Cornwall – July 2016 – Trees and Some Black Tank Innovation

2016-07-02 CornwallCornwall is one of those towns that easily goes unnoticed. It has a great deal of historical significance to both Canada and the U.S., and is right on the border. It is a pretty town with an excellent waterfront. There is a bridge that crosses the St. Lawrence River into NewYork.

In keeping with our mission of only staying at the best-rated Good Sam parks, we found one just a little further along the road, almost on the Ontario-Quebec border, called Maplewood Acres.

What a gem!

Tucked well in off the highway, it’s almost difficult to find. Even though the surrounding landscape is cornfields and farm, the campsite is nestled in a tight grove of forest that hints at what the countryside must have looked like before it was cleared a century or more ago.


This is the view from our side window. The site was very well organized, clean and quiet – with the exception of Saturday evening Karaoke, which did not last too long.

It goes from this...
It goes from this…
2016-07-22 Maplewood Acres
…to this pretty fast.

As seems to be the norm, the population was half travelers like us, and half seasonals, who park their trailer and then build patios and roof extensions on top of them.

I highly recommend this park, and it certainly deserves its great Good Sam rating.

The heat continued through the week, and we found ourselves making the 30-mile trek back to downtown Cornwall on two successive days. The town has a great waterfront, with lots of open space and free parking.

This was a delightful stay. Henry got to meet a wise and large husky named Bear, who was similar in many ways to our own dearly-departed Dou, after whom this blog is named.

And on this stopover I got to try out an amazing product called the Sewer Solution.

Sewer SolutionI am not paid to endorse any product – I am not even sure anyone reads my blog except me – but this Sewer Solution is worth its $180 CDN plus the hefty $70 in freight and duty to get across the border. It is not easy to find, and no RV stores that I have visited carry it on their shelves.

That’s a shame, because it solves a very common problem, which is, the arduous job of emptying the black tank.

It’s made by Valterra, and quite simply, it uses water pressure from a garden hose to move the black tank materials out and away rather than waiting for gravity to do it. It macerates all that lovely stuff and sends it down a one inch wide hose, and despite other peoples’ comments, it really does not take that long at all.

It makes the entire process a lot easier and sensible. The best demonstration video can be found on the CampingWorld page here.

So with our lungs full of tree-filtered oxygen, and our tanks empty and clean, we packed up to re-visit our old stomping grounds on Montreal’s South Shore.


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