In other news my husband and I have been trying to figure out what to do for holidays this summer. There are some absolutely gorgeous provincial parks near us and we had hoped to do some camping at one of them. So I looked up the camping rates and here is what I found...
A - Premium
$ 42.75 Electrical
$ 37.75 Non-electrical
$ 36.25 Non-electrical without showers
B - Middle
$ 39.25 Electrical
$ 34.25 Non-electrical
$ 32.75 Non-electrical without showers
C - Low
$ 34.25 Electrical
$ 29.25 Non-electrical
$ 27.75 Non-electrical without showers
Ya. $42.75 for a nice campsite with electricity and access to showers... $27.75 for the CHEAPEST campsite with no electricity and no showers. And from what I read that means no flush toilets either... just those delightful outhouses. Ick. I also looked at a bunch of private campgrounds in the area and found similar rates.
It is my opinion that $ 30 per night is far too much to spend for camping without even having the option of taking a shower. No thank-you. Especially considering that if I wanted to truly "rough it" while camping I could find some crown land or a friend with lots of land and camp for free.
But since when is camping with 3 children (who are all afraid of the dark incidentally) with no electricity and no place to clean up a vacation? My husband and I went camping like that when we were first married and it was great fun (really!) but having kids has completely changed my idea of what is a necessity on vacation. Showers and toilets that flush are a necessity. And so is electricity for a truly enjoyable time.
So now we don't know what to do. What do you do when even camping costs too much money??