You don't need to go far to have an epic camping experience — Toronto has its very own campground that serves as a nearby escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The Glen Rouge Campground is a one-of-a-kind outdoor space that offers the best of both worlds: the natural beauty of a park and the comforts of urban amenities. Located just 40 minutes from the downtown core, Torontonians can have an authentic camping experience right in the city's backyard while being close by to popular attractions like the Toronto Zoo, Petticoat Creek Conservation Area and the Toronto Beaches.

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The park features 125 campsites in total, including 87 serviced sites for RVs, 27 unserviced sites for a more backcountry feel, and 5 sites specifically for backpackers. 

Throughout the area, there are washrooms, showers, firepits, and firewood and ice stocks available, which lends an added convenience to your camping experience. You can even bring up to two pets along with you, as long as they are leashed and kept under control.

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This year, a new glamping option has been added to the park. Parks Canada has set up oTENTiks lodges onsite, which are tent and cabin hybrids that offer an alternative to traditional camping. Each oTENTik can accommodate up to six people and include three beds, one table, four chairs a bench and lighting. 

There's also parking space available for up to two vehicles, a picnic table and campfire area at each oTENTik site. All that you'd need to bring are your food and drinks, dishes, sleeping bags, pillows, personal effects and a camping stove.

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This year, the Glen Rouge Campground will operate from May 4 to Oct 27, 2018 between 9 am and 10 pm. Campsites and oTENTiks can be booked online via the Toronto and Region Conservation website, and admission prices are as follows:

Happy camping!

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