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Motorhoming! – Greenwater Lake Provincial Park, SK

» photo album 2009/0701 ~ Motorhoming! Greenwater Lake, SK

Finally it’s time to return to Greenwater Lake Provincial Park. We went there 2 weeks after we moved to Canada – still winter so we were there in the snow and -30. We were excited to see what it would look like in the summer! After almost 4 hours (and a half hour break in Wynyard) we arrived in the park that is already part of the boreal forest. The main road looked like we expected, but the part near the beach and marina looked very different with all the trees being green now, wow!

We had made reservations, but couldn’t get the same spot for 4 days. We could only get 2 nights without services and then 2 with electricity. But for tonight they’ve been able to give us an electric site after all, on the Hilltop Campground (#39). Very private and almost level spot, but it looked kinda new with the sandy ‘walls’ as if it had just been dug out of the hill. Later on the park officer told us they had been working on some of these sites, because they used to be bi-level with stairs and for safety reasons they had to change them all to one level. There were some Canada Day celebrations in the park (ending with a trivia fire somewhere), but we didn’t do much anymore… nap-bike-bbq-dvd-bed.

Thursday was just a gorgeous day. Sunny, warm enough, but not too hot. We had to move to our next spot, so after breakfast we left our little dugout and parked near the marina, to spend a few hours at the beautiful marina and the beach. Back at the motorhome we sat in the grass with our cats, enjoying a slushie delight (some soft ice in the middle and at the bottom of a slushie, which is sort of like crushed water ice – perfect combination!). Can life get any better? After some shopping at the park store, we went to the campground office at 2pm. We asked again if there was any chance an electric site had become available, and again we were lucky! She was able to swap some bookings so that we could go to this site (#62) and stay there for the remaining 3 nights. Woo! And what a beautiful spot it was! No dugout 😉 The cats were entertained by bugs, squirrels and ground squirrels (similar to ‘our’ gophers) and we just relaxed for a while. After failing at making a fire again, we barbecued and went for a bike ride to the Fisherman’s Cove (resort just outside of the park) and along the lake by some lakeside houses and cabins, and stayed on the beach for an hour until the sun set.

Friday started with more clouds and chillier. But once the sun came out more, it was nice again! We relaxed at the campsite until 3 or so and then biked to the beach. We had a late lunch/early supper at the beach café, where we were entertained by a squirrel and a ground squirrel eating out of people’s hands. We biked to the Fisherman’s Cove (where we stayed the first time) to ask if they’d have the 7pm Riders game on that night (first of the new season). Back at the campsite we napped for a while and missed the first quarter. But hearing the game on our neighbour’s radio made us go still (better to watch than to listen to). We had a great time there! It felt like coming home and the owner still recognized us. 11 Kokanees and a Rider victory (28-24 against the BC Lions) later we returned to the campsite at 11.30pm! We heard we shouldn’t have to worry about bears (too busy on the campsite), but we did see a deer right where we saw a bunch back on the first trip:)

Saturday was a fairly lazy day. We woke up way too early, went to the washrooms at 7am, decided to stay up and have breakfast. Not long after that we went back to bed and slept another 2 hours 😉 We spent the day chilling at the campsite, biking to the beach for a slurpie delight and finally managed to make a fire in the firepit, where we heated up yesterday’s bbq leftovers and made some s’mores the right way. On Sunday we had to go home again, and when we took a break at a gas station near Raymore, we ran into Nico’s co-worker Tracy who he swapped shifts with this week (she had been up north fishing)… what are the odds????

It was really great to come back to Greenwater Lake (and see how pretty it is in the summer) with it being the first place we visited right after we became Canadian residents. Visiting the Fisherman’s Cove again felt like coming home, and we know that Greenwater Lake will always have a special place in our heart (so it will be visited again)!

Greenwater Lake Provincial Park

Beautiful sites in the forest, level,  some of the multi-level ones in the hill have been dug out recently to remove the steps and make them safer, but as a result they are not very pretty right now (but the rest of the sites are!!). $17 for non-electric, $22 for electric sites, day/3 days/weekly/transferable annual Provincial Parks pass needed ($50 for 2009). Short walk/bikeride to the beach and marina, beautiful area too with beach cafe, park store (and laundry, arcade, minigolf) and cabins.

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