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How to have a great camping and fishing trip with young kids at Silent Lake Provincial Park…and stay (mostly) sane

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Step-by-step instructions for a fun family Ontario Parks vacation

Want to make sure your camping and fishing trip is one to remember rather than forget? Learn from managing editor Bob Sexton and his young family’s stay in one of the new camp cabins at Silent Lake Provincial Park in August, 2017

Step 1

Book one of the new camp cabins

Cabin exterior

While we haven’t completely left our tenting days behind us, Silent Lake’s newly-built cabins certainly made camp life with three kids six and under much more comfortable and convenient. No scrambling to get the car unpacked, tent up, mattresses inflated and dinner on before dark. We stayed in number 204, named Silent Shores, although the floor plan for all of the park’s 10 cabins is roughly the same. They’re not big, but the layout is smart and worked out great for the five of us. There’s a small kitchenette with a mini fridge, microwave oven and kettle, as well as a gas bbq on the deck. Space inside the cabin is freed up by the well-designed mud room at the entrance, where we stored the majority of our gear. Note: the cabins are also equipped with electric baseboard heating and a propane fireplace so you can visit year-round. There’s no indoor plumbing but all the cabins are a few minute’s walk away from a comfort station with washrooms, showers and amenities. For more info on how to reserve your own cabin, check here.

Cabin interior

Cabin interior

Cabin interior

Bob Sexton

Bob Sexton

Growing up in Gander, Newfoundland, and Peterborough, Ontario, Outdoor Canada's managing editor Bob Sexton jumped at every chance to wet a line and head afield. After spending half of the 1990s working as a tour guide in Latin America, he completed a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in 2001 and was hired on as Outdoor Canada's assistant editor. Since joining the magazine, he has won two Outdoor Writers of Canada awards, in 2008 and 2011, and contributed to numerous National Magazine Award winning or nominated stories. Sexton is the past president of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors.

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