Cardinal / Ottawa South KOA General Information

General Campground Information

Cancellation Policy

Sites- 48 hrs before scheduled arrival- $10.00, within 48 hrs of scheduled arrival you lose your full deposit;
Kabins- 1 week before scheduled arrival - $25.00, within 1 week of scheduled arrival you lose your full deposit;
Lodges-2 weeks before scheduled arrival-$50.00, within 2 weeks of scheduled arrival you lose your full deposit.

Sites- 7 days before scheduled arrival $50.00, within 7 days you lose your full deposit;
Kabins-14 days before scheduled arrival $75.00, within 14 days you lose your full deposit;
Lodges-21 days before scheduled arrival $100.00, within 21 days you lose your full deposit.

Personal Property

All personal property brought into the campground is at the Registered Camper's risk and campground management shall bear no responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of such property. All campers assume the responsibility of maintaining proper insurance on their camper & personal property. We are not responsible for any damage to any camper or personal property for any reason including an act of God (i.e. wind, lightning, hail, fallen branches, trees, etc.) accident, fire or vandalism.

About Us

Come and discover family camping at its best. The Cardinal / Ottawa South KOA Campground is your primer family vacation destination, focusing on family fun with planned activities, themed weekends , large pool, splash pad, waterslide,  Big bouncers, pirate ship playground, foam parties and much more  We value our customers and make GREAT! service our top priority. winning the presidents and founds awards, also being the only KOA in Canada to win the rising star award,  We continuing to improve our park on a continuous bases to provide a top rated facility with all the key amenities you want and need at your home away from home.  We have many sites to pick from for you camping pleasure form a standard back in all the way to a deluxe patio site. We even have an array of camping cabins for those who don't have an Rv yet still want the glamping experience.   FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED


There is a free dump station for our registered guests and a mobile pumping service for a fee of $12.00 (tax included). During peak hours assistance is available for pumping at the dump station. Stay five or more nights and get one FREE on site pump out.

Contact Us

CARDINAL OTTAWA SOUTH KOAADDRESS:609 Pittston rd Cardinal, ON K0E1E0 RESERVATION / FRONT DESK PHONE:613 657 4536EMAIL:Reservations@cardinalkoa.comWEBSITE:CardinalKOA.comFIND US ON SOCIAL:FacebookInstagram

Park Hours

MAIN OFFICE HOURS These hours are subject to change without notice. For more specific hours please contact the campground closer to the date you are looking for SPRING HOURS (May 3rd - June 13th) Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 7:00pm Friday 8:00am - 9:00pm Saturday 8:00am- 8:00pm Sunday 8:00am - 7:00PM SUMMER HOURS(June 14th - September 1st) Saturday - Thursday 8:00am - 8:00pmFriday 8:00am - 9:00pmFALL HOURS (September 2nd - October 16th) Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 7:00pm Friday 8:00am - 9:00pmSaturday 8:00am- 8:00pm Sunday 8:00am - 7:00PM OTHER HOURS Pool Hours: May 17 - Sept 210am - Dusk Bike RentalsMonday - Thursday 9:30am - 5:00pm Friday Closed Saturday 9:30am - 5:00pm Sunday 2:00pm - 5:00pm Waterslide Summer Hours(July 1st - September 1st) Weather Permitting Monday (Free) 1:00pm - 2:00pmWednesday (Free) 1:00pm - 2:00pm Friday (Free) 1:00pm - 2:00pm Saturday ($5 day pass per slider) 1:00am - 5:00pm Chip wagon hours:Spring Hours (May 3rd - June 13th)Friday 5:30pm - 7:00pm Summer Hours (June 14th - September 1st) Friday 5:30pm - 7:00pm Monday 5:30pm - 7:00pm Fall Hours (September 2nd - October 27th) Friday 5:30pm - 7:00pm


In the Province of Ontario the transportation of wood is prohibited by law. As a result we do not allow wood to be brought on site as it may result in bug infestation. Firewood is available for purchase in our camp store.


We only allow ONE camping unit - one tent, one trailer or one motorhome - on a site. We do not allow more than one tent on a site, no exceptions. Tents must be set up on designated tent sites, they are not permitted on RV sites..

We also allow you to park ONE vehicle on the site. We provide free parking in our visitors lot for a second vehicle. PLEASE DO NOT PARK on the grass as it damages it. We are situated on a clay/sand bed so the ground is soft and it is very easy to make ruts in the grass.

Quiet Hours

Quiet Hours:11:00pm to 8:00amour quiet time STRICTLY ENFORCED between the hours of 11pm to 8am. We do patrol the park on a regular basis in the evenings to ensure you are not disturbing your neighbors quiet enjoyment of their site. PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE OF YOUR NEIGHBORS! All music/electronic devices must be turned off by 10pm, however, if your neighbor can hear them during the day they are TOO LOUD. Please be respectful of your neighbor as your choice in music may not be the same as theirs.

Check-in / Check-out

Campsites:Check-in time is anytime after 1:00 pmCheck-out time 12:00 pm (noon)Late Check-out If you would like to check out late, we can extend your check out time depending on availability. Please see front desk staff for assistance:There is a late check out fee of.$5 for a 2:00pm Check-out$10 for a 4:00pm Check-out$20 for a 10:00pm Check-out Cabins:Check-in time is anytime after 2:00 pmCheck-out time 11:00amLate Check-out If you are in a cabin and would like to stay on the grounds late, we can extend your party's stay however you must vacate the cabin and be parked in our visitors lot for the remainder of your visit. Please see front desk staff for assistance:There is a late check out fee of.$5 for a 2:00pm Check-out$10 for a 4:00pm Check-out$20 for a 10:00pm Check-out


NETWORK ID:NEW KOA WIFI STEPS TO CONNECT: 1. Turn on your computer or restart if it is on standby.2. Select NEW KOA WIFI network.3. Be sure to turn off automatic login, auto join, or any extra security settings that may be on your device.4. Connect to NEW KOA WIFI network.5. Wait until terms and conditions pop up6. Agree to terms and click blue button Cardinal Ottawa South KOA is pleased to offer guests complimentary Wi-Fi. This free service is designed to manage a bandwidth by allowing basic access to email, banking, internet and social media opportunities. Although we do our best to provide Wi-Fi to our guests, access is limited and not guaranteed. This service will not support services such as Netflix, Skype, Youtube or other applications that use a great deal of bandwidth. 



NO VISITORS PERMITTED AT THIS TIME- to ensure our paying guests are able to enjoy the amenities and activities we offer we do not allow visitors to the campground. 


Alcohol and Marijuana

ALCOHOL USE:Responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages by adults is permitted in all areas of the park unless otherwise posted. State law prohibits the consumption of alcohol by persons under the age of 21yrs.Glass containers are prohibited in the pool area. Public intoxication or disturbances stemming from the misuse of alcohol will not be tolerated and offenders will be evicted without refund.

Alcohol:We are not licensed therefore ALCOHOL may only be consumed on your campsite and only by persons of legal drinking age in Ontario (19 Years). Management reserves the right to ask any person to leave with a refund because of excess drinking. NO ALCOHOL OFF YOUR SITE Marijuana:We have reviewed the operational, social, medical and ethical aspects of marijuana use on our campground and in the interest of our guests and the safety of all involved WE DO NOT ALLOW THE NON-MEDICINAL USE OF MARIJUANA on our property. Management reserves the right to ask any person to leave without refund because of excess drinking or marijuana use on site. |


Please note that we do not rent our sites to young adults, campers must be 21 years of age or older over to rent a site.

We ask all our guests to keep in mind that there are many young children on site having lots of fun, so we ask that you drive very cautiously and refrain from using profanity.

Minimum Stay Requirements

Two night minimum on weekends is a Friday and Saturday night. If you request a shorter reservation, please inquire via telephone. Three night minimum on long weekends are a Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Gate Access

Front Gate:FRONT GATE IS CLOSED BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 11PM AND 7AM AND WE DO NOT ALLOW TRAFFIC IN THE PARK DURING THAT TIME. This is to ensure our guests sleep well and are not disturbed by vehicles driving into or out of the park. EMERGENCY VEHICLES ONLY. 


Quiet hours are STRICTLY ENFORCED between the hours of 11:00pm to 8:00am. We do patrol the park on a regular basis in the evenings to ensure you are not disturbing your neighbors quiet enjoyment of their site. We ask that you keep your children on your site and quietly occupied until 8:00am. 

All music/electronic devices must be turned off by 10pm, however, if your neighbor can hear them during the day they are TOO LOUD. Please be respectful of your neighbor as your choice in music may not be the same as theirs.


In addition to the KOA Pet Policy we have the following restrictions:

WE DO NOT ALLOW PETS IN OUR CABINS AND LODGES (unfortunately no exceptions).

Our insurance does NOT ALLOW us to have PITTBULLS, or ROTWEILLERS OR ANY MIX OF THESE BREED on site.

Aggressive pets of any breed are not welcome.

Please CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR PETS. Poop disposal stations and poop bags are located at the Dog Park and near the Garbage Shed. 

All pets must be leashed. Do not leave your pets unattended, either on your site or in your trailer.

For health reasons pets are NOT permitted in the store, pool enclosure, playground or Big Bouncer areas.

Please do not let your pet bark excessively, be respectful of your neighbors.


Mini Putt $3.00/person- children 5 and under are free.
Bike Rentals $4.00/1/2 hr for single seater; $5.00/1/2 hr for double seater. We also have a 4 seater bike $7.00/1/2hour-must have an adult driver. 
During the months of July and August our inflatable water slide will be available on a daily basis (weather permitting). The charge for the slide is $5/person per day (must be 42 inches or taller to slide)


We have a Chip Wagon and a Pizza Hut on site. Starting the Victoria Day Weekend, the Chip Wagon is open Fridays at dinner time and the Pizza Hut is open Saturdays at dinner time. Hours vary depending on demand and additional open dates occur during July and August, so check your schedules when you register for details. Food Services close after the Thanksgiving weekend.

Big Weekend/VKR Weekend

Please note that our cabins and lodges are not included in the Big Weekend promotional discount.

We DO NOT participate in the VKR weekend in September.

Meet Your Hosts

Daniel Parent and Karen McAndrew

Welcome to the 2019 Camping Season, we look forward to seeing you soon.

We are dedicated to providing a fun and entertaining experience for your family. It was Daniel's life long dream to own a campground, and in 2006, he had the opportunity to purchase the Cardinal/Ottawa South KOA and has loved every minute since.

By placing a strong focus on recreation and service, we work hard to create a fun-filled family destination for the eastern Ontario region.

We love our guests! We like to go out of our way to meet our camper's needs and concerns. Dan pays particular attention to new RV owners by helping with their set-up and understanding of their new purchase. He is also our resident chef and can be found cooking at the Chip Wagon, Pizzeria or hosting long weekend BBQs, potlucks and holiday dinners.

Karen is always ready to greet you with a smile and help with anything you need.

We are also passionate about Care Camps which supports special non-profit camps for children with cancer across North America. Throughout the season we incorporate activities and opportunities around the campground to raise money for this special cause.

Look for us on our regular tours of the campground! We look forward to meeting you!

Daniel Parent & Karen McAndrew