An impromptu decision to photograph the Milky Way late at night nearly 90 minutes from home made us resort to quickly packing up the camper, hitch up and start driving north and east from where we live. Where to go for the night? We had heard about Dunnet Regional Park…
Dunnet Regional Park is touted to be the best kept secret, a true jewel of the region. Located 7 km outside of Avonlea, SK, the park was established in 1967 as a Centennial Project to honor the late Dr. Dunnet. Parents of children he had delivered over the years and their children were instrumental in getting the park off the ground on the west side of the reservoir.
Here is a view from the dam overlooking the South Loop of the RV park a lush green area completely unexpected as we approached across the prairie.
Once we checked in at Dunnet Regional Park gate (we did not know we were supposed to reserve online but with the friendly and patient help of the park attendant we managed to get a spot) we made our way inside. Our site was just a stone’s throw from the pool and concession and…
…baseball field. We were the only people there and it was a very peaceful and quiet location.
Another large camping area with about 100 spaces was located to the right from the stop sign at the entrance. We took a drive along there…
…and the spaces are secluded and easily accessible from the one-way loop.
From a previous online review I was aware that the spaces are not very spacious. But we noticed that many of the sites had name signs and garden ornaments indicating seasonal campers, the bread and butter of any campground.
While our site (B3) was electrified the sites nearby and behind a grove of trees were not. I will assume these were the tenting sites for those younger folk who have fully embraced “roughing it”, complete with outhouse.
The next morning I decided to embark on a walk through the neighboring campsites…
…taking in nature and its inhabitants. We were the only campers in the vicinity that morning – the day after a long weekend.
I kept looking up and ahead… and it was beautiful!
Nature untouched, bark covered branches free to twist and bend in wind and weather. I wish it was that idyllic all around… when I looked at the campsites (and there were only a handful) I was frankly disappointed in whoever had visited over the weekend. Garbage strewn everywhere, the fire pits overflowing with bottles and empty cans and general trash discarded in the bushes all around the approach to the ball diamond.
For several years I have quietly raged about this topic… I live at a lake and I often wonder what it is with those who visit our natural areas. Who gave you permission to bring your fast food wrappers and toss them into the ditch, along the road side or directly on the road? Who told you it would be OK to leave your trash for others to pick up? Large trash bins are provided both at Dunnet Regional Park and our road along Buffalo Pound Lake… Stop the car, open the trash can and deposit your garbage yourself, please! I am frankly tired of picking up unsightly trash, bottles and cans that make our neighborhood look like a slum. We do not travel into the city where we do our shopping and conduct business and leave our garbage behind…
It is disappointing when one is trying to conserve natural resources but then ignores to clean up after themselves. Let’s all pitch in together and leave the campsite cleaner than you found it. Let’s pay it forward – it is much appreciated!
Thanks for letting me rant – fell free to weigh in with a comment below. What are your feelings on the subject?
I will sign off for today with a panorama of Avonlea Reservoir and Dam captured a week ago. Beautiful and clean… let’s make Dunnet Park a cleaner place. I know I did my part while there. Our campsite was left cleaner than we found it, and we gathered several bags of trash while walking the grounds… consider yourself tagged to do the same next time you visit a natural area!