Darcy grew up camping at Alouette Lake each summer with his family in beautiful British Columbia. To this day he still talks about those memories and how he looked forward to the trip every year. The kids love camping, and we did a lot of it when we did a road trip through Alberta earlier this summer. It doesn’t matter to them if we are roughing it on the ground in a tent like we did in Alberta, or in a camper like we had at Alouette Lake, they love every minute of it.
We plan on going camping in “our backyard” each summer now, even if just for a weekend, so the kids are able to experience the same great family getaway that Darcy loved so much growing up. We will switch the Lake destination up each year, since there are so many stunning spots in BC, but the goal will alway be the same: family fun.
We thought it would make it extra exciting for the kids to get a massive floatie to play on as well in the lake, and it was a huge hit. The girls picked an extra-large rubber duck and it turned out to be quite the conversation piece that weekend. We figured we would just blow the duck up at the beach with the pump we had bought — it turned out the pump was a piece of junk. Darcy didn’t want to let the kids down, so he used his lung power to get the air into that duck.I helped a bit, but I cannot really take credit for him getting the job done. Next time we will be smarter and make sure the floatie is blown up at camp, so we are surrounded by people with pumps. Everyone seemed to bring their floaties down already blown up. You live, you learn– at least now it is a fun story to tell!
Comet started our camping trip with us — until we realized that we should check how dog friendly a camping area is. We had nobody to leave him with at the campsite and wouldn’t have been able to go to the lake — it was way too hot to leave him in his kennel in the trailer. Darcy ended up driving him to my Dad’s the first night while I put the kids to bed and had some me time. Next time we know to check for a place that is more dog friendly when we want Comet to come along! He had just as much fun running around with the dogs at my Dad’s house, I’m sure of it!
Know before you book: If you want to camp anywhere in BC, make sure you get your reservation in right when registration opens. A lot of campsites, including Alouette and Golden Ears Park in general, fill up FAST. Don’t be disappointed!
Take a look at what a fun weekend we had. Next year we plan on making it a week-long family fun trip.