Manitoba Campers Staying Closer to Home
Many residents of central Manitoba spent the long weekend taking a vacation close to home, according to the Portage Daily Graphic.
Area campgrounds reported that hot weather conditions and high gas prices have meant steady business this weekend and throughout the summer.
“It’s been a pretty good season – the hot weather has been bringing in people to use the pool,” said Patty Levandosky, owner of Miller’s Camping Resort east of Portage la Prairie. “They certainly enjoy it when it’s hot.”
The campground was booked up for the recent holiday weekend.
At Lynch’s Point Campground, owner Michelle Estenell said business has been very good.
“Weekends, we’re usually full,” Estenell said, adding the heat wave of the past few weeks made no dent in business.
“People, they know it’s hot – they’re diehard campers and they deal with the heat,” Estenell said.
Campgrounds report business during the week has generally been flat, but weekend business has been good.
“I think the overnight camping for the travelers is down, but weekends have been good for the local people,” Levandosky said.
Estenell said it has been an unpredictable summer in predicting traffic.
“It’s been a different summer – last year we predicted when we would get the rush, but this year, it’s been non-stop since May on,” Estenell said.
She thinks the price of gas, which has hovered above $4 per gallon all summer, may have contributed to the unpredictable business.
“I know a lot of people can’t afford the price of gas and they’re keeping their people close to home,” she said.
Levandosky also cites the price of gas as a possible reason for the increase in local campers.
“There is a lot more local traffic,” she noted, “especially on weekends.” She said business this year has been “comparatively similar to last year,” as weather conditions have been much the same.