Tuesday, March 3, 2015

May's "long weekend" brings 2-for-50 camping rates

Looking to pump up interest in camping, a new campaign throughout Canada rolls out this year. Canadian Campground Week offers two nights of camping for $50 during the "long weekend" of May 22 and 23.

The brain-child of the Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC), the idea is to promote camping and RVing lifestyles. the council also hopes to gain more recognition just how much camping and RVing impact local economies. Of course, for campground owners, having hoards of campers rolling through the gates during the "low season," won't hurt, either.

A spokeswoman for CCRVC told Woodalls Campground Management, an industry magazine, that they have great plans for the week. "“We want every campground across the country to participate in promoting the camping and RV lifestyles," said Maryse Catellier. Campgrounds don't have to pay any fees to participate, but do need to agree to either offer the two-nights for $50, or to provide an event promoting camping during the week. Already 300 campgrounds have signed up.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lost in the woods! How a child can keep safe until help arrives

A game of hide and seek took on new meaning for one family while camping recently.

Two little girls, cousins aged 9 and 11, went missing from their Calabogie, Ontario, campground on August 4, wearing only pajamas and running shoes. They were playing hide and seek that evening, but soon found themselves out of range of their campsite.

An Ontario Provincial Police search crew began scouring the forest at 10 pm. Canine units and a helicopter crew joined the search party the following morning. Fortunately, the girls were found safe and sound around 1 pm the day after their disappearance.

For the full story, click here.

The 10 minute video below explains how a child can keep safe if they're ever lost in the woods. It was produced for the National Association for Search and Rescue by the San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team and Alexander Video Productions in Glendora, California. Watch it with your children or grandchildren, and discuss things they should and should not do if they ever get lost while camping. It only takes a few minutes for a child to get lost in the forest. It also only takes a few minutes to teach them how to stay safe if that happens.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Watch out for hungry grizzly bears

As one Parks Canada employee recently learned, the grizzly bears in western Canada are being forced to search for food in lower altitudes, thanks to a colder than usual spring.

Wildlife conflict specialist Etienne Cardinal survived an attack while riding his bike near Jasper, Alberta. He had been on a solo bike ride when the bear hit him on the side of his back, knocking him off his bike. The bear then tried to bite him, but instead got a mouthful of Cardinal's backpack – and the can of bear spray inside it.

The bear took off, and Cardinal was treated in hospital for minor injuries and released. Parks Canada officials say this attack was defensive, not predatory. Attacks are rare, but visitors are more likely to encounter bears this spring because the snow is taking longer to melt in the mountains, meaning food is harder to find.

For the full story, visit www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton.

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