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Editor’s Note: This story does not impact Blue Lake Resort, which also operates in British Columbia. Reservations for that park can be found here. 

After 33 years in business at Blue Lake Family Resort campground in British Columbia, Evelyn Mattie has announced at the age of 86 she is retiring and selling the resort, according to the Quesnel Cariboo Observer.

“I feel sad to close it down,” said Mattie this week as she prepares to leave to care for a sick family member, and also retire. “I want to let people know. I don’t want people to come up that road and find it closed.”

Evelyn and her husband, Gerry Mattie, took over the Blue Lake Family Resort in the summer of 1986.

Evelyn is known for cooking for a large group of family and friends, with her favourite pastime at the lake organizing a potluck for her seasonal campers.

Evelyn will be closing the campground as of July 2. She is welcoming seasonal campers, who pay for the whole season of camping and do small duties, such as remove their own garbage, clean outhouses and take care of their own sites on a regular basis.

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