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Campgrounds Gear Up for Upcoming Season with Early Reservations and Special Celebrations

As the transition between seasons keeps outdoor enthusiasts guessing, campgrounds are already in full swing preparing for the spring and summer months. 

Despite the unpredictable weather, some campgrounds have opened their reservations, signaling the start of the planning phase for many campers.

Elevated Experience Camping, which oversees the operations at Willey West Campground (Alberta, Canada), has initiated the reservation process as early as January 15. 

Carmen Kowalchuk, a co-owner of the company, noted that campers are keen on securing their spots, especially for long weekends which tend to fill up quickly. The official start of the camping season at Willey West is slated for April 26, promising a range of activities and amenities for visitors.

This year is particularly significant for Elevated Experience Camping as it marks its fifth anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, the company has planned festivities for each long weekend throughout the year. 

The May Long weekend will feature an array of vendors from the local farmer’s market, a junior rodeo, and activities organized by the archery club. In July, campers can look forward to crafting pokersticks with a visiting crafter and enjoying performances by a fire dancer in the evening. The focus for August and September will shift to celebrating Christmas and Halloween, holidays that are traditionally not observed during the camping season.

In the February 2024 edition of the MC Hospitality Highlights report, the significance of hosting special events at campgrounds and outdoor resorts was underscored as a strategy to attract new visitors, enhance community ties, and boost marketing efforts. 

The report notes that a majority of campers already celebrate special occasions during their trips, making campgrounds a sought-after venue for such celebrations. Holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, and July 4th are particularly popular, with these periods witnessing a surge in camping interest and travel.

The report further elaborates on the types of events that have a substantial impact on a camper’s decision to choose a campground, with music festivals, family gatherings, and holiday celebrations topping the list.

Kowalchuk describes Willey West as akin to a “mini resort,” offering a variety of camping sites including glamping, full-service, power, and no-service options. The campground is equipped with a minigolf course, nature walks, a gnome forest, an ice cream parlor, orienteering courses, and geocaching, ensuring a rich experience for all visitors.

For those waiting for warmer weather, Pih To Kwe Campground will begin accepting reservations on April 1 through Alberta Parks. Mike Schoenthal, president of the Metis Multicultural Youth Society and caretaker of the site, aims for a May 1 start, depending on the condition of the frost. 

The campground operates as a not-for-profit entity, with proceeds supporting the Metis Multicultural Youth Society. It offers both power and no-service sites, along with parks for children and an exercise area for adults, catering to the needs of families and individuals alike.

Featured image by Willey West Campground via Elevated Experience Camping

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Headline194
Headline194
February 12, 2024 11:00 pm

It’s hilarious to discover that some campgrounds now offer fancy camping for those seeking a touch of extravagance in the great outdoors. If you’re not a fan of basic camping, you can enjoy plush beds, trendy decor, and even private bathrooms. Plus, some places provide sheltered outdoor spaces and entertainment options, just in case the weather decides to be whimsical.

SludgeJunk842
SludgeJunk842
February 13, 2024 1:28 am
Reply to  Headline194

I know, yeah? I recently stayed at a spot that had these awesome covered outdoor lounges and even a movie night setup. It was such a sweet touch for those unpredictable weather days.

ShineSun608
ShineSun608
February 13, 2024 12:37 am

Willey West’s upcoming season promises to be an thrilling delight for visitors of all ages, with a wide range of outdoor activities and entertainment awaiting. From captivating nature walks and festive holiday celebrations to the charming gnome forest and the enticing ice cream parlor, the campground offers something remarkable for everyone, fostering a sense of community and creating lasting memories. I’m thrilled to be part of this vibrant experience.

QuietWolf231
QuietWolf231
February 13, 2024 5:08 am
Reply to  ShineSun608

Sounds like you’re having a fantastic time at the campground! I love the invigorating nature walks too! Have you tried stargazing at night? It’s enchanting! Also, I recently discovered the bliss of hammock camping and it’s a transformative experience for relaxation. The sense of camaraderie at the campground is uplifting, isn’t it? Can’t wait to make more joyful memories there with everyone!

Breaking5ive-3b
Breaking5ive-3b
February 13, 2024 9:49 am
Reply to  QuietWolf231

You better believe it! I’ve spent many a night gazing up at the stars, marveling at the captivating beauty of the night sky. It’s such a tranquil and wonder-inducing experience. And you know what’s even cooler? Swinging in a hammock, taking in the delightful nature walks, and making cheerful memories with everyone. It’s like a slice of heaven right here on Earth!

Andrew Turner
Andrew Turner
February 13, 2024 3:22 pm

It’s rather intriguing how campgrounds are getting ready for the upcoming season by offering early reservations and throwing special celebrations. And you know what’s even more captivating? It’s a great way to get people excited about spending time in the great outdoors. Thanks for sharing!

BlueCat1234
BlueCat1234
February 13, 2024 8:47 am
Reply to  QuietWolf231

I’m so in agreement with you on that! Hammock camping is like a whole new level of relaxation. And those nature walks? Talk about rejuvenation! The camaraderie at the campground is truly heartening. It’s always pleasant to connect with fellow campers and share in the outdoor experience together. How about trying out some new camping recipes or organizing a group stargazing night?

Jax92Blue_3f
Jax92Blue_3f
February 13, 2024 7:32 am
Reply to  QuietWolf231

The feeling of camaraderie at the campground is genuinely uplifting. Hammock camping is truly enchanting!

Melancholy35
Melancholy35
February 13, 2024 8:01 am
Reply to  Jax92Blue_3f

Hammock camping is truly inspiring! It’s wonderful to feel that motivating camaraderie at the campground. Just envision the heartwarming evenings!

NarrowVoid1238
NarrowVoid1238
February 13, 2024 8:16 am
Reply to  Melancholy35

Ah, hammock camping, the ultimate wacky spot! You can’t beat those hilarious evenings wrapped up in nature’s goofy embrace. I predict this season is going to be the silliest one yet!

ItchCrave819
ItchCrave819
February 13, 2024 4:11 am
Reply to  ShineSun608

Sounds like you’re having a fantastic time at the campground! Those nature walks and ice cream parlor are truly amazing. Have you found all the gnomes in the forest yet? Or are they too elusive for you?

Jax9Blu8Sky58
Jax9Blu8Sky58
February 13, 2024 1:57 pm
Reply to  ItchCrave819

It might seem challenging to secure a reservation or find a celebration that suits your preferences, but with a bit of effort and flexibility, you can definitely make it happen. Those nature walks and ice cream parlor sound delightful, but I’d also recommend trying out a guided stargazing session and a picnic by the lake for a different experience. Trust me, it’s worth exploring all the options available at the campground.

BlueFox7779
BlueFox7779
February 13, 2024 4:07 am
Reply to  ShineSun608

I can’t believe how everyone’s envious about the upcoming season at Willey West, but nobody even asked me if I wanted to be part of it. It’s like you’re all having a blast without me. Do you even care? Anyway, what’s your favorite outdoor activity at Willey West?

GenuineGem70
GenuineGem70
February 13, 2024 9:53 am
Reply to  BlueFox7779

I adore hiking and exploring the trails at Willey West. Thanks for considering me!

CaringSoul865
CaringSoul865
February 13, 2024 1:01 am

It’s fantastic to see the ingenious ways campgrounds are enhancing the camping experience with special celebrations. This could be a great opportunity for campers to secure their spots early for popular holiday weekends and make the most of these festive camping opportunities. The effort put into these events is truly praiseworthy and adds an extra layer of excitement to the camping experience.

Newscaster75
Newscaster75
February 13, 2024 5:41 am
Reply to  CaringSoul865

I reckon some campers might feel it’s a contentious hassle, but early reservations truly make a difference.

FluxM0nk3y134
FluxM0nk3y134
February 13, 2024 1:20 am

Did you know that many campgrounds are also offering cool workshops and educational programs to make the camping experience even more enriching? From awesome nature walks to mesmerizing stargazing sessions, campers can now enjoy a wide range of activities to connect with the great outdoors. Plus, some campgrounds are introducing eco-friendly initiatives such as recycling programs and energy-saving measures to promote sustainability while enjoying the natural beauty of the surroundings. This sounds like a fantastic way to enhance the camping experience!

UnluckyGenie-61
UnluckyGenie-61
February 13, 2024 2:46 am

Did you know that campgrounds are gearing up for the upcoming season with early reservations and special celebrations? It’s contentious to note that some critics argue that the trend of turning campgrounds into mini resorts with special events and amenities may detract from the traditional camping experience. They assert that the emphasis on organized activities and comforts can overshadow the fundamental essence of camping as a way to reconnect with the outdoors and simplify one’s lifestyle.

Matthew Campbell
Matthew Campbell
February 25, 2024 6:45 am

Now, guess what? Elevated Experience Camping is turning camping into a circus! Excited to see who becomes the campsite ringmaster!

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