Earlier this year two children participating in the Make-A-Wish Foundation made requests to go camping with their families.
One girl hopes to make a two-week RV trip in Camrose, Alberta, and the other had long hoped to take a trip with her family to explore Canada in a pop-up camper.
The Foundation contacted Go RVing Canada for help arranging the trips, and wound up giving Executive Director Christopher Mahony an idea for Canada’s first National RV Weekend June 13-14.
“What we wanted to do was to find a way to celebrate RVing, of course and the community and the fun of camping, but we wanted to tie it in to something that was meaningful to us,” Mahony said.
The National RV Weekend is a joint participation between campgrounds and dealerships across the country to raise awareness for Go RVing as well as the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Participants will sell paper paper lanterns for $2 (CAD) leading up to the weekend, donating all proceeds to the Foundation.
About a dozen campgrounds will host individual events to launch the lanterns at 10 p.m. local time across the country in recognition of the National RV Weekend and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The lanterns are biodegradable paper domes that begin to rise as a candle heats up the air inside.
“Of course, we’ve done our due diligence with the local fire authorities to make sure we’re good to go lighting these in an open place with minimal wind,” Mahony said.
Go RVing Canada will host media events at several of the campgrounds, and is hoping to fulfill the wishes of the two children who requested campers to make trips with their families, Mahony said.
“We’re working on granting those wishes right now and we are going to grant both of those. We’re trying to roll those into this event. … We’ve approved it, we’re just hoping to get the campers.”
Mahony said the event fits well with the Go RVing Canada’s “Wildhood” advertising campaign, and he’s hoping the two organizations can expand the relationship to grant future wishes or hold similar events.
We’re trying to make sure we have a good partnership here,” he said. “We believe that part of our (Wildhood) campaign has been focused on kids, and it’s really about that curiosity and freedom and adventure that we all had as kids but sometimes we lose as adults.”
Below is a list of campgrounds that will host the event, for an up-to-date list of campgrounds and dealerships participating in the promotion, or to find more information about how to participate, click here.
Green Acre Park, Ontario
Lilac Resort, Manitoba
Rubber Ducky Resort and Campground, Manitoba
Arrowhead RV Park, Manitoba
Ol’ MacDonalds Resort, Alberta
Mountain View Calgary Camping, Alberta
Whale Cove Campgrounds, Nova Scotia
Twin Shores, PEI
Ponderosa Campground, New Brunswick
Bridal Falls Camperland RV Resorts, British Columbia
Snowy Peaks RV, British Columbia