Everyone deserves the opportunity to fall in love with the outdoors

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Pledge: C$100.00
The awesome thing about Elevated Experience Camping is you do not need to be a camper to come and enjoys everything we have to offer down at the campground. Come for the day, enjoy the river and the day-use area and enjoy this reward, or book a campsite and stay awhile, either way, let us Elevate your experience with us and build some memories. Round of 9 holes Mini-golf for 4 2 freshly made pizzas Large Yard Game rental For 2020 or2021 camping season
The awesome thing about Elevated Experience Camping is you do not need to be a camper to come and enjoys everything we have to offer down at the campground. Come for the day, enjoy the river and the day-use area and enjoy this reward, or book a campsite and stay awhile, either way, let us Elevate your experience with us and build some memories. Round of 9 holes Mini-golf for 4 2 freshly made pizzas Large Yard Game rental For 2020 or2021 camping season
Pledge: C$100.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-09-10
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The Silver Medal

Pledge: C$250.00
The awesome thing about Elevated Experience Camping is you do not need to be a camper to come and enjoys everything we have to offer down at the campground. Come for the day, enjoy the river and the day-use area and enjoy this reward, or book a campsite and stay awhile, either way, let us Elevate your experience with us and build some memories. A private session of Goat Yoga (up to 10 people) For the 2020 or 2021 Camping Season
The awesome thing about Elevated Experience Camping is you do not need to be a camper to come and enjoys everything we have to offer down at the campground. Come for the day, enjoy the river and the day-use area and enjoy this reward, or book a campsite and stay awhile, either way, let us Elevate your experience with us and build some memories. A private session of Goat Yoga (up to 10 people) For the 2020 or 2021 Camping Season
Pledge: C$250.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-09-10
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Pledge: C$500.00
2 night weekday stay in a glamping site for the 2020 or 2021 Camping Season
2 night weekday stay in a glamping site for the 2020 or 2021 Camping Season
Pledge: C$500.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-09-10
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Campaign Description

We are ready to add additional Glamping sites that are suited for a family to our campground. We currently have 2, 2 person Glamping sites that allow camping to be done differently. The glamping sites offer a queen size bed, end tables, seating bench, kitchen counter with mini-fridge, microwave, toaster, coffee maker and water cooler. You will also enjoy the portable air conditioning while enjoying satellite on a 43-inch screen TV. Outside we offer a bistro table, full-size BBQ with side burner and seating around the campfire. This unique way of camping has all the amenities of a hotel but the opportunities to be in the great outdoors. Our 3rd Family Glamping site would have all the luxuries of the 2 person sites but have the ability to sleep 6 people comfortably in a studio type layout.

My Story In My Words

Having successfully raised 6 children, my intuitiveness, creative ways and drive for success has created a path to becoming a Campground operator and developing a Society to support social and economic development in local communities. Over the next 2 decades, I have spent my career in various Children’s Services and Community and Social Services positions focussing on high-risk vulnerable individuals and leadership.

Having a career in a fast-paced, crisis-driven field, I learned early on that family and work-life balance would be the key to her success. A way for me to re-focus was to go camping with the family.

There was something very restful and rejuvenating about falling in love with the outdoors again.

In 2008, I married my life partner Jason who has always supported my goals and aspirations. He has watched my success in my career over the years in the Human Services sector and always had a desire to find a project that we could work together on.

After spending a season camping at Willey West Campground, the opportunity came up for myself and my husband Jason to operate the campground, hence Elevated Experience Camping Inc. was created. This is the opportunity for me to utilize all my networking, creativeness and leadership strengths and channel them into a new career path that allows me to continue to stay grounded in my public service roots.

Camping is a time of relaxation and rebooting for me, so what better place to channel my creativity and skills for a more elevated experience for people. Having first-hand experience in the challenge’s campgrounds face to be current, I wanted to create a business to help people fall in love with the outdoors without sacrificing amenities.

Being forward driven and staying close to my roots serving the public sector, I have also created a Society entity as part of the company to help support social and economical development. Partnering with my husband Jason was a dream made into reality. Now we are a dynamic team that is fully committed to transforming camping of all levels everywhere.

All things Elevated Experience Camping

Imagine roasting marshmallows around an open fire with the glow of the moon above you and the sounds of owls and other night creatures all around.

Picture spending a night out in nature, getting away from the craziness of everyday life, enjoying the company of friends and family.

If you love the outdoors, the smell of campfires and the clear crisp air as you stare at the clear starlit sky and want to take some time to relax, then camping is the perfect activity for you.

If you are new to camping…..Let us convert you to the Elevated Experiences of camping.

 

The Campground

Elevated Experience Camping at Willey West Campground originally was a ferry landing on the south shore of the North Saskatchewan at the end of Buck Creek Road in the 1940's. The name Willey West comes from the campgrounds three founders' names combined' Theo Westlin, William Roos and Bruce Cropley. May long weekend in 1989 was the campgrounds first official operation day. 

Our Location

Situated along the shores of the North Saskatchewan River, Elevated Experience Camping at Willey West Campground is located in Central Alberta and only 6 kilometres east of Drayton Valley on the Cowboy Trail Highway 22 which offers stunning mountain-like scenery and picturesque views.

Elevated Experience Camping offers seasonal camping from May 1st – September 30th annually. Whatever your style or level of camping, each spacious campsite offers an outdoor wilderness experience with its towering trees, picturesque scenery, free-roaming wildlife, endless flowers, edible berries and forging. We offer fully serviced, partially serviced (Power only 15 and 30 amp) non-serviced sites, pull-thru, mobile sewage service (additional fee) group camping sites and new for 2020, Glamping sites with queen size beds, television, air conditioning, mini-fridge, patio deck and outdoor sitting, full-size BBQ and much more. All campsites and day-use areas are pet friendly (on leash). Trees enclose our sites for privacy, and all sites are a short walk away from our hot showers, flushable toilets, bathrooms, playground areas and amenities and will accommodate everything from a pup tent to a motorhome.

Service

We ensure the ultimate elevated camping experience for campers and customers. There is 24-hour crew service and support, 24-hour Camp Manager on-site, hourly maintenance and cleanliness checks and onsite security and motion sensor, 24-hour security surveillance throughout the campground.

Why Elevated Experience Camping

At Elevated Experience Camping, we believe there is a better way to do camping experiences. A valuable way where customers are earned rather than assumed. We’re obsessively passionate about camping and our customers, and our mission is to help people fall in love with the outdoors again. We focus on the entire camping experience, from the time your book your reservation to the time you say good-bye we want to elevate every aspect of your camping experience, we see that as an opportunity: We’re excited to elevate camping for everyone through our expertise, creativity to deliver an experience and community comradery.

It's About Change

Raising a family of 6 children and 4 dogs has taught us a lot about the need to establish mechanisms in your life where you just sit back and reconnect with the simpler things in life. Camping was always our simpler way of life, and although we have many magical memories of our camping adventures, there were always nuances we saw that we felt could be done better. We are here to fill that gap!!! We want camping to be the escape from your busy life, and the place you make unforgettable friends and memories.

We know what campers want!!! We get it, a simpler life but with a twist. Yes, we have all become accustomed to having our needs met right at our fingertips, but while camping???? Whether you want to enjoy the basics of camping or prefer the finer amenities that current life offers, rest assure, Elevated Experience Camping will be able to provide you with the perfect camping experience.

It's About Time

Time is our most precious, non-renewable resource. Ensuring each and every time you join us at Elevated Experience Camping, you know that we are present and available to serve your camping experience. We want to provide an atmosphere that warrants opportunities to rest, relax and rejuvenate that allow our customers to be better equipped to take on the world and be your greater selves.

At Elevated Experience Camping, we have installed systems and processes to support streamlining our services to best meet the needs of our customers. Your time with us is precious and therefore our commitment is to ensure that processes and day to day operations align with an Elevated Camping Experience

It's About Comradery 

Help and hospitality are about building relationships of trust between people. Relationships are the foundation of communities. Elevated Experience Camping builds collaborations and partnerships that support social and economic development. We believe in our communities and we believe in people.

We have partnered with several organizations within the Drayton Valley/ Brazeau County area to help support our vision of Elevating a camping experience. Some of our partners include:

  • BeeHive Support Services

  • T-Bone Butchers

  • Drayton Valley Public Library

  • Eagle Point Blue Rapids Parks Council

  • Ponderosa City

  • West Central River Boat Association

It's About "GOAT" Yoga

What is Goat Yoga? It is about different things for different people. We have heard it described as “calm”, “therapy”, “zen”, and just plain “happiness.” However, there is one recurrent description…” unexpected.”

Unexpected certainly describes the path to Goat Yoga.

Goat Yoga is Animal-Assisted Therapy in a natural setting with an unexpectedly (there’s that word again) smart, social, and profoundly cuddly animal. It’s not a cancer cure, but it IS an unbelievable distraction from politics, work, stress, sickness or depression.

Goats are not trained to participate in Goat Yoga classes. It is believed in letting goats be goats and doing (within reason) what they want. They might jump on your back, stare into your soul, burp in your ear, or give goat hugs (trust me, it’s a thing).

Most often they’ll just lay down on your yoga mat and snuggle up next to you…just as you perfect your pose.

It's About You

We strive for perfection with everything camping!!! From amenities to experiences to opportunities, we live everyday to the fullest; but the reality is we only achieve it most of the time (but wessure have fun trying).

Our team is trained with you in mind. Your elevated experience is their #1 goal. We pride ourselves on finding a “WOW” moment for each and everyone one of our customers.

Whether you come and see us for 1 hour or 1 month our commitment is to make sure you leave knowing Elevated Experience Camping is your #1 destination for family fun, amenities and of course superior camping.

It's About Taking the Lead

From our very first day, we’ve always tried to make decisions that our customers can be proudof. Not only are we taking camping experiences to a different level, but we are also embedding ourselves in the social and economic development of our surrounding communities. We believe in our success and we believe in making a difference (both big and small, they all count).

Lets Be Friends

Some people collect coins. We collect people. Not in a creepy serial killer kind of way. We love connecting with real human beings and building real comradery with people. So, if you have room for one more friend, here’s where you can find us…Elevated Experience Camping

 

Meet the Team

Jason Roberts-Kowalchuk

Jason Roberts-Kowalchuk

Campground Manager

Jason has had several trades and Customer Service related jobs over his career, but he has always had a desire to own his own business. Over the past 2019 camping season, I was the Caretaker for Willey West Campground. He was able to hone in on his Customer Service skills and support his wife’s passion for being in the outdoors. In Jason’s spare time, he enjoys learning magic, building arcades and woodworking. His passions show his ability to be both personable and creative, which are assets in the hospitality business. In 2014, Jason Roberts-Kowalchuk opened his own Photobooth company that catered to making memorable events. During his ownership, he received excellent reviews, was known for his customer service and ensured every game was a success for all guests and clients. This experience allowed Jason and Carmen to develop skills in brand development, marketing, human resources practices, business development, strategic planning and inventory and revenue sales. Jason decided to sell the business in 2018 for a profit as annual research was indicating the market had become saturated, and increased profits annually were unpredictable. Since the sale of the Photobooth Company, Carmen and Jason have been looking for another opportunity to work together and use their learnings and skill development to create and develop a new business venture that will be successful for years to come. Elevated Experience Camping has become that business, and Jason cannot wait to show all customers new and old an elevated experience.

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Dee Zilke

Dee Zilke

Yoga Instructor

Dee Zilke began her yoga practice journey in 2011, seeking an alternative to high impact-contact sports and activity. As an individual practice, it became imperative to connect with a yoga teacher to provide a safe, supportive space to individualize a yoga student’s practice and not compete or compare themselves to others in the room, including their previous practice, as we are an improvement of ourselves every time we step on our mat. Dee’s yoga philosophy is providing yoga & wellness for everybody; uniting one’s practice to their body-mind-soul to ensure that all yoga students are provided with the guidance, consistency with attention to detail, unique yoga classes and the ability to create a safe space where students not only want to learn more, they want to improve on what they already have learned to deepen their practice. Dee Zilke is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) of 200 teacher training hours with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS) as an RYT-200. *Completed 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training as a 1-month intensive August 18, 2017 with Prana Yoga Studio in the style of Ahkanda Yoga *Completed 27 hours with Rainbow Kids Yoga training November 05, 2017 *Completed Level 3 Reiki Practitioner with Sacred Awakenings March 10, 2018 *25-hour Meditation Teacher Training will be completed on May 31, 2020 *Currently in training Sacred Seed Yoga in the style of Ayurveda Yoga for the 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training to completed RYT-500 experience, training & education. Dee is also a strong advocate for pet rescue and is a proud mom to many fur babies.

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Jessica  Kowalchuk

Jessica Kowalchuk

Camp Host

Jessica is a recent High school graduate who is currently taking some courses at Red Deer College. Her future goal is to complete an apprenticeship as a Carpenter, eventually get her Red Seal and develop and create her custom furniture. Some of her past times include gaming, knitting and baking. She has knitted scarves for friends and family, and she loves baking cinnamon buns, but her specialty is ginger snap cookies. As far as pets go, Jessica is a cat lover. She has a couple of friendly critters that she adores and often runs the home. Jessica is looking forward to the camping season as she loves the outdoors, sitting around the campfire and soaking in all the fresh air.

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Janet Boos

Janet Boos

Camp Host

Janet loves the outdoors and the camping experience. She enjoys helping customers and meeting new people. Janet enjoys volunteering at local events and gardening in the summer months. She is very excited at testing her green thumb in our community gardens/ greenhouse at Elevated Experience Camping. She can’t wait to see all the kids down at the campground trying out all the new amenities.

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Leigha D'Amico

Leigha D'Amico

Camp Maintenance

“My name is Leigha, I’m farm girl and lover of all things in nature (except snakes, I hate snakes!). When I’m not at work, I can be found hiking, foraging for plants & mushrooms and at home with my husband and daughter. As a family, we love to camp, play board games and hang out on our acreage. Some of my favourite things are John Candy movies, my mom's home cooking, epic naps and any time I get to spend with my loved ones.”

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Joseph  Martin

Joseph Martin

Camp Maintenance

Joseph Martin was born and raised around the Drayton Valley area since 2002, sharing a love for the great outdoors, he has spent some of his greatest memories hiking, camping, dirt biking, snowboarding, and out on the lakes fishing! His enthusiasm and love for adventure will always hold a spark as he takes on his next journey.

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Rowyn  Mudry

Rowyn Mudry

Camp Host

I grew up in Drayton. I’m still in high school but plan to go to university to be an orthodontist. I play hockey and snowboard, I love to spend time with friends and family. I love to be outside and enjoy the sunshine.

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Jul 25, 2020

We are open for business

With COVID-19 looming over the camping season, we are excited to say out camping season is in full swing. We are ready to elevate your camping experiences down at Willey Wrest Campground. Please check out our website at Elevatedexperiencecamping.com, our Facebook page @elvatedexperiencecamping and our Google reviews for updates on all experiences and memories are elevated at Elevated Experience Camping. 

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Jul 22, 2020
Project launched

FAQs

Where is the Campground located?

We are located 5 minutes east of Drayton Valley, nestled in a beautiful valley on the North Saskatchewan River.

What are some examples of your elevated experiences at Elevated Experience Camping

We take camping and customer service seriously. Our online customer portal system allows campers the option to purchase all their camping rentals, services and products right from their campsite. With simple touch and send from your phone, we will receive the request, pick it and deliver right to your campsite. You never have to leave your campfire chair. Additionally, we offer; Large Yard Game Rentals Bike Rentals Board Game Rentals Discovery Kit Rentals Freshly made pizza delivered to your campsite within 15 minutes Mini-golf Poop bag stations throughout the campground Mini libraries throughout the campground and Glamping Sites
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