Campground Review: Hidden Hilltop

19 June 2018

Woohooo! We just returned from our very first camping trip with our brand new camper and it was AWESOME!! We drove the camper off the Stone’s lot after receiving a very comprehensive overview of how everything worked, and we were off to Hidden Hilltop Campground in Debert, NS for the long weekend!

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Driving to the campground was a bit of a learning curve - especially because it was very windy on the highway. We felt little pulls here and there, but quickly recognized that this is normal when you are hauling a 22 ft camper behind you, so we felt at ease once we got going. I honestly think that the hitch that we purchased was a big part of the reason we felt comfortable - the sway bars really accommodated for the wind on the highway!

We could not have chosen a better campground for our first camping experience - from start to finish it was incredible! Pulling into the campsite was so exciting, my husband, kids and I were all pumped! We passed a little petting zoo on the way in and we later found out was open at 9am every morning for feeding time. My kids are animal lovers, so this was great! We registered with ease and drove up to our site. Our site was wide open with trees backing it, so as first time campers, we appreciated having a lot of space to back into our spot! Backing up a camper is very difficult, so unless you have practiced before, finding a campground with lots of room to back up or pull through sites are great.

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Once we got parked, we realized we forgot our level! We tried to eyeball it, but it was obviously not level when we got inside and could feel the slant. Having a level with you is an absolute necessity! Once we got it as level as we could, we started unpacking. The fantastic thing about where we were - site C10 - was that the playground was directly in front of us with nothing blocking it! So while my husband and I unloaded the truck to get set up, the kids played on the playground and stayed out of the way! The playground was great too - it had a nice tire swing, monkey bars, swings, a bridge, slides and an airplane! My 6 and 4 year olds loved it - but it was also great for older kids as well.

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This campground was very family friendly. We absolutely loved it. From the minute we registered to the minute we left, the staff was over the top friendly and accommodating. They have a big rec hall with organized activities for the kids every day. We played chocolate bar bingo, went to a dance, made crafts and played games. It rained on the Sunday, but there were lots of activities planned to keep the kids busy. The rec hall, bathrooms and games room were very clean. They have ice cream available all day, with a wide variety of flavours for a great price. We visited this often.

We really loved that the campground was wide open, so we could see our kids wherever they were. We were on top of the hill, and there was a gigantic piece of grass that lead all the way down to the bouncy pillow, basketball courts and swimming pool. The pool wasn’t open yet during the May long weekend, but they opened up a big slip and slide to help the kids cool off! The traffic moves at a snail’s pace, so the kids could safely drive their bikes anywhere.

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When we went down to the petting zoo in the morning to feed the goats, there was also a nice little loop around the animals to bike as well. In the evenings, wagons rides through the park were offered and it was nice to get to see all of the other seasonal lots that were there!

In the evenings, we had nightly campfires. We forgot wood so had to buy some there - it was quite pricey. As we asked around, we learned that purchasing wood at the campgrounds is pricey everywhere, so if you are able to take some with you, do that! At dusk, the staff come around to make sure that all children are safely back to their campers - the playground shuts down at dark. I loved this!

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We didn’t partake in too many of the adult activities, but they had horseshoe tournaments, washer toss tournaments and adult dances too. There is something for everyone! We will be going back here this summer for sure, and look forward to having access to the pool next time. That will make our experience even better!

Another perk to Hidden Hilltop is that it is located minutes away from Masstown Market! They have fresh baked goods, a Cafe with soups, sandwiches and comfort food meals and a grocery store. There is a Tim Horton’s, Greco and gas station across the road also - so anything you need you could get just minutes away.

I look forward to telling Stone’s readers about our next camping adventure to KOA in Sackville!! We are heading there Father’s Day weekend (June 15-17) and look forward to it being a little bit warmer at night time!! We cannot wait!

LACEY75Lacey Cyr is a wife, mom of 2, math teacher and first-time camper from Halifax, NS reviewing her family's campground experiences for Stone's RV as they travel this summer

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