We have a 13 acre property on the edge of a small lakeside village. The boondocking spaces we offer are treed and private, located between our pond and the road. During this Covid pandemic, we welcome RVs to come and stay for a few days in our pleasant country setting, we have plenty of space and maintaining social distance should not be an issue. (Please note, however, the weight and length of your unit and needing to park it on the grass could prevent us from accepting longer stay requests. Overnights should be OK staying on the driveway.) We are located on the south shore of Rice Lake about 15 minutes north of Highway 401 at Cobourg. A gravel driveway leads off the paved road to our boondock sites and it is then another 300 feet up to our house. The boondocking parking spots are on the shaded grass areas on either side of the gravel driveway from the paved road. There is an electrical outlet near the parking area that can be used for light electrical loads (no A/C units or electrical heaters as the 15 amp circuit is at the end of a long run from the house and will not support a large electrical load).
During this Covid pandemic, we welcome RV guests but we ask that we all maintain social distancing, so please do not be offended if we do not spend much time visiting.
Please clean up after your pets and after your cigarettes if you are a smoker.
Do enjoy the grass area, use your lawn chairs and small tables to relax in the shade.
The county road to our property is a paved road, you then turn onto our gravel driveway. You will have to back your RV into our driveway and then onto the grass on either side of the gravel. We prefer that you park your rig on the east side of the driveway (ground is firmer on the east side) especially after rainy weather as the grassy ground can be soft, please discuss with us where to place your RV before parking it. When the grass area is too soft, you can place your RV along one side of the driveway to avoid the soft grass. The RV boondocking space is beside our gravel driveway just off the paved road, note that our house is located a further 300' up the driveway and there is a vehicle height restriction of 10'-6" for vehicles going all the way up to our house.
There is plenty of room beside the driveway for your tow vehicle.
Generally we are home and boondocking is available all thru the warmer months of the year. Once the snow is on the ground, the "overnight parking" spots become snowbanks on either side of the driveway and the parking is not usually available. We welcome guests to contact us at any time to see if we can accommodate you.
Boating and fishing on Rice Lake, Lang Pioneer Village, Trent Severn Waterway system, Ganaraska Forest trails, Summer Festivals and Fall Studio Tours.
Great welcome in an amazing setting by a lovely pond. ViewRider are amazing host and we had great discussions. Thank you and we hope to see you again soon.
Nice and quiet spot. Short and pleasant stay. Thanks Maya for everything et pour les quelques mots en français :-)
Beautiful country estate with pond and covered bridge. Very friendly hosts, we could have chatted with them all day. Very easy to turn around with our 27 foot trailer. We received many recommendations for future trip ideas. The area is beautiful and one could spend many days exploring. The RV parking site is prior to their covered bridge so no need to cross the bridge with your rig. Thanks very much for the great hosting! Hope to see you again sometime.
We staid with ViewRider for one night. Despite us having to change plans multiple times, which they graciously accommodated, the welcome could not have been warmer, the location could not have been more beautiful and the vegetables from their garden could not have been tastier.
Our three rambunctious boys were even allowed to fish in their ponds and hunt for carving sticks.
We had a fantastic stay and really hope to see our hosts again in the future.
Thank you so much to ViewRider for the extremely generous hospitality!!!
Veggies from the garden! And some mechanical help was so appreciated!!!
The area by the covered bridge was lovely and very comfortable!!
Definitely would return again when next in the area!!!
Wonderful boondocking experience. So much better than staying at a campground. We were welcomed as if we were old friends. Spent a very restful night there.
Our hosts were most gracious. They were full of local area knowledge and eager to share. They also gave us great ideas on how to travel with cats and how boondocking works.
The site was great. It looked across the road at the lake. And on the other side was a lovely covered bridge across their pond.
My daughter and I were looking for a "getaway" weekend spot and we stumbled across "Pondside by the Willows." What a find? From the location to the hosts, it was a 5-star experience. There is excellent "easy" hiking at Beagle Club Trailhead/Northumberland Forest. The boating/canoeing/kayaking/fishing opportunities on Rice lake are plentiful. Words will fail me to describe the graciousness of the hosts. Their warm welcome and generosity will not be forgotten. My daughter joins me in expressing our sincere gratitude.
The hosts of Pondside by the Willows were very warm and welcoming and also very knowledgeable! They gave us suggestions of what to visit in the area and also gave us tips on RVs and boondocking which we are very grateful for! The property was beautiful and our site overlooked the lake - just breathtaking to wake up to! I wouldn't hesitate recommending this site to anyone!
They have a beautiful property, so much nature !
Very calming and peaceful.
Terry and his wife are kind and friendly.
I very enjoyed talking with them. They are great people.
I recommend :)
We spent the last night of our trip at there place. They have a very pretty property, perfect for our kids to strech!
We were warmly welcomed, thanks a lot!
Want to thank the hosts for a quiet and peaceful location plus the use of electrical was great. Look forward to hosting in return. Thanks again.
Thank you for hosting us at your wonderful location. The covered bridge was such a treat. Thanks also for informative and enjoyable conversation. Hope to return some time. Blaine and Brenda
What a pretty location...so peaceful. Had a nice chat with our hosts before spending a peaceful night by the covered bridge! Would definitely stay again! Thanks IronwoodTerry!
Our second rime we ever used Boondockers Welcome and it was an awesome experience. A beautiful setting and amazing hosts, we highly recommend these hosts for a visit or as guests. A beautiful lake, a covered bridge, peaceful pond. Artesian well water in the village of Harwood.
This was our first time out with the MH and as boondockers. Terry and his wife made us feel very welcome, on a truly beautiful property. I would recommend them whole hartedly.
Such a peaceful and beautiful place to stay for our one night boondocking. The hosts was nice and charming :)
We stayed one night on Terry's property near the beautiful covered bridge. He visited us for awhile in our RV and we swapped travel stories.
Terry and his dear wife are great hosts with a nice location for a relaxing place to be for anyone that is passing through or doing some fishing. It was also wonderful to get in a game of golf on my trip with Terry.
That made the detour well worthwhile. I highly recommend them a very good B/D host.