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Ontario Campground Gets Govt. Funding

Construction of a new RV park at Chippewa Park in Thunder Bay, Ontario, should be completed before the end of the year, park officials say. After thorough deliberation Monday (July 28), the Thunder Bay City Council approved a grant of about $200,000 in reserve funds to the park, according to The Chronicle Journal, Thunder Bay. Most of the money will go the construction of the new RV park, which will feature 32 sites with full services including power up to 50 amps. Construction is expected to take... Read more

Boil Water Orders at Flooded Campgrounds

Emergency and relief crews continue to make significant progress responding to the devastating flooding in the area around Ruidoso, N.M., New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) officials reported Tuesday (July 29). Since Sunday, local fire departments, law enforcement, and National Guard have rescued about 600 residents and campers. They also delivered food and water to stranded individuals, according to KVIA-TV, El Paso, Texas. Sherry Kamali of the New Mexico... Read more

Declining Tourism Sparks B.C. Initiative

High gas prices seem to be taking a toll on some of Osoyoos’s hotels, motels and campgrounds, keeping some tourists away and changing the habits of those who are coming to this area of British Columbia to vacation, according to the Osoyoos Times. “Normally at this time of year I’m running full and this year I’m not,” said Cathy Herbert, owner of Brookvale Holiday Resort, adding that 15% of the RV resort’s 105 spots were vacant. She said she thought the decrease was a direct result of... Read more

Rebate Program Benefits Branson KOA

Ralph and Kim Newell considered ways to improve the bottom line at their KOA Kampground in Branson, Mo., and decided to help with campers’ fuel costs by offering cash rewards for extended stays. So starting in June, campers who stay for seven consecutive nights at the Branson KOA are reimbursed $50 for their fuel costs. It gets better the longer the stay. Campers who stay for two weeks receive $125; a three-week stay nets campers $200 and those who stay for a month will receive a $400 rebate. Even... Read more

Profaizer Expands on Move to Colorado

(Editor's Note: Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), distributed a letter Thursday morning (July 31) concerning ARVC's move to Larkspur, Colo. Here are excerpts from her letter.) I just wanted to take a moment to remind you all that this is the week of ARVC moving its headquarters to the Denver Metro area. The ARVC staff really kicked in to get everything packed and on its way to Colorado. They are a wonderful group. I want... Read more

Report: Americans Curb Driving Miles in May

Soaring gasoline prices and a weak economy combined in May to reduce the number of highway miles traveled during the month by a record 3.7%, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Monday (July 28). Reuters reported that the 9.6 billion miles less traveled was the biggest drop ever for any May, when traffic usually increases due to the Memorial Day holiday and the beginning of summer vacations. During the first five months of the year, highway travel was down 29.8 billion miles, or 2.4%, from... Read more

Firm Launches Online Campground Directory

GoCampingOnline.com, a Spindale, N.C.-based company, is introducing a new online campground directory. The feature-rich website, www.GoCampingOnline.com, allows camping consumers to search campgrounds and RV parks across the U.S. and make real-time online reservations 24/7, according to a news release. Visitors to the site can plan their camping vacation searching by state and region, via a landmark or by a campground name. To further enhance the experience, visitors may also narrow their search... Read more

Fuel Prices Stifle New Brunswick RV Rally

The high cost of fuel has prompted some RVers to stay home instead of taking in the fifth annual Rendez Vous Caravane Recreational Festival, set for Beresford, New Brunswick, from Aug. 1 to 4, according to The Northern Light, Bathurst New Brunswick. "We have registered 52 units and I tell you what – a lot of people are just waiting to the last minute for the price of fuel," said organizer Roger Mazerolle, noting that most RVs cost more than $400 to fill up. "We're getting callers... Read more

El Paso Man Relates Campground Rescue

The Guerrero family from El Paso, Texas, has been getting together every July since the 1980s for the family's annual camping trip in the Upper Canyon near Ruidoso, N.M. And over those two decades, they've never seen anything like what they saw over the weekend, according to KVIA-TV, El Paso. "It just kept on raining, raining, raining, all the way through the night until Sunday," Carlos Guerrero said, "and we didn't think too much of it." Until they realized there... Read more

ARVC Headquarters in Transition This Week

The staff of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) has begun its transition from its office in Falls Church, Va., to the new headquarters in Larkspur, Colo., a Denver suburb. Office equipment and records were packed last Friday and are being shipped to the new office. As of Thursday (July 31), the Falls Church office will be closed. Phone calls, e-mails and faxes to ARVC staff will be returned as quickly as possible during the transition. Three of eight ARVC staff members elected... Read more

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