Phoebe was away from Shadybrook at Seba Beach for exactly one month. We brought her back last Wednesday after work. Showing up on a Wednesday at 7:30 pm allowed us to back in to the site without the peering eyes of our Shadybrook neighbours. It also meant we could whipper snip the weeds. This noisy task is not permitted on the weekends.
We came out on Saturday morning and walked around the village for a bit before venturing down the road to Kokanee Springs, another seasonal campsite. After touring around Kokanee Springs we concluded that Shadybrook is more our style. Both sites are the same price, about $3100 for the season (May 1 - Sept. 30) and that includes full hook ups. At Shadybrook you can leave your trailer on your site over the winter with a $500 non-refundable deposit toward the next season.
Very soon we have to decide if we want to pay the $500 to reserve our site for next year.
This is what we know:
- Phoebe is too small for a seasonal campsite.
- We would need to invest more to make our site more comfortable. (People at Shadybrook have decks built up to their trailers, eating tents, landscaped sites, large TVs with satellite dishes...)
- We like exploring and don't want to be tied to one campsite.
- Although, it is nice not to have to set up a campsite every time we camp.
- We like camping but we don't want to camp every weekend. The Edmonton area is really great in the summer!
- If we give up the site we will have to plot out where we want to camp next year and book sites early.
- We need to store Phoebe over the winter somewhere. An indoor storage space would be lovely.
- Including this weekend, we have stayed in Phoebe at Shadybrook eight nights. If we do the math about the cost per night...o.k., just don't do the math.
Right now we still have a lot of questions. We don't regret trying out Shadybrook this year as it allowed us to use the trailer without towing. We're confident the answer will come to us soon.
Mellissa & James live in Edmonton, Alberta and enjoy exploring. Currently our Airstream is parked at a seasonal site about an hour from our home.