Rain Does Not Dampen Alberta Campers' Spirits
A little rain was not enough to stop outdoors enthusiasts from heading to campgrounds over the just-concluded August Long Weekend in Alberta.
The Gas City Campground was a hot bed of activity over the weekend, as campers, motorhomes and the occasional tent descended onto the grounds, filling the campground to capacity, the Medicine Hat News reported.
“I go camping roughly a dozen times a year,” said Kevin Gervais, heating a pot over the campfire for lunch Saturday afternoon. “I like the family atmosphere here at the campgrounds. Everybody kind of watches out for everybody.”
Gervais, who calls Medicine Hat home, also enjoys how close the campground is to town.
“It’s nice and close to home, you can run back and forth to work if you have to,” he said. “It’s just a great little campsite.”
Connie Svrta, also camping at Gas City with Collin Kinzer, also enjoys Gas City for the location.
“We’re here in 10 minutes, home in 10 minutes, and people come out to visit us and we have suppers together,” she said.
For Gervais and Svrta, the atmosphere is the main reason they enjoy camping.
“I love the trees, I love the outdoors, it’s nice,” said Svrta.
“I like getting out in the outdoors, enjoying the family time together and being able to be away from the city and the fast-paced life,” said Gervais.
Even the rain couldn’t ruin the weekend for the campers at Gas City.
“You make the best of it,” said Svrta. “It doesn’t bother us.”
Svrta added the rain on her camper helped her sleep well.
“It’s been like this the last day or two, on and off, it’s not enough to dampen the spirits,” said Gervais.
“It keeps it cool, I’m not one for the heat, so when it’s like this, I’m quite OK with it.”
Elsewhere in the region, the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Campground was also full over the weekend, according to Peter Swain, district manager of the park.
“We’ve been flat out busy through the long weekend, even moving into overflow camping,” he said.
Swain says camping will be steady through the month, until the last week of August, where it slows down, as school is starting up.