'Tent-Crazy' Manitobans Out in Large Numbers This Summer
It is a beloved summer pastime in Manitoba, a way to unwind and socialize with friends and family in a safe, controlled outdoor atmosphere.
Camping is primal and adventurous and it is an activity that is as Canadian as the beaver, according to the Central Plains Herald Leader, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
And despite below-normal temperatures in May, June and July, camping attendance has been up at sites near Portage la Prairie and across the province.
"This year has been exceptionally good," said Marlene Oftedal, who owns Ofty's Riverside Campground northwest of Portage with her husband, Don. "It seems like each year gets better than the next. It has been cold and rainy, but it is not affecting our camping business."
Camping season typically starts in mid-May and runs until the end of September, but Parks Manitoba begins taking reservations for its provincial campgrounds as early as February. According to the organization's preliminary data, this is one tent-crazy province.
"We won't have final attendance figures until the fall, but our reservations are holding up strongly," said Tracy Elbourne, head of recreation programming for Manitoba parks. "Our cancellations are up marginally, but we have really done well considering the rough weather."