Western Sunsetter 2017 Saskatchewan Rally
Manitou Beach Regional Park
June 20 – 23, 2017
This was our 17th consecutive year of having our Western Sunsetter Saskatchewan Rally at Manitou Beach. We were pleased to have 11 vans in attendance, with three from Alberta, three from Saskatchewan, two from British Columbia, two from Manitoba and one from Washington State.
Several of the vans arrived a day early. I was pleased to see three vans already parked in our area when I arrived on Monday June 19th. These were all new people to a Saskatchewan rally so we soon had some new friends.
Tuesday the rally officially started with the arrival of another eight vans. Those that arrived early enough put together a foursome for 9 holes of golf in the afternoon. That evening we all met in the large camp kitchen that was in the centre of our reserved area to enjoy our traditional pot luck supper. That evening we held a draw for two lovely camp chairs donated by RV Village in Regina. Thank You RV Village. Bill Harder and Hazel Lavoy were the winners. The evening ended with fellowship around the evening campfire.
On Wednesday morning Bill Harder and Norm Lavoy joined forces to serve everyone a pancake and sausage breakfast. If you have not experienced one of Bill Harder’s special pancakes you have not had the world’s best pancake. One pancake is a meal in itself and each one probably contains ¼ cup of berries
Due to the big breakfast no one really needed any lunch. Some of our rally participants went across the road to play golf at the Manitou Beach Golf Club. Others went for a hike or into either the town of Watrous or the resort village of Manitou Beach for some sightseeing and shopping. We ended the evening with Bill’s Bingo and several people walked away with some nice prizes donated by Leisure Vans.
Thursday was a rainy day so people participated in indoor activities. Some went into Manitou Beach to enjoy the spa and hot pools; others toured the famous Danceland that is still going strong with dances every week, 89 years after opening; and others went to see Camp Easter Seal a camp for disabled persons. That evening the skies cleared long enough for us to enjoy a supper of BBQ’d burgers, potato salad and Texas watermelon put on the by Travel Club. We ended the evening with some card and board games before retiring.
On Friday we all met for a breakfast of coffee, t-biscuits and jam before cleaning up the camp kitchen and preparing our vans to hit the highway for new adventures.
Before leaving the campground I reserved 14 sites surrounding the camp kitchen for our 2018 rally that is currently scheduled for June 19 to 22 of 2018. Mark you calendars if you may be interested in attending the longest consecutively running LTV Travel Club rally in North America.
Western Sunsetter Chapter Co-ordinator