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Old 09-22-2020, 07:40 AM   #1
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Canadian snowbirds wintering in Canada

I just spent a few days in Penticton, BC, and noticed quite a few fulltimers were anxiously searching for a place to spend the winter because the border is closed.

I hope everyone finds a good spot, and keeps warm this winter.

It seems most all the parks in the Okanagan are full, with long waiting lists.

It's going to be a problem for many I fear.

Good luck to those of you still searching, and Happy Glamping.
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Vancouver Island, RV parks report , the same ( full) , many not taking any more names on waiting lists.
Okanagan winter weather can be nasty in a house , let alone an RV .
Hereís hoping all who need a spot, find one and manage to stay safe.
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I'm surprised being in unprecedented times this winter that the governing bodies in warmer areas in BC aren't allowing farmers or similar places an exception to allow Wintering RVers stuck here this year some leeway to rent out some sites up to 6 months max. Could be a bit of a win win for both sides.

Appreciate that it's land not zoned that way but just based on what we are dealing with today, in order to accommodate current climate conditions we all find ourselves in surely an exception could be made to make life a lot less stressful for many.

Just a thought from an idle mind. LOL.
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All Ontario RVs are meeting in Point Pelee the most southern point in Canada. Some may be taking the ferry to Pelee Island if they can afford the toll.
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I'm surprised being in unprecedented times this winter that the governing bodies in warmer areas in BC aren't allowing farmers or similar places an exception to allow Wintering RVers stuck here this year some leeway to rent out some sites up to 6 months max.
What would be done about water and dumping? Electric?
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I talked to a few I know and they have had to rent condos because they either couldn't go south or couldn't find a place on the island.
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What would be done about water and dumping? Electric?
What did you do for water and dumping when you were FT Two Gypsies? Same applies! There are many CG's, dumpstations, mobile pumpers and most Farmers have a septic system and can provide water fill. I'm not talking about having hundreds in one location just offering options to help alleviate some of the pressure for FT'rs that normally head south over the border. All based on certain criteria they'd mandate of course to be met to accommodate Rigs. Extra income for the hosts and peace of mind of somewhere to stay in warmest climate this side of the border when everywhere else has been booked up for months already.

My Uncle in the UK, late 1960's/1970's was allowed up to 5 RV's on his farm for a maximum 6 weeks of the year through "the caravan club", which he accommodated, it brought in a little extra income and at the same time City Slickers loved it.

Up here Two Gypsies whilst we have some crown land we don't have the opportunities you guys do in Western USA for boondocking/dispersed/dry camping. I just feel there is a way that if the local governments wanted to they could help alleviate some of the stress on these FT'rs that won't/can't put their RV's winterised into storage and rent an apartment/fly south this year during this pandemic, which is worsening in numbers right now.
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What would be done about water and dumping? Electric?
What did you do for water, dumping and electric when you were FT Two Gypsies? You often mention how you boondocked almost all the time. Same applies! There are many CG's, dumpstations, mobile pumpers and most Farmers have a septic system and can provide water fill. I'm not talking about having hundreds in one location just offering options to help alleviate some of the pressure for FT'rs that normally head south over the border. All based on certain criteria they'd mandate of course to be met to accommodate Rigs. Extra income for the hosts and peace of mind of somewhere to stay in warmest climate this side of the border when everywhere else has been booked up for months already.

My Uncle in the UK, late 1960's/1970's was allowed up to 5 RV's on his farm for a maximum 6 weeks of the year through "the caravan club", which he accommodated, it brought in a little extra income and at the same time City Slickers loved it.

Up here Two Gypsies whilst we have some crown land we don't have the opportunities you guys do in Western USA for boondocking/dispersed/dry camping. I just feel there is a way that if the local governments wanted to they could help alleviate some of the stress on these FT'rs that won't/can't put their RV's winterised into storage and rent an apartment/fly south this year during this pandemic, which is worsening in numbers right now.
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What did you do for water, dumping and electric when you were FT Two Gypsies?
Sorry..... guess I don't know what your winters are like. In the lower 48 in the northern states most of the campgrounds are closed for the winter... no water, no dump stations. That's what I was thinking about. Also thought it would be cold without electric.

We didn't stay in the northern states in winter.
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Twogypsies,

Most of our campgrounds should be also.

I was lucky and booked a site in lower mainline BC for winter. Did this back in late June.

We could fly down but without health insurance do not want to chance that.

Will be a different winter for us in the MH for the winter. New friends to make and existing friends in British Columbia to visit.

We generally only use the MH for 7 months in the spring, summer, fall.

The lower Penticton valley is bearable in the winter, cool but not near as rainy as the lower mainline.

Best of luck everyone. A lot of new winter adventures ahead.

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To those that are spending the Winter in the Okanagan valley, be sure to get heat tapes and insulation for outside water and sewer lines.

I think it may be a long winter for some people that are used to enjoying the sun and warmth of the South.

There is someone living in a 5th wheel rig up in the bush about a mile up above me. He has been there for over a year now. I don't know exactly what the laws are about full time on crown land, but I do know the local RCMP know he is there, and haven't bothered him.

So I guess if you are the hardy outdoorsy type, you could just find a remote spot and squat for the winter.

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What would be done about water and dumping? Electric?


Plus you just canít park a 30,000 lb plus motorhome in a field and expect to drive it out in the spring. Especially with all the rain they get.
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