By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We're looking for a location to hold a family reunion within a 50-75 Km radius of Simcoe, Ontario for approximately 40-50 people. Since most of our group doesn't have hookup capabilities, we are seeking a campground with cabin rentals and a swimming pool. We will need a place for about 3-5 days. I heard that you might be able to provide some information.

A: There are no campground facilities in your immediate area equipped with the above. This conclusion was reached after I inquired about cottage rental properties and campgrounds in your local area.

What about a car ride to Wellington County? Situated near the town of Fergus, 110 km from Toronto, Highlands Park Campground offers visitors camping and cottage rental facilities. For rates and more info, contact Highland Pines Campground, R.R. 1 Belwood, Ontario N0B 1J0 Tel: 519-843-2537.

In August, the Fergus Scottish Festival promises some good old fashioned fun as the shrill sound of the bagpipes sweeps through the summer air.

There is also Spring Valley which is located in Mount Forest, 42 miles outside Kitchener. "Come on back to nature," reports this 30-year-old family-operated business. It comes equipped with a heated swimming pool as well as three sandy beaches. Hayrides, mini-golf and a baseball diamond will certainly keep the grandchildren busy. Need more info? Contact Spring Valley at (519) 323-2581.

There are also cottage rental directories available on the Internet. Two web sites tailoring to cottage rentals are and


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