An Increasing Number of B.C. Campers Say They Want to Stay Connected


Summer is here and a lot of people in British Columbia are getting outside to enjoy the province’s natural beauty.

For many people, camping is about enjoying the outdoors and getting to spend quality time with family and friends. However, an increasing number of campers say that they want to stay connected.

Cultus Lake in B.C. is catering to more and more of these tech-happy campers. The park offers free Wi-Fi to those who are staying the day, while those camping overnight pay $2 per device to stay connected.

The park’s manager, Allison Levesque, says that there are between 80 and 100 people using their devices to stream movies, watch Netflix, check email, and even do business.

“Camper Dale Owens says he’s been coming back to Cultus Lake for 26 years and brings all his devices with him … phone, iPad, laptop, satellite TV — all the comforts of home. The family even has full laundry service in its trailer.”

Corice Peters, who is a mother of three, says that she wouldn’t dream of letting her children go online when they are out camping. However, Peters says that Owens is missing out on the camping experience, but Owens disagrees.

“You can do work, and relax and have fun at the same time. It’s multi-tasking.”

What do you think about staying connected while camping? Let us know in the comments below.

[via CBC News]

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  • Sven L

    To each their own, to each a zone.

  • Steve

    Mostly fat old people, as shown in the pic above.

  • Biggy604

    Whats the point of Camping and “enjoying the great outdoors” when you rely heavily on being “connected”.

  • wahgee88

    I’m guilty of wanting to stay connected. Haha!!! Sign of the times.

  • xxxJDxxx

    Why do they have to be exclusive of each other? I like to enjoy the great outdoors and be connected at the same time.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    EXACTLY!!!!!!! How pathetic society has become. The art of conversation is definitely DEAD!!!!!!

  • 1His_Nibs1

    EXACTLY!!!!!!! How pathetic society has become. The art of conversation is definitely DEAD!!!!!! What a joke!

  • “Having so much fun camping! #greatoutdoors #nature #tentlife #summer” via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the occasional Snap Chat thrown in of the fire

  • SV650

    I wonder if Peters shows the same distain for those who have phone, TV and / or internet at the cottage?

    While camping for some is some sort of escape to some otherworld away from the city, for others it is a means to see and discover new things in a new locale. Being connected while camping is a way for many of us to discover events, locations and opportunities nearby the location we are camping. It also allows us to easily remain in contact with family who may need to update us with information happening outside our campsite.

    While Peters may refuse her (age unspecified) children internet access, I’ll wager she has not fully disconnected from her connected world.