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Monck Park, Nicola Lake, BC – Girls Rule!

Two girls standing beside Monck Park Sign

Our destination…Monck Park

This summer marked the first year without our beloved trailer. The girls are getting older and the trailer needed some major repairs, so we got rid of it promising to keep on camping! Monck Provincial Park was our chosen destination due to its hot, dry climate and  cool calm Nicola Lake.

As our camping date approached my husband’s work schedule changed and it looked as though we were going to have to cancel. For five days  I thought about what I could do with my girls (ages 6 & 8), it struck me – why can’t I take them camping? I have never camped alone before and always had a guy around to set up the propane stove, build the fire etc. I was sure I could do all of these things and was really excited for our girls only camping trip.

campsite with lakeview

Lakeview campsite!

My husband packed all of our gear into the truck & us girls were off! The location is amazing and our campsite was perfect. We had a fantastic view of the lake and a rocky path leading down to our own little beach. As expected, we set up camp like we’d done it a million times before and hopped on our bikes to explore. This provincial campground includes a playground, public beach/swimming area, store with information station and it protects a beautiful Ponderosa Pine, Bunchgrass ecosystem and volcanic rock cliff landscape.

Services are limited so dishes were washed in a bin of cold water at the closest faucet & with no showers dirty feet were washed in the lake.
As it happens when camping, neighbors were soon friends and  kids came and went.

picture of dusty feet

Limited services makes for dirty feet

I will forever cherish those nights by the fire – just the three of us – climbing into our little tent & cuddling in our giant sleeping bag.

two girls sitting by campfire

Campfire time

Written by: Arin Bird

Published: October 28, 2014
Last Updated: June 10, 2019

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