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Naturalists' Backyard

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This is a Boondockers Welcome host in Lacombe County, AB

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Hosted By

J+A-Robertson

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    < 25 (ft)

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    1

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    3

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    Yes

80 acres of mixed pasture and forest, on either side of a creek ravine, in a rural/agricultural area. This is the land that was no good for farming, but is great for nature lovers. Lots of birds & wildflowers. Easy walking around the property; ~ 10 minutes from an extensive trail/boardwalk system, and 25 minutes to the hundreds of km of trails in Red Deer's urban park system. Park in our graveled yard, use the fire pit, plug in, hook up a hose, and use us as a base of operations for your central Alberta explorations. We speak English, French, & Polish. Maybe a little bit of bad Spanish, too. Suggested Local Attractions:Red Deer (25 minutes west) with its fabulous urban park system + nature centre, federal migratory bird sanctuary, historic (Riel Rebellion) fort, museums, shopping, RV service, etc. 45 minutes east to Stettler and its steam train. 2 hours south to Drumheller, badlands, Royal Tyrrell Museum. 3 hours west to Banff National Park. 1.5 hours to Edmonton or Calgary.

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Vehicle Suitability Information

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Pets Welcome

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Electric Hookup: 15A

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Wifi

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Slideouts Allowed

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Outdoor Cooking Allowed

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Generators Allowed

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Water Hookup

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Separate Tow Vehicle Parking

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Campfire Ring Provided

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House Rules

We have cats, horses, and sometimes pasture cattle here. Pets are welcome, but must be under control. (Don't chase the domestic or wild critters!) Travelling with a horse? You are welcome to pasture it here too. Generators off by 10 p.m. Smoking? Only inside your unit, please. Take your garbage with you. Generally, a 3 day (max.) stay.

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Location

Access Road Conditions: 2 miles/3 km on good gravel off of Hwy 11. Have to do a tight (hairpin) U-turnaround if parking in our yard, OR (if "boondocking" (i.e. not in our yard) drive a few hundred metres (yards) on fairly smooth pasture to be by yourself in a meadow surrounded by trees. No problem most of the time, but might be a bad idea after a lot of rain! We have a 25' 5th wheel & can do the turnaround -- bigger might have difficulty. Tow Vehicle Parking Details: Lots of room to park next to the RV.

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Hosted By J+A-Robertson

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65+

Retired park naturalists. Details: I am a retired park naturalist/interpreter. My partner is still working as an ESL teacher (English as a Second Language for adults/new Canadians), and interpretive planner/writer (museum, historic site & park exhibits, interpretive signs etc.) and is an excellent naturalist. We both hike, canoe/kayak, horseback ride, and camp/travel. We speak English, French, a bit of Spanish, and one of us speaks Polish. Home Town: In a rural area in eastern Lacombe County, 20 minutes east of Red Deer, Alberta. (Red Deer is a city of ~100,000, 1/2 way between Calgary & Edmonton, and is on the main driving route to Alaska.) Favorite Boondocking Locations: So far, our main boondocking experience is in the foothills/mountains of western Alberta. Skills or Expertise to Share: We know the natural history of western Canada, particularly Alberta, including the mountains, foothills, prairies, and badlands. Pretty good knowledge of the human (pre-contact to recent) history, too, & the various museums, interpretive & historic sites, and recreation opportunities.

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References for this location from other RVers

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    MrAndMrsB

    2 days ago

    Quiet, peaceful—a true naturalist’s haven. The site was protected, level and everything a traveller could hope for. The hosts, well, out of a five star, they’d be several stars above the best. Gracious, kind, generous, knowledgeable and great conversationalists, would be how we’d describe Anna & Jim. Thank you so much for one of the best stays of our trip.

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    mado

    1 month ago

    it's a nice place to stay. We've walked around the trails on the property with the owner and the dogs.

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    tigmot1sh

    1 month ago

    Very beautiful and peaceful if you like horses, good trails for walks, and hosts are very friendly

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