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Please review the new policies below, then click the Book Now button below to use our online booking portal for 2021!

All individual and family rentals must be reserved online. We are currently accepting only credit card payments.

The new owners are working on the schedule for public special events in 2021, including astromony related events. We will update the astronomy webpage and announce on our Facebook Page when that information becomes available in early May.

If we are not able to open the EcoPark or host Astronomy Events due to Covid Lockdown, our guests will be able to request to transfer their camping reservations & event tickets to dates later in 2021 or in 2022, pending availability for the specific dates requested.

Private Special Events and Large Groups please email reservations@gordonspark.com with your number of participants, preferred dates, accommodations and type of event requested.

Policies are subject to change and will be updated on this webpage.


Off Peak Season: May 15 – June, September, October 30 2021 Now Open 7 Days! – 10am – 6:30pm

Peak Season: July and August 2021:  Now Open 7 days! – 9am – 9pm 

Check in times are between 2pm – 5pm. The gate for vehicle access into the Dark Sky Preserve closes at sunset. Please plan travel and Chi-Cheemaun ferry booking accordingly.

Check out time is by 10am

Quiet Hours are between 10pm and 8am. Please ensure your group is quiet enough not to disturb your closest neighbours

ALL guests staying at the Park are welcome to enjoy the Dark Sky Preserve, observing the policies re: no white light and Quiet Hours.


The following long weekends have specific rental restrictions.
 
Victoria Day – Monday, May 24th
2 Night minimum starting – Friday, May 21st, 2021
 
Canada Day – Thursday, July 1st
3 Night minimum starting – Thursday, July 1st, 2021
 
Civic Holiday – Monday, August 2nd
2 Night minimum starting – Friday, July 30th, 2021
 
Perseids Meteor Shower Weekends 
2 Night stay minimums 
Fri. Aug. 6 – Sun. Aug. 8 (New Moon)  &
Thurs. Aug. 12 (height of shower) – Sat. Aug. 15. 
 
Labour Day – Monday September 6th
2 Night minimum starting – Friday, September 3rd, 2021

Gordon’s Park is committed to the safety of our staff, guests and Manitoulin Island. We have been planning diligently to ensure a safe 2021 summer season at our Park, and have developed some initiatives and processes to ensure just that.  Before booking, please review these details for the upcoming season, including our modifications and cancellations policies below:

Astronomy Events

The new owners are in the process of staffing and creating the 2021 schedule for special events, including astronomy related public and private events.  Stay tuned to the website and Facebook Page for the announcements expected by early May.

We will not have “Aurora” specific events this year because in addition to the usual weather condition factors, the Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis are in an extended period of lower activity, and seeing them is quite hit-or-miss.  However we will be having various forms of Astronomy events each weekend in the peak season, with special events each night on two Perseids Meteor Shower Weekends (2 nights stay minimums): Fri. Aug. 6- Sun. Aug. 8 (New Moon)  & Thurs. Aug.12 (peak night of the shower) – Sat.  Aug.15. 

During the rest of the Peak Season there will be some form of public astronomy event scheduled each Friday and Saturday, plus some Sundays, and a private astronomy session available to one group on a Tuesday and/or Wednesday.  Group sizes are limited for safety and enjoyment. Astronomy Event tickets are nonrefundable. See cancellation policies below for more details.  Be sure to book your accommodations online first before purchasing tickets to Astronomy Events separately (schedule and ticket link TBA on this website and our Facebook Page), to ensure you have a place to stay at the EcoPark on the date of your event ticket.   The DSP gates to vehicles close at sunset, so please make your travel plans accordingly if you have booked your stay in the DSP campgrounds. 

Staying overnight anywhere in the EcoPark, you’ll be welcome to go into the Dark Sky Preserve to enjoy the view on your own anytime, we just ask that all guests respect the Park Quiet Hours and no white light in the Dark Sky Preserve after dusk (requires red filters on headlamps and flashlights, no campfires). It’s about a 30 minute walk from the Forest Campgrounds, if you aren’t camping in the DSP itself.  

Contactless Check-in:

  • We accept all individual, single- and multi-family bookings through our online portal (button below) which will let you know if your requested dates are available. Try adjusting your start or end date if needed.  The EcoPark is currently being held for private large group events on September 16-20 2021.
  • For safety, during 2021 we will continue to require payment in full at the time of booking as part of our contactless check-in process.  We will process your payment after you complete a booking request in our online system.  Cancellation policy details are below.
  • Within a day or two before your scheduled arrival date, you will receive your assigned site number(s), a map of our campground, and any other information you might need for your stay. 
  • Multiple families visiting together will be placed at adjacent sites whenever possible, pending availability.  Please note your names/request when booking in the online portal.
  • Please include your arrival time when you set up your booking (2-5pm). 
  • Dark Sky Preserve campers: DSP gates are closed to vehicles at dusk, so those coming by ferry (rather than the bridge) will need to catch the 1pm: https://www.ontarioferries.com/ms-chi-cheemaun/schedule-overview/
  • When you arrive you can travel right to your campsite. We just ask that you give us a call to let us know you are here, and any changes or add-ons needed.
  • If you get the answering system please leave us a message with your site number, number of adults and children (under 16) on site for emergency purposes, and any further questions or requests eg. additional firewood or supplies from the Park Store.

Accommodations:

  • As an EcoPark with a Dark Sky Preserve, our focus is on off grid tent camping.
  • Forest Campsites allow for 1 vehicle. Additional vehicles can be parked in our main lot.
  • Each camp site allows for either two (2) tents (one sleeping and one cooking) OR one (1) Camper, Pop Up, RV (up to 20 ft max) + one cooking tent. Extra tents are subject to a fee of $10 + tax each per night.  Should you wish to have more tents please select the add-on for extra BYO tents.
  • We have three Forest Campsites with HydroElectric near the entrance available for an additional fee.  These can accommodate campers/RVs up to 34 ft, with 30 amp shared electricity (no air conditioning).  Please note there are no pull throughs, pump outs or hookups. Water can be obtained from our shared outdoor tap. Green Acres is up Hwy 6 and has a dumping station (plus a wonderful restaurant).
  • Family prices listed on our website are for 2 adults (16 yrs and older) and children under the age of 16. For additional adults, the cost is $10 per adult/ night, which will be added to the cost of your accommodations.
  • The maximum number of adults (ages 16 and up) per campsite is 6. 
  • The maximum number of humans of all ages per standard campsite is 8.
  • Dark Sky Preserve DSP campsites, cabin and bunkie: no white light allowed after sunset: no campfires; please have red filters for your flashlights, headlamps, and camping lamps; plan to arrive by sunset to drive a car in.  The gate will be closed to cars after sunset.  Tents only in the DSP.  Water must be ported in from your own supply / refilled near the office (about 5 min. drive). 
  • For our roofed accommodations, we will be following public health recommendations on the cleaning of these spaces between rental parties, thus the importance of abiding by check-out and check-in timing. Guests must bring their own pillows, bed linens, blankets, towels, etc.

Social & Ecological Considerations:

As an organization we are highly committed to environmentally and socially conscious choices to support the wellbeing of humans and all our relations.

  • We welcome guests with any special needs to reach out at the time of booking by phone or email to ask any questions and request accommodations that will make your visit to Gordon’s Park the best possible experience.
  • Due to the risk of transmission of arboreal diseases, and invasive/harmful species including insects, in order to ensure the continued health of the beautiful forest here we cannot allow outside firewood. Local firewood is available for purchase at $8/bundle and should be added to your account when booking to allow for contact-free check-in, and can be refilled if needed during your stay. Rate of usage varies, many guests opt for 1 bundle per night in their preorder.
  • Fires must be contained in designated areas and always supervised by an adult. Fires must be put out with water at the end of the night. To avoid white light, no fires are allowed in the Dark Sky area.
  • We ask guests to clean, then reuse and/or recycle whenever possible. The proper bins for sorting between landfill items, recyclables, and compost are located in several convenient places throughout the Park.
  • We strongly encourage everyone at the Park to bring reuseable items, avoiding single-use plastics (eg. bags, containers, plates, utensils for food, beverages, water, etc.), styrofoam, and items that must be sent into landfills.  We will have some reuseable supplies available in the Park Store for you to purchase; contact us in advance of your visit to have these added to your account and ready for you upon arrival.
  • We ask that all guests only use the eco-conscious cleaning supplies provided by the Park for community use; these have been confirmed safe for children, staff, and other guests who are chemically sensitive, without harmful impact on the environment.  
  • We highly recommend scent free/eco-conscious personal care products be used while camping. We have found find they attract less insects, are more considerate of the environment, and tend to be kind to chemically sensitive neighbours. We will have simple soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, bug-spray, and backpack-suitable hand-sanitizer available at the Park Store; contact us in advance of your visit to have these added to your account and ready for you upon arrival, or let us know if you need to purchase any during your stay.
  • Service Dogs who are trained to do tasks assisting their human with a disability are welcome in all facilities. Please bring the letter from your medical professional.
  • Friendly companion dogs and Emotional Support Animal dogs are also welcome as guests; please include the Dog Add-On when booking your reservation. The fee is $5 per dog/per night. Dogs must be with their humans, on a leash and cleaned up after: we have compostable bags available for purchase from the Park store, or you can BYO. They are welcome on a 6 ft maximum leash in the Forest Campground, Dark Sky Preserve, and hiking trails.  No female dogs in heat allowed. Please email reservations@gordonspark.com before booking to inquire about special arrangements for companion dogs to have access in cabins. No guest companion dogs are allowed in tipis or community buildings.
  • Charcoal may be brought by guests for cooking purposes. Here are some tips for eco-friendly options: Conventional charcoal bricks are comprised of wood byproduct, sawdust, and lighter fluid (with nasty additives in there, too!). These bricks often release volatile compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere as they burn, too. An atmosphere-healthy option is the use of lump coal rather than traditional briquettes. A delicious flavor is obtained through the use of lump coal that is quite similar to charcoal.   There are no additives or chemicals and barbecue lovers often opt for this alternative for grilling. This eco-friendly, green charcoal saves our forests, while releasing less gas and soot emissions.  “Better” lump charcoal is sustainably sourced, organic, and all-natural, such as organic lump bamboo charcoal or coconut shell charcoal.
  • Gordon’s Park is a family-oriented space.  As such, any consumption of alcoholic beverages and cigarettes must be confined to your individual rental site.  All such items must be disposed of properly, either rinsed and placed in the appropriate recycle bins, or put out in designated cigarette receptacles. Smoking and drinking are not allowed in any common outdoors spaces, nor inside tipis, cabins, or any other indoor spaces.

Common Areas:

  • Potable water is available at the front of the Park for all guests. Those staying in the Dark Sky Reserve currently need to pack it in, about 5 min. drive, 30 min. walk.
  • Wi-Fi Internet & Charging Station  is located by the main office and the deck with vines. It contains multiple charging ports for personal devices (BYO plugs/cords) as well as an internet network connection. You can check with the staff in the office for the Wi-Fi password. Please note we must limit the number of people in this area due to Covid.

  • Thorough cleaning is being done regularly in all of our common areas (eg. office, Nature Centre, washrooms, showers, pool, and summer kitchen).
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in these areas, as will eco-conscious cleaning supplies should you wish to wipe things down before you use the space. 
  • According to the current health and safety guidelines for Ontario, when indoors all guests must wear effective masks: 2 layers of material covering from nose to chin and fitted to the face. If you do not have a mask that is sufficiently effective, you will be required to purchase such a mask from the camp store.  Face Shields designed for safety are also acceptable.
  • Guests are required to maintain social distance of 6 ft or more from people who are not part of your household/campsite group in all common spaces, indoors and out. To ensure this is possible indoors, we will be limiting the number of people inside each building at one time.
  • All of our washroom facilities (both privies and our flush toilets) are self-contained single person units with fully closed in walls.
  • We have two shower stalls that are both individual self-contained units.
  • We have privies scattered throughout our camping areas (Forest Camping and Dark Sky Campground). Our flush toilets are by the main office area.
  • Guests are required to bring their own pots, pans and utensils to use in the summer kitchen area, communal items will not be available. We do have a fully functioning 4 burner stovetop as well as a BBQ available for use.
  • All of our washroom facilities (both privies and flush toilets) are self-contained single person units with fully closed in walls. Flush toilets and comfort stations with hot and cold running water are located near the main office in the Forest Campground. We have privies (no flush) stocked with toilet paper and sanitizer scattered throughout our camping areas (Forest Campground and Dark Sky Campground) for your convenience.
  • We have two eco shower stalls that are both individual self-contained units. The solar heated, pull-cord activated, eco showers are located in the main Forest Campground.

COVID 19 Conditions Modifications/Cancellations/Refunds:

  • We require payment in full on all bookings to hold your space. However, given Covid 19 we have instituted a flexible re-booking/transfer policy.  Should you need to make changes to your booking our staff are happy to help via email. Options include:
    • If we are not able to open the EcoPark or host Astronomy Events due to Covid Lockdown, our guests will be able to request to transfer their camping reservations & event tickets to dates later in 2021 or in 2022, pending availability for the specific dates requested.

    • Guest-initiated modifications will be processed with payment of the $10 administrative fee per request/per reservation.
    • If you already paid the full amount due for your stay with us up front and you cancel your reservation, 50% of your subtotal will be refunded to your method of initial payment upon written request to reservations@gordonspark.com at least 72 hours (3 full days) prior to midnight the morning of your arrival date.
    • Rather than a partial refund, with at least 72 hours notice you can rebook your stay for another time within the 2021 season (up until October 30th) pending availability, OR 
    • You can transfer your reservation to a new party (note that additional charges may apply if the new party has additional add-ons, ex. more people, dogs, firewood, additional nights, or long weekend rates). Send us your request for transfer in writing by email to reservations@gordonspark.com at least 72 hours before midnight the morning of your scheduled arrival date. Please specify their names, ages, best phone numbers and email contact info.
    • Cancellations, change of dates, or transfer of reservation to another party require minimum 72 hours (3 full days) prior to midnight of the morning of your arrival date, via written notice by email to reservations@gordonspark.com.  Thereafter, any balance due will be processed with the payment method on file, and any complete payments at that point are not-refundable in their entirety.
    • No refunds are issued for early departures.
    • No partial refunds of non-refundable deposits are issued for changes in reservations that result in a lower overall cost.
    • All Event tickets in 2021 are non-refundable. However, should we (Gordon’s Park) need to cancel an event, you will receive the option of either an opportunity to come to one of our other events in the 2021 or 2022 season, or a gift certificate in the amount of your purchase to be used at the Park during our 2021 or 2022 season, both pending availability.

Additional Considerations:

  • If you are booking up to the Friday of a long weekend or starting on Monday of a long weekend you will see no availability due to the two night minimum on long weekends. In these cases please contact us directly at reservations@gordonspark.com to inquire about availability and to make your reservation. We will accommodate you if we can.
  • Regular Astronomy Nights, Stargazing Night Hikes, Perseids Meteor Nights, Perseids Night Hikes, and other special events will be by advance registration only (no walk-ins or last minute sign-ups).  We will have numbers capped significantly lower than usual, so please plan ahead and reserve your accommodations for 2021, then purchase tickets when online sales open.

We know that deciding to leave your home this summer will be a big decision and we want to make sure that you know that we don’t take your choice in Gordon’s Park lightly. In everything we are doing, we have our guests’ wellbeing in mind. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding these policies – reservations@gordonspark.com