Families find fun, freedom at Loch Lomond

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UPPER NAPPAN – Families have been flocking to the Loch Lomond Camp Ground just outside of Amherst for almost 50 years, and this summer is no different.

"Business has been quite steady this year and the weekends have been very busy,” said Tim Ripley, owner/operator of Loch Lomond for the last 10 years.

Ripley took the business over from his father Glen.

“My father built it about 47 years ago,” said Ripley.

Ripley spent a lot of time at Loch Lomond while growing up.

"People who are 30 or 40-years-old and spent time here when they were kids come back and say, ‘do you remember me,’” said Ripley. “As a kid they came here on weekends and now they’re bringing their kids.”

One person who spent a lot of time growing up at the campground is Kurtis Langille.

The 15-year-old now works the front desk at the campground during the summer.

“I always liked the campground because I like helping out and meeting new people. It’s nice to meet people coming out from everywhere,” said Langille.

“He used to always play manhunt at night. Its like hide-and-go-seek,” said Ripley.

The campground has 150 lots, sixty of which are occupied by seasonal occupants.

“A lot are locals and a lot are from Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick,” said Ripley

About 5 per cent of Loch Lomond customers are from foreign countries

 “We get a lot of visitors from Germany, Holland and Australia who are renting motorhomes.”

Janic VanSnick is from Fredericton. She, along with her husband Kevin and her two young daughters, Maya and Grace, are in Amherst visiting the girls' grandmother.

“This is a great place to come when visiting grandma in Amherst,” said VanSnick.

This is the first year they’ve had a recreational vehicle, and VanSnick said they love the outdoors and love RV’ing.

“We’ve been to P.E.I. and Northern New Brunswick,” said VanSnick, while playing with here daughters on the seesaw. “You’re not at home and have no computer, so you feel obligated to do something. You wake up in the morning and say, “OK, what do we do now?’”

Jarred Codling was at the Loch Lomond swimming pool on Wednesday with his son, nine-year-old Ryder Codling, and his six-year-old daughter, Chase Codling.

They own a seasonal lot at Lake Lomond.

“We like it here,” said Codling. “Even though it’s close to home it’s a totally different lifestyle. The kids are basically on vacation all summer.”

The kids also have more freedom to run around at Loch Lomond.

“They get to go on their bikes and bike everywhere and rollerblade,” said Codling. “We live on Fox Ranch Road, so they can’t really just get on their bike and bike down the road because of the traffic.”

Charlene Henwood is also as seasonal user from Amherst. She brings her three-year-old son Lucas to Loch Lomond.

"It’s a really good campground,” said Henwood. “There’s lots of stuff for the kids.  We recently had Christmas in July and this weekend there’s a dance for the kids, and there’s a Halloween theme on August 24.”

Ripley says RV’s are becoming more and more popular.

"Ten years ago in Moncton there was one or two RV dealers, there’s five or six now,” he said. “The trailers are larger and they have everything in them. They have double tip-outs and large fireplaces.

“It’s like taking your house with you.”

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Geographic location: Loch Lomond, Amherst, Ontario Quebec New Brunswick Germany Holland Australia Fredericton P.E.I. Northern New Brunswick Lake Lomond Fox Ranch Road Moncton

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