March is Here & Everyone is Thinking Camping!

Have you planned your 2018 camping excursion yet? We have compiled a few fun camping tips for you to try this year.

 

Sage – Natural Mosquito Repellent

Did you know mosquitos dislike sage?! Next time you are planning your grocery list add fresh sage. When those irksome mosquitos try to ruin your s’more time around the campfire throw a bunch of fresh sage into the fire and watch them disappear!

 

Rosemary Coals

Love cooking over an open grill? Create a smoky, savory flavor by using fresh rosemary sprigs over ashy coals the next time you grill meat and vegetables.  Be sure to make extra, your family and friends will be asking for seconds!

 

Removable Suction Cups

These handy little things should be in every campers supply box! Ever come back from the lake or pool and never know what to do with those sopping towels and bathing suits?  Suction cups to the rescue!  Mount these little rescuers on your RV shower wall or even on the outside of your RV and voila!

 

Glow Sticks & Headlamps

Camping with kids or pets? Glow sticks are a great to keep track of them in the dark.  Glow sticks are inexpensive and can be found at almost any dollar or craft store these days. They come in a variety of fun shapes and sizes. You can even throw them in water bottles and create a fun game of nighttime bowling!

Alternatively, headlamps are inexpensive and worth the cost for everyone to have their own for night time. Fun Use: Headlamps can also be used to wrap around a water filled jug to create a night light inside tents or on a picnic table

 

Clean Clothes – Dirty Clothes

Avoid sorting through bins and suitcases while camping by investing in hanging clothes organizers. Unpack all clothes into the hanging organizers and as clothes get dirty just use the bins as a dirty laundry hamper! All the clothes in the bins go straight to the laundry room when you get home. No fuss no muss!

Welcome June…is it really June??

It’s  Really June??  Well let’s go camping!!

Spring has sprung

The River’s riz

I wonder where my row boat is!

 

Ok, ok apart from the bad poetry you really don’t need a row boat.  Things around the campground are pretty dry and the water table levels at this moment are low.  Some of the lower lying parts of the trail to Tavistock point have pooling water but so far nothing like that in the campground.  So while mother nature is unpredictable, right now, this first day of June we’re ready for all of you who want to go camping.

 

We would like to welcome the Glass Egg group this weekend as our first group of June.  We know from years past these folks enjoy their weekend and certainly know how to camp in style.

 

Work has been ongoing to get the pool up and running.  It’s been retiled now, which of course wasn’t the easiest thing to do with the rainy spring we’ve had. With the necessary repairs made, it will be open at 10:00am precisely on Saturday morning.  Let’s hope the sun is shining and everyone can enjoy it!

 

If floating in the pool isn’t your thing, Fort Langley offers lots of things to do.  Check out “Into Chocolate Candy and Confections” right on Glover Rd.  They have a large selection of goodies that will make everyone happy!

 

Have to walk off all those calories?  The Fort to Fort Trail is for you.  Biking or hiking this four season trail starts in Fort Langley and carries through to Derby Reach.  For more information on, routes, length of the trail and connecting trails go to www.vancouvertrails.com .

 

Don’t forget the Fort Langley National Historic Site.  This is Canada’s 150th birthday and Parks Canada is celebrating with free admission to their national parks and national historic sites.  For more information on the Fort check out  http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/bc/langley

 

After all that you can come back to the campground, put your feet up and relax around the campfire.  Don’t forget to drop by the General Store, say hi to Marilyn and see what she’s got.  The ice cream is fabulous and sourced locally from Birchwood Dairies in Abbotsford http://www.birchwooddairy.com/

Brae Island Regional Park Trails

The trails in Brae Island Regional Park are scenic and easy, gravel walking and cycling paths that pass through forest and offer several scenic viewpoints of the Fraser River and Bedford Channel. Best of all, the trail starts right next to Fort Camping!

The park is a perfect area for families to explore the local nature and scenery around Fort Camping. During the summer months, the area is warm and the sandy shores offer a nice beach area to lounge in the sun along the Fraser, while children can play in the sand.

Brae Island Regional Park is popular for walking, jogging or biking and following the trail to the viewpoint at Tavistock Point at the north end of the island is a highlight, where spectacular views can be seen looking across the Fraser River at the west coast mountains in the distance. Returning to the marked junction, follow the Tavistock Loop Trail as it pass by the sandy beach area along the Fraser River before returning via the forested trail.

The trail in Brae Island Regional Park

The trail to Tavistock Point in Brae Island Regional Park.

Bird watchers will also enjoy Brae Island Regional Park as local birds, like the Great Blue Heron, can often be spotted along the shorelines fishing for a meal.

The Tavistock Point Trail from Fort Camping to the viewpoint is 2.1km one way, about 4.2km roundtrip (2.6 miles roundtrip). The trail begins near the day-use parking lot at the entrance to Fort Camping, on the far end where there is a map of the park. Adding the loop onto your walk is an additional 1.7km (about 1 mile).

Dogs are allowed on the trails in Brae Island Regional Park but must be leashed at all times. There are washrooms located near the day-use parking lot at the start of the trail but no other facilities within the park.

For information on Brae Island Regional Park, visit the Metro Vancouver website. For additional information on the hiking trail, visit the Vancouver Trails website.

It’s Camping Season Again!

Welcome to a new camping season at Fort Camping.  After a long cold winter, we’ve said a fond farewell to our winter campers as they head off to their summer destinations and gotten busy around the campground.

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