Here’s our answers to some of the questions we get asked most often. Got a question you’d like answered? Contact Us!
- When is the campground open?
- Is the water in the campground safe?
- Does your campground have water/electrical hookups/trailer sites?
- How many people/tents/cars can we have on a campsite?
- Can I bring my dog camping?
- Why is there a ban on bringing firewood into the campground?
- Why is there a time limit on campfires?
- What is radio curfew and quiet time?
- Can I reserve a group campsite?
- Do you have an alcohol ban in place?
- What are the campground rules?
When is the campground open?
Beavermead Campground is open for camping May 12th, 2017 to October 9th, 2017. The adjacent Bevermead Park, which is owned and operated by the City of Peterborough, is open year-round. Information about the facilities and programs available at Beavermead Park can be found here. Information about other parks and programs offered by the city can be found here.
Is the water in the campground safe?
Drinking water available in the campground is supplied by the City of Peterborough municipal drinking water system and is safe to drink.
The public beach swimming area in Beavermead Park is managed by the City of Peterborough. The beach area is supervised from 12:00 noon until 7:00 p.m., seven days a week from late June until the third week of August. Be safe! Always swim with a buddy and keep a close eye on your children.
Does your campground have water/electrical hookups/trailer sites?
Beavermead Campground has 52 serviced campsites, with hookups for electricity (30 amp) and water, as well as 25 new serviced campsites, with hookups for electricity (50 amp) and water. We do not offer sewage hookups, but there is a dumping station available for use of registered campers at no additional fee. Other users may make use of the dumping station for a fee of $17.50.
Most of our campsites are large and level and are suitable for travel trailers, RV’s and fifth wheels.
In addition to the serviced sites, we also offer 18 unserviced sites and a group camping site.
How many people/tents/cars can we have on a campsite?
In order to prevent overcrowding, we enforce reasonable limits on the number of people and vehicles that may use an individual campsite.
We allow a maximum of 5 persons per campsite*. We do not place a limit on the number of tents you may have on a campsite, so it is possible for you to have a trailer/sleeping tents and a dining tent on your campsite as space allows (subject to the 5 person limit). Only one trailer, RV, or other camping-purpose vehicle is permitted per campsite. You may not encroach on neighbouring sites, common areas, adjacent natural areas, or roadways/paths.
All vehicles must display a valid permit. Your camping permit includes parking for one vehicle. Any additional vehicles must have an additional vehicle permit (per car, per night). You may park up to two vehicles on your site as space allows. You may not encroach on neighbouring sites, common areas, adjacent natural areas, or roadways/paths.
Only spaces designated for camping or parking may be used for those purposes. A visitor parking area is available to accommodate extra vehicles.
* a single family of parents and their children are not subject to the 5 person limit
Can I bring my dog camping?
Sure, you can bring your dog to camp – after all he’s part of the family. As a responsible owner you must respect the rules that apply to you and your dog during your visit.
- Dogs must at all times be on a leash not exceeding 2 metres in length. Beavermead Campground does not offer any leash-free areas.
- Dogs are not permitted in swimming areas, on beaches or in any other area posted as off limits to dogs. Dogs are not permitted in the comfort station.
- Do not leave your pet unattended. Dogs must be quiet and under control at all times and are not permitted to disturb other park visitors or campers, and they may not harass wildlife.
- You are required to clean up after your pet – poop and scoop, please!
- Exemptions are in place for service dogs.
- Similar rules apply to other types of pets. Only those pets that comply with City of Peterborough bylaws are permitted in the campground.
Why is there a ban on bringing firewood into the campground?
We enforce a ban on firewood being brought into the campground because of the movement of dangerous insect pests that can destroy a forest. The ban applies to all firewood from the Greater Toronto Area and from the London/Windsor area where trees are being attacked by the Asian Long Horned Beetle and the Emerald Ash Borer. A more general ban applies to any wood from outside of the country. These restrictions are based in Provincial and Federal laws intended to combat the threat.
The most significant factor in the spread of these destructive bugs is known to be the movement of wood from one location to another. The first Asian Long Horned Beetle infestation in the Toronto area, centered on Steeles Ave. and Hwy. 400, is believed to have started with wooden shipping crates from overseas. Wooden shipping materials must now meet specific standards before coming into the country, but we are still having to cope with the resulting problem.
Firewood purchased locally (within Peterborough County) is okay to bring to the campground. Firewood from any other origin is not – this includes old skids and other wooden shipping materials. You may be refused entry to the campground or directed to remove from the grounds any firewood found on your campsite if you cannot clearly demonstrate that it did not come from an affected area.
When you buy your firewood locally, you support the operation of the park and the local tourism economy, and you protect our forests so they can be enjoyed for years to come!
More information is available here.
UPDATE April 2013 Victory! Authorities have declared the Asian Long Horned Beetle eradicated. The insect that threatened maple trees in the Toronto area was contained and then eliminated as a pest through effective quarantine practices and an aggressive program of control that saw the removal of over 30,000 trees. The beetle has not been seen in Canada since 2007.
Efforts are now being stepped up in the fight against the Emerald Ash Borer which is threatening Ash trees from Windsor to Pickering. This pest has not yet reached our area and a ban on movement of firewood out of the GTA remains in effect.
Why is there a time limit on campfires?
Peterborough Fire Services has a ban on open air burning within the City of Peterborough. They have provided a special exemption for Beavermead Campground due to our rules and enforcement procedures. Campfires are permitted between 5:00 pm and midnight.
What is radio curfew and quiet time?
Noise can be a problem in a shared outdoor setting. To help ensure that everyone can enjoy their camping trip there are rules in place that prohibit excessive noise. These rules are clearly posted at the gatehouse, they are printed on the back of your camping or extra vehicle permit, and they are provided as part of the information you receive if you make a reservation.
10:00 p.m. is radio curfew and all radios must be turned off. Note that this also applies to musical instruments, any form of media player, and other sources of noise.
12:00 midnight is quiet time. You cannot not make any noise that might disturb other campers.
Note that, in addition to enforcing these specific rules, staff may intervene at any time to limit noise that may disturb other campers or otherwise interfere with the enjoyment of the campground by other persons.
Please respect your fellow campers and park users.
Can I reserve a group campsite?
Certain conditions are placed on the use of group camp areas in an effort to help ensure the safe, quiet enjoyment of these areas by all users. Please keep in mind that the same rules apply throughout all areas of the campground, including those rules related to the use of alcohol and to noise.
Group camp areas are made available to Scouting/Guiding and recognized educational and community/social service groups. All other types of groups – your family reunion; a camping trip organized by a group of co-workers; a birthday, anniversary, wedding or other type of celebration; a social club, religious group, or interest group – may also make use of a group camp area.
Scouting/Guiding, educational and community/social service groups can reserve and make use of group camp areas under the terms of a group camping permit at $7.00 per person, per night, subject to a $42.00 per night minimum (i.e. equivalent to the cost of camping for 6 persons). This type of permit does not permit the use of alcohol.
Use of group camp areas by all other types of groups takes place under the terms of standard camping permits at $9.00 per person per night, subject to a $180.00 per night minimum (i.e. equivalent to the cost of camping for 20 persons).
There are important differences between the two types of permit. We will only issue a group camping permit to groups that are part of a recognized legal entity with a designated officer(s) who has the legal authority to act on behalf of the group members. Scouts and Guides, school groups under the authority of a school board, and cadet corps are the most common examples of the types of groups who may be issued a group camping permit and that are eligible for the lowest group camping rate (subject to specified minimums). Community and social service agencies such as child welfare organizations are also eligible for the lower rate. Note that we will not under any circumstance issue a group camping permit where the consumption of alcohol will take place regardless of the nature of the group. In such cases we will only issue standard camping permits for the use of a group camp area as described below. Also note that we will not issue a group camping permit at the lower rate simply on the basis that the group will not be consuming alcohol – the group must still be part of a recognized legal entity as noted above.
Any other type of group (as described above) may be permitted the use of a group camp area at the discretion of the campground supervisor, but only through the issue of standard camping permits. While the reservation is made in the name of the group, each individual group of campers that is part of the larger group is responsible for completing their own permit and paying the required camping fees. In practice, this means that each vehicle/camping unit will be issued a standard camping permit at the higher of the two group camping rates subject to specified minimums. No one individual will be issued a permit for the entire group or will be permitted to sign for more than one permit. Under the terms of a standard camping permit the responsible use of alcohol is permitted when using a group camp area.
We will in some cases accommodate a group where alcohol will be served under a special occasion permit (SOP) as issued by the Liquor License Board of Ontario – as part of a wedding, for example. The SOP holder is responsible for meeting all municipal, Provincial and other requirements of the permit, and must provide liability insurance for the event. Such use requires a reservation and the prior permission of the campground supervisor. We will not permit the exercise of any SOP we have not been made aware of, that does not meet all of the requirements of the permit, or where event insurance is not in place.
All requests for group campsites are subject to approval. The Otonabee Region Conservation Authoirty is not obligated to accept any request for the use of a group or other campsite that it may receive and may refuse to issue a permit(s) at its sole discretion.
Do you have an alcohol ban in place?
The use of alcohol is not allowed within the campground except in conjunction with the issue of a camping permit.
The responsible use of alcohol is permitted only on your campsite as long as you hold a valid camping permit and respect all applicable laws and park regulations. The use of alcohol is not permitted anywhere else in the Beavermead Park, including but not limited to, the beach, picnic areas, and the comfort station.
Any person using alcohol is responsible for their own conduct at all times. Inappropriate conduct related to the use of alcohol, including but not limited to, disruptive behaviour, operation of a motor vehicle under the influence, open alcohol in a vehicle, open alcohol off a campsite, underage consumption, etc. is not acceptable. This may result in the withdrawal of a camping permit(s) and eviction or, when necessary, a call to the police.
What are the campground rules?
We enforce the same sorts of rules you would expect to see in most campgrounds with the goal of ensuring an enjoyable camping experience. Our campground’s rules are printed on the back of your camping or additional vehicle permit. Certain additional terms apply to seasonal campers. Key rules include:
No excessive noise at anytime. Radio curfew is 10 p.m. Quiet time is midnight.
The use of alcohol is permitted on your campsite only. The use of alcohol is not permitted anywhere else in the park, including but not limited to, the beach, picnic areas, and other common areas. Any person using alcohol is responsible for their own conduct at all times.
Be a good camper! Respect your neighbours!
The campground rules can be downloaded for your reference.