Camping season in Saskatchewan Provincial Parks is finally here, and many families are looking forward to spending time with their loved ones in the great outdoors.
Jocelyn de Moissac and her family of five from Saskatoon have been camping in Sask Parks for the past eight years and will be heading back again this summer. “The day after school is out, we head up to Murray Point campground in Great Blue Heron Provincial Park every year for two weeks. We then try out a new park we’ve never been to for a whole new adventure.”
As a family tradition, the de Moissac/Johnston family has been celebrating their daughter Sloan’s birthday at Emma Lake every year. The celebration is always complete with a nature scavenger hunt, cake, all the lake friends Sloan has made in just four days, plus her dinner of choice. As hard as it is for Jocelyn to believe, Sloan will be turning nine this year!
“Our favourite part of camping is the long slow days, our children thriving in nature, the fresh air, days on the beach, and thunderstorms,” said Jocelyn. “Dirty hands, feet and faces means a great day was had."
With three kids, Sloan (8), Harlow (7), and Enver (4.5), Jocelyn noted that getting away on that Jamaican trip just isn’t in the cards for their family. “We would also rather spend 6+ weeks at the lake when we can, versus just one week in the tropics."
“My husband and I both own and operate our own businesses, which makes for busy days around the home, plus the kids’ activities and the daily hustle. The weeks are just flying by, so quality time spent with our wee ones is first on the list to just unplug and be in the moment.”
As a professional photographer, Jocelyn has captured many special moments that will last a lifetime of her family spending time in Saskatchewan’s beautiful provincial parks, from bike rides through the campgrounds to roasting marshmallows over the crackling campfire.
Jocelyn’s advice for families who haven’t been camping before, but may be considering it is pure and simple: “What the heck are you waiting for?? Nature is calling you.”
Whether spring, summer, fall or winter, Saskatchewan’s Provincial Parks have the space and the activity perfect for the vacation you'll never forget.
Find all the information you need on Saskatchewan's Provincial Parks at saskparks.com and visit the Campsite Reservation Service to book your campsite.
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Photo credit: deMo Photography