Guest Letters

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Sept 11, 2013

Thank you! Wonderful campgrounds and hosts.

The Zemlaks

Aug 05, 2013

Well ‘hello’ :-). I was cleaning out my e-mail box and came across this ol’ correspondence with you. My husband James and I were up to stay at your place last summer, we live in Oregon :-). Not sure if you remember us, we stayed at one of your corner back lots with our three dogs (big to small :-). We had a ‘wonderful’ time and wish we could have done it again this year, but I’ve had back issues (severed muscle) so we’re staying close to home this year. We’d hoped to travel across the country to see my boys, but we’ve had to postpone that for another year. All in good time.

How have you been? Do you still own the place, or were you able to find a buyer? Don’t know if a new owner will treat us as well as you did, you were very kind :-).

Hoping all is well with you. I’ll keep your address so that when we ‘do’ head back up that way, we’ll be able to touch base and return if you’re still the owners. :-).

Bless you both,

Selina and James C. 🙂

August 17, 2013 (receently found on Trip Advisor)
5 of 5 stars “Castlegar RV park and camping…..Owners, Dale and Liz ”
17 Aug 2012 HislambIam4ever, Oregon, USA | Trip type: Couples

My husband and I and our 3 dogs recently drove up from Oregon, USA to camp at a WONDERFUL RV park in Castlegar, British Columbia. Never have we stayed at a place that is well known for how clean, tidy, FRIENDLY and hospitable…….especially the restroom/washrooms/showers!!!!!!!. We HIGHLY recommend this place whether you’re simply pass’n through with your ‘rig’, or you’re looking for somewhere to pitch a tent and stay awhile. This is the 1st campsite we’ve ever come across that is not only DOG FRIENDLY, but they actually have an “OFF LEASH DOG RUN!!!!!” So, for all you fellow dog lovers out there, GIVE CASTLEGAR RV AND CAMPSITE (OWNERS DALE AND LIZ) A TRY .



Aug 30, 2011

Thank you so much for letting us camp under the willow tree. It’s the best night’s sleep we’ve had in a week!! It’s beautiful here and we’ll be back.
Cheers, Dee and Jeff

July 26, 2010

Liz & Dale:

We all just wanted to tell you how much we appreciated your help.
You have a beautiful spot there, but what we will remember the most is your kindness. We will be thinking of you while we are on the road & wrote about you in our travel journal.

Wishing you many more years of success.

Love, Lisa, Alanna Sarinna,Josh and Caleb

Oct 7, 2009
Fellow travelers:

If you happen to be traveling in the North Country in the vicinity of Castlegar BC and are in need of a place to park your RV, rent a cabin, or pitch a tent, do not pass up the opportunity to avail yourself of the accommodations of Castlegar’s RV Park just west of town.

A few weeks ago I was sitting in my living room in heart of Texas anticipating a trip to British Columbia and found the RV Park on the Internet. I called the owner of the establishment (Dale) and found a warm and friendly voice on the other end. Fortunately for me, he had room for my visit. I flew to Spokane, rented a car, grab some camping gear at Walmart and headed north to Castlegar on a Monday morning.

Pulling into the Park I found Dale walking toward the office. He tipped his hat—I did the same—and I checked in…buying a fishing license to boot. He offered tons of information about the area, warned me about the bears and info on the local fishing holes.

Now, if you’re looking for a place that offers clean restrooms, a clean place to wash your clothes…with books to read while you’re waiting, a friendly group of residents, do not pass up this establishment just west of town on Route 3. You won’t be disappointed. Oh, did I mention it’s wireless. You can check your emails from home.

Many thanks to Dale and Liz for making my stay in your RV Park so enjoyable.

Need a recommendation, email me.

James Quinnett
Ovalo, Texas

Aug 28, 2009
Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. I will definetly recommend you to anyone heading your way.
Sharon W.

Aug 8, 2009
Hi Dale and Liz,
We made it home safely with no problems. We like to say thank you for the great time and wonderful setting! We will see you soon.
Take care,
Lorraine and Matt B.

July 22, 2009
Site #31 from Saskatchewan
“Here is a loonie. I would like to give it to you because you have a nice campground”
Dayen S.(age 5) (loonie attached)

April 17, 2009
Hello . Just a quick note to thank you for the nice spot to camp.
We were sure glad you were open.
Hit some pretty bad ice just after we left your park. Its just a little scary when your pulling something that big. After that dry roads all the way home.
Thanks again and hope to see you again in the future.
Sharyn and Gordon

April 2, 2008
April was probably not the best time for us to evaluate this RV park. There was still a lot of snow on the ground, and the owner (a very nice couple) had just cleared out a few sites. Water was not available, since it was so cold that the faucets would freeze. The facilities were clean, but elderly. Wi-Fi was good. We actually only used the electric power. We’re sure that this would be a really nice campground in the summer.

August 9, 2007
Thanks for a wonderful, clean campground. The area is clean and it was great to look at the stars. We stopped here initially just to get off the highway, but if we return to Castlegar, we will stay here (and recommend you to others).
Sincerely, Tracy & Bob M.

August 5, 2007
Dear Liz and Dale, We wish to thank you for your efforts in keeping this rv park a great place to stay. We can tell from our experience here that you try to think about your guests and help the guests during their stay. We appreciate it and keep up the great work.
Sincerely, Ed and Dianne S.

July 22, 2007
Liz & Dale:
Please reserve a spot for us – Aug 17,18,19 and possibly the 20th. Full hookups if available. Thank you for another lovely visit.
Larry and Lorie O.

August 7, 2006
Liz & Dale:
Thank you for being great hosts and letting us know what this area [the Kootenays] has to offer. Very beautiful!
The Thornton family #40 (the tenters with the satellite dish)

July 24, 2006
Hi Liz & Dale:
We want to thank you again for your help, in the rain, unhitching, backing, re-hitching etc! Your RV park and hospitality were THE BEST! We hope to see you again someday! Big hugs from the hot Southwest! Janice & Bonita & “The Smarty” Pants!

Sept 1, 2004
Hi Liz and Dale:
We had a wonderful stay at your park and your hospitality was the greatest. Being our first trip to the Kootenays only wants us to return for another visit. Hopefully, next year. Of course, Roamin’ and Rhoda (my vizslas or red kids) really enjoyed their daily walks up the mountain, a great place to walk and exercise the dogs. Castlegar is a very nice place and we thoroughly enjoyed the area. I also found a wonderful place for the dogs to swim and run in a field. The West Kootenay Kennel Club have a very nice venue at the Pass Creek Exhibition Grounds. Their obedience trials were well organized , for a small club. Looking forward to returning to your area as you made our stay the “greatest”.
Jackie and her red kids —- Roamin’ and Rhoda…..

Aug 3, 2004
Dear Dale and Liz, THANK YOU !!!
You are really great hosts. I am glad to receive your letter today. I appreciate your sincere effort to send me our lost stuff. You people are very nice and serve your customers very friendly.” ..ARSHAD CHAUDHRY

July 21, 2004 To: Liz & Dale
“The Squamish gang had a great time on our bike trip. The weather was favorable, hot at times which necessitated an early start. Other than at Tunnel, we were in the lake or river so it was great. Thank you so much for your hospitality, and send-off. The pictures are great. You are welcome to use this email in your promotional materials. Thanks again. Linda”

June 25, 2004 To: Liz & Dale
“Your camp was an oasis at the end of a long and wonderful KVR bike trip. We especially appreciated the ride up the long hill which went above and beyond on our view. Thanks again, we will tell our friends your is the place to stay. Deb & Lyall Alore, Dean Williams & Dan LeBlanc”

May 24, 2004 To: Dale & Liz
“Thanx for all the extra electrical help and providing us with a wonderful Castlegar site and experience. God Bless
Bill and Patti Adams”

May 8, 2003 To: Dale & Liz Monrad.
“Thanks for the lovely hospitality. We ended up staying last night in Pincher Creek. – Alberta has been rocked by snow and storms the whole time we were gone. Anyway, thank you again & the place was lovely and we definitely had a wonderful time.
Sincerely, Yvonne & Charles Cseppento Medicine Hat, AB”

Sept 9, 2002 Dear Liz & Dale:
My husband and I stayed at
your campground last Saturday night (site #4) and now that we are back home
from our long vacation across Canada, I thought I would let you know how much we enjoyed our brief stay at your place. You are to be commended on the cleanliness of your campground and facilites, the pleasant, grassy RV sites, and I particularly appreciated your ‘hands on’ approach towards all your
customers which we did not see much of anywhere else we stayed across Canada.
Regards, Ellen W.

July 12, 2002
” Dale, Liz .. Many thanks for your help in getting our truck radiator problem solved.
Paul and Ingrid H.- Site #2 – Have a good summer”

July 23, 2002
“Hi Dale and Liz, This is Gilbert. I don’t know if you remember us, but we will never forget you. About a month ago we stayed at your campground on our way to Vancouver. It was me, my wife and our two daughters. We are from El Paso, Texas and we were traveling in a black Ford Explorer towing a popup- trailer. I had just bent the back trailer bumper and had to kick it back into place. We had a great night there, thanks. Wish we had stayed longer. I logged onto your website and without saying a word I asked my younger daughter, “do you know who these people are?” She started jumping up and down and said “Yes daddy, those are those very nice people from our first night in Canada!” Thanks for everything, but above all, thanks for creating some memories for us especially our daughters.
Gil, Margie and the girls.”

July 9, 2002
“Dear Dale & Liz!
Your kindness is greatly appreciated
Your card and cake and suggestion of a different venue for eating out helped make our 50th wedding anniversary a memoriable occasion. We’ve enjoyed your campground and your friendliness – Thanks!
Rita and Ralph S.”

Dec , 2001
” Dear Dale & Liz, Doris and I wish you a very pleasant Christmas and a prosperous New Year in your new venture. We were surprised to receive a Christmas card from you as we only stayed with you for one night on our way to Victoria. You were one of the +/- 25 parks we stayed in on our 40 day cross Canada/USA trip. It is odd but Doris’s sister had remarked that she really liked Castlegar. For us, it had merely been a stop over. Still, I remember vividly talking to the two of you. You were very personable. We hope that you will do well in your new venture. If we ever come your way again, we will make sure to spend a few days at your camp and get to know Castlegar itself. We hope to leave for a 55 day Mexican caravan in early February. Once again, out best wishes.
John and Doris W.” – Port Colborne, ON.

Dec 9, 2001
” Hi Liz! Thanks very much for your wonderful Christmas ‘report’. I’m so pleased to hear that you and Dale are doing well and enjoying new adventures. Your new place sounds wonderful. If Heather and I are ever in your area, count on seeing us. I hope you both have a great Christmas in your snowbound paradise. Think of us Vancouverites in the dismal rain! Best regards, Bob and Heather.”

Oct 30, 2001
” Dale & Liz: By now you should be Mr. and Mrs. And what a special couple you make. Our best wishes for a very happy marriage. We thought you would enjoy these pictures as much as we enjoyed staying at your RV Park. We travelled 10,997 miles and staying at your park was truly a highlight of our trip. It was so nice of you to have a welcome party and invite us. Especially because cake is my favorite food!!! If we come back your way we will certainly make it a point to stay with you again.” ..”Thanks again for your hospitality at the Castlegar RV Park, we loved it.
Sincerely Stan and Paula C.”

Oct 31, 2001
” Dear Liz and Dale: Many thanks for the great stay. Lots of luck for a bright and happy future. Hope to see you again. Will look you up on your website.
Thanks again. Margaret W.”

Dec, 2001
“Dale & Liz – Hi (at last) & seasons greetings. Hope this card finds you in good health & doing well. We really enjoyed our brief stay at your campground including your warm (& helpful) hospitality. Our next time through we’ll stay longer! All the best for 2002.
Paul & Emily J.” – Surrey, BC

Dec , 2001
“We enjoyed our stay and your hospitality last August (2001). Hope we can do it again” Russ & Dottie Y. – Gordon & Doreen S. – Bob & Arlene K. (Rainbow Chasers RV Club – Sandpoint, Idaho)

Dec, 2001
“Dear Folks, I thoroughly enjoyed my BC trip and your campground. A Merry Christmas & and busy 2002”
Swen S. – Delta, BC

Dec 11, 2001
“Hope things are going well for you. We really enjoyed our stay up there.” Claudia and Pete

Day 5 – 8/21 – Grand Coulee to Castlegar
OK – on to Castlegar! Here we found the local Visitors Centre with Audrey, a wonderfully perky and helpful lady who guided us through our first money exchange. Canada use $2 and $1 coins, known respectively as “Toonies” and “Loonies.” She also guided us to the Castlegar RV Park and Campground where for $18 CDN we had electricity and water. Nice place! Dale and Liz Monrad, a couple our age, had purchased the park exactly one week before we got there. He had retired from a high-stress job in high-tech and was as excited as a kid at Christmas time. “I’ve lost weight, my blood pressure is down, and I’m sleeping at night. It’s wonderful!” he told us. With me it would be the other way around, for I don’t really mind fighting with computers, but fixing things really stresses me out! – Bill and Diane E

Dec 8, 2001
” Dale and Liz – Thank you for the Christmas card! Our stay with you last summer was a most pleasant one. We were there just one week after you had taken over the park, and we have wondered how things were going. From your note and web site, it looks like they’re going great. From your place, our first ever night in Canada, we continued following the Columbia River. On September 10 we found its source at Columbia Lake. Here it was only about 10-15 meters wide and about 50-60 cm deep – quite different from its 7 KM width where it enters the Pacific Ocean. I’m putting the details of our trip on the web and can be seen at:
Thanks for being a neat part of our summer! – Bill Elliott

July 6,2002
“To Dale& Liz Monrad
Thank you for making mine and Sheri’s vacation our best ever. We are telling everyone we know about your park and how great you two are. Also thank you Liz for helping me find a dentist in such short notice.
See you next summer – Jack Mc”

Oct 16, 2001
“Dear Liz and Dale: Sorry we forgot your key. Thinking of the snow slowed our memory banks down. Do hope we can get up next summer and spend more time in your delightful area. Have a nice Xmas and best of luck with your campground. We were pleased with it. Al and Joyce B.”

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