I forget sometimes how much my home province has to offer. It’s easy enough to take it for granted. I often remark that the more I travel, the more I want to travel – and the more I realize how much I love making my home in Regina, Saskatchewan. I grew up here, moving to Regina as a kid when my Dad found work with the Provincial Government. Mom worked as a nurse for a few years before switching careers. We spent our summers camping and at the family cottage. Often we would head down to the States or into Alberta for vacations.
I’ve always had a love of travel, and as I get older the simple pleasures of camping have become more and more attractive. My love of travel is a good thing – since I spend a lot of time on Saskatchewan’s highways with work. OmniOnline has clients all across Canada, with the majority split between Regina, Saskatoon, and Saskatchewan’s other major centres.
So I have probably driven past Blackstrap Provincial Park more than one hundred times in the last few years. Easily.
I’ve often thought of that man-made ski hill as I drive to and from Saskatoon. I never got to ski it, and I’d never pulled off the highway at Dundurn and visited the Park.
I did just that this weekend, thanks to the CampSask App.
Saskatchewan Camping App
Omnilogic released an App earlier this summer, and the blend of technology and travel helped me find the Kevin Misfeldt Campground.
So I don’t mind pushing it a bit here as I talk about an excellent weekend spent with friends, just a short drive away. We pulled off the highway and were welcomed by a very friendly Park Staff, who had a good laugh at the packing job I’d done – there wasn’t an ounce of space left in the vehicle. We’d come prepared!
We got settled into a very secluded camp site within easy walking distance of the showers, toilets, and the beach – with heavy tree cover making us feel as though we had the place to ourselves – even though we’d driven past electrified sites and a busy playground.
We got unpacked and unplugged (great cell phone reception… by the way… though we finished off a few things and then consciously packed the phones away!)
Then it was time to hit the beach. It was a small and private feeling beach, and we got to watch people enjoying their boats along the lake, and finally understood those gigantic houses built up against the highway just outside of Dundurn… Turns out the view from the lake makes it worthwhile to back onto the highway!
All in all, it was an excellent weekend with great friends – and a chance to unwind a bit after a busy summer, and heading into an even busier Autumn. We launched CampSask.ca in the spring, and we’ve been working hard with our clients and partners through the summer to help use technology to make life simpler.
When you’re working with incredible people across Canada and traveling extensively across Saskatchewan to compete with companies around the globe in an ever changing world of technology – it’s sometimes nice to grab your phone, use a great, Saskatchewan made APP to pick a place to unplug – and remind yourself how lucky you are to be where you are.