RVing meets cottage life at Pigeon Lake
Because lots are rented, customers can't build permanent homes. But that doesn't stop them from making the most of their surroundings, Sticklemier says.
"I've got a big deck and an open fire-pit all rocked in, and I have a little guest house that I put all my tools and gardening in," Allen says. "It's very nice. "If you picture camping in those campsites in Jasper and Banff, it's the same thing."
The RV resort fit Allen's lifestyle and budget.
"With a cottage, you need an initial outlay. In Alberta for anything close to the lake, you're looking at $400,000 (to) $500,000."
"I pay $2,800 a year for my place to park and that includes power and sewer and water and year-round storage. A cottage year-round is beneficial, but I'm working all winter, so this suits me perfectly."
The resort appeals to a growing number of people who don't want the hassle of travelling long distances with an RV, Sticklemier says.
"A lot of people come in because they want to settle down," she says of Hilah Ayers, which is open from May to October.
"They don't want to have to take these big rigs with them anymore, and they just want a place to camp."
Add to that a laid-back, friendly atmosphere and Allen is sold. He spends long, leisurely days walking with the grand-kids to the lake and barbecuing on his big cedar deck.
He couldn't imagine summers anywhere else.
"It's not so much where I'm going, it's more what I'm leaving behind for a week or two," he says of his sojourns at Hilah Ayers. "You know -- the hectic pace, the traffic lights. It's beautiful."
There are about 230 lots at Hilah Ayers spread over four phases. Yearly rentals start at $2,800.
It's a popular place, Sticklemier says.