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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.
submitted by Phyllis Briercliffe
Manitoba Explorers who attended the Morden Corn and Apple Festival have voted this event to be the highlight of the summer. Our final campout was September 15 - 17 at Champagne’s RV Park in Lac du Bonnet. Watch the next edition for the write-up. The Manitoba Explorers have lost a number of campers due to age, illness and death. We would love to welcome new members. If you are interested please contact Ruth Dejong or Wayne Smith at (204) 222-7393.
Happy fall camping. It’s a glorious time to be out.
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 began at the Scone fall campout. Registration fee: $25 per person, Camping fee: $100 (four nights). More details to come in future issues.
Happy Campers – Dundalk Campout
Submitted by Virginia Elliott
Bocce in the rain, fire trucks to put out an errant fire, our own wonderful campfire once the weather cleared, a baseball tournament, dressing up for best hobo, and lots of friendly people, are just some of the things that made our summer campout memorable in spite of the rain.
Twenty-one units joined the campout, including three new ones, for fun and friendship. We ate well, had some great conversations, listened to good music and played games.
Clear skies finally came just before supper on our last night and it was wonderful to sit around the campfire with the baseball games going on nearby. We did get our excitement when other campers decided their fire wasn’t quite big enough and threw a gas can on it and when it seemed too high, tried to put it out with water which of course, made it bigger. Being near the woods, it wasn’t good. The fire was out by the time the trucks and firefighters got there but they made doubly sure, taking away samples and writing up a report. The rest of the evening was peaceful and Ted brought his guitar over and sang for us.
Thanks go out to our organizers again this year, Martin and Rose, along with Charlie and his crew for cooking, and Ted and John with their guitars to entertain us each evening.
Happy Campers – Scone Campout
Submitted by Virginia Elliott
What artistic talent we have in our group! We had six wonderful musicians who played for us at the campout, each with their own style and type of music, but oh they were great!
We finished off our week with a group getting together to put on an hour-long skit of our version of Judge Roy Bean’s court in the Wild West. Our theme was Wild West and Canada’s 150th anniversary, so it tied right in. There were different groups pleading their cases and they kept us laughing the whole time. Great work!
Since our weather was perfect, we did spend a lot of hours outdoors. Many headed to the Keady Livestock Market, a colourful place to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, crafts, Mennonite fare, etc. It was enjoyable to walk around and take in the sights and sounds. We also did our usual assortment of games, bocce, washer toss, beanbag baseball, and even a round of golf on the mini course. We even got to swim on a particularly hot day after we’d been out in the sun playing games all afternoon. It was very refreshing.
Big thanks go out to Ginny and Gil, and Ed and Jean, who organized it and all those who helped prepare those delicious meals, run the games and clean up.
We have three new couples taking over for next year. Good luck to the new organizers, Barb and Ken, Kathy and Ken, and Sharon and Curt.
By Bob and Pat Sanderson
Before we start any story, I must say hello to all the members of Canadian RVing magazine and Explorer RV Club, we had a great time meeting and talking to you all at the East Coast PEI Cornwall KOA. Hello to all from Kitchener, Ottawa, and Cornwall.
Another group we travel with is the RVing Ontario Canada Facebook group. Both clubs had an excellent time at Woodland Park Sauble Beach. It was a pleasure meeting new friends from both clubs. We will call the game of ladder golf a draw.
To all, Pat and I hope the rest of your year is filled with adventures and safe travel. We hope to meet again soon. The 2018 schedule will be posted the first of the year, or you can email us at email@example.com.
Photos of the Explorer RV Club Rally can be seen on the website, and for photos of the east coast trip, please email us.
Memories started off the season with the Explorer RV Club rally in June and then on to Sauble Beach on Lake Huron for the July 1, Canada 150 celebration. The east coast trip followed next, with Quebec, New Brunswick, PEI, and Nova Scotia. PEI was explored from coast to coast, with many stops for lobster, shrimp, scallops, mussels and seafood chowder. All were eaten outdoors by the sea, on ocean patios, wharfs or dockside. Anne of Green Gables was also on the tour as was a scenic drive of the national parks, coastal views, and endless miles of beach. With seven full days of a sleepy blue ocean and the tranquility of this island, a drive, a walk down a lonely street or beach keeps everyone in heart to heart, hand to hand serenity. Afternoon socializing from your own campsite or enjoying a martini happy hour was an added pleasure to the day.
Nova Scotia events started with a stop at Oak Island where the History Channel films, The Curse of Oak Island. Next was Peggy’s Cove and a stop at the Halifax Harbour. Of course lobster lunch, seafood chowder, a side dish of shrimp and a few pounds of fresh-caught halibut. The coastal town of Lunenburg was the most colourful event.
A hint for 2018 a possible trip to Dolly World plus Graceland for a long haul and most likely Sauble Beach again, as we get double-wide cement pads and large, open green space for games. Stay tuned and please do not wait until the last minute to book as space fills quickly.
Memories would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with the best RVing adventures.
For Memories Chapter information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quinte Wagoneers Chapter
submitted by Bill van der Valk
The weather for Rideau Acres in August this year was perfect. We had all of our rigs lined up in one long row with the hosts Connie and Bruce at the top. They spent a lot of time and money making it special with a Mardi Gras atmosphere using decorations and beads. Most of us made it an extra-long weekend, staying from the Thursday to the Monday. This camp is close to Kingston and some of us made the trip into town for Canada 150 celebrations.
September was a little quieter with six rigs going to Galvin Bay Resort near Buckhorn. Four couples went out for dinner on Thursday and we had all six couples for potluck dinner on Saturday. The weather started out a little cool and wet, but Saturday and Sunday were sunny and warm.
Our final camp for the year is at Smuggler’s Cove RV Resort with a full Thanksgiving dinner planned followed by the annual AGM.
If you’re interested in joining us at any other camp this year, please contact me at email@example.com.
Southwestern Ontario Chapter
submitted by Martha Knight
Our July campout was a great success. It was held at Great Canadian Hideaway in Parkhill. We celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday and had a very relaxing time socializing with our group over shared meals and evening campfires.
In August, we congregated at the Mooretown Campground near the beautiful St. Clair River. We shared pizza one night followed by hamburgers and fresh Southwestern Ontario corn another night. Many members went on a cruise on the St. Clair River, which marks the boundary between Canada and the United States.
At the end of September, we gathered at Carsons Camp in Sauble Beach. At this campout, we had our year-end meeting and organized the locations of the campouts for next year. We always welcome new members. Come out and try a campout to see if you would like to join our group. If you are interested, 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
The Newfoundland & Labrador Chapter’s 2017 camping season officially ended on September 10, with the conclusion of our Fall Rally and Annual General Meeting at Brookside Golf Resort & RV Park. While the weekend weather washed out most of our scheduled outdoor activities, some members did get in early rounds of golf. For others, card playing replaced ring toss and horseshoes, while all the musicians of the group took advantage of the time for more “picking and grinning”. Some were closely watching the path of Hurricane Irma, as it was moving straight up Florida’s west coast to the Tampa Bay region where three of our attendee couples own property. At the time of writing, at least two of our members received preliminary reports that their property had not sustained any major damage. Weather notwithstanding, the 32 members and guests enjoyed a great weekend of fun and fellowship. Thanks again to our Wagonmasters, Marilyn and Merrill Rogers, and Margie and Bond Hart.
After a year of planning, our Canada 150 Caravan officially got underway on the evening of July 16, 2017, at Grand Codroy RV/Tent Camping Park, in Doyles, NL, for our meet and greet social, prior to departing for Nova Scotia.
The Caravan, consisting of 11 units, spent the next 21 days and nights on the road. The route took us from North Sydney, NS; to Harrington, PEI; Moncton, NB; Hammonds Plains (Halifax), Lunenburg, Yarmouth, Gran Pre (Land of Evangeline), Truro, and back to North Sydney, for the return to NL. The whole event was very well planned and documented and except for one or two wrong turns by a couple of members (causing them a slight detour), everything went off without a hitch. Our Wagonmasters/Planners; Barbara and Kevin Dawe, and Victoria and Wayne Pennell did a superb job on the route planning, arrangements with the various parks, planned events and providing information on things to do and places to see at each stop along the way.
The next Chapter event will be the May Luncheon, ( time and place to be announced), followed by our first Rally scheduled for the weekend of June 22-24, 2018 at BlueFin Trailer and RV Park in Holyrood, NL.
By the time this report is published, our campers will be winterized, stored, and winter will either already have arrived or be just around the corner. Some members will be off to the sunny south, while others will just be taking another NL winter in stride.
Good health and safe travels.
A very special thank you to the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter for their donation of $150 to the Explorer RV Club Loonie Cancer Fund!
submitted by Doug Barnes
Newfound Chapter: our summer outing was centered around the community of Bonavista, where we stayed at Paradise Farm RV Park. We had six couples for the four nights in the area. Some of our activities included a meet and greet on the first evening; a dinner at Nanny’s Root Cellar Kitchen in nearby Elliston; and attending a concert in the community of Bonavista. The concert evening was held at the historic Garrick Theatre and the performers were two excellent folks from St. John’s. To add a little “flavour” to the evening the bar was having a special martini night and event sponsors, Mifflin’s Tea Room, had staff circulating the tables offering free smoked salmon. How good does it get! Another evening, we held a group barbeque at the campground.
During the day we spent time visiting local sights, hiking and exploring the area. After Bonavista, several of our group moved a little farther south on the Bonavista Peninsula to Cabot Hi-Way RV Trailer Park and spent time in that area.
Our final get-together was held in September (8 - 15). We started in Eastport for three nights where we held our AGM and then moved to Terra Nova National Park for another four nights.
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