We attended this rally that was held at Hazelmere RV Park in Surrey, BC. A WBCCI event hosted by Iain Cameron, the soon to be president of the region. This was I believe the third annual. What an outstanding time we had. It was all of 15 minutes from our home so I can't believe we haven't done the others
The folks were extremely welcoming, and there was a real mix of people in attendance. Many vintage trailers and then there were many newer trailers but with vintage owners
. It was interesting to hear them talk about how they started with trailers like our vintage units when they were either new or almost new (the trailers). Some folks came a long way and it was quite a treat to see Dick and Judy (DeamArt) come in with the '58 Cadillac towing their awesome '58 Flying Cloud. Iain had his '55 - 18 footer, and Mel and Lee and Dave and Debby were in with their '65 Suburbans and early 60's trailers. A real hoot and as mentioned the folks were more than welcoming. They were excited to see new folks showing up, were fun to listen to as they reminisced, and had some good advice and good knowledge about things we'd wondered about since starting down the Airstream path. Even had a brand newbie RV'ing couple show up and several folks spent quite a bit of time with them making sure they were comfortable with how their vintage Airstream worked and towing rules and responsibilities.
For those of you who are wondering about WBCCI and have read all the negative stuff that pops up on the Forums and elsewhere I strongly encourage you to shrug it off and go to a WBCCI rally and see for yourselves what it is really all about. It is nothing but camping, good company, having fun, and meeting some wonderful people. Yes, there's some negativity at the top end but that will go away as the new executive teams move up the ladder
To Iain and the folks who helped out with this event and the longer term members who came out to ensure the newbies were made welcome a huge thanks
. We need more of these within half an hour from home
Oh yeah, for anyone coming to the Vancouver, BC area and looking for a nice CG the one we were at, Hazelmere RV Park (www.hazelmere.ca
) is a great place and very family oriented. It is 8 blocks north of the Canada/USA border.