If you’re looking for a unique Ontario camping experience for your kids, check out the Niagara Falls Jellystone Park summer camp. Niagarathisweek.com featured an article – “Spend Summer with the Bears” – about the new camps.
From Niagarathisweek.com: Contrary to popular belief, Yogi Bear™ doesn’t spend all of his days devising ways to steal picnic baskets.
Running in weekly blocks, each with its own theme, the camp is meant to give Niagara youth a fun introduction to camp life while giving their parents a break. Campground co-owner Jim Amadio said with all of the amenities already in place, it was really just a matter of setting it up.
“We have everything needed, a full-time recreation staff, the playground and a pool,” he said. “We’d just never done it before.”
Recreation program leader Emma Christie led the charge in terms of camp development, planning out the full schedule of daily activities including sports, crafts, activities and a daily visit from Yogi Bear or one of his pals, Boo Boo™ and Ranger Smith.™
“It’s really an extension of what we’re already doing in the park anyway,” Christie explained, noting they already run programs for young campers vacationing with their families.
The day camp will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, with extended care hours available starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m.
Different themes include superheroes, survivor, ooey gooey, zoofari and more. In addition to activities in the pool and playground, there will also be wagon rides, crafts and games. Amadio noted each camper gets a take-home Jellystone Park T-shirt signed by their new friends.
Christie said in addition to getting kids out of the house for a bit, the program also gives them a unique one-of-a-kind experience.
“We have campers stay here from all over the world, they’ll get to make new friends and play with children from other countries,” she said.
The Yogi Bear Day Camp costs $150 per week, plus tax with discounts available for siblings and multiple week bookings. Jellystone Park Niagara is located at 8676 Oakwood Dr. in Niagara Falls. For more information call Christie at 905-354-1432, email YogiBear@jellystoneniagara.ca or visit www.jellystoneniagara.ca.
The Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Campground in Toronto, Ontario has been recognized with the Maple Leaf Award by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The award honors a Canadian franchisee for commitment and dedication to the Jellystone Park franchise and to providing a top-quality camping experience for guests.
Jellystone Park Toronto offers guests a choice of 150 spacious campsites, each with a picnic table and inground campfire ring, or their unique “Canadian Habitats,” 200-square foot, full-frame camping shelters (sometimes called “yurts.”) The closest campground to Canada’s Wonderland theme park, the campground also features a heated swimming pool, sand volleyball, mini-putt golf, playground, walking trails, wagon rides with Yogi Bear, and an activities pavilion. Just a short drive away are: golf courses, antiquing, the Metro Toronto Zoo, The Hockey Hall of Fame, and the Skydome.
“Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Parks are a great place to camp as well as work,” said owner Gary O’Rourke. “I very much enjoy the opportunity to meet people from around the World and help make their vacations that much more special. Jellystone Parks across Canada and the U.S.A. are a great destination for clean, fun family camping. It is an honor to receive this award.”
Theme weekends begin May 20-23 with Victoria Day Weekend, when guests will enjoy a fiesta-style celebration complete with spicy salsa music. Not only will families create new memories, but they will enjoy camping while making use of the park’s recreation program at discounted pre-season rates. Another example is July 1-3, Canada Day/Western Weekend, when the park will celebrate the weekend ‘western style’ while participating in a western style dance and the annual corn roast.
The Toronto Jellystone Park Campground is located at 3666 Simcoe Road 88, on the northwest corner of Hwy. 400 & Simcoe Rd. 88 at Exit 64B West. The park opens for the season May 1, 2011. For more information or to book a reservation, visit www.jellystonetoronto.com/ or call (905) 775-1377.