Introduction to Horses Staycation

History of the Horse Our introduction to horses begins with some history. The history of horses in the Canadian west is very interesting. There is evidence that wild horses roamed the plains and foothills of Alberta 10,000 years ago. These early inhabitants are classified as the Mexican Horse which is now extinct. The cause of their disappearance is unclear. You

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Campfire Safety

Cooking is Part of the Fun Campfires are a very popular part of the camping experience,. Who doesn’t love to roast wieners and toast marshmallows. Never take this activity for granted and never forget that you are dealing with fire. To ensure everyone has fun be sure to check out the campfire safety tips below. Safety First We recently published

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RV Fire Prevention & Safety

Be Prepared When thinking about your next camping trip we urge you to keep RV fire safety top of mind. To understand the scope of this hazard you should know the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports an average of 2,000 RV fires annually in the United States. This issue hits close to home for us. Riverbend Campground had two

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Private Campgrounds Alberta

Interest in Private Campgrounds With so many new people discovering the joys of camping since the start of the pandemic, finding a site can be challenging. This is especially true in national and provincial campgrounds. The Play Outside Guide says the search is “Like the Hunger Games.” Many people are opting to focus on private campgrounds in Alberta. One of

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Bird Watching Staycation

Birding as a Staycation Theme Last spring when the pandemic hit, people searched for ways to enjoy life while dealing with the health authorities’ restrictions. A camping staycation became an extremely popular way to go. This continues to be a great option for many families and adding a theme can enhance your time in the great outdoors. In this post

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Fishing Staycation

Five Days of Fishing With travel restrictions during the pandemic, staycations are the way to go. Camping staycations continue to be very popular. The addition of a theme can enhance your time in the great outdoors. In this post we offer information on our “5 Days of Fishing Staycation.” If you and the family are new to this popular past

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Planning a Staycation

Updated May 20, 2022 During the summer of 2020, Staycations became the norm for many families. With high fuel prices going into the 2022 camping season, we expect they will be front and center in family vacation plans again this year. We hope that we can offer some ideas and insight into planning your family Staycation this summer. Rethinking Summer

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Seasonal Camping Southern Alberta

Our previous post was about long term camping. You can read it here. This time we look at seasonal camping in Southern Alberta. The option of renting a campsite for an entire camping season has been very popular for a very long time. It’s so popular that seasonal sites are very hard to find. Riverbend maintains a wait list of

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Long Term Camping in Alberta

What is Long Term Camping? Campgrounds that cater exclusively to short-stay or rubber-time campers may have maximum stay rules, typically 14 days. In Alberta Parks’ campgrounds the maximum is 16 consecutive days. After this period you must leave the campground for a minimum of 24 hours. In the provincial group campgrounds the maximum is 5 consecutive nights. In this context,

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Okotoks Big Rock

Athabasca Glacier To locals it’s The Okotoks Big Rock, but the name doesn’t convey its significance. It has been designated a Provincial Historic Resource. Well this is a really big rock, 16,500 tonnes (18,200 tons) to be precise. It’s 41 by 18 metres (135 by 60 feet) and is 9 meters (30 feet) high. And it’s sitting out on the prairie. Let’s

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