Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Summer Home!

We've been kicking the idea around of buying some property to park the trailer on when we are back home in Alberta. We had some criteria: close to Red Deer, near a lake, four season availability, and affordable. There are a number of choices within an hour of Red Deer but there were disadvantages to pretty much all of them. There was one though, Sandy Point on Gull Lake that always kept drawing us back to have another look. We've actually been looking at that resort for about four years now but the timing was never good for one reason or another. We looked into leasing an RV site somewhere but they are very hard to find and none we really liked. After our marathon trip of last year we knew we wanted to be closer to Red Deer for a good portion of the six months we are in Canada. So......we are moving ahead with purchasing a lot in Sandy Point Resort.

This is a four season resort (deep water and sewer services). Most folks start by parking their RV on their lot and many then place a Park Model or Cottage Model on the lot and live there year-round. For us, we'll be parking the trailer on the lot, but who knows maybe we'll eventually put something more permanent on the lot too. There is a Condo Board so we do pay monthly fees. They include water and sewer, garbage and of course common property maintenance. Taxes are reasonable and the power cost is not bad either. Each site has 100 Amp power available. The financial calculation we have made is that we could maintain our lot for a year for the cost of a campground in Red Deer for three months. Now there is a capital outlay, but for us the advantages convinced us to make the investment. So even if we decide to go on a summer trip we really won't be paying more than we are now for campgrounds. The advantages of having our own place is that we can make it our own, build a shed, deck, buy a boat maybe, and have a family use summer place for many years.

If you'd like to learn more about the Resort or see some pictures, click here. We are lot 107 in Phase 2.

So we've started the process of purchase. Contract Conditions come off tomorrow. We will be moving out to the Resort roughly May 3 and onto a vacant site until our site is ready. We hope to get possession May 15 but the developer will let us start bringing in landscaping gravel and stone earlier than that once the frost is out of the ground and road restrictions come off.

Home dirt!

View of the Lake

Blank canvass
Certainly a lot of work ahead of us. Getting a good base of gravel and stone is the first priority. Next will be getting a shed built, then a deck. If we get that done this year we'll be happy. Maybe a fence next year and complete the landscaping. We might even get a chance to put our feet up and enjoy it!!

Stay tuned for updates!

.....and that was Our View From Here!


  1. Enjoy your new home base, we have been thinking about that for 13 years now, Could actually get a seasonal site right here, but like the way we keep moving around visiting with family and friends, come and go as we feel like it.

  2. Congratulations! It looks like a beautiful spot and near Gull Lake, making it a wonderful summer location. Family and friends can visit easily and you can pull out with your trailer anytime.It sounds like exactly what you were looking for!

  3. Congratulations on your purchase, it sounds like a beautiful spot!

  4. Congratulations on your decision as well as your purchase. Looks like a lovely place to call home dirt. Rest up a bit from long travels. Enjoy the adventures to come!!

  5. What a lovely spot to put your feet up ... after "your reno's" ha ha. It will be nice to have a "home" again I am sure and to be close to your kids and grandkids. As I said to Ray, we bought a destination so we see our kids, sounds like you did as well. Lots of lake time. Looking forward to seeing your progress over he summer.

  6. Congrats guys on your new home base! It looks beautiful! It'll be exciting to watch the progression! Being near that lake is certainly a bonus..thinking lots of grandkid time for sure! :)

  7. Congrats on this next stage in your lives! Should be pretty exciting making it your own little piece of paradise. Enjoy!

  8. Congratulations ... we are so jealous! We really wish there was somewhere like that in the Okanagan. We look forward to watching your progress as you set up your new home.

  9. Congrats on your lot purchase! We met another couple in Penticton that were going to Gull Lake. They didn't mention the resort name. It's a nice area you chose and sounds like it checks all the boxes. Exciting! Don't work too hard this summer lol.