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John And Jan's Host Location

Space for 3 Rigs
Any size
5 nights maximum

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1 day
2 months max
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  • Slideouts Allowed
  • Generators Allowed
  • Barbecues Allowed
  • Lawnchairs Allowed
  • Pets Welcome


  • 15 Amp Electric Hookup
  • Water Hookup
  • Tow Vehicle Parking
  • $5/night requested for hookups


Generally wooded sites off the main laneway with clearings for RV use.
Parking areas vary from native grass to crushed gravel.
One site has 50A service, a couple more have 15A, and some have no electrical service.
Water is available on some sites. 50A site will need a 50' hose. 15A sites will need 2 x 50' hoses.
Dump stations available with seasonal availability to both north and south of our locations - about 15 to 25 min drive. No on-site dump station.
Wi-fi depends on site conditions - try it and see!

House Rules

No littering please. Poop n Scoop if pets. No gensets after 9pm.
Arrival - plan to arrive during daylight hours is mandatory. Departure during daylight hours is recommended.
Advising us of estimated time of arrival on day before or day of arrival is mandatory so that we can be available to greet you and get you on your site.
Dumping of grey or black water on the ground is NOT allowed.
Pets only after discussion.
Non-smokers preferred. Smokers must observe fire safety and dispose of butts in garbage - no butts on the ground please!
No campfires at present. Bringing, storing and using firewood from elsewhere is NOT permitted (insect pests). Firewood is available at no charge from the bush (helping us clean up forest floor debris) or from our firewood stacks.
Boats and boat trailers from elsewhere must have been spray-washed thoroughly inside and out with hot water. (zebra mussels, etc.)
Golden rule applies!

Access Road Conditions

Paved public road, fully navigable with judicious use of full road width; little traffic, so not a problem.
Laneway is smooth gravel 8% grade uphill for 60 yards to upper camping locations. Lower camping locations are not a problem.
Short rigs, such as Class B or small Class C can use upper or lower parking locations. All tow vehicle / trailer combos will have to back in to a space to turn around whether in upper or lower areas.
Trees have been trimmed for 13'-6" vertical clearance. I have no problem with my 5th wheel + truck at 49 feet overall in the upper camping area.

Tow Vehicle Parking Details

With the rig. No need to un-hitch unless you wish to. Lots of gently inclined spaces for tow vehicles; fewer level spaces for trailers and motorhomes.


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Availability is year-round. Winter camping (i.e. snow on the ground) is possible. Unavailable dates are per the BW calendar system.


Pakenham, ON, Canada

Suggested Local Attractions

45 min drive to Canada's Capital, Ottawa, (over 1 million population) with many attractions.
Depending on the season, golf, skiing, sugar bush, swimming, watersports, hiking all under 20 mins drive.
Historical 'quaint' town main streets as used in many Hallmark Christmas movies 20 mins away. Festivals from time to time - research Mississippi Mills Ontario or Almonte Ontario for current events. Scottish Highland Games in August is worth a day-long visit.

Your Host

John and Jan

Member Since
November 24, 2016
Host's Age

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17 Positive References

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References for John and Jan's Host Location


October 2019

Short but sweet stop-over

Although Jan and John were busy the day we stopped over they kindly agreed to our stay. John took the time to mark out a level spot and send a friendly welcoming email. Fortunately, we did get a short visit with them that evening and a chance to thank them. Yard was lovely and our time there restful. Enjoy your new house!
Our apologies for the delayed response - a major rain/wind storm in Wawa disrupted the phone and Internet service.


October 2019

Perfect hosts

Had a wonderful stay at John and Jan and a nice visit. Lots to talk about. Hope to meet them in the future again.


September 2019

Lovely quiet peaceful night!

Very accommodating hosts! We enjoyed an after dinner get together with them and enjoyed conversations about lots of places we had all been. Also it was fun comparing rigs as we are both Titanium owners. Sorry we missed seeing your new house John! Such pretty country. Thanks so much !


July 2019

Nice location

Beautiful spot with lots of room. We were made to feel very welcome. ( Even after I blew a fuse....) We were even given some local maps and brochures.

Everyone we met there had something really interesting going on.

Would highly recommend this gracious host.


April 2019

Great host!

John is a great host and I hope to stay at his location again on other Trans Canada journeys.
Nice quiet area!


April 2019

Awesome spot!

We were a little late arriving, but were still greeted immediately. John had not been feeling well, but we still had a brief chat about the setup.
The weather for our stay was very rainy, but we had a nice spot to park with no mud.
We had a nice quiet nights rest.
Looking forward to staying over again at this location on our way home next week.


August 2018

Two Highly Experienced Fellow Travelers

John and Jan are an incredibly interesting and generous couple. They exemplify the value proposition for using Boondockers Welcome as a terrific way to share space for those of us on the road; but additionally, they demonstrated the benefit of meeting folks with common visions and values, and build relationships over time with folks who are exceptionally interesting. After our stay we drove away feeling a loss that we did not have more time to share stories from our extensive experiences. We look forward to visiting again when we are in these parts in a year. The location we camped in was very quiet and comfortable. We will stay in touch with them.


July 2018

Great stay!

We've had such a great stay with John and Jan. They live at a nice, quiet place, with a garden where we could put our RV. Electricity was provided. John and Jan are very nice people and we had a wonderful evening together. Lovely people! John and Jan, thank you for your hospitality.


June 2018

Nice place

Thank you so much. We had a nice stay at your place. Enjoyed very much chatting with you.


May 2018


Beautiful property. Warm friendly greeting. Would stay there again.

Denis and Nathalie

May 2018

Welcoming hosts and quiet location

We spent one night at John and Jan’s boondocking location. Our hosts were very friendly and provided us with great information on the area. We wanted to go hiking and they suggested some nice trails. John also mentioned a spot where we could see interesting plant fossils on the side of a road just a few minutes from their location. This was our first stop of the day after leaving their place in the morning. We got some beautiful photos of these fossils! We also really enjoyed the recommended trails! We had a restful night on their wooded property in the country. We highly recommend John and Jan as hosts!

Gordon Borg

September 2017

Great Hosts

We stayed on their property Sept. 2017. Excellent hosts providing many recommendations for sight-seeing in Ottawa.
Parking is in two driveways, backing in from the road is a bit of a challenge for our 60 ft truck and trailer, but do able.
Thanks to John and Jan


September 2017

Good place to stay

We had a good time staying 2 nights (Sept.12-13) at this location. Hosts were friendly and most generous supplying us with helpful information on the area and use of their gazebo! We highly recommend staying at this safe place.


September 2017

Quiet place to stay

We enjoyed a 2 night stay at John and Jan's with 2 friends in their own rigs. Space was tight for the 3 of us but John was very helpful getting us in. We were very happy with the hospitality and enjoyed an evening of getting to know them. The use of the screened in gazebo was a nice meeting place for our group. Thank you for a wonderful stay.


July 2017

Big thanks

We were very impressed with the Boondocking at John and Jan's place. It was quiet and enjoyable for the time we spent there. We had car problems and are very thankful for John's help driving with Joe to town to have the problem resolved. This is one great place to stay. Thanking you very much for a great time at your place and we wish you all the best for the new place you are developing.
Gabi and Joe

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