October 16, 2020
As one would expect, operations at Wesley Clover Parks were impacted significantly over the last Quarter, given the social, event-centric nature of the Park. That said, there were still a number of noteworthy developments that deserve to be shared:
With travel restrictions in place, the team set their sights on offering a shortened camping season for those committed to getting out of the house on a ‘stay-cation’ in the great out- doors. Following all the guidelines provided by the City of Ottawa, the first services to be opened were restricted only to those owning self-sustained Recreational Vehicles (RVs). As the weeks unfolded and the area moved into Stage 3 of the provincial reopening, com- munal washroom and shower facilities were able to come back on line, which allowed bookings to be accepted from guests with all other RVs, as well as trailers and tents. The last service to come back on line was the very popular onsite cabin rentals for “glamping”. With all features now operating with guest safety as a number-1 priority, the team expects to keep things that way until the typical end of season, later in October. Full information can be found online, at wesleycloverparks.com/campground-2/.
Providing guests the ability to gather at community events is one of the primary objectives of the Parks. Obviously that goal was impacted over the last months. But the team got creative in their ways to respect the rules but still welcome guests however appropriate. In partnership with DNA Live, one of Canada’s leading event creation and management firms, the team introduced what has proven to be a popular new offering. Harkening back to earlier days of entertainment, “The Drive-In Experience Ottawa” was launched in June, inviting guests to gather in the safety and comfort of their own vehicles and enjoy some of their favourite movies on a large outdoor screen. Vehicles were spaced apart as necessary, and audio signals were streamed over a specific FM radio station to be played through the vehicle entertainment systems. The uptake was so encouraging that the program was expanded to include musical acts and other artists, and the plan is to keep the program running as long as the fall weather permits. Upcoming events are posted regularly at www.thedriveinottawa.ca.
Such is life in a pandemic lockdown. But it is not all doom and gloom, and we have enjoyed sharing some of the good news with you here. wesleycloverparks.com