Doug Bos has plenty of reasons to smile today. The co-owner of Discovery Wildlife Park in Alberta opened his long-awaited dream campground during the May long weekend, a $300,000 investment that aims to attract lucrative summer RV traffic and give each guest a close and personal experience of Innisfail’s zoo, the Innisfail Province reported.

“We started two years ago with our dry camping just as a test pilot project thing to see how it would go over, and then we did that for two years,” said Bos, whose zoo opened for the 2017 season on May 1, and will operate right through to the Thanksgiving weekend. “There was no hookups, there was no stalls. There was nothing.

“Last year we started building the campground and made it a full-fledged campground,” he added.

Located on nine acres at the northeast corner of the 90-acre park, the new campground has 63 RV and six tenting sites around a rainbow trout-stocked pond. The sites are fitted with 30- and 50-amp power, and guests also have a brand new 653-square-foot washroom that includes showers and laundry facilities.

“Now you have all designated stalls, picnic tables, power. We got ducks and geese on the pond. You can watch the fish jump,” said Bos. “You can watch the animals in their enclosures because you are right behind them. You can hear the wolves howl at night and the lions are roaring. There will be no other campground like it.”

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