New Alberta RV Park Adjacent to Camrose Casino
Good news for RVers headed out to Camrose, Alberta — the Rose City has a new and bigger campground. Camrose Exhibition Trail RV Park is now open, offering 107 sites, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Located just off Highway 13 East on the Camrose Regional Exhibition (CRE) grounds adjacent to the Camrose Resort Casino 50 miles southeast of Edmonton, the new RV park replaces the 40-site, city-run Valleyview Campground that closed last year.
Landscaping will continue this summer at the new park, which already has a playground that's drawing even non-campers. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit — the latter a much sought after feature not always allowed in campgrounds within city limits. These can be used "because they're enclosed, unless the city imposes a fire ban," says Judy Bergstrom, who manages the park with her husband John.
Cable television and high-speed Internet access is available. As well, there is a shower house with laundry facilities. The park office is in a separate building just off the paved road leading to the camping sites. Throughout the park tall lamp posts light the area at night.
Samantha Leibel, a student at Augustana University, is on hand to help run things.
Right after it opened May 1, the new facility was in demand, with campers in "less than ideal conditions," Bergstrom says, referring to the initial delay in hooking up the electricity.
"We charged the dry camping fee and people were understanding."
Now the services are going full tilt and already some weekends this summer are booked up. Bergstrom says she expects the campground will be event-driven for the most part, with a full house already lined up for Big Valley Jamboree, along with a soccer tournament, Elks convention and the MS Bike Tour. Of course she would like to see the campground filled in between events, and points out that the new park provides an opportunity to stay and explore the city and surrounding area.
"We're close to golf courses — there are seven within half an hour, and Bashaw is just a bit further. It's a good way to do a golfing holiday."
Not to mention discovering the various points along the Boomtown Trail of which Camrose is a major hub.
The campground is also a handy spot for guests at any of the numerous weddings over the summer. "Our big bonus is that we're easily accessible."
Another benefit is that the sites are 60 feet by 30 feet and are pull-throughs, therefore able to handle big rigs easily. Some 27 sites have 50-amp power (the others are 30-amp) and are dug deep enough to be used during the winter.
"We will stay open in winter if there is the demand," she says, adding the park is not designed to be a permanent site. "We can accommodate snow birds looking for a summer home and crews in winter if they need a place to stay."
Being green is another focus, with plans to use environmentally friendly cleaning products. The park is aiming for accreditation with Good Sam RV Club, which recently brought in a list of eco friendly standards. A member of the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association, the park will be inspected soon and get its official sticker.
For more information go to www.camroservpark.com and watch for the link to the online reservation system coming soon. Reservations can also be made by calling (780) 678-2888.