Charleston Lake Provincial Park is a fantastic park for families. It has just about everything you could want while camping. They have great beaches, canoeing, hiking trails and if you bring the bikes everything is within reasonable biking distance. They offer great educational programs and have a neat Discovery Centre. The Discovery Centre is what used to be called the Visitor Centre. It has undergone some changes and promises to be more hands-on. We didn't get a chance to check it out this time but we will be back.
Upon arriving at the park we setup our site then paddled out to Whitefish Island for lunch. It was a beautiful day for a paddle and a picnic.
After lunch we paddled back to the beach so that our youngest daughter could have a nap. I took the two older kids out to do some fishing around Whitefish Island during nap time. We caught a lot of sunfish which they were happy with. Fishing at Charleston Lake has never been disappointing for the kids.
When we were done fishing we joined the others at the beach. The water was quite cold but that didn't stop the kids from wading, splashing and even swimming.
The kids played on the beach for hours. I snapped some photos while they were playing.
We had some family members join us for some great kabobs done over the fire. Once we were full and things were cleaned up we put the kids to bed. I headed out to take some more pictures from the beach then headed out for a night paddle. There's nothing quite like being on a lake in the dark all by yourself.
Monday morning was a beautiful calm day and our son wanted to do some fishing. So off we went. He was keen to try the same spot as yesterday. He got a few then wanted to head back to the beach. We joined the rest of the crew on the beach where the kids played while I packed up. We had lunch on the site then headed to the boardwalk for a quick hike.