Roadways in the London region may see heavier volume throughout the afternoon and evening today as residents venture out to cottages, campgrounds, and beaches for the Victoria Day long weekend.
With weather forecasts calling for mostly sunny skies over the weekend with temperatures in the mid-20s, area campsites have been snatched up quick by Londoners looking to get out of the city.
“All of our hydro sites are booked, fully booked up unfortunately,” said Steve Musclow, Superintendent for the Fanshawe Conservation Area, late this morning. “As of this morning, we just checked the computer, it looks like we have 60 campsites that are still available with non-hydro.”
Those looking to camp at Pinery Provincial Park will also see poor availability. As of late this afternoon, the Park’s reservation website showed some campsites were still available for tonight, but none for tomorrow or Sunday.
With warm weather in the forecast, Musclow says the remaining sites at the Conservation Area will get booked up quickly. Though, he admits, people would likely still want to camp rain or shine.
“I think they’re just so excited to get outside, stretch their legs, and spend some outside time. I think that’s really what it is,” said Musclow.
Campers can take advantage of the nicer weather and rent a canoe or kayak, or go for a walk or hike on the Conservation Area’s trails, Musclow said.
Some events planned at the Conservation Area include a camper’s barbeque on Sunday, and Victoria Day fireworks Monday night from the London Optimists.
“If you’re a camper, a registered camper for the weekend here, you would be able to just leave your campsite, go down, enjoy the show, and come back, no charge, because you’ve already paid the entrance fee,” said Musclow. “If you’re a day-user person, and you’re coming into the park, and you come in there at 4 p.m., it will be $15 a car load.”
Forecasters say that while a majority of the long weekend will be sunny and warm, things will get off to a cloudy, and possibly rainy, start tomorrow.
“Sunday and Monday, lots of sunshine [..] but tomorrow, a system slipping by to the south will offer cloud cover on its northern flank,” said AM980 Weather Specialist John Wilson this afternoon.
“There is a chance (that) a shower might poke up this far north, looks like it will stay south of the border, but the latest I’ve seen on the satellite shows there’s a chance we might get a quick shower out of it tomorrow,” said Wilson.
Environment Canada is calling for an afternoon high of 21 tomorrow, with highs of 21 and 24 on Sunday and Monday, respectively.