By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: I'd like to take my grandchildren to an amusement park preferably one with a campground. Are there any in Ontario?

A: Yes, there are. In fact, the familiar saying, "Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus," rings loud and clear when you discover there is a Santa's Village. Except this one is tucked away in Bracebridge, Ontario and comes equipped with an amusement park and a campground across the street. Funny to imagine, but Rudolph leads the rollercoaster ride as he dips and winds amongst the tall pine trees. The grandchildren may just wish to have the front seat. Santa's Village has a Santa's Whispering Pines Campground that offers a $99 deal covering two nights camping, and two days admission for four people.

For camping info, call (705) 645-5682. To contact Santa's Village and Sportsland, dial (705) 645-2512. If you have access to the Internet, the Ontario Private Campground Association's web site,, has a database listing its 450 members. Some of them either have an amusement park or are located near one.


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