Visit Elk Island National Park This Summer

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National parks are some of Canada’s greatest features, and Elk Island National Park is one of Alberta’s most prized possessions. The park serves as a key refuge for elk, bison and roughly 250 bird species. The bison was revived from near extinction, and the Elk Island National Park is one of the top places in the world to learn about the species. Although, campers, hikers, bird watchers, picnickers and star gazers will all find something they adore about the park.

Things to Do at Elk Island National Park

Bison are the main attraction at Elk Island National Park, and visitors can learn about their rich history and the role the animal has played in many different cultures. Visit the bison handling facility and see how the park’s expert staff care for these iconic animals. Head to the park for the annual Bison Festival, take the Bison backstage Tour or enjoy the exhilarating Bison Traffic Jam.

Park Festivals

In addition to the Bison Festival, the Elk Island National Park throws numerous family-friendly festivals throughout the year. Celebrate water sports at Paddlefest, join the fun for Canada Day or gaze at the sky for the park’s annual Star Party. Log onto the park’s website to learn more about upcoming events.

Stay the Night at the Park

There’s no better way to experience Elk Island National Park than by spending a night on park grounds. The Astotin Lake Campground features 71 unserviced sites and an overflow area. Showers, flush toilets, food lockers and picnic shelters are available for campers.

The park also offers equipped campsites that come prepared with a tent, sleeping pads, camping chairs, a lantern, propane stove, cooking gear and dining shelter, so all you need to do is pull up to your site and enjoy the park.

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Try This Tourtiere Recipe on the Road

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A French-Canadian classic, the tourtiere is hearty meat pie that’s simple to make, delicious, filling, and great on a cold evening.

Hearty Tourtiere

Ingredients

  • 675g ground beef
  • 250 mL minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 mL celery salt
  • 1 mL ground black pepper
  • 1 mL ground allspice
  • 2-3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 375 mL beef or chicken stock
  • 1 medium Yukon Gold potato, peeled
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 egg yolk mixed with 30 mL water for brushing

Pie Dough:

  • 500g cake and pastry flour
  • 7g salt
  • 250g unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
  • 125 mL cool water
  • 2 eggs

Directions

  1. In a large sauté pan or skillet, sauté the beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain off any excess fat, add the onion, garlic, bay leaves, celery salt, pepper, allspice and Worcestershire and sauté until the onions are tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the stock and bring up to a simmer. Use a box grater to grate the potato over the sauté pan and stir it in. Let mixture simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed. Remove the bay leaves and add salt to taste. Remove the pan from the heat and cool to room temperature. This can be prepared a day in advance and chilled.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 °F (190 ?C). On a lightly floured surface, roll out one disc of the pie dough to just less than ¼-inch thickness and line a 9-inch pie plate. Fill this with the cooled tourtière mixture.  Roll out the remaining dough to the same thickness, cut a hole in the center (for steam to escape) and place on top of the filling. Trim and pinch the edges of the crust together and then, brush with the egg wash. Bake for about 45 minutes, until the pastry is a rich golden brown. Let cool for 15 minutes before slicing to serve.

Pie Dough:

  1. Place the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (food processor not recommended.)  Add the butter and mix with electric beaters (or on medium-low speed) until the butter is fully incorporated into the flour – it will have a sandy texture (the opposite of a conventional North American pie crust technique).
  2. Whisk the water and eggs together and add this all at once to the flour.  Mix ONLY until the dough takes on a rough, shaggy texture but does not come together.  Do not shape or handle the dough but place it in a smaller bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours to set the butter.
  3. Turn the shaggy dough out onto a clean work surface and bring it together with your hands by flattening and folding the crumbs and crumbles in as you do.  Divide the dough into 2 pieces and shape into discs.

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Tips to Make Your RV Feel More Like Home

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Your RV is your home on wheels, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t feel as comfortable as the brick-and-mortar home you left behind. Follow these three simple tips to turn your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel into a comfortable and cozy oasis.

1. Adjust Your Lighting

Not all RVs come with intelligent and decorative lighting systems. Take the time to find LED lights in a color and brightness that suit your preferences and use them in place of your overhead and reading lights. Additionally, opt for candles or flameless LED candles for mood lighting at night and whenever you don’t want bright lights shining in your vehicle.

2. Decorate Like Home

You don’t have to live with the outdated or unattractive interior that came with your RV when you purchased it. Don’t be afraid to remove undesirable carpeting and replace it with a color or texture you enjoy. RV enthusiasts can also transform RV interiors with simple and affordable additions like new rugs, bedding, towels and throw pillows.

In addition to buying new soft goods, hanging pictures, adding decor pieces and placing a few plants around your RV can really add a touch of home. Just remember to secure your items before hitting the road.

3. Use Quality Dishes

Contrary to popular belief, you can use real dishes and silverware in your RV. Stocking your RV with quality dishes and glasses can make it feel more like you live inside your RV rather than simply use it as a camper.

Use wine boxes from the grocery store to separate your glasses and keep them safe when you’re on then road, then stock your shelves when you arrive at your destination. Non-slip shelf liners and a piece of non-slip lining between each dish will also keep your plates and bowls in place when you’re on the go.

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Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies for the Trip

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These super simple, quick to make, no bake cookies are ideal as an on-the-go snack in daily life, and equally convenient for your next RV road trip. Whip them up at home or even in your RV when you’re at the campsite. They’re a great snack for between meals or as something to munch on before bed.

5-Minute, No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 – 3 1/2 cups quick cooking oats

Directions

  1. Add the butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa powder in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a rolling boil, and boil for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in the peanut butter, vanilla, and oats and drop onto parchment paper paper.
  4. Let cool until set, about 10-15 minutes.

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Must-Visit National Parks of Canada

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One of Canada’s best features is the natural beauty that is surrounding its citizens and visitors at all times. And thankfully, many of those gorgeous natural settings are protected for the public by the National Parks System. The following are some of our favorite parks in the country, but with over 220 national parks, marine conservation areas, historic sites and other protected lands, you may just want to fire up your RV and go discover which ones you love best.

Banff National Park

Banff National Park is bound to blow you away. Nestled in the Canadian Rockies, this national park offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of Canada with 6,641 square meters of gorgeous mountain peaks, tranquil woods, flower meadows and Lake Louise’s famous emerald waters. Although, Banff visitors don’t just get to admire the beautiful scenery, they get to immerse themselves in it by skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, canoeing, golfing, hiking, whitewater rafting and enjoying just about every outdoor activity imaginable. Even better, Banff National Park is just a 1.5-hour drive west of Calgary.

Thousand Islands National Park

If you prefer massive expanses of water over mountaintops, you’ll fall in love with Thousand Islands National Park at first sight. This Ontario park offers numerous campsites on 12 islands that can be accessed by boat. These gorgeous rocky, pine-covered islands are located only a few hours from some of Canada’s biggest hotspots including Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

British Columbia is internationally known as one of the most beautiful and exciting destinations in the world for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re into surfing (Long Beach is one of Canada’s best surf spots) or hiking (a 75-kilometer hiking trail weaves through the park’s forest) or exploring islands by paddle or motor, the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver Island’s western shore is guaranteed to make you appreciate the Great White North.

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Go for a Hike!

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Looking for good hiking experiences near Woody’s RV World in Calgary? Try any one of these awesome trails the next time the urge for a good hike hits you.

Guinn’s Pass

This trail is 3 kilometers one way and starts at either Ribbon Lake Campground or Lillian Lake Campground. Climbing steeply up through Guinn’s Pass, you get a great panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains. Whichever lake you start at, you still get a clear alpine lake at the end of your hike.

Badlands Trail in Dinosaur Provincial Park

This trail may be short at only 1.3 kilometers looped, but it packs a lot of badlands geology into its short distance. From hoodoos and sandstone ridges to bentonite clay formations and dinosaur fossils, this trail has it all.

Grotto Canyon

This is a nice and easy trail that’s got a bit of length to it at 4 kilometers for a round trip. You’ll get to see ancient pictographs, sandcastle-like hoodoos, and waterfalls. The trail leads to a wide open valley after a narrow canyon and cave.

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Keeping Your RV Clean

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It’s time to get your RV in top shape for spring and summer. RV adventures can pop up without notice, so there’s no better time to ensure you’re ready when adventure calls. Follow these simple steps to prepare your RV for another season of camping fun.

Create a Checklist

A spring cleaning checklist can help ensure you’ve covered all of the bases when preparing your RV for camping season. Make a list of items you want to stock in your RV as well as the areas that need to be cleaned and organized. Your list will help guarantee you don’t end up at the campsite without key items.

Look for Deterioration

Always check for deterioration of the interior and exterior of your RV before starting another camping season. Catching deterioration ahead of time can save you from having to perform costly repairs in the end. If you find deterioration and repair it before you hit the road, you won’t have to deal with leaks or repairs when you’re trying to enjoy the great outdoors.

Clean Inside and Out

You may feel like your spring cleaning is finished when you’re done washing the exterior of your RV, but the interior is just as important. Performing a deep cleaning of the interior of your RV will keep you more comfortable on the road while lengthening your RV’s lifetime too.

Check Your Equipment

Nothing is worse than hitting the road and finding that your TV antennae or solar panels aren’t functioning properly. Check all of your systems and equipment to ensure they’re in top working condition before you hit the road.

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Edmonton’s Best Eats

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If you’re a resident of Edmonton in between RV trips (or even an RVer who’s currently visiting Edmonton) you’re going to want to eat at some point. I mean, we can assume that much. Where you eat depends on what quality you want and what kind of experience you wish to have.

If you want the best of the best, however, you’ll be pleased to know that Edmonton possesses some legitimately great eateries. In fact, Alberta’s capital is shaping up to be a foodie’s dream.

Uccellino

A modern Italian trattoria, Uccellino is owned by renowned chef Daniel Costa. His third restaurant, Uccellino serves simple Italian food with ingredients imported from Italy. Simple, in this case, doesn’t mean that the food isn’t quality, but rather that the flavors are clear and robust, transporting you to rustic Southern Italy. Half the restaurant is designated for walk-in dining, so it’s not too difficult to get in and try it.

Rostizado

A rarity this far north, this Mexican eatery is a real treat. Opened by the Tres Carnales Taqueria owners, which serves up tacos street-style, the new place is a traditional, family-style rosticeria. Rositzado takes diners on a journey through Mexico, drawing inspiration from all 32 states, which, if you know Mexican regional cuisine, can be wildly divergent. From classics to modern twists, Rostizado makes a good lunch or dinner.

Duchess Bake Shop

If you want something sweet for dessert, head to the Duchess Bake Shop. Drawing inspiration from the best of French baking, the pastries, macarons, pies, and tarts will make you feel like you’re in Paris. They also serve lunch, which includes sandwiches, quiches, soups, and tartiflette.

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Spring Camping Destinations

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Head to one of these destinations this spring in your RV if you’re looking for some good camping opportunities to kick off RV season. Stop by Woody’s RV World to pick up any accessories you might need for your trip. You can pick up space-saving accessories, outdoor cooking accessories, chemicals for the black water tank, and replacement parts for the RV.

Kluane National Park and Reserve, located in the Yukon Territory, is one of the largest protected areas in the world. The park also features part of Kluane Lake, which is the largest lake in the Territory. Watch the beautiful sunsets on the lake or look west to see the Saint Elias mountain range.

Pacific Rim National Park, located in British Columbia, is another “can’t miss” location. The national park is located on Vancouver Island and features Long Beach and the West Coast Trail. Spring and summer are great times to visit, but don’t wait until fall, as it gets pretty cold and rainy.

Banff National Park, located about an hour and a half from Calgary, is Canada’s oldest national park. It has tons of sights to see, including Lake Louise’s aquamarine water and the Ice Fields Parkway. Because of the mountains and the lake, it is considered one of the best places to take your RV.

Douglas Provincial Park, located in Saskatchewan, features cacti, beaches and tons of fish. This is the perfect place to go for those who want to combine fishing and hiking. Since you can see various landscapes, this is one of the best places to get pictures.

Spruce Woods is a newer park – it was established in 1970. You’ll see sandy dunes and can walk on tons of walking trails. This park also rents yurts if you want to sleep outside of your RV for a change. Additionally, the camping sites are very private.

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Before you head out on a long trip, stop by Woody’s RV World to pick up any accessories you need, make sure your RV is in good working order, and grab parts, chemicals, RV toilet paper, and other items that you may need for this trip.

Are You Considering an RV?

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When you’re considering your first RV, there are a number of questions that you ought to ask before committing to anything. Some RVs can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, so it pays to know what you’re getting vs. what you need.

How much space do you need?

This question is especially important if you have a family with older children or if you plan on long-term traveling. Ask to see the size of the sleeping quarters. If you have have three or more kids and they are older; or if you plan on taking adult friends with you, you’ll want to ensure that a bunk that is advertised to sleep two is actually big enough to sleep two!

Another “size” to ask about is holding tank size. If you are planning on living the RV and many of the places you park of off-grid, you’ll want larger holding tank sizes. And, if you have a group of people or a large family going out for a weekend, you won’t want to pick up everything to go empty the holding tanks every other day. Make sure your RV has large enough holding tanks to accommodate your RV lifestyle.

You also want to make sure that it’s big enough to accommodate activities you expect to be doing during your travels. If, for instance, you’re an avid kayaker or love your ATV, you may want to look at toy haulers.

What amenities do you expect?

RVs are supposed to be more comfortable than camping in a tent or driving in a car, but, that being said, every RV is different. While there’s no shortage to the creature comforts that you can expect to find in an RV, not every RV will be loaded down with every single one of them. Know what features are important to you and prioritize these when you shop. Do you really want an extendable awning? An outdoor kitchen? Bunk beds? A television in the bedroom? Multiple slide-outs? Figure this out before you hit the dealership’s lot.

What’s your budget?

Like it was mentioned before, RVs can get pricey. There’s no shame in not being able to afford the biggest and baddest rig. The RV you get should be the best combination of size and features that you can actually afford. Crunch some numbers before you stop in at the RV dealership and know what your maximum is.

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