Ice Ice Baby – camping with a portable ice maker!

69E4B2FB-2077-4479-97B6-9767AC1FF847-959-000003BD23F350F1The older I get, the more conveniences I seem to acquire and a portable ice maker is just another example. We are social campers, meaning, we mostly camp with other families and are often in private campgrounds with hook ups. It also means we go through a lot of beverages!

Regardless of our camp set up we like to keep our beverages in a cooler packed with ice. Nothing says camping like digging around in freezing water and being rewarded with a cold beer. Keeping that cooler full of ice during a hot summer trip is really the only stress we have camping so we decided to buy a portable ice maker. I do agree, if this is our biggest stress, then life is great!

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Okanagan Falls Provincial Park, OK Falls BC

okanagan-falls-campground-signOkanagan Falls Provincial Park is a small park made up of only 25 unserviced sites which are 100% reservable. The park is now officially called  sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ Provincial Park, and is located in the small town of Okanagan Falls. The park lies  below the outlet of Skaha Lake on the Okanagan River. 

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Haynes Point Provincial Park – Osoyoos BC

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

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We have only been lucky enough to book into this campground once. It is likely the most popular provincial campground there is and if you want a site you will have to get up  before 8:00, 3 months before the date you want to camp and start trying to book it, even then you are lucky if you get in. We were able to get the site because I logged on about the same time as someone was cancelling their reservation and I scooped it up. Otherwise, good luck! Continue reading

Fort Camping, Brae Island Regional Park – Fort Langley, BC

http://www.fortcamping.com

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It is not often that we get 14 degree C days in February but this year it has seemed like the norm. For that reason my husband, son and I decided to head out to Fort Langley for a sunny walk, a patio lunch and to check out Fort Camping on Brae Island Regional Park,  which is right in Fort Langley. We know several people who have camped here but we have never been to the campground ourselves. Keep in mind we only did walked through but I wrote down some notes, spoke to a very friendly employee and took some photos of the grounds. I thought I would provide a short review until we can get a weekend visit in. Continue reading

Farragut State Park- Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho

http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/farragut

Lake Pend Oreille photo from Wikipedia

Lake Pend Oreille photo from Wikipedia

Farragut State Park is located on the southern tip of beautiful Lake Pend Oreille in the Coeur d’ Alene Mountains of northern Idaho. It has dry hot summers, making it a great location for campers. The lake is America’s 5th deepest but has a swimming area at Beaver Bay Beach . This horseshoe shaped sand beach is one of the few places on the lake where the water gets warm enough in the summer for a swim. If you travel with pets make note that they are not allowed on any part of the swimming beach.

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Otter Lake Provincial Park – Tulameen, BC

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

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Otter Lake Provincial Park is located about 30 minutes northwest of Princeton and is well marked. It is a paved road but is has lots of twist and turns and when the signs say, “watch for rocks on road” or “no stopping due to falling rocks” they are not kidding.  Watch for wildlife too; we have seen deer and bears along the way. Although it is not the greatest road once there it is worth the trip. The lake is pristine clear and the campground is truly a get away.

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Summer Plans 2015 – Bonanza Resort, 100 Mile House

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This summer our family and 6 other families are booked for a week at Bonanza Resort near 100 Mile House in BC. It is right on a great fishing and swimming lake and we were lucky enough to get lake front sites. I can’t wait for camping season to start. I will write a review but here is the link if you want to check it out. Let me. Know if you have stayed there and if you have any tips.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cariboo-Bonanza-Resort/135532553284276

Chilliwack Lake Provincial Campground – Chilliwack, BC

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

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Located about 45 kilometers down a rural, sometimes bumpy road,  east of Chilliwack  lies Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park.    Due to its remoteness, and its beautiful mountain valley location, its a true “Beautiful BC” provincial park camping experience.  Most sites cannot be reserved ahead of time, which means they don’t fill-up 3 months in advance like nearby Cultus Lake Provincial Park.  This makes Chilliwack Lake often the only option for spontaneous camping trips for summer weekends. Continue reading

Canyon Alpine RV Park and Campground – Boston Bar, BC

 http://canyonalpinervpark.com/

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It was the end of July 2014 and we had been camping near 100 Mile House for a week. As we neared Boston Bar the thermometer was inching up to 41 degrees. We needed a place to stop, have a cold drink and break up the trip. Our internet search gave us Canyon Alpine RV Park. We were 3 families traveling together so we were hoping for sites near each other. We called and the owner was more than willing to accommodate us. I must say Canyon Alpine was a pleasant surprise. I am not sure what we were expecting,  Boston Bar is not exactly known for destination camping, but we were not disappointed.  The back of the campground is up hill so those sites have retaining walls between them. These tiers give you added privacy but because the sites run across the slop each site is very level. Most sites are pull through, which is great for all sizes of camping vehicles. If walking is an issue then pick a site on the lower part of the campground because it can be a bit of a trek to the back sites. All sites have full hook ups, a picnic table and a fire pit. We were put into sites, 15,16 and 17. It worked great for us and we were just thrilled to open our drinks and turn on the air conditioners. The campground also has a hotel and restaurant. I am not sure if it was the 41 degrees, the 5 hour drive or the 7 days of RV cooking but the restaurant alone made the moms decide this was where we were staying. We were told the restaurant caters to the fire fighters that arrive in the summer so the food is fresh, the portions big and the home made pies a must order. We found all 3 to be true. As for things to do in the area, we were just passing through, but Hells Gate Tram is 15 minutes away and there are several river rafting options in the area. Although we were happy with Alpine Canyon I would only stay in this area for a stop over or maybe a couple of nights if I was river rafting. If that’s what you are looking for this campground fits the bill! Continue reading