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Old 05-19-2016, 10:25 PM   #21
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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.


Just don't setup the bar outside and this weekend will be just like any other for you. The forecast looks fantastic, especially compared to May longs in the past.
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Old 05-19-2016, 11:01 PM   #22
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Wow! I didn't know the grill would work without beer! But seriously. In Alabama, the day use areas of the parks are dry, but campgrounds allow alcohol. I guess you crazy Canadians just can't handle your liquor. Lol.
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Good portion of the State Parks in the eastern US are Dry. Last year my Wife & I were checking into a SP in PA and the first words were "Hi, Do you have any Alcoholic Beverages?" That greeting set the tone, I guess we looked like the partying type.

Booked State Park reservations in Colorado for July and found this in the park brochure; 'Only 3.2% (or less) alcohol is allowed'. Hadn't drunk 3.2 Beer since i was in the Military back in Oklahoma in the early 70's. Did not know it still existed.
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Old 05-20-2016, 07:05 AM   #24
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Wow! I didn't know the grill would work without beer! But seriously. In Alabama, the day use areas of the parks are dry, but campgrounds allow alcohol. I guess you crazy Canadians just can't handle your liquor. Lol.
The youth use it as a reason to destroy campgrounds.. No booze no destruction. You cannot tell one group they cannot drink while you let another group drink.. it is called discrimination..
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Old 05-20-2016, 07:45 AM   #25
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But here in Manitoba, all provincial parks are alcohol free this weekend. The penalties are a $600 fine plus being banned from all provincial parks for a year if you're caught with anything, and the conservation officers will watch you pack up your stuff and escort you to the park gate. Give them any hassle, and they won't hesitate to call the RCMP. After the weekend, I always hear on the news how many people were caught and ejected; I'm guessing it's usually the younger crowd who don't believe the rules apply to them. Some campgrounds even have entire loops that are alcohol free year round.
I don't see the logic in this. "You've been drinking! Now, hook up that 35' trailer, get in your truck and drive home."
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I don't see the logic in this. "You've been drinking! Now, hook up that 35' trailer, get in your truck and drive home."
and check out this logic.. many campgrounds have hotels nearby (in the provincial parks), which serve alcohol! You can even buy beer at them to take away.

Just don't bring it into the campground this weekend ;-)
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The youth use it as a reason to destroy campgrounds.. No booze no destruction. You cannot tell one group they cannot drink while you let another group drink.. it is called discrimination..
Sure you can... Under 21, no drinking. Over 21 drinking.
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Old 05-20-2016, 09:56 AM   #28
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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.
I always took that to mean "public display" in TX SPs. If your beer is in a cooler, and you're drinking it from a coozie (not one that advertises an alcoholic beverage), in your campsite, then you're golden. They're not going to come into your campsite and demand to see in your cooler or what's in your coozie if you're minding your own business.

I was camping at a TX SP a few years back with the outlaws. We had an old Shiner Bock box that we used for firewood. Game warden came over and said we had to stow the beer. We looked at him like he had green horns, like "what the heck is he talking about, we don't have any beer". He pointed to our firewood box and said, "that's 'public display'". We chuckled and said, "yeah, okay, no problem sir" and stowed the box in the camper. About five feet away on the picnic table was my bottle of Seagram's 7 sitting on the bench for all the world to see, I covertly stowed it in my storage bin while his back was turned, and refilled my flask after he left.

We've never had problems as long as you're not advertising it for the whole world to see and hear. In most cases, even if someone is making a ruckus, they're asked (read warned) to keep it down and that's about it.
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I don't see the logic in this. "You've been drinking! Now, hook up that 35' trailer, get in your truck and drive home."
I would think that anyone who can afford a 35' trailer would be responsible enough to follow the rules and not cause a ruckus. It's more like the 18 to 24 year old demographic who stuffs a tent, sleeping bag and a cooler full of beer into a Honda Civic with a 1000-watt sound system and a 6" exhaust who causes problems. But I see what you mean. Never having to deal with this situation, I'm not sure what the CO's protocols for this are.
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Sure you can... Under 21, no drinking. Over 21 drinking.


Drinking age in Canada is 18 or 19, depending on the province. When I was 19-21, we went camping every long weekend and took a boat load of beer with us. We were pretty much drunk most of the weekend but we weren't the rowdy types and we kept thing clean and didn't have bottles and cans laying around.

There were lots of obnoxious young folk though. People didn't destroy things here, they were just loud, got into shouting matches with one another, girlfriends crying, and messy by leaving cans and bottles out to attract bears. It especially annoyed the families with young children so the parks found a great reduction in quiet, clean clientele (which I realize not all families are) and an increase in loud partiers. Increased need for COs and RCMP.

We've got dry long weekends in I think most of the non-private campgrounds around here. Any other day or weekend is fine, just May/June/July/September long that is dry.
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