53 Leisure Travel Vans from the Western Sunsetters Travelers Club gathered at Seal Bay RV Resort near Courtenay, British Columbia, for a three-day Rally from May 29 – June 1. Seal Bay RV Resort is one of the nicest places we have ever gathered, with full-service spacious lots, a wonderful and attractive clubhouse, and some of the cleanest bathrooms ever seen.
On our first night, everyone gathered at the clubhouse for a meet and greet. Old acquaintances were renewed, and new ones made. The evening ended with a bonfire in the large fire pit which had beautiful Adirondack chairs surrounding it.
Tuesday, we were lucky enough to have Ian Moore, the owner of Big Boy’s Toys in Nanoose Bay, come to our Rally with a brand new 2023 Unity Twin Bed, which attracted a large crowd. Ian also brought his Service Manager Adam Peacock who spent most of the afternoon visiting coach owners to answer questions on issues or inquiries they had. Also, we were fortunate to have Dean Corrigal from Triple E in Winkler, Manitoba, and the star of many LTV videos join us for most of the day. Many people knew of Dean from viewing the LTV videos, but it was a delight for many to meet him in person. At 3:00 pm, Big Boys Toys hosted a wonderful wine and cheese party with excellent wines from 40 Knots Winery in Comox, British Columbia, and cheese from Natural Pastures Cheese Company in Courtenay, British Columbia. The evening we ended with another bonfire that was well attended.
Wednesday was a free day to do whatever tickled your fancy. Some went sightseeing, others to museums, and some went shopping, hiking, or bike riding. Our campground bordered the Seal Bay Nature Park, which had a 7-kilometer trail. Others just hung around the campground, relaxing and visiting. Wednesday evening at 5:00 pm, the chapter provided the Rally registrants with a BBQ of burgers, chips, and watermelon. After the BBQ, we held a draw for the LTV merchandise Triple E sent to us as well as a few prizes donated by some of our registrants. Again we ended the evening with a bonfire.
Thursday was departure day, so goodbyes were made and promises to meet again. Some were heading home, others to explore more of Vancouver Island, and a few would stay at Seal Bay for a few more days. Special thanks must go out to Tony and Georgia Smith of Campbell River, Britsh Columbia, who have been working on the planning for this Rally for the past 12 months and then executing it flawlessly. Without people like them, we wouldn’t be able to experience rallies. Also, thanks go out to the many members who helped in any way, whether it was preparing coffee and muffins in the clubhouse for all every morning, tending the bonfires, cooking and prepping for the BBQ, etc.
Written by: Norm Lavoy