We had a quick “glamping” get-away at the Toronto West KOA which gave us a great opportunity to do some exploring at two different Halton Conservation parks in one day. Yes! Two parks in one day! Living on the doorstep of these awesome parks for a couple of nights meant that our Saturday could be spent quickly moving between conservation areas and taking advantage of Halton’s “One fee, Seven parks” deal. That’s right, you pay one entrance fee at any of the parks and you have in and out privileges at all seven Halton conservation parks that day.
The first day of our getaway marked the opening day of Ontario Family Fishing Week, and Emma has a brand new fishing pole – her first grown-up sized pole – so we had fishing on our agenda for that morning. The Toronto West KOA campground is just a six-minute drive to the parking lot of the Robert Edmondson Conservation Area. It’s a quiet little park with a pond that’s home to bass and pumpkinseed, and a 2 km trail that meanders through wetland and woods. Alex and I had not been to this spot since before Emma was born and the park had a different name, so it was fun to visit a place we haven’t seen in over 10 years.
The great thing about Robert Edmondson is that it is an accessible fishing hole, with a wooden dock around the end of the pond, closest to the parking area. There are several picnic benches on the dock, giving lots of opportunity to fish and enjoy a picnic at the edge of the water.
Did I mention earlier that we were “glamping”? That’s code for indoor plumbing and really comfortable beds, which means we also slept-in on Saturday. So, we didn’t get to Robert Edmondson Conservation Area until very late in the morning. That is not the best time to catch fish. We had a lot of bites and stolen worms which was pretty exciting, but the little fish in the photo above is the only catch we actually hauled-in. With the midday sun shining down, I’m pretty sure the bass had retreated away from the exposed edges to the marshy, shadier parts of the pond. Despite our lack of luck, we still had a great time casting our lines and feeling the tug of fish on the other end, while watching turtles and geese in their natural habitat.
After packing up our gear, we jumped in the Jeep and drove over to Crawford Lake Conservation Area – one of our very favourite Halton Parks and just 11 minutes away from the fishing pond at Robert Edmondson and 16 minutes away from our home for the night at Toronto West KOA.
You Should Go to Robert Edmondson Conservation Area! Here’s What You Need To Know….
Robert Edmondson Conservation Area is one of seven Halton Conservation Area parks.
It is a day-use park with an entrance fee. Find out the fees here: http://www.conservationhalton.ca/entrance-fees
This park has NO gate attendant. This means it is a self-serve and payment is made on the honour system:
Make sure you have a pen to fill out the information required on the payment envelope.
Have exact change ready. (At the time of writing this post, the maximum fee for a car is $12)
Place cash in the envelope provided at the payment kiosk.
Fill in the receipt on the envelope flap.
Tear off the long part of the envelope flap and put it on your dashboard, visible through the windshield.
Place the envelope with your payment in the slot at the payment kiosk.
When you leave the park, make sure you keep your receipt. All you have to do is show it at the gate at any of the other Halton parks you visit that day and your entrance fee is covered. What a deal!
While there is no attendant at the gate, Conservation Halton staff do check the parking lot for proof of payment. But even if they don’t check, please do the right thing and pay your entrance fee. Your money is going towards keeping the parks working for all of us to enjoy, which is pretty awesome.