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Brewers Campground - Aspen Beach Provincial Park
300 sites; no services; ideal for tents and trailers
Physical Address: Gull Lake
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Cathy: 3 night stay on 9/20/2014
Sorry to hear the other reviewer had such a poor experience. We have gone to Brewers for a few nights for the last few summers and have always had a positive experience. They do seem stricter about alcohol consumption (outside of site) and volume of music, but this has kept it a nice environment for kids - can have fun but not a loud party campground. I like more rustic and remote but for a group of families this is a great spot. Local is good for meeting between Edmonton and Calgary. Sites closer to beach are smaller and a bit less treed but the loops further away are generally better and more private. well groomed beach (for an Alberta beach), playground on beach, ice cream shop - large boat launch. Shallow water - even kids can walk out a distance before getting deep so great for younger kids. Down is that on a hot weekend the beach can be busy as it is also a popular day use area with ample parking. Showers but for the number of people not enough.
Candice: 1 night stay on 8/22/2010
Very rude and ignorant staff, had a terrible experience, will NEVER return. We had a large group with seven sites booked, no issues on the Friday night, the Conservation Officers (CO's) drove by several times and didn't drop by with any issues. Mid Saturday afternoon the manager of the campground drove by and told us that we couldn't have two tents on one site. We told her we had permission to have two tents because they were small and only four people occupied the one site. She called us liars and sent over the CO to have us evicted. When we protested to the CO we were told we had an hour to get out or they would start fining us, pour out all our booze and have the RCMP come by and throw us in the drunk tank for being intoxicated in a public place (which was very offensive to the two pregnant ladies in our group). All of the site reservations were made under one credit card so the entire group (or associated party as they CO said) was evicted, even though these other sites only had one tent on their site and were not even involved in the original discussion. The $23 a night for seven sites was not refunded. We are a group of 30 year olds, respectable campers who frequently use provincial parks and were appalled and disgusted at this unprovoked and unnecessary eviction. We are extremely unhappy with the behaviour of the staff and CO's. Don't support crooked campgrounds like Aspen Beach, there are plenty of nicer provincial parks in the area. We are all writing letters to the government of Alberta regarding our experience.
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