Cold Feet, This Might Be The Answer.

We all know how much dirt gets tracked in and out of an RV at any given time. Whether it be from the dogs, kids or any other visitor, I seem to sweep my RV several times a day. I would love to have a carpet under my feet when I am doing dishes but with all the dirt it just isn’t an option.

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While researching for my blog I came across this washable nonslide rug that just might be the answer for us campers. Has anyone tried this product?

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http://www.ruggable.com

They are affordable, washable, and come in various sizes and colors. Sounds like the perfect partnership for camping. I just might have to try this out and if I do I will let you know how they work.

Cariboo Bonanza Resort – A Gem In The Cariboo!

Cariboo Bonanza Resort on Horse Lake, BC

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Our morning coffee view.

Another big group camping trip is in the books. The memories, laughter and stories will live on forever, only improving with time.  We received an email to advise the campground we pre-booked for 2015, Moondance Bay Resort, was closing.  It was difficult to find another campground that could give 7 families totalling 26 people lake front sites without a year’s notice. After calling several resorts I stumbled upon Cariboo Bonanza Resort which is also in BC’s Interlakes area.  We were so happy they could offer us 5 lakefront sites with 2 more just behind.

Skip directly to my thought on the campground!

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This week was so full of stories and events that I will break it down to a few posts and focus this one solely on the campground. Cariboo Bonanza Resort is located less than 15 minutes from 100 Mile House on Horse Lake. It is best known as a fishing lake but big enough for swimming and boating activities.

Here are my thoughts on the campground.

If you plan to camp at Bonanza remember it is a private campground and the layout is that of an RV park. The sites are very close together and offer no real privacy, but we sought this type of layout for our large group.

Recommended Sites: here is the campground map

  • We were in sites 39 to 43, which are lake front sites with fantastic views. FYI, we have booked them for 2016. There are some considerations for these sites along with site 44: they are only 15 amp power, and are quite short and narrow, so won’t work for bigger units
  • If you are traveling as a group or wanted a more treed private environment then head to the back of the campground in sites 2-6. They back onto the forest and are grouped in a small cul-de-sac area.
  • Sites 29-32 are also lakefront but overlook the tent sites so do not offer the same lake view feel as 39-45. They are a bit wider and, I believe, offer 30 amp power which might be a consideration.
  • There is an overflow camping area which offers full hookups. It is an open field areas so keep that in mind if you select this area. Large units fit nicely in these large spaces
  • The campground offers several cute cabins. I did not look inside any of them but several are right on the lake and a few along the creek. They were fully booked during our stay so I have a feeling they are hard to get.
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Rustic cabins

A local told us that one cabin was built for Prince Andrew and Fergie’s honeymoon, although we found nothing on the internet to verify. Bonanza’s owner, Bruno Sprecher, was the Royal Family’s ski guide who once saved Prince Charles’ and other’s lives in a deadly avalanche.

Campground Highlights:

  • The Management/Owners: These people were so friendly and really set the tone for this trip. As soon as we arrived we could feel the hospitality. The sites we were in had a narrow entrance road and right away they offered their tractor to park the RV’s in the site.
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  • Clean washrooms, shower house and laundry room
  • Lakefront sites and access
  • Full hook up options
  • Onsite activities including fun archery targets, and a very impressive children’s playground
  • Several docks & a boat launch
  • Basic supply store

Campground Lowlights:

  • IMG_2108Limited privacy, no different than what you expect in most RV parks
  • Showers were nice and clean but all of us felt they lasted less than their advertised 2 minutes, perhaps because even the cold shut off without warning making it impossible to rinse off.
  • Bathrooms only have 1 toilet so people have to wait occasionally.
  • Power and water on every second site so cords and hoses had to be run across on some sites
  • Forest trail behind the campground leads to a smelly sanitation pond.

Things to do:

  • Fishing
  • Swimming and boating activities
  • Kayak, paddle boat and pontoon boat rentals
  • Volleyball, bike ramps, a dock slide and a large playing field.

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An Unusual Idea For Tarping! Who Knew?

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Tarping solutions are one of my most popular topics. With that in mind, I am always looking for new ideas to share on my blog. That and being from the West Coast where we find ourselves camping in the rain on a regular basis, often without tarps being set up? (See exhibit A for our recent trip in the rain without tarps.)

IMG_1435On that same trip  we came across a guy who had the ultimate tarping set up. He had tarped almost his entire site and did it using a product I had never seen in a campground, dry wall supports. He had several  placed throughout his site. Now in my opinion this was too many because they looked like a bit of a tripping or pet leash hazard but 2 or 3 would be great. I was also impressed by height you can get from these, no more ducking when you enter the tarp area.

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What is unique about this product is the flat top and bottom making them great for camping because they are not sharp or pointy and would not ruin your tarp.  The posts come in 2 different telescopic heights  5-9 foot and 6-12 foot, which adds to their flexibility and ease of storage. Place one on your picnic table and then support the edges with Skyhooks and you just might have the perfect tarping system. No trees, these would still work but then you would require 5. A tall one in the center and one on each corner to anchor. The downside of these is the price and weight. They range from $30 to $40 each and are construction site quality making them heavy.  You won’t want to buy more that you need. The model I could find are made by Task Tools but I suspect there are similar products in other parts of the world.

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I am going to try to get my hands on a set of these and I will then do a review of how they work but from the photo and discussion with the original camper who showed them to showed us, I suspect they will be great.

Whistler, BC – Things To Do And See In The Summer.

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riverside-receptionWhistler, British Columbia is one of my favourite places to visit in the summer. There is so much to do and so many people to watch that it is impossible to be bored. As mentioned in my review of Riverside Campground, we spent 3 nights in Whistler with 2 other couples all camping in RV’s.  We planned to hike, bike and enjoy the beach during this trip and we were not disappointed. Continue reading

Shuswap Lake Provincial Park – Scotch Creek , BC

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/shu_lk/

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Growing up in Kamloops, I have been going to Shuswap Lake Provincial Park for years and it has been interesting to see how the area around it has changed. Shuswap Lake Campground is a very large park with 274 sites located on the beautiful Shuswap Lake. The park features paved roads, a playground, interpretive programs, hiking trails, bike trails, a boat launch, and a lake for swimming with a long sandy/pebble beach. The park also includes Copper Island which is only accessible by boat but is a fun day trip and provides activities like hiking and cliff diving. Although the park is large, it is very popular, so you will need to book your stay 3 months in advance in order to get a site. Continue reading

Rechargeable Heated Jacket and chair

Found at Home Depot, this Makita jacket uses the same rechargeable battery as your tools and sells for just over $200. A great addition for winter campers and pair it with the heated rechargeable camp chair you are set for those cold nights.

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/14v-18v-heated-jacket-large-jacket-only/855827image

Here is the link to the heated chair blog

https://campthatsite.com/2015/01/09/heated-camping-seat/

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Reflective Camp Rope.

Never trip on tent or awning ropes again! Genius!!! A must have for campers and only $12 USD

http://www.coolthings.com/nite-ize-reflective-rope/

Reflective rope lines.

Reflective rope lines.