Info about The Alberta RVers Association
The Alberta RVers Association
We are enthusiastic retired or soon to be retired recreational vehicle owners who enjoy having fun, socializing and camping. Our purpose is to promote the use and enjoyment of recreational vehicles and fellowship among our members through group activities such as RV Campouts and Rallies. We try to aid others in need, respect nature and the environment and give back to our communities.
As an association we evolved from the Good Sam International organization. The Good Sam Club began in the United States in the mid 1960’s. Alberta chapters (local clubs) began forming in the 1970’s. In 2022 the Alberta Provincial Good Sam Association was renamed to clarify our non affiliation with Good Sam International.
The Alberta RVers Association is registered as a non- profit under the Alberta Societies Act. We abide by the Societies Act and are governed by an elected executive and chapter Presidents.
The Alberta RVers hold an annual spring rally in June and a smaller mini rally in September. A rally is an extended long weekend of 5 days of camping around a facility such as a hockey arena or a community center. Attendees play games such as corn hole, bean bag baseball, ladder golf, cribbage and board games. Each rally usually has a catered banquet, tours of local points of interest, entertainment, and educational seminars. The fall rally is shorter and is less structured with activities.
Rallies are held in communities throughout Alberta. Recent spring rallies were in Drumheller, Claresholm, St. Paul, Rich Valley and Viking and fall rallies in Round Hill, Clyde, Vauxhall and Castor. We try to promote the rally host community. It is estimated that each RV couple spend about$225 in the host community on gas, restaurants and at local merchants.
The vast majority of our members are senior citizens over the age of 55. Although not mandatory, most members also belong to a local chapter.
Within Alberta we have 13 chapters from Lethbridge to Calgary to Spruce Grove to Sherwood Park and St. Paul. Local chapters organize their own camping activities and social events. Most chapters undertake charity and community work and fundraising. Local chapter participation is essential to the successful operations of the Alberta RVers Association.
More information including contacts is available at www.rvalberta.ca.