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Age: 55-65

Member since February 2015

Always have enjoyed dry camping on family and friends properties and now looking forward to expanding our boondocking experience and sharing our site.

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Started remote camping in the 70's with a 2 man Eureka and a 16' tripper canoe. Over the years evolved to larger tents and canoes and eventually to our Roadtrek Zion. We have always enjoy getting away from the beaten path and dry camping. We now live in Bayfield, ON and own an adjacent 1 acre treed lot that is open to boondockers. Our lot is within walking distance of beaches, restaurants and bars. It is a quiet and private retreat.

Skills & Expertise to Share

Electronics, handyman and lots of boondocking experience

The_McBrides's Pets


Favorite Boondocking Locations

Small villages, country lots and forests.

The_McBrides's Hometown

Bayfield, Ontario

The_McBrides's Guest Details

The_McBrides's Rig

Rig Type: Class B

21 feet long

2016 Roadtrek Zion

The_McBrides Has 1 Host Location

Bayfield retreat

Bayfield, ON, CA
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The_McBrides's References (49)

References from Hosts (16)


July 2021

Welcome anytime

Great guest, no problems, very self-efficient. Welcome anyttume

Minnie Lane

March 2020


Glad you chose our site
Come back anytime

Stonemasons Rock

July 2019

Welcome anytime

We didn’t get to meet Pine Croft but they were very polite in our messaging, and we would not have known that they were there. Very self sufficient. Welcome back


May 2019

Totally Self-Sufficient Guests

Great couple to host! Their camper can fit about anywhere. We enjoyed spending the evening with them around the campfire... Welcome back anytime!


May 2019

Great Guests

G & M were the easiest guests ever, no problem at all and great conversation too. They are welcome to return anytime. Just sorry the had to sleep thru our horrible spring storm. Over 2 1/2 “ of rain in 3 hours. They almost need a boat to get out. Safe travels!!


February 2019

Good Stay

Although we didn't get a chance to interact with them beyond their arrival, they were very courteous and quiet guests. We wouldn't hesitate to host them in the future.


February 2019

Nice Couple

Though stay was short Pine Croft were friendly and pleasant guests. They are welcome to come back any time.


January 2019

Another couple find love {for my "paradise" island}

Pine Croft arrived mid-afternoon and I showed them where to park...after which I spoke with them briefly... gave them a few suggestions and they went island exploring! They must have liked what they saw and requested another nights stay to see more! They're a friendly couple and I enjoyed our short talk.....they left as quietly as they arrived.....i'd surely love to have them return.


August 2018

Ghost guests

Wish we could have met, they were quietly in and out , we where out for the evening when they arrived and gone in the morning early. Maybe next stay


August 2018

Friendly guests

We didn't have much chance to interact with Pine Croft as they pulled in late and left early the next morning, but we did have a chance to chat with them for a few minutes. They were friendly and courteous and I am positive we would have enjoyed getting acquainted if time had allowed. They are welcome back any time!


August 2018


Had a good time visiting with these folks.


February 2018

Great guest

Pine Croft stayed with us just over night coming in late but we did have time for an enjoyable short visit that evening and they got to enjoy the river before leaving the next morning. They were a pleasure to host and are welcome to come back for another visit.
Butch & Judy


February 2018






February 2018

No trouble at all with these folks

They communicated promptly and were very easy guests. I did not even get to meet them, all they wanted was a quick overnight spot. They took advantage of the scenic neighborhood and parks.


April 2016

Always Welcome

It's been a treat meeting such nice people whether I am boondocking or hosting boondockers like Pine Croft. Very nice couple and glad to be able to provide a spot for them to overnight. They are always welcome here and can wander in whenever they need a place to park. Not much to offer now except a flat piece of dirt to park on but hopefully they will be back by when I have some hookups. I definitely like their approach to traveling, taking things as they come and just enjoying themselves. Safe travels!


December 2015

Small World and Perfect Guests

We loved having Pine Croft as guests this weekend and welcome them back anytime - whether we're home or not. They hiked the trails and supported Elora restaurants. We hope to take them up on their invitation for the same in Bayfield next summer. We visited for a bit before they left and discovered that, while they were parked here, we were at a gathering where members of their family were also guests! What a small world it is!

References from Guests (31)


September 2021

Perfect stay!

A great spot…. Private amongst trees and a short walk/bike to the beauties of Bayfield. Generous hosts who provided suggestions that supported our stay. Love this spot and hope to return next year !


September 2021

Bayfield, ON

We had a great experience staying here one night. We were in the town of Bayfield but on a private lot that was surrounded by trees and in a quiet part of town. There was a picnic table we could use for our meals. Our hosts were wonderful ! They responded quickly to our request and we would highly recommend a visit here. Bayfield is a quaint village on Lake Huron with so much to do and see. Many thanks to our hosts !


August 2021

A bit of country in town

Secluded with bush but a short walk to the beach and shops of town.


August 2021

Lovely experience in beautiful Bayfield

This was our first boondocking experience and we could not have asked for a better one! The lot is very private and on a very quit street. Lots of room and our communication with the host was wonderful. They were quick to respond to our messages. Easy walking distance to the beach and downtown Bayfield. Highly recommend. Thank you for sharing your property with us!


August 2021

Our first stay

Our first Boondockers stay and it didn't disappoint. Great spot; treed, quiet, private lot in nice area of town. Easy walk to water and town.
Loved it and an to go again.


August 2021


This was our second stay at this secret gem in Bayfield. As always we were warmly received and didn’t really want to leave. Thanks again!


July 2021

Fantastic visit

We had an excellent stay in Bayfield. The sight was perfect for our camper and close to all that Bayfield has to offer. It's basically a private, quiet woodlot in the town. We had many birds and rabbits pay us a visit during the stay. In addition to location, our hosts were wonderful and welcoming. We hope to stay in touch with both of them and swap boondocking stories in the future.
Many thanks!


June 2021

Amazing place to stay.

Tucked away, out of site from everything. It felt like we were in the woods by yourselves. Bayfield is a beautiful area which is a must see. Super hosts and we will definitely come back when we're out this way again.


June 2021

A Boondockers Dream

Our hosts, the McBrides were very welcoming and gave us a lot of helpful information about the village of Bayfield and area. As for the property, someone described it as a nature retreat and we agree. The McBrides show their love for nature in the way they have preserved the natural forested area. If you go you won’t be disappointed.


June 2021

Such a peaceful retreat

Kind and helpful hosts! Such a wonderful spot to enjoy nature's beauty.


June 2021

Little piece of paradise

Bayfield retreat is a private piece of paradise. The hosts hosts were lovely, welcoming and very accommodating. Bayfield is a wonderfully kept historic town on Lake Huron that will not disappoint. The shops, food, breweries, wineries, beach days and sunsets were amazing. We definitely hope to return.


May 2021

Convenient Bayfield Gem

Great stay! Neighbourhood is quiet and close to lake and conveniences!!
Would go back in a minute 😀


April 2021


Very quiet and private .


April 2021

My reason for delay in review.....

Well I have delayed making this post. I had a difficult time trying to convey my feelings on this stop. As we were nearing the location we were a little puzzled because we were in a populated area. The picture of the site looked like a secluded campsite. At first, we passed by '#26" but as soon as we turned around and turned in I said "we are defiantly coming back!" It's hard to explain...a little wonderfulness out of the blue. Then we met our hosts and they are truly a lovely couple. They made us feel like we were old friends. The next day I stood in the middle of the lot and two cardinals flew by me. They were so close I heard their wings flutter. What a gift, the location and our hosts who graciously share their love of life so freely with others. Thank you so much.


Susan & Nigel


March 2021

Great stay!

Great quiet location near Grand Bend! Great hosts. Would use again!


October 2020

Wellbeing restored

This is a peaceful and quiet spot surrounding you with all of the beauty that nature has to offer. The hosts are couteous, respectful and very kind. It is a privilege to spend time here.
We love all that the village of Bayfield has to offer. Unique shops and eateries, lovely walking trails and friendly citizens.


October 2020

Peaceful stay

We enjoyed our stay! Although it was only for a night as we were passing through it was just what we needed! very quiet and peaceful, all while a quick walk to downtown for some dinner. Would highly recommend!


September 2020

Awesome !

We’ve stayed with them few times already and it gets better every time . The location and the host are wonderful, beautiful gateway for us .
Recommend 100%


September 2020


What a wonderful secluded getaway right in the heart of beautiful Bayfield. Enjoyed a great
visit on their deck. Shared many travelling stories. Cannot believe how much we had in common. Thanks again. If you are in Huntsville please look us up. Ken & Holly


August 2020

A Gem in Bayfield

Serendipity. My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting the McBrides at Inverhuron Provincial Park while camping several weeks ago. We got talking about Boondocking with them and how they were hosts with a beautiful wooded lot secluded yet close to town (walking distance) and the lake. It did not disappoint. This was our first Boondocking experience, having only recently purchased a Pleasure-Way Plateau, and were blown away with the spacious site and ideal location. The site was large and quiet within a wooded lot. The McBrides checked in on us to be sure everything was okay. The town of Bayfield is a real Gem. We spent the day in town. Parked our RV at the Central Park and strolled the quaint historic Main Street, with it’s many shops and restaurants. We enjoyed a picnic lunch at the park. As well we took in the sites at the Marina. The Bayfield Retreat was a delight and the McBrides are gracious hosts.


August 2020

A little slice of serenity

The hosts assisted us in setting up on the beautiful site that they provide for guests. Private, nature and beautiful trees in abundance. This stay is a gift to be respected and deeply appreciated. We couldn'tt have asked for a better first boondocker experience.


August 2020

Great people with an amazing spot

The McBrides’ spot is great since it is located on an undeveloped lot adjacent to the one their home is built on. It is thus very quiet, even though it is located in a residential neighborhood. There are so many trees, you can’t see the street! The neighborhood itself is supber and within walking distance to everything that Bayfield has to offer (sunset on the beach, shops on Main street, Pioneer Park, etc...). A must!


July 2020

Sweet place , excellent hosts

Great stay , very nice couple makes you feel comfortable always with a smile .


July 2020

Great comfortable nest

Great place to stay, nice and level, nested in a wooden lot. It is very quiet and a short distance to a park to see the great sunsets and a few block away from downtown. Our host made us feel right at home and we had a nice chat. Unfortunately we had to leave earlier than anticipated so we had to pass on a morning coffee offer. Next time for sure. Thanks for a great night.


July 2020

Warm and welcoming.

We spent 2 lovely days at the McBrides property. Our hosts made us feel welcome. They are knowledgeable about the area and gave us many tips on where to go and what to see. They are very experienced as Boondockers Welcome guests so knew the answers to all our questions. Their little spot next to their house was very private and easy to navigate. We hope to visit them again someday soon.


June 2020

Beautiful sun set

Lovely hosts. Unfortunately our rig was to large for the described spot. Host where very helpful in finding a alternative spot. And host helped a newbie 5 wheel driver on his first Boondocking experience 😁

Loved the evening chat and bike ride to see great sunset. Highly recommend this site.
The Mcbrides are welcome at our place anytime
All the best and hope you enjoy your summer


May 2020

Super Hosts

The Mcbrides greet us from 6ft distance and welcome us to their boondocking spot. Awesome place close to beautiful Huron lake. Quiet, private and awesome

Thank you!


June 2019


Not intrusive, but Invited us to tea. We had a great chat. The parking spot was still somewhat soft and wet, but they warned us about that ahead of time. We were careful and all was ok.


October 2017

Great Spot and super people in Bayfield

We throughly enjoyed boondocking at Pine Croft's little lot in Bayfield. We highly recommend it!
We were pleased to have an opportunity to meet them and share each other's Roadtrek adventures - as well as some nice cupcakes and tea:) MnG, we look forward to coming again. Please visit us in London sometime.


August 2017

We didn't stay here...but...

OK, so we didn't stay here but we would have!!

I contacted Pine Croft to reserve a was very last minute, but everyone recommended Bayfield so I had to give it a try.

As it turned out, they were travelling themselves, but they made the effort, checked out our portfolio, and said we could stay on their spot regardless...thanks for the trust Pine Croft!

Unfortunately the skies opened up and they had mentioned that the spot might be a little soggy. I had visions of digging up their property and declined their kind invitation. I will FOR SURE be back to try again.

Linda and Keith the dog


July 2015


I want to thank "Pine Croft" for their gracious hospitality this past week. Their parking area is ideal for a Class B motorhome or smaller trailer. This location is near the downtown Bayfield area with it's many shops, restaurants and boutiques. It is also within walking distance of the shore of Lake Huron.

Since I have family moving to one of the retirement communities in this area I will definitely be returning.

Thanks for the coffee and chat time. Great meeting both of you.

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September 2020

Wonderful semi private quiet night!

Wonderful hosts with a wonderful location to spend the night while visiting the area. Would absolutely love to stay with The_McBrides again when visiting the area!

Thank you!


August 2020

Super Hosts

The McBride's are wonderful hosts with a lovely private site to set up on. They went out of their way to see that we were comfortable and had all we needed.
We will definitely be contacting them the next time we are looking to stay in the Bayfield area.