Why The World Needs More Campers

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Summer is in full swing: hot temperatures, afternoon and evening thunderstorms, beautiful sunrises and sunsets—and camping. While it has been a record year for campgrounds and RV parks, I am convinced the world needs more campers. Stay with me, as this comment is not about occupancy rates or empty sites, it’s about campers.  The campers you […]

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Camping Without a Car or RV

A non-profit group is making camping without a car possible with a regular bus service between Toronto and key national and provincial parks in Ontario. Starting June 29 (2012), the Ontario Parkbus Initiative will be running buses between Toronto and popular campgrounds, canoe access points, and backpacking trailheads in Algonquin, Killarney, and Grundy Lake provincial […]

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Bare Facts on Bears

Grizzly Bear Kills Hiker in Yellowstone National Park A couple’s hike off South Rim Drive, south of Canyon Village and east of the park’s Grand Loop Road, Wednesday (July 6) morning, turned tragic when they surprised a grizzly bear sow and her cubs. Brian Matayoshi, 57, of Torrance, California, was hiking with his wife, Marylyn, […]

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Are You Bear Aware?

Wildlife is a huge part of the mountain and wilderness regions of Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Arizona, Alaska, Alberta, and British Columbia. Deep snowpack, more grizzlies Numerous encounters between grizzly bears and humans have been reported this spring, attributed to a growing bear population stuck in the low country as a result of the deep snowpack. […]

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What do Ohio, Tennessee & British Columbia Have in Common? Part 2

America’s State Parks Throughout America, state parks are struggling. These are your parks. Get out and enjoy them. What do Ohio, Tennessee & British Columbia Have in Common? Ohio, Tennessee, and British Columbia are among a handful of a few states and Canadian provinces that DO NOT CHARGE ENTRY FEES to their parks. Admission is […]

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What do Ohio, Tennessee & British Columbia Have in Common?

The following headline may provide a clue: As Washington State prepares to charge admission to all state parks, British Columbia is launching free admission to its provincial parks. BC Parks B.C. Premier Christy Clark recently announced that parking will now be free in all provincial parks to encourage families to take advantage of the system. […]

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AlbertaParks recognized for innovative reservation service

ESRI Canada recently presented an Award of Excellence to Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation (ATPR) for its online campground reservation system that uses ESRI’s geographic information system (GIS) technology. The new innovative reservation service, Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca, provides campers with maps and real-time space availability of more than 4,000 camping sites at 50 provincial campgrounds. Campers now […]

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