New campground opens near Tolstoi

By Marianne Curtis
Camping season is still a few months away but a Kleefeld couple is getting a jump on things by encouraging families looking for a new seasonal camping destination to head out to the Stuartburn, Tolstoi area.

Peter and Michele Friesen say that it was their love for taking their now grown sons camping while they were growing up that planted the seed that would eventually become their dream endeavour. Last summer the pair opened Sunset Oaks Family RV Park just past Roseau River. With seven sites already spoken for, they are hoping that this coming spring will fill the remaining available sites.

“During their growing years we went camping every summer as much as possible. During the last few years we figured it would be fun to run our own campground and make it the way we would like to have it,” explained Peter.

During the summer of 2008 he saw an ad in a local paper for a parcel of land for sale just past Roseau River and so the couple took a drive to look at it. The spot they found was near the junction of the Highway #59 and PR 201.

“On the way there it seemed like such a long drive but as soon as we drove onto the driveway we knew this was the place,” Peter continued. “It was treed with beautiful oak trees and room for our house and campground on the same piece of land.”

They immediately started to draw up plans for the campground and as soon at the weather cooperated they began construction. Opening day was in August 2011.

“Even though it was a short camping season it was still a lot of fun and gave us some practice before we open for a full season,” he added.

The family oriented part caters is seasonal camping because they want to create a community type atmosphere but they do take overnighters as they have room.

All twenty-eight available sites have hydro while only ten are fully serviced with water, hydro and sewer. This will change once an additional twenty-two sites open. There is a playground with play structure with man-made beach onsite. Eventually the Friesen’s hope to have one hundred seasonal campers on location, a swimming pool, hot tub and miniature golf.

For more information or to reserve a site, check out the website at

Spacious well treed camping sites at Sunset Oaks Family RV Park, near Tolstoi await the family seeking a new seasonal camping destination.


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