KOA Cardinal/Ottawa South

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Address: /td> RR 1, Cardinal, ON, K0E 1E
Phone Number: (613) 657-4536
Website: KOA Cardinal/Ottawa South
Latitude   44.8438333    
Longitude   -75.394333    
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Site Quantity: 87 Pad Type:
Price: Over $40 Quality: Great Campground / Average Value
Electric 50 Amp Water Sewer
Big Rig Access Tents Allowed Pull-thrus Group Area
Handicap Access Waterfront Access Telephone Cable TV
Amenities
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Store Laundry Pool Hot Tub
Pet Friendly 55+ Park Game Room Playground
Cabins Dump Station LP Gas Wi-Fi
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KOA Cardinal/Ottawa South Details

What is your dream vacation? The gold-rated Cardinal KOA is waiting to help you have it! Capable of handling all campers for one night, or your entire vacation, our sites range from the 50 amp, 65-foot pull-thru sites for the "Big Rigs" to the large, treed, 15 amp back-in sites conveniently located near the pool, playground, and modern immaculate washrooms with flush toilets and free showers. Every site comes with a picnic table, fire ring, and a water source.

Perhaps your ideal vacation includes gambling at one of the four world-class casinos that are less than an hour away. You could also sneak in some education as you take the kids to Fort Wellington, Prehistoric World, a llama/alpaca ranch, Fulford House, The Royal Canadian Mint, Parliament Buildings and much more. Get your "sea legs" and cruise the Thousand Islands with an optional stop at either Jorstadt Castle or the famous Boldt Castle, or just be a landlubber and watch the boats go through the Iroquois Seaway Locks, or the Rideau Locks system. Lounge in the park under the 50 foot pines, maybe go for a swim in the pool, and get your lunch or supper at the Chip Wagon?

Our rural location promises you will be listening to the birds or the frogs, instead of highway, airport or train noises. On rainy days, you can eat in the covered pavillion-if there aren't any games or activities going on, or watch a movie either in your camper, or on our 52" TV . Don't miss our brand new jumping pillow - it is Canada's largest! On clear nights, our lack of light pollution will let you see how many constellations you can find in our beautiful starry skies.

No entry during strictly enforced quiet hours from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Little bit country, little bit city-near everything, but still "away from it all". Discounts at local restaurants, golf courses, and lots of free smiles.

Our brand new pool is now open for your enjoyment. Come stay and swim awhile.

Recreation near KOA Cardinal/Ottawa South

Dinosaurs Prehistoric World

Take the whole family and visit the reproduced full size prehistoric animals displayed in realistic settings. The largest sculpture, the brontosaurus, is 24 metres (80 feet) long with a head reaching 6.6 metres (22 feet) into the air. In addition to the dinosaurs, the park also has a number of prehistoric mammals, such as the woolly mammoth and a fossil dig where children can find dinosaur bones. Morrisburg, Ontario (approximately 20 minutes from Cardinal)

Upper Canada Village

Upper Canada Village --Canada in 1860.
Located east of Morrisburg, about 20 minutes from the Cardinal KOA. Authentic heritage homes that were relocated during construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway to create the village. All are staffed by "residents" in period costume, living and working with the routines of the day.
Discount tickets are available for campers at the KOA registration desk. www.uppercanadavillage.com

Tuxedo Llama Ranch

Visit the largest Llama ranch in North America south of Williamsburg. When the gate is open, Becky will take you into the fields and introduce you to the llamas. Free to visit. We usually have the llamas come eat the flowers in the Kampground a couple times a season as well.

Iroquois Seaway Locks

Watch boats travel from the Great Lakes to Montreal, or on to the Atlantic Ocean! They are raised from 2” to 6’ depending on the water levels. Last years boat/ship traffic included; Tall Ships, Bluenose II, freighters, frigates, navel vessels and even a canoe!

Upper Migratory Bird & Wildlife Sanctuary

Upper Migratory Bird & Wildlife Sanctuary Located east of Upper Canada village. Walk the trails through the protected wetlands. See everything from an actual beaver dam to the heron nests. No charge to visit.
www.uppercanadabirdsanctuary.com

Capital Attractions

Learn about the Capital attractions by visiting Ottawa online.

Queen Elizabeth Gardens

Beautiful gardens, free to tour through, located at the entrance to Upper Canada Village.

St. Lawrence Boat Tours & 1000 Island Boat Tours

St. Lawrence Boat Tours - Travel the St. Lawrence as your tour guide relates the history of the wars against the United States, and the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway when entire towns were relocated and flooded to allow boats in and out of the Great Lakes. Tickets available at Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg.

1000 Islands Boat Tours. Two major lines to choose from. The cruises from Brockville take you to visit Jorstadt Castle, and the cruise from Gananoque will dock at the famous Boldt Castle.
www.1000islandscruises.com

Little Blue Church

Located west of Prescott, in a very old cemetery, is the final resting place of Barbara Heck and some of her relatives. She brought the Methodist religion to North America.

Boldt Castle

Boldt Castle cost 2.5 mil to construct at the turn of the century, and over 10 mil to restore. Built on Hart Island (he brought in fill by boat to make it in the shape of a heart) as a testament of George Boldt's love for his wife Louise, construction was halted the day she died in 1904. It was never occupied. An opulent love story.

Fulton House Museum

Located in Brockville, the mansion overlooks the St. Lawrence Seaway. Tour through the house of the man who became a millionaire selling "Pink Pills for Pale People" (the Canadian version of the snake oil salesman).

Many shipwrecks in the St. Lawrence provide crystal clear water and excellent conditions for underwater exploring.

Brockville Ontario has much to offer as a tourism destination including some of the best scuba diving in the world. For more information visit the web site at www.brockville.com

If you want to try some scuba diving while in Brockton be sure to visit Sea and Sky Scuba Dive Shop and Seeway Vision Dive Charter Service where instruction, gear and knowledgeable staff await to help with all of your scuba needs. And when you're ready for adventure try one of the wreck or shore dives.

Directions to KOA Cardinal/Ottawa South

From 401: Exit 730 (Shanley Road), north 6 kilometers, right on Pittston Road.

From 416: Exit 12 (County Road 21), right (east) on 21, right (south) on County Road 22, left (east) on Pittston Road.

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KOA Cardinal/Ottawa South, 3.0 out of 5 based on 5 ratings

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9 Responses to KOA Cardinal/Ottawa South

  1. brian on June 26, 2011 at 11:51 am

    HAD ANOTHER GREAT WEEKEND AT KOA CARDINAL , LOVE THE CAMPGROUND , THE FACILITIES, THE STAFF, THE OWNER . WE ALWAYS
    HAVE A GREAT TIME , AS FOR THE CAMPERS WHO HAD THE TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE OF HAVING TO WEAR A WRIST BAND , GET A LIFE !! , AS FOR THE BEING ASKED TO LEAVE THE CAMP GROUND BY THE OWNER , AND THERE ALWAYS 2 SIDES TO A STORY , AND YOUR NOT ASKED TO LEAVE ANYWHERE ,LET ALONE A CAMPGROUND UNLESS YOU ARE UNREASONABLE OR ACTING IN A BAD WAY , SO IN MY MIND THERE IS ANOTHER SIDE TO THAT STORY THAT IS NOT IN YOUR VERSION. SO TO OTHER GREAT CAMPERS ,DISREGARD THAT REVEIW AND FORM YOUR OWN OPINION, BESIDES I’D RATHER NOT CAMP ANYWHERE NEAR SOMEONE WHO CAN’T WEAR A SIMPLE WRST BAND AND WHO’S KIDS CRY BECAUSE OF IT , KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK KOA CARDINAL, SEE YOU ALL SOON!!!!

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    • Lois on July 4, 2011 at 8:29 am

      The rules are simple and clearly stated. If you follow them, the owner is AWESOME.
      He is fair and firm with his rules. I respect him for that. If you have a problem with the rules, don’t go there. That simple.
      We have NEVER had a bad experience with any of the staff or management there.
      I have been to some campgrounds where the rules look GREAT on paper only
      to get there and have them not be enforced in any way.
      We are weekend warriors and camp at several campsites through out the season, Cardinal KOA is exactly what it claims to be. For those of you who don’t want the rules enforced, Upper Canada Campground is a good place to go.
      Keep up the GREAT work!!!

      See you in two weeks!

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      • dave on August 8, 2011 at 11:35 am

        Lois could you please let me know of some examples of the “rules” not being enforced at upper canada campground

        thank you

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  2. T on June 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    NEVER go to this campground – the owner is SO rude and unstable!!

    I have been to this campground in the past, and honestly did have a wonderful time. So we decided to return for a short weekend getaway. What a mistake that was!!!! When arriving I was told that all members of the family must wear a paper bracelet (like something you have to wear at an amusement park). I was told that the reason was because there are too many people that do not register their guests (of course they charge visitors). I found that simply ridiculous, I have the tag hanging in my car, that should be enough. Later, from another camper, I was told that the reason is due to the propane filling station, and we have to wear it in the event of an explosion (what?).
    Anyways, in the evening, I was playing with my kids and was approached by the owner, who questioned the fact that we were not wearing the bracelet (many people were not wearing it). I told him that we were, but they are very uncomfortable (to the point of my daughter crying about it), and I had taken them off. He got right in my face, and yelled at me that if I did not put them on, then we had to leave (at 8:45pm – seriously). He was speaking to me in a very aggressive manner, in front of my young children, who started crying. What kind of man gets in a woman’s face like that and yells? I went back and told my husband, he was furious; no one is to talk like that to his wife! and make his kids cry! He went over to the owner to confront him, who again, told us to leave, and told my husband he had called the police (we have done nothing wrong, we are a quiet small family trying to enjoy our Father’s day weekend). It turns out that of course he didn’t call the police, since he had no grounds to do so – I think he just needs to act like the BIG man.
    Needless to say, there was no way I would stay there, we demanded a refund, and were more than happy to leave once we got it. Packing up a campsite in the pitch black of night with two upset children, was no picnic.
    I am so utterly shocked to have been treated in such a horrible way, nothing like that has ever happened to me before. The owner is an extremely unstable and aggressive person; there is no way that he should be allowed to run a family campground with so many children. If he feels that he can act this way towards a woman standing there with her 2 kids; who knows what he’s capable of.
    Read the reviews of there!! You will find several similar one’s regarding the owner’s attitude. KOA should be ashamed to have their name on that campground. I will be making a formal complaint to the head office, Better Business Bureau, and as many others that I can.

    DO NOT go there!! I don’t want anyone else to have to go through such a horrible experience.

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  3. Michel on June 6, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Our group of 8 couples have had the same terrible experience as Mad1972 with the owner of this camp site. Also accused us of noise and even accused my 65 year old parents. I have stayed in over 60 different campgrounds and have never been told to be quiet. This man is unstable, and unless you go to be early do not go to this campground. No one in our group will go back. We have been there three times and get the same rude behaviour. Never again.

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    • T on June 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      Your right!! Very unstable man, he told me to leave because I refused to wear a paper bracelet at all times during my stay. My husband and I ended up packing up our campsite and 2 young daughters at 9:30pm in the dark. Terrible place. I will be posting my full review with the whole story soon.

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  4. Agelbart on September 22, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Have camped several times at this KOA and liked it. Had good experiences in the past. However, had reservations for the Labour Day weekend and looked forward to camping, but unfortunately not 1 but 2 deaths occured in the family and had to cancel reservations. Spoke to owner who REFUSED to give me back the deposit and even insinuated that I was lying. Telling me everyone gives that excuse. I even sent him the link to the Funeral home where he could see the obituaries. Wrote him asking for the small refund and just refused. I did tell him I hope this never happens to him, where he has to experience such rudness.

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  5. Mad1972 on August 31, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Owner ruined the whole trip by making false statements about noise after 11 pm. Even showed up with a bucket of water to put our fire out and when we would not let him do it he called the police. The man is unstable, unfriendly and should not be running a family campground. I wil never return here and I am making a formal complaint to KOA head office.

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  6. Sharon on August 8, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Went camping at the Cardinal KOA Ottawa/South a couple of weeks back. WHAT A BLAST!!! They had a gentleman hired as jack sparrow, to celebrate their pirate weekend! The hay wagon driver was HALARIOUS and fantastic with the children his name was BRIAN. A well planned treasure hunt was done by one of the young girls I think her name was Ashley, she even made a huge hand painted treasure map. Management was very friendly we were checked in by an elderly lady named Irene and she knew just how to make us feel at home. Of course my husband and I couldnt drink enough of the FREE morning coffee. Would recommend it in a heart beat, well done cardinal KOA

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