information bulletin for Safari Condo Owners vol. 5 num. 2, October 2003
An excursion to the rockies
by Denise and Gilles Boisvert
Since we have been, for the past fifteen years, ardent lovers of the
American mountains, the
On July 12th, we were welcomed by the breathtaking panoramas
The magic happens in
At the campground of
The next morning, the splendid
What a fantastic world! This represents an ideal meditating spot for an
Asian woman concentrating on her book. All her being seems to absorb the
gigantic and mysterious force of the
A humid path takes us to the eternal snow. Many flowers, nourished by the pure water of the glaciers, shine with all their colours. We then walk, thanks to a good sense of balance, across a narrow ridge of eroded rocks to reach a white accumulation where we eat lunch. There we can observe the awesome force of the glacier, gripping onto the rocks underneath. What a sight!
To live a different type of adventure, why not take a walk on a glacier?
A snow coach takes us at the centre of the
We then travel to Waterton, on soft Lougheed highway, which nevertheless holds many pleasing surprises. A quick tip however: be alert and be prepared to stop quickly. Here cows, or even mountain goats play on the asphalt or graze by the side of the road. We were never hoping for this…
Waterton is a picturesque village that
has some magnificent campgrounds, where dears and their young wander freely. To
encounter bears, in the morning or at sunset, the secondary road which leads to
Waterton also offers tourists exceptional hiking excursions. During the thirty minutes of navigation, the captain’s humoristic discourse informs the curious minds on different bear legends. We get off on an island. A one-day excursion full of emotions takes the hiker to a small lake hiding up in the mountain. However to reach it one must hike up steep and rocky paths, hold on to a metal wire to avoid falling in a ravine, climb up an iron ladder, crawl in a tunnel and pass right next to powerful waterfalls. After all this, the tiny lake welcomes the tired hiker in its little mountain paradise. There, in this enchanting surrounding, a young man promises to Eve, his fiancée, to marry her. What a touching scene.
We hope that we gave you a little taste of the mountain, and of the passion that pushes us to always aim for a higher summit; the passion that pushes us towards more excitement. Nature walks do not tire you out; on the contrary they replenish you and give a refreshing energy to both body and mind. The mountain and its treasures will charm you, we are certain. Good excursion to all Condists!
Thank you! Thank you!
By Michèle Nadeau
It is a well-known fact that without any volunteers nothing would be possible in this world. This fundamental truth also very much applies to our annual reunions. I would like to thank in my name and in Daniel’s everyone who made this year’s event possible. I shall not name anyone, but I am sure they will all recognize themselves.
Therefore I wish to give a big thank you to:
- Everyone who participated in this summer’s reunion. You are an amazing group!
- The volunteers at the welcome desk for the Condists and their Condos.
- Those in charge of the art exposition.
- The person in charge of the “Condists at work” portion of the exposition.
- All the artists who participated.
- A special thank you to Mme Nicole Cliche and Mme Mariette Perreault for delaying another exhibition in order to be with us.
- All those who presented conferences.
- A special thank you to Stéphane and Denise for their enormous effort and work.
- Those in charge of the technical aspect of these conferences.
- The guides for the bike tour of St-Joseph.
- Those who put the site together, and then put it apart afterwards.
- The employees of Safari Condo who worked to provide service and maintenance that weekend.
- All our generous suppliers.
- A big thank you to AssurExperts Lessard
- Another great thank you to Agrinove for the milk we distributed Saturday morning.
- Our young milkmen.
- A very special thank you to Daniel for his condo-showers.
- Our friend Jean-Claude for the fantastic dinner he prepared.
- The tourist office of Ste-Marie.
- The municipal campground of St-Joseph.
- The volunteers of the Condo-Boutique.
- The Roses Drummond.
Last but not least I wish to thank whoever was responsible for the weather! We were lucky enough to have one of the best weekends of the summer!!
Daniel’s Tips: Preparing your vehicle for winter
by Daniel Nadeau
Autumn is already well on its way and the weather is becoming increasingly cold; therefore the time to prepare your vehicle for winter has arrived. This preparation has two important parts: the electricity and the plumbing.
Electricity: The detectors that are placed in your vehicle ( the propane detector and the carbon monoxide detector) are there to assure your safety when your vehicle is in camping mode. However, if you do not use your vehicle for winter camping, you should take out the 3 A fuse that protects them. Your detectors can drain your batteries within a month and a half if your vehicle is stored for the winter. Even if you do use your vehicle as an automobile we suggest that you take out the fuse just to be safe. You all know it: there is no second chance for a dead battery in winter. And if your batteries freeze you will have to buy new ones when the new season comes around because they will not be covered by the warranty of the company or by the one offered by Safari Condo. You should see the inscription “detecteur” inside the cover of your fuse box to indicate which fuse you should take out. But you will be truly sure you have the right one once you see the lights on the detectors turn off. (This does not apply to your smoke detector that works on a 9 V battery. This battery should be changed every spring.)
If you store your vehicle, aside from the fuse for the detectors you will have to make sure that everything is turned off, that the switch on your inverter is at off and you will have to unplug your GM battery because the memory on your radio, the alarm system, and the keyless entry system will eventually drain your GM battery and it will then inevitably freeze.
Plumbing: See your owner’s manual to the “Winterization” section. You should use nothing less than Plumbing Anti-freeze good for at least -50. Do not recuperate it come spring since if there was a little water left in the plumbing it will loose its efficiency for the next winter.
If after having read your owner’s manual you still have some questions you can reach me directly at my office.
Important Security Notice
The Awnings: Some of the screws that hold the awning support to the vehicle can rupture with time and due to the vibrations. You should check that your awning is securely and solidly fastened regularly. If you notice that it moves in an abnormal way you should take it off immediately and only put it back again once you have had the awning support and its screws checked or repaired. The vehicles that have a greater risk are the 20 feet long since their awning is heavier and the vehicles where the awning was installed between 1998 and 2001. However we recommend that everyone check the solidity of their awning regularly. If you are coming to our shop to service your vehicle remind us to check for you.
Sprays: Do you keep different kinds of spray cans like WD-40, bug repellent or hair spray inside your vehicle? One of our clients who works in an aluminium industry has received information of how dangerous these can be in an environment where the heat can rise radically. The accident mentioned occurred in a mini-van where the spray can actually went through the back seat due to the force of the explosion. The temperature outside was of 38°C and the information on the container said to keep below 60°C. Thus, you should always find a secure place in your vehicle to put your spray cans or your tool box!
Good Winter Camping!
A Trip to Cap Jaseux
by Michèle Nadeau
The river is immense, and the cliffs reach deep under the smooth and
dark surface of the water. Our kayaks glide silently, creating wrinkles on the
polished surface of the
The adventure had begun three months earlier during our annual reunion.
Our friend and client, Michel Martineau, had
cordially invited us to come and enjoy ourselves at the Parc
Aventure of Cap Jaseux.
Located about 15 minutes from Chicoutimi on the North
shore of the Saguenay, this park offers a wide
variety of activities for everyone: archery, hiking, acrobatic trampoline,
Zodiac cruises, kayaking, and even high aerial adventures with d’arbre en arbre. An new 26 site camping can welcome vehicles of any size.
Deciding to take Michel up on his invitation, Daniel and I set out to Cap Jaseux at the end of the summer, without knowing how many
of our clients would answer the call of the wild. We were in fact 10 Safari
Condos gathered in one section of the campground, where we carefully set up
leaving some space between the campers to respect the privacy of everyone. The
showers and the bathrooms are close, the water is
across from our site: everything is running smoothly. Smiles, hand shakes, hugs
and kisses opens this reunion of nature lovers. While
some of us could were veteran hikers and kayakers, the great majority of the
groups were only Sunday walkers and had seen a kayak up close only on the roof
of a car. Since Michel is the owner of Parcours Aventure, the kayaking
On Sunday, at sharp we are all gathered on the beach and we are carefully listening to the instructions given by our kayak guides and teachers, since this will be, for most of us, our first kayaking experience. Our guide, with his sandy coloured hair, his sharp eyes and his precise motions, our guide is the incarnation of the expert kayaker. He and two of his colleagues will be looking over us for the duration of the excursion. Back to shore after three exciting hours on the water our group is thrilled and ready for tomorrow’s challenge: d’arbre en arbre.
Remember what summer camp hiking trails were like as a child? “ D’arbre en arbre ” is something like that, but for grownups. Five daring circuits, the first one exclusively for children, add up to 73 intriguing suspended bridges. First and foremost - security -: and no compromise. All participants wore a hip harness and were attached by a snap link to two lines leading to a steel cable running the whole circuit. Because of this system, everyone felt secure at all times, even when reaching heights of 10 metres above the ground. A third line and pulley attached to the harness is used for Tyrolean traverses : a method of crossing a gap between two points, by sliding along a rope suspended from either end of the gap. Going “from tree to tree ” is not a competition : on the contrary, we all work together, cheering on and commending all individual efforts. Some, like me, will be satisfied after two circuits, while others go on to the ultimate challenge, a 150-meter rope bridge with a top speed of 25 km.p.h. Thrills for sure!
When we left Cap Jaseux we were absolutely exhausted, but we were excited like kids. We would like to thank Michel, Véro, Laurence and Budy for their patience and their kindness.
Safari Condo Needs Volunteers
To participate to this experience you need to fit these three requirements:
- You were thinking of purchasing a dinning tent one of these days.
- You were thinking of spending at least a month south this winter.
- You own a vehicle with an awning.
We are currently designing a dinning tent adapted specially for our
vehicles. Contrary to a screen put directly on the awning, which takes a
certain amount of time to take off every time you wish to leave with your
vehicle, (here we do not need the awning itself as much as the fixtures) this
one will be self-supporting, and will therefore be left at the camping, allowing
you to protect everything that you put in it. Upon your return to the campground
you will simply park your vehicle alongside the tent and fix it to your camper
once again. Our goal is for the tent to attach to the vehicle in 2 minutes and
to detach it in 1 minute. Here we are not talking about pitching the tent
itself but only fixing it to the camper. We have used a dinning tent
If you would like to participate in our experiments, we will sell the modified dinning tent to our clients the price we paid the original dinning tent. We are looking for 2 Safari Condos series S, 2 Safari Condos series M or L with a standard roof and 2 Safari Condos series M or L with an electric solid roof. In the future the dinning tent once modified should sell between $800 and $895. The goal of this experiment is to test our product and we certainly consider that there are no better people to do it than you! We would like to test our product during the winter in order to be ready to sell it in the spring. If there are some of our participants that do not like the concept and rather have a standard dinning tent there will be no problem: we will change their modified tent for the original standard one from the company. If you are interested please do not wait! Call Daniel at his office at our toll free number: 1-877-806-3666
You already know it, there is no need to be a photography wizard to participate in out photography contest. You pictures can be surprising, touching, funny, inspiring. Inspire us to leave and go set foot on the very spot where the moment was captured.
All you need to do is to send me your works of arts to the following address
A/s Concours de Photos
821, du Parc
You have to write your name on the back of each photo as well as the place where it was taken.
For those who take digital pictures here is my e-mail:
[email protected], write in subject: Concours Photos
You cans still admire the past winners on our internet site at safaricondo.com, under Coin des condistes, and then click on Concours photo.
In our next issue, look for the article of Fernande
Longpré and of Claude Fredette
on their trip to
Furthermore, do not forget to tell us if you change address, your e-mail address and your holiday experiences.
Lastly if some of you would be interested in joining our Havre d’un Soir, let us know since an updated version will soon be published…
First Coquille in English!
The whole Safari Condo team is proud to present the first Coquille in English. This newsletter has started already 4 years ago and can only exist thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and the participation of our clients. This newsletter will be sent to you 3 to 4 times a year and contains travel accounts from clients, Daniel’s tips, and other practical information. If you have an e-mail address please let us know so that we can send it to you via e-mail, the newsletter is also available on the internet site of Safari Condo. Furthermore, if you have stories to share do not hesitate to send them to us and we will gladly include them in one of our editions. Remember that this newsletter exists for you and with your collaboration.
Hope to hear from you soon