In the coming months there will be more campsites and camping opportunities at Camping des Chutes-de-la-Rouge in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge.
On April 12, Grenville-sur-la-Rouge Council approved spending of up to $1,500,000 to add 50 new campsites on the south side of the campground and 20 yurt shelters on the north side.
Yurts, octagonal or round hut-like constructions, which are mostly covered with tarpaulins or wood, are a popular alternative for campers without a caravan who don’t want it to be rough in the tent. Campsite yurts usually have bunks, an inside table and chairs, and electricity. They have become widespread and popular in provincial and national parks in recent years.
In 2021, the community assumed direct management of the campground, which is located on both sides of Route 148 next to where red river empties into the Ottawa River. The council-approved $1,500,000 loan, combined with the community grants already received, brings the total investment in the campground to $2.1 million. Other upgrades include a new reception building, improvements to roads and the water system.
The south side of the campground is known for its large, natural sandy beach on the Ottawa River. The more rugged north side lies deep in the Rouge valley alongside rapids.
The addition of more campsites and yurts will be partially completed by the end of the 2022 camping season and fully ready for the 2023 season.
“We’re at the start,” said Mayor Tom Arnold.