Happy Canada Day Everyone!

Colin Monner

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Today is Canada Day and we’re so excited to introduce our second Farmers Market to A Stones Throw RV Campground today! We have balloons, ice cream, and popcorn for the young and young at heart to help get the festivities started! GO CANADA!!!

It’s funny how my knee jerk first thoughts are to apologize for not writing sooner. I can’t tell you how many people have commented that we could be a reality TV show, 3 generations living on the farm, day by day bringing A Stones Throw RV Campground to life, raising kids, the cooking, cleaning and the mud. Long story short when the sun fades and we get another incredible sunset I’ll admit one eye is already shut. Hard pressed to type… unless its a rain day!
In case you were not aware there has been a drought through Southern Alberta for several years. This year started somewhat parched, but as they say when it rains, it pours. A few weeks ago we received 1.5 of an inch where neighbouring farms east of us received over 9 inches!!! Over another 3 days we received 3 more inches and not complaining about it one bit. Yes it’s muddy but boy do we ever need it.

Our First 8 Weeks

Opening the doors to A Stones Throw RV Campground was scary and exciting all at the same time. Years of time and equity lead us to May the 1st 2022 and weather could have been kinder. Snow had delayed the gravelling of the roads which meant we had dirt and dust. Opening the doors in someway felt like the end, and it was in some ways. The days of being a “development” or a “concept” are now behind us, we are open for business and with that said the scary element has passed (for the most part) and now we are open and excited to turn A Stones Throw RV Campground into what we know it can be, day by day.
It means a lot when guests say how lucky they feel to be a part of our journey, to watch our campground mature around them. Rome was not built in a day, or so they say. We know our goals will span a generation to achieve, starting a tree museum has got to start at some point in time, why not now? Guests today get to say they were here first, and take pride in witnessing the growth of our campground.
Brown and dry with little run-off due to a serious lack of snow last winter made for incredibly dry conditions. Imagine being a Farmer who wants to grow you some food? Their going to invest not just time, but hundreds of thousands of dollars in seed, fertilizer, chemical, diesel fuel, and wear and tear on equipment looking out at this dry brown, hoping for rain… Thank You Farmers!!!
We’ve received over 4 inches over the last 2 months and as you can see it has certainly greened things up around there!
Since opening we’ve competed the first stage of gravelling our roads! We have also gravelled over 60 sites for our guests and guests of guests! Each site is taking one and a half tandem loads of 20mm gravel! We know we will be adding gravel to sites and roads annually as the earth settles back into place.

Reservoir Access

Guests of A Stones Throw RV Campground have been anticipating June 15th since we opened our doors this May 1st. There are over 40 acres of natural grassland pasture behind our farm. A coulee that was dammed in the early 1950’s now provides irrigation to the campground, our farm, and now it will also become a water lovers haven in Southern Alberta. Over 10 acres in size it’s often referred to as a small lake.
Orange dot marks the spot! Every 7.5 feet we drilled a hole and tamped a post across the whole face of the dam, we wanted to ensure our guests that a child could not just walk into the water 🙂

Today it is what it always has been, a pasture of tall grass for sheep and cows. These animals have carved trails all around the reservoir, something we intend on enhancing with gravel in the future. What we have strived to accomplish before we enhance trails was to improve upon the safety of the area. We have completed a pole fence across the whole face of the dam spanning nearly 400 feet long. Check!
It was no small task but as my Grandpa Monner would say, “You can’t look at it as just a bunch of work, it’s a bunch of little jobs. Get one job done at a time and before ya know it al of that work is done.” and it’s something I think of often. Every single day we make progress at A Stones Throw RV Campground and over a few weeks the Pole Fence across the dam was done, along with a homemade handrail for some ease of access down into the coulee 🙂
We have created some ease of access down to the reservoir by installing a handrail. We made a quick trip to Brooks to pick up some steel to fabricate some hardware for the rail. We have to give Brooks Industrial Metals Ltd. a shout out, they have incredibly knowledgeable staff (especially Donna 🙂 and always have what we need when we need it. We’ve lost track of how many different welding projects they have assisted us with from cut pieces, punched, laser cut, and everything in between.
We’re also installing a 6 foot deer fence between the farm yard and the reservoir. Our guard dog is nearly one year old and though the Invisible Fence keeps her at bay we would like a little privacy between farmyard and playground 🙂 We will be opening up the reservoir in stages as we further develop and create a safer environment.
Bella turned one this month! Thanks to our Invisible Fence Bella stays within the farmyard working as our guard dog.
In our next blog we’ll be filling you in on our Beautiful Washhouses, the new Security Gate, Community Garden, and some of the incredible businesses within the Town of Vulcan (only 35 minutes away) that have been a tremendous help in our development. 
Happy Camping Everyone!!!

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