Une oasis familiale à quelques pas de la ville

La première fois que Sylvie Bourdon entendit parler du Domaine des Érables fut par le biais de son beau-frère. Curieuse de découvrir ce camping VR et chalets, non loin de leur résidence à Sorel, Sylvie s’y rendit, accompagnée de son conjoint Jacques Préville et de leurs trois enfants. Les quelques jours qu’ils y passèrent se transformèrent en une histoire d’amour qui dure depuis plus de 17 ans. 

« En une fin de semaine, on était conquis », se remémore Sylvie. « C’est un endroit tellement familial. Et que dire de l’emplacement ! » 

Situé à seulement 20 minutes de Sorel et à 45 minutes de Montréal, Domaine des Érables, un camping VR et chalets Parkbridge, est une destination offrant une formule toute-incluse d’activités pour les familles souhaitant séjourner le temps d’une courte escapade ou l’été au complet. 

Une panoplie d’installations et d’activités pour les grands et les petits sont offertes, dont des terrains de hockey, de soccer, et de volleyball. Un parc aquatique très prisé comprend deux piscines, des jeux d’eau, un lac pour la baignade et un lac pour la pêche. Un spa pour se relaxer est aussi à disposition. Pourtant, d’après Josiane Gazaille, gestionnaire de propriété au Domaine des Érables, deux activités surpassent toutes ces options dans le coeur des plus jeunes. « Notre Noël du campeur et notre fête d’Halloween sont sûrement les plus anticipés », explique Josiane. 

Maintenant une famille de quatre enfants (la petite dernière, Magalie, est née pendant leur saison de camping en 2004), Sylvie et Jacques sont au Domaine d’avril à octobre chaque année. Ils font partie intégrante du camping puisque Sylvie y travaille comme préposée à l’accueil en chef et Jacques est responsable de l’entretien. Leurs deux fils, Alexandre et Jonathan, travaillent aussi sur les lieux.

Alexandre est à l’accueil tandis que Jonathan est cuisinier au restaurant. « Même Magalie qui a 13 ans prépare déjà sa carrière au camping », raconte Sylvie en riant. « Elle veut s’occuper de l’aire des glissades d’eau. » 

L’environnement familial est en grande partie la raison pour laquelle ils reviennent tous les ans. « Il faut faire attention où on met les pieds, il y a tellement d’enfants qui courent partout ! » ajoute Sylvie en souriant. 

Selon Sylvie, la sécurité au sein du Domaine permet de laisser librement les enfants jouer. « Dès que nous arrivons, mes garçons disparaissent toute la journée. Il y a tellement d’activités entre la patinoire, le parc, la piscine et les voisins qu’ils ne reviennent que lorsqu’ils ont faim. Mais ça ne m’inquiète pas du tout. On se connait tous ici », dit-elle.

 

Josiane abonde dans ce sens, soulignant qu’il est plus facile de créer des liens en camping. « Pour beaucoup d’entre nous, les gens du camping sont un peu comme une deuxième famille. » 

La plupart des voyageurs et saisonniers viennent de la Rive-Sud de Montréal ou de la région de Sorel, comme Sylvie. 

« Les gens me demandent souvent pourquoi nous avons choisi un endroit vacancier à quelques pas de chez nous. Mais ce qu’il faut réaliser c’est qu’à partir du moment où tu passes la barrière du Domaine des Érables, tu es dans un autre monde. » 

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Pine Lake Leisure – action packed or leisurely relaxing

By STEPHEN A. WHITE The Central Alberta landscape is dominated by rolling hills interspersed with pockets of forest. Within these rolling lands just to the southeast of Red Deer lies a valley filled by a narrow natural lake called Pine Lake. This lake is supported by an aquifer fed by a watershed 120 square kilometers in size. Though intermittent streams and creeks flow into Pine Lake during spring runoff and rainstorms, it is the aquifer that keeps the lake stable. In the last 40 years, the average lake fluctuation between spring to fall has only been 40centimetres.

Pine Lake in Alberta

At the very north end of this beautiful lake, you will find Pine Lake Leisure – A Parkbridge RV Resort, featuring a sandy south-facing beach with a 100-slip marina. And while the beach captures the sun all day the RV resort is located within a mature spruce and poplar forest with 77 acres of natural terrain to explore. Pine Lake Leisure boasts a recreation hall, a large heated salt water pool, a snack bar, three playgrounds, a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, an arcade, a laundromat, shower facilities and a licensed convenience store. You can find relaxation on the beach or in the forest, or you can enjoy so many activities at Pine Lake. Planned activities are run for the kids at the activity centre.

If you like water sports, Pine Lake is for you with skiing, wake-boarding and tubing and, for the real brave, riding an air chair. An air chair looks like a wakeboard with a chair on top for the rider to sit on facing forward. The board is connected to an aluminum bar that extends out from the bottom of board and connects to a hydrofoil. A hydrofoil is an underwater wing designed to lift the hull of a boat out of the water or in this case the air chair with the rider on top. Riders hold onto a ski rope and control the air chair by leaning into turns, leaning backward to raise the chair up and forward to return the air chair back toward the water. Skilled riders not only bring the air chair up out of the water but cause the hydrofoil to jump out of the water sometimes reaching heights of 5 metres in the air at which point gravity takes over and returns the rider back to the water and sometimes even in control.

Hydrofoloosa in Pine Lake, Alberta

Pine Lake Leisure has been recognized as Canada’s only destination for an annual water-sport event known as a Hydrofoloosa organized by the Pine Lake Riders Hydrofoil Club. The airborne jumps, flips and turns that these riders are able to perform make the Hydrofoloosa spectacular. In 2017 the Hydrofoloosa will be running from August 10 to 13. At Pine Lake Leisure, you can just take your lawn chair to the beach to enjoy the show.

Pine Lake is also home to northern pike, yellow perch and walleye. Walleye is catch-and-release only, and in recent years both northern pike and walleye have rebounded, providing an active fishery. Reports indicate that the fishing is more active on the northern end of the lake, and Pine Lake Leisure has a fishing dock that guests can fish from. Pine Lake is also popular for ice fishing in the winter. Pine Lake is closed for fishing April 1 to May 14.

Pine Lake Leisure – A Parkbridge RV Resort opens on April 28, 2017, and has all the activities you are looking for at a beach-side resort to keep you as active as you want. Or you can also find relaxation in the forest, or on the beach or perhaps on a lawn chair watching the flights of the air chair riders during the Hydrofoloosa. Interested in more information about this resort? Visit www.parkbridge.com for photos and details.

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Yurt Life at Wasaga Pines

Have you ever wondered about what staying in a Yurt is like? At some of our Parkbridge Resorts we now have Yurts available for rent. Recently, blogger of Thrifty Mommas, Paula Schuck and family had the opportunity to stay at one of our brand new Yurts at Wasaga Pines Resort. Read all about her family’s glamping stay – and consider camping in comfort and booking a Yurt for your next summertime getaway!

Click here to read her article.

 

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Top 5 Reasons to Stay in a Yurt This Summer

Looking for something different to do this summer? Yurts offer a great opportunity for the perfect ‘glamping’ adventure. For those that are used to camp tenting, Yurts allow the opportunity to step it up a notch and try out a more comfortable style of camping.
For those that are used to staying in a cabin or cottage Yurts offer a unique opportunity to try out a more rustic experience, but still remain well-sheltered and comfortable.

Why try a Yurt? Here’s why we think you should:

Yurts are affordable

Yurts are generally much cheaper than hotel rooms and rental cabins. For as little as $100 a night, you can rent a six- person yurt at Wasaga Pines Resort in beautiful Wasaga Beach, Ontario. These comfortable Yurts are equipped with beds, a refrigerator and BBQ for ample summertime glamping enjoyment.


Yurts connect you with nature

Although sleeping under the stars can be nice, there are times when it is more enjoyable to have a roof over your head. Yurts provide the perfect link between open air camping and staying in a cabin. You get all the benefits of a solid roof above you, but the thin walls allow you to hear wildlife and feel outdoorsy. Yurts at Wasaga Pines have a large skylight in the roof to let the sun in by day and make stargazing possible by night.


Enjoy the Glamping Lifestyle

With the Wasaga Pines Yurts you get to experience refined camping, also known as “glamping.” With laminate hardwood floors, spacious beds, a fridge, storage space and a BBQ you’ve got all of the creature comforts of home and still get to experience the camping lifestyle complete with fire-pit and natural surroundings.

Yurts bring people together

Hotel rooms, cabins, and tents often have a way of segmenting groups. With a spacious Yurt, an entire family can comfortably stay together. Being in the same room encourages group games and storytelling, two things that are increasingly endangered in our technological world.

At Wasaga Pines in addition to spending time with family, the resort community provides family friendly activities such as BBQ’s, dances, and other social events to enjoy.

Have a big family or a large group of friends? Wasaga Pines Yurts are side by side, and in total could accommodate a group of up to 18.

Exploration Made Easy

Being surrounded by nature, and in a new setting you’ll want nothing more than to explore the area. Wasaga Pines Yurts are located in the perfect spot – allowing for easy, and ample exploration.

Located just minutes from the largest freshwater beach it’s easy to soak up the sun lakeside followed by a campfire, then tuck yourself into your cozy Yurt for the night.

Other area daytrip exploration could include visiting the town of Wasaga Beach, a nature hike, kayaking, golfing, mini-putt, enjoying local restaurants, ice-cream shops or even visiting the town of Collingwood – just a short 30 minute scenic drive away!

For more information or to book your Yurt stay today visit us at www.parkbridge.com/wasagapines

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2017 Twitter Party

PARKBRIDGE LIFESTYLE COMMUNITIES TWITTER PARTY RULES

Eligibility

No purchase necessary. This contest is organized by Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities (Parkbridge) and LinkedMoms and is open to all Parkbridge Lifestyle Community Residents aged 18 and older. Winner must be a resident of Canada (excluding Quebec). The contest excludes employees, representatives, agents, directors and officers of Parkbridge, and members of their families and the people with whom they are domiciled.

 

To Participate

To participate, you must follow @ParkbridgeLife and @LinkedMoms twitter handles. You must also answer a mathematical skill-testing question. (10 X 5) + (6 -3) = ? The contest begins on April 26th at 8 p.m. EST and ends on April 27th, 9 p.m. EST. By participating in the Twitter party and entering you agree that you have read and understood these Contest Rules.

 

Prizes

Four (4) prizes consisting of a 3 Night stay at a Parkbridge Lifestyle Community Resort – in this case Lakes of Wasaga(approximate value – $1,100) and 3 gift card prizes - $50 (Canadian Visa Gift Card) $50 (Canadian Visa Gift Card) and a $50 (Canadian Visa Gift Card) will be awarded to winners. The prize must be accepted as awarded or forfeited and cannot be redeemed for credit.

 

The resort stay must be utilized by October 1st, 2017 and will be at a Parkbridge Lifestyle Community Resort called Lakes of Wasaga. Transportation and meals are not included, the stay cannot be exchanged for cash value and is non-transferable.

 

Winners will be contacted by direct message by Parkbridge no later than April 27th, 2017. If Parkbridge cannot get a hold of the winner within 7 days all of their rights and prizes are no longer valid.

Failure to comply with one or more of the conditions listed above or any other conditions specified in these rules, the selected entrant will be disqualified and the prize will be forfeited. In such a case, Parkbridge may, in its sole discretion cancel the prize or make a new selection until an entrant is selected and declared winner of the prize.

 

General Conditions

This contest is open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) only and is subject to applicable Canadian laws. Parkbridge is not responsible for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions that may limit or interfere with a participant’s ability to take part in the contest. Parkbridge reserves the right to cancel or modify the contest if fraud or technical failure threatens to destroy the integrity of the contest.

 

The contest is void in any jurisdiction where prohibited by law and is subject to all applicable laws and all applicable federal, provincial, territorial and municipal force in Canada.

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A Wintery Vacation in Whistler, British Columbia

For the true outdoors lover, and for the those who love to ski and snowboard in Whistler, Parkbridge Resorts offers a unique vacation destination called Riverside Resort in Whistler. Surround yourself by the true nature and beauty of Whistler, British Columbia at this year-round Camping & RV Resort.

Whether you are camping in your RV, or you plan on renting a Cabin or Yurt, Riverside Resorts accommodations provide great comfort for you, your friends or your family.


Unique Yurts

Although they're growing in popularity, but still uncommon; Riverside Resort offers insulated Yurt Rentals. With a surprising amount of living space, and tucked away where all you see is the surrounding mountains and breathtaking wilderness, these Yurts come equipped with bunk beds, a futon, dining table and chairs, electricity, and heating. Nearby are all of the creature comforts you would expect when camping - water, shower facilities, and the resorts lodge. 

These Yurts offer all of the qualities of camping, without the hassle. And, being so close to Whistler, there couldn't be a more original accommodation to enjoy during a ski trip, or a wintery family escape. 

Featured on Hello BC's website as a top Unique Accommodations at BC Ski Resorts, there is a reason  these unique Yurts draw so much attention!

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Cabin Rentals

 

For those looking for a bit more comfort, or more room for friends or family - Riverside Whistler Camping & RV Resort offers fully equipped cabin rentals.

With a large common living area including a large sofa, ottoman, tv and dining table for entertainment, along with two bedrooms (one queen size bed and a two double beds), full size washroom with showers, and a compact kitchen - a winter vacation while truly enjoying the outdoors has never been so great! The cabins allow you to be surrounded by the mountains and fresh Whistler air, and provide some quiet serenity away from all of the rushing and traffic of daily life, while still keeping those creature comforts nearby.

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“A Family Getaway to Melody Bay Resort: Where Memories Are Made”

Country Mouse City Mom recently enjoyed a visit to Melody Bay Resort with her family.

Experiencing the joys of the Kawarthas, and everything Melody Bay has to offer. Her and her family enjoyed eveyrhting from relaxing sunsets and warm nights by the fire, to the crystal clear pools, days lounging at the patio, and the massive network of hiking trails. Country Mouse, City Mom truly enjoyed her time.

Read the full article here. Click Here.

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Félicitations aux gagnants du concours de photos 2016 de Parkbridge!

Le concours de photos 2016 de Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities est maintenant terminé et nous sommes heureux de dévoiler les gagnants!

Cette année, le concours était axé sur l’amour et la fierté de nos clients pour leur communauté. Nous avons été enchantés de recevoir plus de 200 photos qui ont réussi à immortaliser non seulement la beauté des lieux, mais également les expériences formidables vécues par ces gens qui font de nos communautés des endroits fabuleux!

D’innombrables occasions de photos se sont présentées au fil des saisons, que ce soit un kayak glissant sur l’eau, un coucher de soleil éblouissant, un chalet enneigé, un poisson pêché depuis le quai ou une famille à bord d’une voiturette de golf. Nous sommes ravis de pouvoir partager avec vous ces instants magiques qui tissent de délicieux souvenirs.

Merci à tous ceux qui ont pris le temps de participer au concours, qui ont saisi des instants précieux et qui nous les font partager!

Les photos gagnantes ont été soumises dans de nouvelles catégories établies cette année, soit :

  • Meilleure photo de famille et d’amis : 100 $
  • Meilleure photo de paysages : 100 $
  • Meilleure photo de groupes : 100 $
  • Meilleure photo, toutes catégories : 350 $

En plus de présenter les gagnants, nous vous avons préparé un diaporama des photos de nos finalistes

Meilleure photo de famille et d’amis: Pioneer Point Resort

Meilleure photo de groupes: Skyline Resort

Meilleure photo de paysages: Lonesome Pine Resort

Meilleure photo, toutes catégories: Parc La Conception Resort


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2016 Parkbridge Photo Contest Announcement

Congratulations to our 2016 Parkbridge Photo Contest Winners!

The 2016 Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities photo contest has drawn to a close and we are excited to announce the winners!

This year’s photo-contest focussed on our customer’s love and pride in their communities. We were delighted to receive over 200 entries which captured the scenic beauty and incredible adventures and activities of the people who make our communities great!

Photographic opportunities were endless this year from kayaks on the water, dazzling sunsets, snow-covered cottages, fishing off the docks and families on golf carts. We are thrilled to share these community moments with you and the memories that were made along the way.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the contest, capture and share your community moments!

Winners were selected in the following categories which are new for 2016:

• Top friends & family photo - $100
• Top landscape photo - $100
• Top group photo - $100
• Best photo overall - $350

In addition to showcasing the winners, we put together a slideshow of our finalist photos for you to enjoy!

Winning Friends & Family Photo: Pioneer Point

Winning Group Photo: Skyline Resort

Winning Landscape Photo: Lonesome Pine Resort

Winning Photo Overall: Parc La Conception Resort


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