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 saying, ‘We’ll be there if the price of fuel can drop down a little bit. The biggest burden for us is the price of fuel…It puts a negative impact on tourism.”
More than 100 units was common for the local RV event in the past with visitors from Eastern Canada and the United States. Mazerolle said the number of registered units may still increase before the event.
“I just keep telling these people you can’t miss your holidays because of the price of fuel is just a few cents more,” he said, noting that in spite of gas prices, he has confirmed participants from New York and Quebec.
The community is located on Chaleur Bay in the northeast portion of the province.
The four-day event includes musical entertainment, a corn boil, dance, bicycle tour in Beresford and visits to the City Farmers’ Market, Bathurst Heritage Museum and downtown waterfront village in Bathurst. On Sunday, an outdoor church service will be held on Beresford Beach. There will also be an outing to the Bathurst Marina and a Sunday evening banquet back at the Sportek.
The fun concludes on Monday with games like volleyball, horseshoes and cribbage on Beresford Beach. A lobster/salmon supper will be held at the Sportek followed by a farewell party.