Port Moody, BC. On Saturday, May 28, campgrounds across Canada will help raise funds for Make-A-Wish® Canada by coming together and participating in a Wish event.
This event is organized as part of Canadian RVing and Camping Week May 24 to 29, 2016. Canadian RVing and Camping Week is designed to encourage Canadians to get outside to enjoy a fun, safe and secure camping experience with family and friends.
This year, Go RVing Canada and the Canadian Camping and RV Council have partnered with Make-A-Wish® Canada, with a stated goal of raising $20,000 to help wishes come true for children facing life-threatening medical conditions.
Campers can help by purchasing a $2 LED Wish lantern at participating Canadian campgrounds with all proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish Canada. On Saturday, May 28th at 10:00 pm (local time), campers will gather, make their personal Wish, then build a garden to shine their light for Make-A-Wish Canada. Alternatively, campers can make a direct donation online.
British Columbia Make-A-Wish Canada May 28th Participants:
Beaver Lake Resort
Blue River Campground & RV Park
Burnaby Cariboo RV Park
Christina Pines Campground
Crystal Cove Beach Resort
Evergreen Fishing Resort
Holiday Park Resort
Magna Bay Resort
Pierre’s Point Campground
Rondalyn RV Resort & Campground
Wood Lake Resort & Marina
About the Canadian RV and Campground Industry
Camping is an affordable family activity that promotes a sense of community, creates life-long memories and encourages Canadians and International visitors to discover Canada’s rich landscape and engage with nature.
The Canadian RV and Campground Industry make significant contributions to Canada’s economy. The camping sector contributes $4.7 billion to Canada’s GDP and creates 60,000 jobs in small communities across the country.
British Columbia has 570 campgrounds representing 38,669 campsites operated by the private sector, municipalities, Parks Canada, and BC Parks. In BC over 662,000 people camped in 2015 – 56% in tents, 9% in trailers, 6% in tent trailers, 9% in fifth wheels and 11% in Motorhomes and 9% in other lodging.
In BC, the camping industry contributes $606 million dollars to British Columbia’s GDP, collectively employs 7,524 people, while generating $137 million in sales and income tax.
“I am pleased to join the Canadian Camping and RV Council and Go RVing Canada to raise funds for Make-A-Wish® Canada, with the stated goal of raising $20,000. I encourage all people who enjoy the camping and RVing lifestyle to participate by purchasing a $2 lantern or by making a direct donation. Together we can help these deserving children have their wishes fulfilled.”
Joss Penny, Chair, Camping and RVing BC Coalition
About the Camping and RVing British Columbia Coalition
The Camping and RVing BC Coalition was formed in 2008 with the support of Destination British Columbia to better position the provincial camping and RVing experience and to capitalize on the growth of nature-based tourism. Coalition members currently include BC Parks, BC Lodging & Campgrounds Association, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, RV Rental Association of Canada, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, the BC Society of Parks Facility Operators, Parks Canada, Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of British Columbia and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.