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Old 05-19-2016, 12:59 PM   #11
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Alberta also imposes a liquor ban for May Long in the provincial parks. One of those cases were a few ruined it for everybody I guess - lame.

I suppose you can sit in your trailer and drink, but who wants to do that?
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Old 05-19-2016, 01:09 PM   #12
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I've been camping for decades now on the west coast and I've honestly never heard of dry campsites other than the reference to no hookups or water. It's actually kind of surprising as restrictive as California is with everything else. I've seen on occasion where rowdy groups are asked to quiet down or get kicked out by the Ranger or Sheriff. I guess it all comes down to respect and following the rules of the campground. I would hate to see more Government regulations imposed on camping but it wouldn't surprise me either.
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Old 05-19-2016, 03:04 PM   #13
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Well, that's how I feel about it, too. Don't give the authorities any reason to take a look at you, and they won't. But I also don't want them making a surprise visit to our site for some innocent random and perfectly legit reason, and seeing or smelling the booze. Because they have in the past, looking for a lost child or investigating an off-leash dog or something. For me, it's far easier to follow the rules than to deal with the consequences.

But this all started about ten or so years ago, when the parks branch finally got tired of all the alcohol fuelled shenanigans. Since then the number of incidences has dropped from dozens to a very small handful. The rest of the camping season, they leave you alone unless you cause problems.
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Old 05-19-2016, 03:12 PM   #14
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what else is there to do in winnepeg other than drink?

dry weekends in BC would result in large riots and possible forest fires( similar to stanley cup riot)
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As a home brewer, I make most of my own beer and throw it in some growlers before my trip. I've got a steel insulated cup that my wife swears goes everywhere with me (because it does) and gets used for coffee in the morning, iced tea for driving, and my home brew in the afternoons. I don't think I've ever had someone hassle me over what's in it, either. -But as several have said, a lot of attention is paid to the younger crowd, blaring music, being rowdy and disrespectful.
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Watch bad hockey and even worse football?
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I've been camping for decades now on the west coast and I've honestly never heard of dry campsites other than the reference to no hookups or water.
North Carolina state park rules state that "it is illegal to possess or consume alcoholic beverages." Heck, it wasn't that far back that the majority of NC counties were dry and in those few wet counties you had to "brown bag" any dinner drinks. State-owned ABC stores are still the only place where you can purchase distilled spirits.

I remember my first shopping trip in a Califorinia grocery store and stopping dead in my tracks to gape at a floor display of scotch!
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Old 05-19-2016, 06:25 PM   #18
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TX SP's are all dry too. Like everyone has said, just fly under the radar and you should be just fine.
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Sounds like those of you in the Great White North who enjoy an adult beverage need to do some camping on the US west coast!

I'm certainly beyond my "partying" years but honestly, the DW and I love to have a cocktail or three in the afternoon/evening when camping. It's all part of enjoying the outdoors and relaxing. I think I would do my research before booking campsites in states that have dry camping.
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Whenever we check in at the CG office, in addition to the camping permit and the "make sure your dog is leashed at all times" talk, they staple a copy of The Camper's Guide to the permit. It basically outlines what is expected of us as campers, and IMHO is very reasonable. I've been camping in provincial park campgrounds for most of my life and all of my adult life, and never once have had a problem.
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