadvisor 3 5
Phoenix 7 10
Attractiveness 7 10
Tree Cover 7 10: Dense - 1: Treeless
Site Size 8 10
Ease of Access 7 10
WiFiPhoenix 6 10
Pros
  • Relaxed, pleasant, nicely wooded campground
Cons
  • My site was right next to a rather busy country road

Canadian Museum of Nature

The Canadian Museum of Nature has only a modest fossil collection, only a third of a floor of its century-old building, definitely not the Canadian version of the Smithsonian. There was very little there to interest kids in coming back, except perhaps as a way to escape the classroom on a field trip. A high percentage of the fossils were casts of specimens from elsewhere, not, as I had hoped, a representative gleaning from all the many outstanding fossil sites that I have seen in Canada. Sigh!

Photo Gallery for Canadian Museum of Nature

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Black Squirrel at the Canadian Museum of Nature
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Elasmosaur
85 MYA
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Canadian Museum of Nature
Champsosaurus natator
75 MYA
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Canadian Museum of Nature
Coelurosauria
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Canadian Museum of Nature
Dorudon atrox
40-37 MYA
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Canadian Museum of Nature
Pakicetus attocki
50 MYA
Canadian Museum of Nature

Onward

My next stop after leaving Ottawa was Toronto, Ontario, from which to visit the Royal Ontario Museum.

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