3 Summer Fishing Spots You Must Visit in Alberta

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Alberta is a province known for its rugged outdoors settings that inspire some of the best RV adventures. From wild rivers to mellow lakes and springs, wherever you are in Alberta, there’s likely a world-class fishing destination nearby. Fire up your RV and cruise to these three unbeatable Alberta fishing spots this summer.

The Kakwa River

If you enjoy breathtaking scenery as much as you enjoy fishing, the Kakwa River north of Grande Cache is one of the best places to park your RV this summer. Massive trout, Rocky Mountain whitefish, arctic grayling and a variety of other fish species make the river a hotspot for reeling in multiple catches each day. Fly fishing is one of the best ways to snag heaps of fish in the Kakwa, so don’t be afraid to get your legs wet.

Pigeon Lake

Fishermen who prefer to stay out of the water will love launching a boat into Pigeon Lake, just north of Red Deer. A provincial campground makes for the perfect place to set up camp, while the boat launch makes getting in and out of the water at all times of day a breeze. Reports of catching more walleye and pike than you can count are common at Pigeon Lake, so be sure to bring your grill and plenty of tasty summer sides.

Northern Potholes

When you grow tired of catching and eating countless walleye and pike, head to Alberta’s northern pothole lakes, including Figure Eight, Swan and Sulfur Lakes. These pothole trout lakes offer excellent spring and fall fishing, while the heat of summer slows down the catches slightly. You can catch nearly every trout species in these highly populated waters, so don’t be surprised if you pull in some rainbow, brown and brook trout.

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Before you embark on your first fishing adventure of the season, stop and see us right here at Woody’s RV World. We’re your one-stop Alberta RV shop with everything from new and used RVs to parts, accessories and camping supplies.

Make a Monte Cristo Sandwich in Your RV

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Try this classic Monte Cristo sandwich recipe on the road this summer in your RV. It’s great for a lunch-time picnic when you’re out exploring Canada’s National Parks and campgrounds.

Muskoka-Style Monte Cristo Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bread of your choice
  • 8 slices bacon
  • Whole berry cranberry sauce (homemade or canned)
  • 8 slices of brie cheese
  • Fresh baby arugula
  • Butter
  • 2 eggs, mixed with 2 Tbsp. milk

Directions

    1. Cook bacon in a frying pan until browned. Set aside.
    2. Assemble sandwich: Butter bread slices. On the bottom slice, place two slices of brie cheese. Top with two slices of bacon, overlapping. Top with a generous dollop of cranberry sauce. Top with arugula. Top with 2nd slice of bread.
    3. Heat 2 Tbsp. butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Preheat oven to 350° F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine eggs and milk in a large shallow pan or bowl.
    4. Carefully lift sandwich and dip bottom into egg/milk mixture for a few seconds. Flip and dip the other side. Immediately place into frying pan with hot butter. Repeat with remaining sandwiches. Cook in the frying pan until bottom side is browned, flip and repeat with other side. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet and pop in to the preheated oven for about 5 minutes to fully melt the cheese.

Serve immediately, with a bit of maple syrup for dipping, if desired.

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Natural Spots in Alberta You Need to Visit

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Alberta is easily one of Canada’s most scenic provinces and possesses many natural areas that you’ve just got to see if you’re traveling through Alberta this summer.

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 the famous emerald waters of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake 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.

Icefields Parkway

Probably Alberta’s most scenic stretch of road, it connects Lake Louise to Jasper. Officially known as Highway 93, it’s 144 miles of natural beauty. Wind through the mountains and see numerous glaciers from the road. It’s considered one of the world’s most scenic drives and has plenty of places to pull over and enjoy the scenery. It isn’t free, unfortunately, requiring a permit to drive down, but the sights are more than worth the price of admission.

Visit Woody’s RV in Alberta

If your 2017 summer is shaping up to involve tons of RV travel, be sure to stop by Woody’s RV World for all of your RV sales, service, parts and accessories needs. We’re your one-stop RV shop in Alberta with locations in Edmonton, Grand Prairie, Red Deer and Calgary, making us the perfect base of operations when you’re visiting all of Alberta’s attractions this summer, both natural and man-made.

The Upside Down House

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If you’re planning on visiting Niagara Falls this summer, don’t forget that the area has more to offer than the waterfall itself. The Upside Down House is one such attraction; it’s relatively new and was built from the ground up (or the sky down in this case) to impress.

Built by two Polish architects, Marek Cyran and Daniel Czapiewski, it was Czapiewski’s second time building an upside down house. He’d built one in Poland as well that had become a popular tourist attraction, and so he brought the idea to Niagara Falls.

As you can see from the photo above, the house looks like it was literally picked up and placed upside down on its roof. Inside it’s quite disorienting with everything hanging from the ceil- err, floor. While you’re exploring the house, don’t forget to take some pictures of your family hanging off the ceiling!

The Upside Down House is open every day and can be found when you’re driving down Clifton Hill.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Before you hit the road this summer for any destination, be sure to stop by and see us at Woody’s RV World so that an RV technician can give your rig an inspection. It’s important that your RV is in good shape before you embark on any long journey, as it reduces the chances that you’ll encounter an issue that can derail your entire trip. If you’re looking to get into the RV lifestyle, come by and tour any unit at Woody’s RV World and find one that’s right for you.

Apps to Take on the Road With You This Summer

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Cruising in your RV may make want you want to disconnect from the stresses of phone calls, voicemails, emails and the internet, but don’t turn of your smartphone just yet. A number of inexpensive (and often 100-percent free) apps can help you find the perfect campsite, get there without having to make any U-turns and help you enjoy your time there more than ever.

GasBuddy

When you’re living life on the road, fuel prices become one of your top priorities. The GasBuddy app helps you find the cheapest fuel prices (gas or diesel) just about anywhere in the United States. When you’re filling up a 50-gallon fuel tank, a 30-cent savings per gallon can make a big difference in your travel budget.

GPS CoPilot

If you have a smartphone, you probably already have some sort of GPS or mapping app downloaded, but that doesn’t mean you should pass on the GPS CoPilot app. Let’s face it — cellphone service isn’t always perfect no matter where you are in the country, and if you’re crossing borders in your RV, using data can get outrageously expensive. This is where the GPS CoPilot app comes in incredibly handy. The free version of this app offers you offline maps for the United States, but if you’re willing to pay for some add-ons you can gain access to offline maps in a wide variety of countries with turn-by-turn navigation and live traffic updates.

Camp and RV — Campgrounds Plus

Many full-time RV travelers swear that spending $9.99 for the Campgrounds Plus app is the best money they’ve spent on the road. Not only does it help you locate everything from top-end RV resorts to parking lots for one night stays, the app’s filters help you tailor where you stay and what you do to your specific travel interests.

Before You Go

Woody’s RV World is your one-stop shop for all of your RV needs from new and used RV sales, to RV service, parts, accessories and more. So before you hit the roads this summer, be sure to stop by Woody’s RV World for the best customer service in the industry.

Easy Lobster Recipe for the Road

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You don’t have to put a lot of effort into making a delicious lobster recipe. This easy to make recipe allows you to have lobster for a simple lunch or dinner in your RV.

Classic Lobster Rolls

Ingredients

  • 3 1-1 1/2 pound lobsters, steamed and meat removed (about 3 cups lobster meat)
  • 2 tablespoons good quality mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 4 New England Style hot dog rolls
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Directions

  1. Chop the tail into bite sized pieces and place in a large bowl with the claw and leg meat. Whisk the mayonnaise and lemon juice in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Gently toss the dressing with the lobster meat and set aside.
  2. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and add two tablespoons of butter. Toast the outside of the hot dog roll in the skillet until golden brown. Flip and toast the reverse side. Repeat with remaining rolls.
  3. Open each roll and fill with 1/4 of the lobster salad. Drizzle 1 tablespoon melted butter over each roll and top with 1 tablespoon chives. Serve immediately.

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Canada’s Most Beautiful Villages

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When we hit the road in our RVs, most of the time it’s with a destination in mind. Usually these destinations are either National Parks or big cities, like Vancouver, Montreal, or Banff National Park. But this neglects an entire countryside full of deserving destinations: the innumerable smaller towns and villages that dot Canada.

While not every village is a compelling draw, there are some that certainly deserve attention. If you’re planning a road trip in your RV this summer, consider checking out one of Canada’s most beautiful villages.

Waterton, Alberta

Okay, so this one is technically within a National Park, but the village itself is still charming and the surroundings are obviously gorgeous. A tiny mountain village located in the midst of the mountain and lake strewn landscape of Waterton Lakes National Park, Waterton township has its fair share of scenery. Set on the Canadian-USA border across from Montana, Waterton Lakes National Park is adjacent to Glacier National Park and shares the same type of environment.

Entering the village, you’ll see the historic Prince of Wales Hotel and enjoy local hospitality in a laid-back manner. There are restaurants and shops to explore when you’re not out enjoying the surrounding park.

Tadoussac, Quebec

Located a mere three hours from Quebec City, Tadoussac’s main draw are the excellent whale watching opportunities in the summer. Situated where the Saguenay Fjord meets the St. Lawrence Estuary, whales enjoy lingering in the area before they migrate to the Atlantic Ocean in the autumn. Whale watching tour boats regularly leave from the village, but some whales can be spotted from shore.

The village of Tadoussac itself offers fantastic shopping opportunities at its eccentric stores and quirky boutiques. Tadoussac also possesses an ineffable artsy atmosphere that’s sure to charm any tourist.

Merrickville, Ontario

Considered by some polls and surveys to be Canada’s most beautiful village, Merrickville is nicknamed the “Jewel of the Rideau.” Home to a disproportionate amount of heritage sites, you’ll encounter Gothic churches, historic stone houses, and exceptionally well-maintained Victorian-era mansions.

The village attracts a large number of creatives, likes artists and musicians, and lends the village a charming quality. Add to this the shops and cafes, and you’ve got days worth of fun and exploration. The Rideau Canal runs through the town, adding to this charm.

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When you’re exploring Canada this summer, from the big cities and national parks to the smallest villages and campgrounds, don’t forget to stop by Woody’s RV World in Alberta to make sure that your RV is in good shape for travel. If it’s time to retire the old RV and find a new one, Woody’s RV World has the selection necessary to find the perfect RV for you.

Family Activities to Enjoy in Your RV

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It’s summer and that means it’s time to hit the road in your RV. Everyone knows that the RV lifestyle brings your family closer together, and these exciting family activities will help you enjoy your summer vacation even more.

Create a Family Timeline

Creating a timeline of your journey is the perfect way to spend time together while making something you’ll be able to look back and appreciate in the future. Use a binder or scrap book as a place to paste pictures, tickets or other souvenirs you acquire at each destination. Be sure to include a map of your journey as well.

Skip the TV

Being at the campsite might inspire you to unplug from your TV, phones and other items that often separate your family. Keep your TV turned off during your camping trip and try reading stories out loud, playing music together or making up scary campsite stories of your own.

Don’t Forget the Board Games

Board and card games are some of the most enjoyable ways to spend time together at night and on rainy days. Bring a handful of your favorite family games, without overcrowding your RV storage spaces, and you’ll always have a go-to item when someone says, “I’m bored.”

Start Geocaching

All you need to start geocaching is a phone or other device with GPS capabilities. Caches have been placed in hiding spots around the world, and they’re just waiting to be found by your family. Research the area you’ll be camping before you go to see how many caches are nearby and make it your family goal to find them all. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to fall in love with geocaching.

Upgrade Your RV Lifestyle at Woody’s

It’s important to make sure your family has enough room to enjoy time together as well as a bit of privacy on the road. Find your family’s dream RV right here at Woody’s RV World in Red Deer, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, and Calgary.

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.

Start Your Alberta Adventure at Woody’s

Woody’s RV World is the No. 1 place in Alberta for all of your RV camping needs. Stop in and see us in Red Deer, Edmonton, Grande Prairie or Calgary before you hit the roads this summer.

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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