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Going it alone at Nova Scotia Provincial Park campgrounds: How the shift to self-service affects campers

Countdown, T-minus-2-Days until Parks Nova Scotia reservation lines open for camping season 2015. Here’s how the move for some campgrounds to self-service will affect you.

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Photographer: Scott Munn | Source NSTA Photographer: Scott Munn | Source NSTA

This camping season, ‘Ranger Google’ might be campers port-of-call at some Nova Scotia provincial parks. We asked how this will affect your camping experience.

Nova Scotia will see seven of 20 provincial parks move to self-service, including two parks located within Halifax Regional Municipality.  We had a few questions around how this will affect campers and glampers alike. Here’s what we found out…

Campgrounds moving to a self-service model (Red are campgrounds East Coast Glamping services)

Here’s a few considerations:

  1. Self-service check-in: It will be important campers have their registration form printed and know their campsite before arriving. This will help you…

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Glamping in the Herald: Part 6: The season isn’t over yet: Glamper’s guide to fall camping

Fall Glamping collageCampgrounds in autumn have a spiritual essence. Often somber after long summer days of splashing and cycling, the crisping leaves rustle a little louder and the misty morning air invigorates.

If you can fight the September hustle and bustle attached with back-to-school mayhem, coupled with the urge to reinstate family routines, it’s worth the effort to try fall Glamping.

Whether canoeing at Kejimkujik National Park, exploring the Valley or embracing the vibrant colour of Cape Breton Island, here’s some Glamping advice on planning for those warm autumn days and crisp nights.

Get toasty

Sites with electric hook-up are great for early- and late-season camping. Whether in a tent or pop-up, having the option to run a little tent-friendly heater is essential for those chilly, early-morning hours.

Hot water bottles are a great backup to a heater. Put one in your sleeping bag a half-hour before bedtime.

For more tips on what to bring on your Fall glamping excursion read on.  See East Coast Glampers and follow along on FaceBook.

Happy Glamping!

Community Herald: Glamping Part 5: Lessons in nature and connecting with your inner-crafter

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a six-part series about camping in style.

*Disclosure: no hermit crabs or jelly fish were harmed in the making of this blog.

Camping with kids creates lifelong memories for a family. Some recollections are not always glampy for the adults (packing, unpacking, hauling, pitching), but we’ll bet they’re always amazing for the children.

Hopefully our glamping tips inspire a happy adventure for all (even if ‘happy camper’ isn’t in your vocabulary).

From buntings to table linens here’s a few crafting ideas to glamp your camp. And don’t forget the mini-glampers in your family. We love nature-inspired ideas to keep them busy and connecting children with nature is probably the most gratifying and important aspect of camping. Putting away tech and teaching simple earth lessons will last a lifetime, when the lessons are married with a family holiday experience.

IMG_1876Bring binoculars and pack a local bird book and give your children a great opportunity to identify who’s habitat they’re sharing (and what creature is crooning that 5 a.m. wake-up chirp). On a recent trip to South Mountain Campground in Annapolis Valley we were sharing a site with (what I believe to be) a yellow-bellied sapsucker. If I’m wrong, send me a note to info@eastcoastglampers.com. A helpful online resource is www.whatbird.com.

A simple shell windchime
A simple shell windchime

Make a woodsy or sea-themed wind chime with treasures you find on hike or beach stroll. Bringing along some string or twine and scissors. Our girls have never forgotten an enchanting sand mermaid they discovered on Mount Desert Island while glamping in Maine. Her sign offered sand dollars in exchange for sea glass. A local university professor collected the sand dollars for swapping and his wife was the sand sculptress.

Share a local author in your glamping experience, like making a dream catcher and reading local folklore like, “The Sharing Circle” by Theresa Meuse-Dallien. We read the girls one of our favorites, East To The Sea, by New Brunswick born author Heidi Jardine Stoddart, before camping at Ovens Natural Park on the South shore. They especially loved hearing the tale of sea monsters living in caves called The Ovens.

Rock-pooling and nature walks make for great discovery and campfire conversation.

Stargazing and searching for mythical heroes. At Kejimkujik we picked up a great sky chart to search constellations. If you have wifi and don’t mind putting technology towards some starry education, there’s ‘plenty an app for that’! Star Chart is free and well rated. The Night Sky is 0.99c but has a free Lite version.

Lessons in reducing our environmental footprint.
Lessons in reducing our environmental footprint.

Environmental care: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and practise the campers motto ‘leave no trace’. Parks Nova Scotia practices waste sorting and recycling, so bring along a blue bag for recyclables, a clear bag for rubbish and an organics waste pail and get the children involved. Check ahead for the garbage guidelines at your campground.

Crafting to glamp the camp:

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Glamping Lap Mat tutorial on Halifax Bloggers

East Coast Glampers teamed with local bloggers DIYPassion recently to share an easy sewing project to add a little luxe to camping.

Our Glamping Lap Mats were quick and simple, especially for an amateur like myself, who had not sewn since high school, aside from Operation Tilly Overhaul, where we recovered our pop-up trailer’s cushions and curtains.

A homemade bunting or banner. Ours was made by local event designer Melissa Fendley of Paige and Peacock Event Design(disclosure: she’s also my sister), using burlap, leftover fabric, a glue gun, and tempera paints. Ribbon works fine in place of fabric. She’ll custom make to order. (Cyndi Sweeney)
A homemade bunting or banner. Ours was made by local event designer Melissa Fendley of Paige and Peacock Event Design(disclosure: she’s also my sister), using burlap, leftover fabric, a glue gun, and tempera paints. Ribbon works fine in place of fabric. She’ll custom make to order. (Cyndi Sweeney)

1. Make a burlap bunting with a campy insignia.

2. Table linens: Four simple, straight sides to stitch and you’ve sewn your own tablecloth. Matching napkins can be made with any leftover material. Don’t have a machine? Visit a local sewing room, like Patch Halifax on Robie street where machines can be rented hourly and inspiration is shared with other crafters.

3. Potholders: Don’t damage a linen or oil-back tablecloth with a hot-off-the-fire pot. Potholders are a small easy projects (google online). Try a campy VW fabric like the one we found on Fabric.com.

Happy Glamping!

Glamping in the Herald Part 4: Glamping R&B: Rest and Break

Herald Glamping 4 R&BEditor’s note: This is the fourth in a six-part series about camping in style.

When considering a family holiday, I think of rest and relaxation from the busy pace of everyday life. And I crave a break; from cleaning, from cooking and from the everyday chores synonymous with family life.

Camping simply doesn’t tick those boxes.

This week’s column shares a few tips on getting a good night’s sleep in the great outdoors and taking the grunge out of washing-up.

For more tips, recipes and tales of glamping around the Maritime follow our blog or like us at East Coast Glampers on FaceBook.

Happy Glamping!

When sleeping with nature, sometimes you simply need a comfy picnic table for an afternoon nap in the sun, like during this canoe trip in Kejimkujik.
When sleeping with nature, sometimes you simply need a comfy picnic table for an afternoon nap in the sun, like during this canoe trip in Kejimkujik.

Community Herald: Glamping inspiration for foodies

Ready to grill, bell peppers stuffed with goat cheese, aka chevre, mixed with herbs, tomatoes or your fave mix.
Ready to grill, bell peppers stuffed with goat cheese, aka chevre, mixed with herbs, tomatoes or your fave mix.

The third installment in six part glamping summer column about camping with style.

Hot dogs and toasted s’mores are synonymous with camping.

But, often a head of lettuce or round watermelon can push a camping cooler beyond maximum capacity, sparking the dilemma: how to make space to enjoy a little luxe in your weekend camping menu.

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Here’s some inspiration gleaned from a recent trip to P.E.I. where we were heaving at the seams, packing for two adults and four children for a total of three nights.

For the whole story including menu planning tips, click here.

Marinated kebabs with pre-soaked skewers and dips
Marinated kebabs with pre-soaked skewers and dips

See www.eastcoastglampers.com for more recipe like grilled stuffed peppers, campfire brie and menu ideas or follow along on ECGlampers Facebook page.

 

Happy Glamping!

Community Herald: A squirrel’s-eye view

Editor’s note: This is Part 2 in a six-part series about camping in style.

Travelling with a young family creates many memories. But the memories often get blurred in the whirlwind chaos and speed that is life today.

And sometimes the beautiful, hilarious and quintessential details become lost.

This was part of the inspiration behind our blog about family glamping. Photos tell a story, but it’s what unfolds behind the scenes that reveal the true reality.

Take for instance our recent glamping shoot with Global Morning News Halifax. Planned to be a simple snippet of glamping at Dollar Lake Provincial Park, in the early hours before the shoot, it looked more like a reality TV disaster (think Osbournes with Ozzy and Sharon).

For tips from our recent glamping adventure and the full column read on…

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For more glamping tips, tricks and laughs, follow us on East Coast Glampers or like us on Facebook.  Happy Glamping!