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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
It's the end of October and Manitoba has snow. Summer camping is over and we'll now start to plan for next summer. In November, Manitoba Explorers met for brunch at Smitty's on Regent Ave. in Winnipeg, and shared their camping experiences and put out suggestions for next summer. We welcome visitors. Phone Ruth or Wayne at (204) 222-7393.
Merry Christmas and happy camping in 2018!
By Bill Webb
We have more than 80 Explorer RV Club members registered for the Spring Campout in Bracebridge, but there are still a few spots available for happy campers. Call or email if you are interested.
Date: June 10 - 14
Registration fee: $25 per person
Camping fee: $100 (four nights) arrive Sunday, June 10; leave Thursday, June 14
Camping fee will be collected at the meet and greet on June 11.
Note: Site hydro is 15 amp, water is via your hose. Bring your Ys. A dumping station is available in the fairgrounds.
The theme for this campout will be “Christmas in June”, celebrating Santa's many years at his summer home in Bracebridge at Santa's Village.
Keep an eye open for a fun gift (not more than $5) while you are browsing this winter. Men provide a present for men, ladies a present for ladies.
No potluck at this campout - take a break ladies.
For information contact Bill Webb at email@example.com or call (705) 769-3003.
By Bob and Pat Sanderson
To finish off the season, we once again joined up with the RVing Canada Facebook group at Earl Rowe Provincial Park in Alliston. My wife and I held a wine and cheese meet and greet on Friday for more than 60 people with the help of another member, Ron Warzin. The overall event was organized by Susan Murray Chrest a member of RVing Canada. On Saturday, more than 80 people attended a potluck on Susan and Dave's site. Five tables were needed to accommodate the abundant rows of crockpots filled with every kind of dish possible from pulled pork to chili, along with every salad possible and a 10-foot row of desserts.
The weather at the end of the season was also the best of the summer, with every day touching a very hot 90 degrees fahrenheit. The only time any relief came was from a breeze tiptoeing ever so softly throughout the whispering pines. No colour was present as Jack Frost had not yet begun to paint the landscape.
Suggestions for 2018 adventures include, Sauble Beach, on Lake Huron as per past years, while the long haul trip is looking like Dolly World and Graceland. For us, 2018 is our 50th wedding anniversary, so we may travel on our own to California. Stay tuned for updates and changes as we may take a year off and do our own thing.
For Chapter information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quinte Wagoneers Chapter
By Bill van der Valk
Happy New Year to all of our readers.
Our last camp of 2017 was held on the last weekend of September. We had 18 rigs attend at Smugglers Cove RV Resort near Picton, Ontario. The weather was a nice and summery. More than half of the camp stayed the extra night because of the weather. We capped off the weekend with our Thanksgiving dinner which hosted more than 40 people and we still had enough food left over to enjoy for Sunday dinner. We then had our annual AGM and elected two new people to the Executive Board.
The final event of 2017 was our Christmas luncheon held on November 26 in Brighton and we had a good showing of members with lots of laughs and then goodbyes until 2018.
Our first camp for 2018 will take place May 4 - 6 at Smugglers Cove. If you are interested in coming to this camp or future camps, please contact me at email@example.com.
Southwestern Ontario Chapter
By Martha Knight
We have finished another very successful and fun-filled year, with five campouts over the summer season in various locations around southwestern Ontario.
The campouts for next year have been planned. May 22 - 26 we will be at Willow Lake Campground and RV Park in Woodstock. Then, from June 19 - 22, we will be camping at Green Acre Park in Waterloo. From July 17 - 20 we will be at Shelter Valley Campground in Clinton. The month of August will see us at Wildwood Golf & RV Resort in McGregor between the 14th and the 17th. Finally, in September, we will be at Lakewood Christian Campground near Sarnia.
We are looking for some new members for our chapter. If you are interested in joining our group, please contact our president, Ben Sietsma at firstname.lastname@example.org or (519) 520-2061.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter
By Ern Pennell
After a most successful 2017 camping season coming to a close, things have been rather quiet with the Newfoundland & Labrador Chapter. The next scheduled activity will be our annual spring luncheon and meeting which will take place (at a time and place to be determined) sometime in May. By then, things will be kicking into high gear for our June 2018 Rally scheduled to be held at the BlueFin RV Park in Holyrood, NL, during the weekend of June 22.
Until Spring, good health and safe travels.
2009 Newfoundland and Labrador Caravan (Expanded) Reunion
By Jane Gunther
Twenty-three of us met at Cedar Rail Family Campground in Chesley, Ontario, September 14 - 16 for our 9th annual reunion. On Friday we car/truck pooled to the Bruce Power Plant for a very informative tour. Bruce is the largest nuclear power plant in the world and supplies 30% of Ontario's power. Another 30% is provided by the plants at Darlington and Pickering. The tour was followed by lunch in Port Elgin at the Lord Elgin Fish and Chips Restaurant. All of us ate pretty light that night. If you are in the area and in need of gaining a few pounds, stop by. Saturday was spent in the park playing games followed by a delicious potluck dinner and then a few games of Euchre and 31. The weather was perfect, providing ideal conditions for sitting out and socializing both during the day and the evening campfires. Dave Lawrence kindly looked after arranging for wood and tending the fire while Ted Lloyd entertained us with his guitar and songs. How does he know the words to so many of them? Plans are underway for Sept. 2018 to be held in Kingston.
Why are we called “Expanded”? Various hosts have invited fellow RVers from other caravans to join us. This has worked well because over time a number of people from the 2008 caravan are no longer RVing and do not attend the reunions. If you are interested in joining our group, let me know (Janeric631@gmail.com) and I will add you to the mailing list.
By Doug Barnes
The Newfound Chapter held its last rally for the year during the weekend of September 8-10, at the Shriner's RV Park on the Eastport peninsula. We have been holding our year-end rally there for many years as many members have permanent sites in the park. Recently, several of those members have sold their units, but we still had a group of about 22 people participate in our rally. Our usual meet and greet was held on Friday afternoon followed by a card game in the evening.
Saturday started with our Annual General Meeting, followed by our outside games event in the afternoon which had good sunshine and many participants. Saturday evening supper was held at the Inn at Happy Adventure where many fish dishes were served with a view of the local fish plant. On Sunday morning, several members of the club were up early to prepare a hearty breakfast for the other members. The plan was for the group to move to Terra Nova National Park for another four nights but the weather turned and forced us to cancel that part of the rally.
Our annual Christmas dinner took place at a restaurant just outside St. John's.
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