Family Camping at Whispering Pines Campground (Santa’s Village)

Hi Everyone! First off, let me thank Kim for providing us the opportunity for visiting Whispering Pines Campground (And Santa’s Village) in the beautiful Muskoka region of Ontario. I am always thrilled to borrow other peoples corners of the interwebs and this was an amazing opportunity for our family. A little bit about us:

I’m Cheryl and I have 2 daughters, Lauren who is 6.5 and Jillian who will be 5 on September 8th. Also kicking around is my husband and our cat. 😉

We took off from Toronto late on Friday afternoon. Adam had decided to work from home and every time we tried to pack the girls up and actually leave, there was always another crisis! Isn’t that always the way though?

So we did end up there later than we anticipated and it was dark by the time we got up there. Thankfully, I was greeted by Kevin who had just locked up the office for the night. Waiting for us was a map to our cabin (Our younger daughter has cerebral palsy, therefore tent camping would make it a little bit more difficult for us!) He was so amazingly helpful and excited to have us stay with him. He told me to be sure to stop by the next morning to meet his wife, Sarah.


With Jillian’s Cerebral Palsy diagnosis, her primary mode of transportation is crawling (when we’re home) she does have a walker and wheelchair that she uses frequently too! So the cabin was a great fit for us, I didn’t have to worry about her crawling on the mulch and we had mattresses for us old fogies! When we arrived late, I was really hoping we wouldn’t have to nab a hotel. I love camping and everything that goes with it. Adam isn’t the biggest fan but does things to keep me happy. Must be how we’ve been married as long as we have.

We woke up super early on Saturday morning. Adam got up to use the washroom at 5am and I was up from then on, waiting for the girls. Lauren was first up at 6:50, no shocker, she’s always up super early and Jillian followed shortly after. We also got to visit Santa’s Village  on Saturday, but they don’t speak child and we had to wait around until 10am! Luckily, our cabin was fully equipped with power and water connection, so we broke the “roughing” it idea and let the girls watch a movie before heading off to the park.


(Explanation of photos, Top Left- Double bed bottom bunk, Ceiling fan, From rear of cabin, Power outlet outside cabin, Table and chairs, top 2 bunks) Inside the cabin had 7 plugs (perfect for a blogger!) a ceiling fan, tons of natural light, table and chairs, drawers for storage and a triple bunk.

Whispering Pines boasts:

Santa’s Whispering Pines Campground camping and trailer park is located beside the beautiful Muskoka River.

Tenting and trailer sites are available with a General Store on-site for all of your needs. If you are looking for camping in Muskoka, we have it all. Santa’s Whispering Pines Family Campground is Muskoka Camping at it’s finest.

Voted “Best Campground in Muskoka” – 2011 & 2012!


They’ve also just added some newly renovated bathrooms (beautiful… Never thought I would proclaim a bathroom beautiful!) That are more accessible and bigger than their other bathrooms. They also have an accessible shower and other amazing additions. If you were lacking on things to do at the campsite there is a pool, playground and net for some impromptu fun and games!

Our stay was so enjoyable that I was really sad to pack up and come home. I did notice however that I’m raising some city kids. Growing up, I lived in the “country” and I’m used to experiences like this, they certainly weren’t!

Lauren found it odd to have to walk to a bathroom, how cold it got at night and how many trees there were. Note to self, get your kids out of the city more often!! They also weren’t used to having everything take forever in terms of cooking!


Paying Adam’s childhood homage, we made spider dogs and had a pizza log for dinner. Add in s’mores and banana boats, we were ready to crash! What are some of your favourite things to do with your family? Do you get the chance to camp often? I know we all can’t wait until we can do it again- even Adam!


Cheryl is a stay at home mom to 2 girls, Lauren who is 6.5 and Jillian will be 5 in September. After the girls went to school you would think she’d be able to keep a cleaner house, instead she can be found guzzling coffee and chatting with people online. Cheryl also blogs at where she talks about daily life with 2 children. One who happens to have Cerebral Palsy and all the joys that go with it.


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