Finding a quiet and comfortable yet fun campground when you’re looking for a perfect family getaway can be a difficult task. Some campgrounds are old and worn down. Other campgrounds are known as party campgrounds. And some are just located way too far away from all of the main attractions that you want to see.
When you’re looking for a place to bring your RV or set up your tent while visiting beautiful Prince Edward Island, look no further than Jellystone PEI.
We’ve been residents of the park since the beginning of May and couldn’t have had a better experience during our time here. Jellystone PEI has a lot of fun activities at all times of the day to keep you busy and having fun during your family camping experience.
How great is Jellystone PEI? We decided to come up with a list of reasons why you definitely will want to book your next family camping trip here at Jellystone PEI. What’s even more amazing is that there’s easily more than 25 reasons why you need to stay at Jellystone PEI. We wanted to leave some of those to be a surprise for you to find out all on your own when you stay here. Now, here’s our list!
- Small Park. Jellystone PEI isn’t one of those mammoth parks with hundreds of sites. It’s a tiny park with less than 100 sites. This is great because it’s quick to get to any of the fun activities happening in the park. It also means that it’s very quiet compared to a lot of other parks.
- Central Location. Jellystone PEI is located in Borden-Carleton which is centrally placed on the Island. You’re about 25 minutes to Summerside and 45 minutes to both Cavendish and Charlottetown. It’s also less than 2km from the Confederation Bridge meaning you don’t have to drive far to get to the park once you’re off the bridge.
- Ranger Station. If you have a sweet tooth, you will likely be frequenting the Ranger Station to pick up some delicious candy. They also have some great souvenirs, Yogi Bear clothing, and a lot of items that you might need when camping.
- Swimming Pool. There’s no need to worry about the pool being cold. It’s nice and warm, all day, every day. It’s also a saltwater pool which is a bonus.
- Family Atmosphere. The campground is definitely family oriented. This is not your “get wasted and party all hours of the night” campground. Jellystone PEI really prides itself on being a place for families to have fun in a quiet and safe environment.
- Bear Sightings. PEI isn’t known for its ferocious wildlife, but Jellystone PEI does have it’s fair share of bear sightings. Thankfully – it’s just Yogi and Boo-Boo. You’ll often see Yogi and Boo-Boo out and about, available for pictures at various points in the day.
- Water. Some campgrounds have awful tasting water. Not Jellystone PEI. This stuff is cold and delicious.
- WiFi. Some parks say that they have WiFi but when you get there you find out that it doesn’t really work when there are more than 10 people camping at the campground. No need to worry about that problem at Jellystone PEI. They have Wifi throughout the park and it’s especially strong in the Bears Den.
- The Bears Den. The clubhouse aka the Bears Den at Jellystone PEI is very spacious and features a regulation sized pool table, air hockey table, TV, lots of board games, and a book exchange.
- Jumping Pad. Trampolines are so 1990’s. Jumping pads are where it’s at these days. The kids at the park love the jumping pad. We love getting on it too, although, we’re usually pretty sore for a couple days afterwards.
- Water Slide. Calling this a water slide is an understatement. It’s a gigantic, bouncy water slide that is actually kind of intimidating once you get to the top. Once at the top, you propel yourself down eventually making a big splash in the pool of water at the end of the slide. We’ve seen kids spend hours on the slide throughout the day. It’s a huge attraction at Jellystone PEI.
- Theme Weekends. The one great thing about Jellystone PEI is the amount of time that they put into their theme weekends to enhance the camping experience for your whole family. Some of the fun theme weekends include Christmas in July, Death By Chocolate, and Pet Appreciation.
- The Campers. The campers that visit each weekend along with the seasonal campers are super friendly and always willing to share a story or even better…a hot dog or hamburger.
- Pet-Friendly. Have a pouch? Dogs are welcomed on leashes around the park and Bella loves to meet each and every single one of them.
- Beaches. If you don’t feel like hopping in the pool, you can take a quick 5-minute drive from Jellystone PEI to either Noonan’s Shore or Cape Traverse where you can jump into the salt water of the Northumberland Strait and cool off.
- Managers. Rachel and Jason are the managers of Jellystone PEI and will certainly make sure that your stay is more than enjoyable for every member of your family. You’ll see both Jason and Rachel in the Ranger Station and out and about throughout the day doing various activities with campers. They also stay on site 24/7 so you can be assured that the campground is always in good hands.
- Hey Hey Hey Ride. Every night, you can hop on the big hay wagon and go for an enjoyable ride around the park.
- Bubble Slide. This makes me think back to when I was kid flying around on the Crocodile Mile. Kids love this activity as they get to happily slide from one end to the other while getting absolutely covered in bubbles.
- Charity. Jellystone PEI hosts hot dog BBQs and sells 50/50 along with other events that raise money that gets donated to the IWK Hospital in Halifax.
- Cartoons. Remember when you would wake up every Saturday morning, flip on the TV and watch cartoons? Relive those memories with your kids with cartoons in the morning while you colour.
- Patriotic. Yogi is very patriotic. Every morning at 9.30 you can join Yogi to sing O Canada while raising the Canadian flag.
- Bear’ol Train Rides. Perfect fun for the lil’ ones as they get to go on bear’ol train ride around the park while bubbles float about.
- Free and clean showers. Both the men’s and women’s washrooms have nice roomy showers that aren’t spider infested like some other campgrounds. The showers are also free which allow you to have a nice relaxing shower without having to worry about bringing your change purse.
- Confederation Trail. There’s a long branch of the Confederation Trail that you can access from the rear of the park. You can walk the trail into Borden-Carleton or hop on your bike and pedal as far as you want around the Island. It’s great for walking your dog first thing in the morning too. You can check out the different birds and scenery of the area. We often see osprey and eagles flying around.
- Ice cream. When the craving for ice cream hits, you can easily fulfil it by heading less than 2km down the road. There you’ll find Cows Creamery where you can devour as many tasty flavours of ice cream that you can possibly handle.