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Camping in Killarney Provincial Park

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Camping in Killarney Provincial Park

So, I've got a camping trip booked later in the summer. We plan on going just to get away from the city since our other vacation plans have all been cancelled.

I was back on the park website to make sure everything was still a go, and noticed that they mention that Showers are closed. So, am I looking at 3 days without a shower? Are there any alternatives in the area? I still want the camping experience, so don't really want to book a hotel or anything, but a shower would be preferred...

Any ideas would be appreciated!
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As fun as that would be, I don't think the lake would appreciate me contaminating the shore with soap suds. Don't think other campers / park employees would appreciate it either come to think of it.
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For three days with the ability to rinse off in a lake you don't need soap or suds you'll be fine. Pack in some baby wipes if you're really really concerned.
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I’ve seen biodegradable/lake friendly soap for sale before. Not sure how good it is.

But seriously, it’s only three days and it’s camping not a Disney resort. I’d personally ride it out and shower when I got home.
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Although a nice hot shower ... WHEN YOU CAN GET ONE
Is a nice luxury when camping
It’s not a deal breaker
As long as you have the lake
You’ll be relatively clean
And most importantly ... not sweaty / smelly
Could definitely survive for a few days

That said, if you still feel that’s not enough
Then buy yourself a camping shower
And hang it in a tree on your site
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If you camp out in the backcountry , there are no showers, toilets or electricity, it's just the lake. Many people including myself do multi-day trips in the backcountry all the time. If you want a real camping experience and the shower facilities are closed, it's the lake (wear a swimsuit and do not use soap or shampoo - essentially you're taking a dip or swim in the lake) otherwise stay in the city or rent a cottage somewhere else.
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Biskuits wrote: As fun as that would be, I don't think the lake would appreciate me contaminating the shore with soap suds. Don't think other campers / park employees would appreciate it either come to think of it.
Use biodegradable camp soap.

Some would say that it is only biodegradable in soil, and should be used a certain distance from a body of water.
I've swam, to get wet.
Then filled a bucket, walked a ways away, soaped up, and poured to rinse.

I feel Georgian Bay is a such a large volume of water that directly would be no issue, but you would have to deal with perceptions of others that don't realize you are not using normal soap.

https://www.coghlans.com/products/4-oz-camp-soap-9617
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Wipes.

I use to do nothing for short camping trip, but wipes are great luxury, especially on the face.
Done a couple 7 day stints with no showers.
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Meh 3 days no shower? Easy peasy ... also only need one set of clothes.. just turn underware inside out on third day!
All joking aside I do a lot of trips and always find I bring way too much clothes... if you stay dry you really don’t need a lot. Anywho enjoy your trip!
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Meh 3 days no shower? Easy peasy ... also only need one set of clothes.. just turn underware inside out on third day!
All joking aside I do a lot of trips and always find I bring way too much clothes... if you stay dry you really don’t need a lot. Anywho enjoy your trip!
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Most Ontario parks the showers are dirty and disgusting unless you go right after they clean them. Not the parks fault but the campers.

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