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Alberta Wildrose Explorers
Otto Neitsch is ill and no longer able to look after any campouts. If any of members are interested in heading up a campout, please call (800) 999-0819.
submitted by Phyllis Briercliffe
Summer camping is almost over and now some of us are looking forward to our favourite camp time. It is interesting to see the number of special activities that Explorers have planned for September. Our fall campout will be held at Champagne’s RV Park on September 15-17. This is a good date to have an open house.The Manitoba Explorers group is getting fewer in number, so we’d love for you to join us this fall. October brings a wind-up before the Snowbirds leave. If you are interested contact Ruth Dejong at (204) 222-7393. Happy Camping!
Happy Campers – Bracebridge 2018
By Bill Webb
The Spring campout will be held at the Bracebridge Fairgrounds, June 10-14, 2018. Registration of Explorer RV Club members will begin at the Fall campout at Scone. Registration fee: $25 per person, Camping fee: $100 (four nights). More details to come in future issues.
Contact Bill Webb at email@example.com or by phone (705) 769-3003
Happy Campers – Chesley Fall 2017
Submitted by Ginny Eichler
Howdy cowgirls and cowboys! We hope you are having a fantastic summer! We are busy putting together the details for our fall hoedown campout. For now, here’s what you need to know:
Date: September 11-14
Location: Cedar Rail Campground, Scone, ON (Located on the Grey Bruce line, R. R. #3, Chesley).
Services: 31 full hook-up sites assigned to the first 31 who sign up with us. Folks signing up after the first 31 will have sites with electricity and water. A dump station is available, as well as internet (free voucher at check-in) and a heated swimming pool. There are also showers and restrooms.
Registration fee: $25/person for the campout. Sign up contact the Weilers or the Eichlers.
Camping fee: The exact rate is being determined, but will be approximately $30/night. After set up, please pay the campground at the office.
Finding your site: Upon arrival you will be greeted by one of us who will direct you to your site.
Theme: Along with our Western theme, we will be celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday! Add a little red and white to your cowboy boots and duds, and be ready to celebrate with us. There will be lots of horsin’ around and good vittles. A detailed agenda will be comin’ your way (by email or phone call) prior to the event, to all you pardners who sign up.
Hope you’ll be able to mount up and head out to this campout. We’ll be lookin’ for y’all there.
Happy Campers – Spring Campout June 2017
Submitted by Virginia Elliott
Smiles and laughter were everywhere as the sun beamed down on us at our spring campout. We were outside often and did our best to ignore the lingering black flies that should have been gone by then. The theme this time was “Spring Fling” and our first look in the hall with all those beautiful hand-painted pots full of flowers was one of delight.
The days of sunshine meant we could not only enjoy groups of friends sitting around outside but also we could play our games and we had some interesting ones this year. Not only did we do our favourites – bean bag baseball, washer toss and bocci – but also added marshmallow golf, frisbee throw and ladder golf.
The Bracebridge Fairgrounds where we held our campout has several small buildings used for a museum that they opened for the group to tour. There was an abundance of pioneer-type equipment, farm implements, household items, etc. Of course, some of the antiques were items we all remembered using or seeing our parents or grandparents use, so maybe that makes us antiques as well.
Meals were great with Frank and all the volunteers cooking some wonderful feasts. We invited special guests one night including people who were amongst us for years but who now don’t RV. It was a delight to see them all again and from the smiles we got, I’m sure they appreciated being invited.
Evening entertainment was provided by our wonderful keyboard man, Willard, and the two guitar players who performed many of our favourite songs. This year we had an abundance of stories and jokes from both regulars and some new people too, and we hope they all keep it up as it’s great to have a laugh.
Not quite sure what dressing up for Spring Fling should be we did get a great variety, like campers outfitted for bugs, fishing, fancy floral outfits etc. There were lots of laughs at the get-ups. Several new couples who came this year all seemed to join in at the activities and added much to our fun.
Thanks to our organizers, Bill and Marlene, Frank and Donna, and Bob and Linda, as well as all those that dug in and did their share to make it another successful happy camper event.
By Bob and Pat Sanderson
Hello all RV groups, long haul adventurers, weekend warriors and adventure types. Memories events for this year are full. 2017 events have started as detailed in the last few issues of Canadian RVing. Parks fill fast, so it is important to call at the first of the year to reserve a spot. Stories and photos will follow in upcoming issues.
Thank you everyone for your interest and 2018 events will be posted early in 2018.
For Memories Chapter information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quinte Wagoneers Chapter
submitted by Bill van der Valk
We had 13 rigs attend the July camp at Riverwood Park just outside Lindsay, Ontario. We had two new families join us and become members as well. The weather co-operated and we managed to have our potluck dinner outside as well as a couple of campfires before the large mosquitos drove us all indoors. Classics on Kent was held on the Sunday and there were hundreds of classic cars in Lindsay for all to view. This is a yearly activity and well worth the trip.
August will find us at Rideau Acres campground in the Kingston, Ontario area. Lots of things to see and do here. The hosts have planned a number of activities for the members in the immediate area. September will find us in Galvin Bay Resort north of Peterborough to enjoy the fall colours and crisp air.
Our final camp for the year will be on the final weekend of September at Smugglers Cove Campground in Prince Edward County. Always a fun event with a complete turkey dinner planned. You can also count on lots of homemade desserts to complete the meal.
If you’re interested in joining us at this camp or any other camp this year, please contact email@example.com.
Southwestern Ontario Chapter
submitted by Martha Knight
It has been a great camping season so far. In May, we spent three enjoyable days at Golden Pond in Mosley, Ontario. In June we enjoyed three fun-filled days at Lakewood Christian campground in Camlachie. We had a wine and cheese evening, a Hobo stew dinner, games in the afternoon and wonderful conservation at the campfire each night.
By the time you read this, we will have been to The Great Canadian Hideaway in Parkhill. From August 23 to 25, we will be at Mooretown campground, which is less than one block from the scenic St. Clair River. Call (519) 867-2951 to make reservations.
Our final campout will be September 19-22 at Carsons Camp in Sauble Beach. Call (519) 422-1143 for reservations.
If you would like to join us, please contact our President, Ben Sietsma, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-520-2061.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter
submitted by Ern Pennell
Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter’s 2017 season was kicked off with our scheduled Rally at H.W. Duffett Shriner’s RV Park, Eastport during the weekend of June 16. More than 30 members and guests were in attendance for a great weekend of fun, fellowship and games. Seems as though most attendees want to kick start the weekend by arriving on Thursday for a “warm up” social before the official start on Friday. During the June Rally, it was announced that our Fall Rally and Annual General Meeting, is scheduled the weekend of September 8 at Brookside RV & Golf Resort, in Hatchet Cove, N.L. Wagonmasters Margie and Bond Hart and Marilyn and Merrill Rogers will be hosting a fun-filled weekend.
While many of our Explorers are travelling on the island this summer taking in the various festivals and activities, (some fly fishing for that elusive Atlantic salmon). 11 units will be departing NL on July 17 for a three-week tour of the Maritimes. The caravan organizers have guaranteed good weather and smooth sailing.
By the time this report is published, things will be winding down and another camping season will be all but behind us.
Safe travels, until next time.
submitted by Doug Barnes
Our first rally started on June 23 at the Sanger Municipal park in Grand Falls. We spent four nights at the park with eight couples in attendance. Our meet and greet was Friday afternoon/evening followed on Saturday by sightseeing and games. Many people took in the Salmon Interpretation Center across the Exploits River from the park where you can see salmon making their way up river to spawn. Saturday evening we drove to Botwood for an excellent dinner at a local restaurant. Tuesday was moving day and our next stop was at Crescent Lake RV Park in Robert’s Arm.
This was our first visit to the Robert’s Arm area as a group and our first stay at Crescent Lake RV Park. Doug and Ros Windsor, the owners, went out of their way to make our visit outstanding. From storytelling to delivering free firewood, they made sure we would enjoy ourselves while at their park. The park is located on a lake – in the shape of a crescent, hence the name – and has a wonderful trail circumnavigating the lake. Many of us walked the lake path and also kayaked the lake. Local lore has it that there is a monster in the lake aptly named “Cressy” so we were careful on the lake while paddling. Another really nice feature of the park is a communal fire pit. Nestled within a birch tree area alongside the lake are customised fire pits with cut-outs of Newfoundland emblems: the Newfoundland dog, a moose, a map of Newfoundland, and a map of Labrador.The area is also home to many mussel farms due to its protected saltwater coves and bays. Not to be outdone, Doug arrived to the park one afternoon with a large supply of fresh mussels. Naturally we had to have another cookup! Since this year has been an exceptional year for icebergs, many of our group ventured out to spot icebergs and have their pictures taken. We also enjoyed another meal at a restaurant in Triton where fresh fish was on the menu. However, our best meal was the lobster boil we had. Some of our members visited the local fish plant and purchased the fresh lobster, got a boiler full of saltwater from the bay, and boiled the crustaceans at our campsite. What a meal!
To say we enjoyed our time at the Crescent Lake RV Park would be an understatement.
We departed Robert’s Arm on Canada Day. Many members headed farther west while others slowly made their way back east, stopping at different parks along the way.
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