Fun in Harrison: Harrison River Kayak Day Trip

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One of our associates Jane Weiss shared this blog post with us, which covers her day trip up the 18 kilometer Harrison River. Just one of the many trips you can plan as visitor or resident / owner at the Springs RV Resort!

Views of Brekenridge Glacier, bald eagles, seals and the changing autumn leaves were all part of their day!

Read the blog here.

Benefits of RVing – Why Should I Go RVing?

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Owning an RV provides a fun, comfortable and affordable way to holiday. Keep your RV stocked with clothing, food and essentials, and you can be on your way in a fraction of the time it takes to prepare for camping – and at a fraction of the cost of hotel holidays. Rv’ing puts outdoor adventures and fresh air at your (RV) doorstep, providing a healthy and comfortable way for adults, kids and pets to explore trails, lakes, beaches, woods and rivers.

Rv’ing is rapidly growing in popularity with the 35 – 55 age group, moving beyond the retiree set and expanding to younger people and families. Some people are pursuing RV living full time.

With opportunities for resort-quality vacation property ownership like those at Springs RV Resort here in Harrison Hot Springs, BC, owning an RV lot can provide a cost-effective way to enjoy the outdoors and build important family traditions.

Read more here on the growth of the RV boom in this piece by Jim Meenan of the South Bend Tribune:

RV Boom Here to Stay

The many recent moves in the RV business suggest the industry is not lacking confidence for the long run.

Jayco, Thor Industries’ Keystone RV, and RV supplier Domestic all announced expansions last week (August 2014). That’s on the heels of the last year when Thor, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of RVs, and major supplier Lippert Components, among others, made a series of major moves increasing production.

What it continues to say is that both suppliers and manufacturers not only have confidence in the industry right now, but for the long run.

“I think most people will tell you we are in a long-term growth mode that goes back to probably mid-2010 going forward,” said Mark Bowersox, executive director of the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council. Factors that are fueling the RV industry right now are favorable into the foreseeable future, perhaps as long as 2022.

“You’ve got baby boomers retiring at a record rate ,” he said. “You’ve got the RV industry getting younger and pulling in younger demographics and getting more inventory turned.”

An external factor, like the stock market, is essentially at an all-time high, Bowersox added. And then, to him, there’s this other very important intangible: “Consumer confidence is more flexible than before.”

A one-day 30-cent rise in gas prices or a stock market drop of 50 points in a day does not result in a panic any longer, he said. “Now, the stock market can bounce around along with fuel prices, and you’ve got unrest in various parts of the country, and consumer confidence keeps marching along.”

Bob Martin, president and CEO of Thor Industries, agrees the industry is in a good place now and looks strong for the future.

“The RV industry is linked to macro economy, so it is subject to any blip that could happen throughout the world,” he said. But he quickly added, “Barring that, we see slow and steady growth for the industry for many years to come.”

Like Bowersox, he cites the baby boomers. “We still have five years of baby boomers buying into our demographic, which helps us,” Martin said. “But then there’s also the shifts in products that we’re building that appeal to younger generations.”

The market is targeting Gen X and millenials, Martin said. And those generations can find travel trailers that cost less than $15,000 “with everything you need to go camping,” Martin said.

They also realize other things when they enter the RV lifestyle. “It’s a great way to spend time with your family, to explore the outdoors, the national park system,” Martin said. “Just reconnect with the natural beauty we have in North America.”

The result is a lot of first-time buyers, he noted. “And that’s what’s driving a lot of the optimism from dealers, manufacturers and everybody,” he said.

Bowersox said his organization has done six shows this year in Indiana including one in Michigan City this weekend and one in Elkhart recently. The shows would not be happening if people were not buying, he said. Indeed the industry has had 30 straight months of shipment increases compared with the same month the previous year and is well on its way to its fifth straight year of growth in shipments. “Now is a good time to be in the RV business,” Bowersox said.

“Lighter weight and more affordable just opens up more markets for us,” he said. “If you can buy an RV for $1,000 down and $100 a month,” without having to upgrade a vehicle to pull it, owning an RV becomes “much more within reach for most American families,” he said.

Dorinda Heiden-Guss, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County, said the county is running out of sizable buildings to lease and that plans are in the offing for 40,000 and 100,000 square-foot expandable spec buildings.

The EDC, meanwhile, continues its efforts to ensure that the RV boom also will include diversification in industry and bring balance to the county, she said. “It is a perfect time to diversify while the market is good,” she said. “Retool while life is good.”

Meanwhile, don’t expect a slowdown in expansion of the RV industry anytime soon.

“We are always looking for opportunities,” Martin said. “We see many positives in the industry for the long term.”

Jim Meenan
jmeenan@sbtinfo.com
Originally published in the South Bend Tribune.

Snowbird RV Show & Sale

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Snowbird RV Show & Sale

September 25, 2014-September 28, 2014

@Abbotsford Tradex!

Stop by and see us at The Springs RV Resort booth!

What ActiveMama and Her Family Thought of Springs RV Resort – Springs RV Resort Reviews

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We were excited to host ActiveMama blogger Arieanna Schweber and her family during their July 2014 stay at Springs RV Resort!

Here is her Springs RV Resort review:  We spent this past weekend at the Springs RV Resort in Harrison Hot Springs, a luxury resort for RV owners. Just 90 minutes from Vancouver, Springs RV Resort offers the benefits of resort living (pools, hot tubs, club house, warm weather, community) at a fraction of the cost of cottage living in British Columbia. By becoming owners at Springs RV Resort, you become a part of what looked to be a very tight community. We have been considering a local vacation property, so we thought this visit was a great opportunity for us to see if the RV lifestyle was for us. Springs rv resort Growing up, I spent my summers in Ontario at an RV Resort in Sauble Beach, so I was familiar with this kind of RV lifestyle. Most of the owners here are not taking their RVs elsewhere, but instead are treating this as their cottage during the Summer months, staying for the whole summer or coming from time to time. The Resort was bustling with activity: kids on their bikes, families playing in the pool, people sun tanning and many people enjoying their extended living spaces. Unlike the RV experience I grew up knowing, with grassy yards and simple fire pits, most people here have raised decks and gazebos, outdoor kitchens and beautiful fire pits. It’s quite the lifestyle!

The Springs RV Resort Community

IMG 9864IMG 9859IMG 9816IMG 9865 After completion of the second phase of construction, the 12.5 acre Springs RV Resort will have 209 RV Owners. Unlike some other RV sites, Springs RV Resort only offers a select number of rental lots, transitioning to a full ownership community. This kind of organization promises to create a very tight knit community that I think many people will find appealing. Most of our 2 night, 3 day visit it felt like we were staying at a luxury hotel. The site has been designed with a very “BC” feel, with the exposed wood buildings and landscaping, and the pool was perfect. The on-site playground, the vintage carousel, and the outdoor pavilion offered more benefits to the community. The carousel has a lot of history, coming from the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, and is quite a unique feature for the kids. IMG 9838IMG 9740 While we were there, we took part in one of the weekly Gourmet Burger nights in the pavilion. The same weekend the kids made tie die shirts and had an outdoor movie night. I can imagine the existing spaces and activities, combined with the new club house building, will go a long way to offering additional places for the community to expand to and mingle together outside the confines of the RVs and lots.

Cottage Life Meets Resort Lifestyle

IMG 9656 I felt like Springs RV offered an alternative that was half way between a resort and a cottage. What we personally find appealing about the idea of a cottage is the ability to go somewhere regularly during the warmer months, staying for weekends or longer (particularly given our flexible work-from-home jobs), and becoming a part of a community in the process. Given the cost of land around here, finding a cottage that is close to a body of water (lake / ocean), part of a seasonal community (so you’re not just buying a house or town home somewhere else!) and is easily accessible from Vancouver is nearly impossible (ok, it’s possible, but expensive). What you don’t often get in these cottage communities is the amenities we saw this past weekend at Springs RV Resort. While the lots aren’t huge, owners at Springs RV were definitely making the most of their space: decks, gazebos, outdoor kitchens, “shabins” (shed / cabins that offer bunk beds for kids or guests), sheds, fire pits and more. The lots vary in size, as you would expect, with a select number of lots that can even be shared between two families (so the ‘deck’ living area would be communal, offering more space). Some of the lots border right on the creek, which is backed by a greenbelt and is beautifully serene. IMG 9732IMG 9766 What about the RV, you ask? Well, RVs come in so many different options that it’s hard to review that portion. The RV we stayed in had a huge living area, but only one bedroom. We used an air mattress in the living area as our second sleep area. From experience, I know that you’re really not spending very much time in the actual RV – it’s kind of like a hotel room. You have a super organized place for all your stuff, a comfortable place to relax at night, a well-stocked kitchen, and places to sleep. Growing up, my family had an RV with bunks for the kids and more convertible sleep spaces for guests. If you also want to work from your RV, you need to consider how that layout fits your needs. IMG 9617IMG 9618 We stayed in an RV near the entrance of the property, backing onto the pool area. While the location was very convenient for our several little biking trips, we did find it noisy at night. That was one of the major drawbacks for us, the small lots and subsequent proximity of sound. When we get away, we enjoy some level of quiet – I think that’s our inner introverts coming out!

Pools & Hot Tubs

IMG 9695 The real gem of the property, for us, was the pool area. Set up with lounge chairs, the large heated pool and hot tub offered us many hours of water play with our boys. The pool has a gradual entry, great for kids, and a deep end that only goes to 4.5 feet. There are spray features that can be activated for limited times of the day as well. IMG 9830 Starting next year, the resort will have a second pool, adult-only, near the new club house building in the Phase 2 lot section. It looks stunning and the waterfall hot tub area is going to have a perfect view of the mountains.

The Harrison Hot Springs Region

IMG 9794 This wasn’t our first trip into Harrison Hot Springs, but I felt like we saw more of the area this time. With the nice weather, we were able to easily bike the 1.5-2k trip in to Harrison Lake: to go for coffee, play at the playground, play at the beach, eat at the restaurants. There are not a hugenumber of dining options in Harrison Hot Springs, but we had a good pizza from Village Pizzeria and a decent very early breakfast at Chuck & Kitty’s, plus a coffee from Muddy Waters Cafe (which we knew from past experience was a great dining option, it just wasn’t open early enough for us!). The easy biking was a very appealing aspect of the region for us – I love family biking! There are a few hikes in the area and other lakes you can visit nearby. I encourage you to check out Harrison Hot Springs Tourism for more ideas. See the piece on her blog here.

RV Resorts BC – Luxury Outdoor Experience at an Affordable Price

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Many people are looking for the best of all worlds when it comes to their vacation. They are looking for the resort experience without the heavy cost. They want a beautiful outdoor setting with excellent air quality but aren’t interested in sleeping in a tent on the ground. People also want lots of activity options, some for adults, some for children.
More and more people are discovering the benefits of RVing. While the summer vacations of childhood were more likely to involve either staying with relatives, staying in motels or camping, RVing is a natural progression.

Maybe you don’t have family in a wonderful vacation spot. Or maybe you don’t feel like staying in someone else’s home for more than a couple of days at a time. On the flip side, eating at restaurants for all meals every day while paying for a hotel might not always appeal either.

This is where a luxury RV in a luxury RV Resort can really tick all the boxes.
Summer weather in BC can be wonderful. If you’d like to spend your summer vacation close to home (and maybe save up for somewhere tropical in the winter!), and are looking for great comfort, an outdoor experience and also the opportunities to keep busy if desired, consider RV Resorts in BC.

Luxurious comfort in an upscale RV Resort is still much more affordable than a hotel holiday. Owners or regular renters can create family customs and see children blossom as they get to know the resort and the people in the community better year after year. And, for the adults, king sized beds, lavish furnishings, beautiful decks and Wi- Fi are sure to please.

Here are three luxurious RV Resorts in BC to consider:

RV Resorts BC Lower Mainland

Located very close to Vancouver (90 minutes away) is Springs Resort RV in Harrison Hot Springs. This resort offers sites for full purchase as well as seasonal or daily rentals. This resort is in an idyllic outdoor setting with a focus on luxury and is located a short stroll to the services and amenities that Harrison Hot Springs has to offer. The Village is nestled between the mountain peaks with 42 miles of pristine lake to explore. The Village offers many activities, such as the hot springs, spa services, lakeside dining, fishing, boating, hiking, golf and more.

On-site, experience the outdoors while enjoying great comfort. Enjoy the spa-like amenities, cedar and stone social pavilion, outdoor fireplaces and beautifully landscaped grounds and trails. RV’s have come a long way from their humble beginnings. Now you can enjoy comfortable king size beds, lavish furnishings, high end kitchens, big screen TV’s and Wi-Fi, all in a beautiful outdoor setting. This resort is great for families, as told here in a recent blog by North Shore Mamma.

Amenities:

  • Heated familypool and hot tub (second adult pool opening fall of 2014)
  • Clubhouse featuring spa-like washrooms, laundry, free showers
  • Cedar & stone social pavilion
  • Free Wi-Fi and Shaw hotspots
  • 206 fully serviced 30 amp and 50 amp sites
  • Close to Harrison lake – 42 miles of pristine lake for boating, wind-surfing, ‘wipe out’ waterpark & fishing
  • Activities for the kids; swimming, foosball, ping-pong, crafts, family dances, kids camp, bicycling in a safe no-speed zone, large treed playground & Heritage Carousel
  • dog walk & trails
  • community events and activity schedule

Annual Rates start at $3,800, with weekly rates ranging from $250-375, and daily rates from $45-59.

Or purchase your site starting at $74,900 and never have to worry about booking your vacation again!

https://www.springsrv.com

RV Resorts Okanagan

If the Okanagan is closer to home, try Waltons Lakefront Resort in Osoyoos. This resort was built exclusively for RV owners and offers beautifully landscaped grounds, majestic views and a sandy beach. Prices start at $99,900 with rent-to-own options available.
Amenities offered include:

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Fitness center
  • Lounge
  • Private patio for BBQ
  • Laundry facilities
  • Washroom facilities
  • Shower facilities
  • Convenience store
  • Up to 50 Amp provided
  • Cable, internet
  • Three shades of stamped concrete
  • Fully landscaped
  • Controlled sprinkler system
  • City water and sewer system
  • Pads are sub-rentable
  • Observatory tower

http://www.waltonslakefront.com/

RV Resorts Parksville

Also worth a try is the oceanfront Surf Side RV Resort near Parksville on Vancouver Island.

Located in a gated community right on the ocean, guests will be awed by the surrounding natural beauty. Enjoyed by all within the comfort of a wonderful RV and walking distance to Parksville’s centre and all the dining and leisure activities it has to offer.

Amenities include:

  • Large RV Sites averaging 2,300 sq. ft.
  • Pad sizes: 10’X 40′ & 12’X40′
  • Full underground services
  •  Wireless Internet
  •  Digital Phone & Cable availability
  •  Fabulous oceanfront clubhouse
  •  Pool table, darts, shuffleboard
  •  Oceanfront sundeck and hot tub
  •  Oceanfront pool
  •  Full kitchen facilities at clubhouse (Special Events)
  •  Lounge with TV & fireplace
  •  Tennis & volleyball courts, horseshoe pits
  •  Sorry – no tents or tent trailers

http://www.surfside.bc.ca/.

So, the next time you’re wishing for the tradition of a repeat vacation property, but wanting the luxury of great beds, pools and wifi without the hotel/condo price, consider these RV Resorts in BC.

 

Great Place for Family Trip near Vancouver – North Shore Mama Blogger Reviews Springs RV Resort

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We were excited to read North Shore Mama, blogger Jessica Blumel’s piece about her recent stay with husband Brian and 2 daughters at the Springs RV Resort!

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photo: Jessica Blumel

Jessica and her family all enjoyed a nice 2 day break from home and business, and we were pleased to read about Jessia’s “a-ha” moment when she noted: “At the risk of sounding totally naive, I actually didn’t know that RV resorts even existed and I think it’s because it’s a very unique concept.  Springs RV resort is NOT just an RV park.  It’s not a campsite where you book a space and park your RV for the weekend.  Although this option is available, what Springs RV resort is, instead, is its own little community.  The idea is, you buy the land that your RV sits on (and stays on) and you create the outdoor living space of your dreams with the space left on your land.  Most of the outdoor spaces at Springs RV resort were these gorgeous wooden decks with outdoor kitchens, fire pits and perfectly maintained landscaping.”

Jessica noted it was a great place for a family trip near Vancouver.

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The pool at Springs RV Resort – photo: Jessica Blumel

Jessica also noted:

As Jessica mentioned, our phase 1 lots are 95% sold out, and our phase 2 are being sold now, with occupancy available in August. Lots start at  $68,000 for full ownership.

To experience Springs RV Resort for yourself, visit more pages on our website or call us at 1-604-796-9767. We have open houses everyday in July and August!

See Jessica’s article >>

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Thinking of buying an RV Lot in BC?

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June 2014 is a great time to buy an RV lot in BC, because we have a special promotion that comes with 4 of our RV lots in Harrison Hot Springs! Until June 30, 2014, purchase one of these 4 remaining lots and we will include a bonus $10,000 Custom Deck and Rough Timber and Cedar Shake Gazebo — applies to lots #26, #13, #115, or #119!

Get more details here >>

RVing is More Affordable than You Think – RVing BC

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RVing in BC = Affordability

RVing is more affordable than you might think. Check out how RV travel – especially RVing in BC – can be more economical than other types of vacations. Read about the ins and outs of buying and renting, and how the latest models of RVs are designed to be more fuel-efficient at this website: http://gorving.com

The Springs RV Resort in Harrison Hot Springs can be part of your RVing plan. The Springs RV Resort is the perfect lake get-away designed for fun with friends and family. Our resort is in the charming Village of Harrison Hot Springs, a leisurely stroll from the lake and beach. Our twelve-and-a-half acre resort is a home for 142 RV owners in Phase 1 and 64 RV owners in Phase 2. Find out more on the various pages of our site.

Luxury RVs are in high demand as consumers enjoy RV’ing!

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Campers opting for Luxury RVs over Tents

Roughing it just isn’t as appealing to the people as it used to be.

But the good news for RV campers is that they aren’t bothered by drizzly weekend weather.

Industry statistics show that one in four people in Alberta and Saskatchewan own an RV, says Jaques Landry of Village RV in Regina.

Landry said that even the RV dealers are surprised how well the high end models are selling in 2014.

At his dealership, a nearly 12 metre RV with lavish furnishings such as a leather couch, fireplace and king size bed, will sell for $80,000 to $90,000.

But with more and more people choosing RVs instead of tents, RV parks are under pressure to expand sites and services to match this new trend. At Springs RV Resort, we have several types of lots for sale, at various price points. You can have exclusive ownership, or enjoy occasional use and receive rental income from daily and seasonal guests. See our RV lots for sale, or find out RV lot rentals.

For more from the Suncruisermedia site, see this link about growth in luxury RV market.

 

 

 

Top RV Parks in North America – RV Parks Near Vancouver

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The Springs RV Resort at Harrison Hot Springs was rated as one of the top RV Parks in North America. The Resort was presented with the Award of Excellence for outstanding achievement and commitment to excellence. Come visit our RV Park near Vancouver!