Brother and sister Matthew and Tiona Hurley were camping at Red Deer Lions Campground during the May long weekend. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff

Red Deer campers make the best out of chilly start to May long weekend

A chilly May long weekend didn’t stop Red Deer campers from getting outside.

Matthew Hurley, who was camping at Red Deer Lions Campground with his sister Tiona Hurley said chilly days don’t keep him from enjoying the outdoors.

“We like to sit around, go for walks, go down to the river,” he said Saturday, adding he likes to camp as much as possible.

“We love the outdoors and we spend as much time outside as we can. We’re from Newfoundland originally and we grew up outdoors. This is just a normal day.”

The siblings said they’d camp when it’s snowing, so low spring temperatures don’t bother them.

“You just have to put a tarp up, keep as dry as you can, keep a fire going,” said Hurley.

Just down the road, Grant Massey and his family were sitting outside an RV.

“We’re going to go for a walk along the river. We’ll get a fire going for lunch. It’s just about relaxing,” he said.

Massey said campers just have to dress for the colder weather.

“No matter how cold it is, being here is still better than doing chores at home,” said Massey.

Camping is about “family. It’s great to get together for a visit and enjoy the outdoors,” he added.

Curtis Haimila, who was sitting next to Massey, said this isn’t unfamiliar territory for people who camp.

“If you’re a camper, you put up with it,” he said.

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Saturday’s cold weather didn’t both every camper at Red Deer Lions Campground. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff

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