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EXPLORER RV CLUB NATIONAL RALLY
AUGUST 2018 • PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
The survey results are in and the most popular vote for the next national rally destination was "let's go east". We are listening and heading to beautiful Prince Edward Island. We are currently working on booking accommodations, tours, caterers, etc. Please watch for more details in upcoming issues. Details will also be posted on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.
By Phyllis Briercliffe
After our Spring Brunch and our opening campout, our group has only one activity left for the summer. This is the Corn and Apple Festival in Morden, Manitoba. It’s a fun weekend and if you would like to join the Explorers there, call Wayne Smith at (204) 222-7393.
Manitoba Explorers hope to have a rally in September. Join us and bring a friend to Champagne’s RV Park September 21-23. For details call Wayne Smith at (204) 222-7393.
See you there. Happy camping!
Happy Campers - Dundalk
By Virginia Elliott
What a welcome to our camp in Bracebridge, sunny skies, no bugs but lots of hugs. A great start to any campout. Our theme was Christmas in June, and soon decorations were showing up at the different RVs and in the hall. Since most of the 46 rigs arrived on the night before our official start, we had lots of time to inspect the new ones and just catch up on the trips people had taken since the last time we saw them.
We had the choice of visiting the different attractions around Bracebridge or to just take advantage of the beautiful weather and enjoy the many games. Our washer toss tournament was busy with so many people this year, but everyone had a chance to enjoy it, as well as a hoop throwing game (another favourite), bean bag baseball and of course, our bocci tournament.
This year our talented musicians were out in full force, with Ted, John, and Tom playing their guitars and singing, Willard on the keyboard and mouth organ, and Pat adding a fiddle to the group. The old faithfuls kept us laughing with their jokes in between numbers. Ted did a few songs just for the line dancers so we could get up and dance, and there was a waltz or two from Willard to keep us all going.
Our meals were pretty special this year with a beef dinner one night, a roast pig another night, and on our final night, a full Christmas dinner. Oh, those turkeys smelled good all day and definitely didn’t disappoint, with lots of homemade cranberry sauce.
The only day it rained (we did get some games of bocci in before it started) turned out to be the day we were to go on the tour of Muskoka Breweries. It is indeed a unique place to tour, not just for its interesting history and the story of its operations, but also for its rustic decor. We couldn’t resist the samples of their various craft beers either.
Santa and Mrs. Santa made their appearance giving out gifts we exchanged at the final Christmas Party. Maureen and Paul entertained us with a true-to-life skit we all enjoyed.
Thanks so much to the organizers, Bill and Marlene, Frank and Donna, and Bob and Linda for all their hard work for our wonderful campout. Next year we will have new organizers and a lot of them were brand new to this campout: Kenn and Virginia Pray, Brenda Bews, Marcel and Carole Levesque and Gus and Joan Doomernick.
Happy Campers - Chelsea Fall 2018
By Kathy Sargeson
Your hosts are busy planning for your fall adventure. Our 50s and 60s theme will feature a Monster Mash, so get your costumes ready. We are also planning a tour of the Bruce Nuclear Plant. Sign-up sheets will be available at the Meet and Greet. There will also be the standard washer toss, mini golf, baseball, and a new euchre tournament.
Date: September 10-18
Location: Cedar Rail Family Campground (located on the Grey Bruce Line, R.R. #3 Chesley, ON)
Services: The first 31 campers to sign up will get the full service lots. Those signing later will have sites with water and electricity. A dump site is available, as well as free internet (vouchers at office), heated swimming pool, showers, and restrooms.
Registration Fee: $25 per person
Camping Fee: The exact rate is still to be determined, but will be approximately $32 per night. After setup, please pay at the campground office.
Finding your site: Upon arrival, you will be greeted by one of us and we will direct you to your site.
*Those who sign up will receive a detailed agenda prior to the date.
Contact: Ken & Barb Heinbein (519) 699-4401 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Curt & Sharon Burgess at email@example.com, Ray & Lyn Spiewak at firstname.lastname@example.org, Ken & Kathy Sargeson at email@example.com
Quinte Wagoneers Chapter
By Bill van der Valk
Our June camp had 13 rigs attend. We were somewhat scattered at Cobourg East Campground but all within easy walking distance. We had our usual 4 p.m. Meet and Greet and an 8 p.m. campfire at an empty site next to the hosts. Saturday started out with a coffee hour and in the afternoon we all went our separate ways into the surrounding area for individual activities.
Saturday evening, we had a really nice pot luck dinner and later a blazing campfire for our members. On Sunday we had a complementary pancake and sausage breakfast provided by our hosts and everyone came out. Some members had to leave after breakfast, but the remainder enjoyed a quiet day.
Thanks to our hosts, Donna and Wally for the wonderful weekend.
Our July camp was held at Savage Bear Campground in Buckhorn and we had seven rigs attend. It was a really hot weekend but thankfully the power was sufficient to run our AC units as required. This was a smaller group, but it allowed everyone to interact with everyone else during our usual drinking and eating events.
We were at Rideau Acres in August and at Riverwood Campground in early September. If you have any inquiries, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Southwestern Ontario Chapter
By Martha Knight
This summer we had some very enjoyable campouts. In June, we convened at Green Acre Campground in Waterloo. At this campout we were privileged to be joined by one of the founding members of our chapter. Reg is 96 years young and he camped with us in his converted van camper. We have a picture of Reg surrounded by some of the wonderful ladies in our chapter at the evening campfire (see next page).
While in Waterloo we enjoyed visiting St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market and exploring all the local shops in the nearby small towns. We went out for dinner one evening and shared an evening campfire every night.
We camped at Wildwood RV Park in McGregor and in September we will be at Lakewood Christian Campground in Camlachie. At this campout we will be having our annual general meeting and will be electing officers for the upcoming camping season.
If you are interested in joining our group, please contact our President Ben Sietsma at email@example.com or (519) 520-2061.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter
By Ern Pennell
After a nice start to spring during April, the months of May and June seemed to revert back to winter for a while and the snowbirds were almost turning south again at the border. Despite the mixed bag of weather, the 2018 camping season was well underway at the time of writing.
Our Spring Luncheon and meeting on May 16 were well attended, with over 30 members attending. Our June Rally at the BlueFin RV Park in Holyrood on June 22-23 was also well attended, with almost 40 members and guests.
There are no formal activities planned for the summer, however Explorers will be found in many of the parks and campgrounds and festivals around the province.
The next planned event is our Fall Rally/Campout and Annual General Meeting, taking place at Terra Nova National Park during the weekend of September 14-15. Wagon masters Dave and Vi Parsons, Lloyd and Maxine Currie, and Warrick and Maxine Vatcher have a fun filled weekend planned with a guarantee of good weather during the extended summer.
Reports on the Fall Rally and AGM will be published in the next issue.
Until next time, Safe travels!
By Doug Barnes
This year the Newfound Chapter began the first get-together with four days at Sanger Municipal Park in Grand Falls on June 25. Let the annals of hardy camping record that on June 26, we were visited by SNOW. Yes, that’s correct. With flowers in bloom and trees fully laden with leaves, snow fell during the morning hours of June 26. While that put a damper on that day’s activities, the next day turned to the polar opposite weather-wise, allowing us to enjoy outside activities and a group barbeque. Another day we spent exploring the local area followed by a delicious meal at a restaurant in Botwood.
From Grand Falls we moved to Lewisporte on June 29 for another four nights and camped at Woolfrey’s Pond Park & Campground, which is a municipal park operated by the town of Lewisporte. As we were there during the Canada Day weekend, some of our group took part in those activities. The wagon masters organized a group dinner (Jiggs Dinner) followed by an evening campfire. Other days were spent relaxing, kayaking, and visiting the area.
Our next rally began on July 25 for five nights in Frenchmen’s Cove on the Burin Peninsula. Watch for the write-up in the next issue.
Further information can be obtained by contacting Doug.Barnes@nf.sympatico.ca.
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