Alberta Campgrounds Prep To Open

February 26, 2014 by   - () Comments Off on Alberta Campgrounds Prep To Open

Foothills campgrounds are gearing up for another year after last year’s floods, the Okotoks (Alberta) Western Wheel reported.

While some suffered damage from last year’s floods, many have completed repairs and are starting to accept reservations for this year’s camping season.

The Okotoks Lions Sheep River Campground was under water in last year’s flood, but restoration work was done over the summer months and it will be business as usual when it opens this year.

“We have a few things that need to be finished up before the season, but other than that, all of our sites are ready to go,” said Gwen Kirilenko, who sits on the park committee and co-manages the campground with Pauline Krause.

The Okotoks campground opens in April. Facilities there include RV and trailer sites, tent sites, sewer, water and electrical, and television hookups, washrooms, on-site laundry facilities and coin-operated showers. It’s location on the south side of the Sheep River make it an ideal campground for those wanting to wade in the river, or walk the pedestrian pathways.

It’s a similar story at Riverbend Campground, on the Sheep River just east of Okotoks.

Owner Dwayne Couture said his campground is open all year.

“Two weeks after the June flood, we were partially open and by the beginning of August, we were fully open again,” he said. “We had 50-60 campers all winter, as we had some displaced campers from High River and workers who were working in High River who had nowhere to stay.”

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