Camping off Topsail Road? Naturally, says Waterford River Valley Campground owner
Developer says campers will get to enjoy nature, right off Topsail Road
Campers who live in the greater St. John's area will soon have new campground to enjoy, and they won't have to cross the overpass to get there.
The Waterford River Valley Campground is set to open after the Labour Day weekend, and it's just off Topsail Road.
"In the distance you can hear some really loud vehicles, but for the most part they're drowned out by songbirds and squirrels," said Dan Walker, one of the campground's developers.
He says campers will be able to enjoy nature, even though the site is situated near one of the most industrialized areas in the metro region.
The 16-acre property is located in the heavily forested area behind Fun 'n' Fast and Honda One, in Mount Pearl.
Walker said since Topsail Road is mainly built on filled ground, most of the buildings are at a higher elevation. He said the campground will be behind the developed buildings, below the sights and sounds of Topsail Road.
"It's adjacent to the T'Railway," he said. "You'll be able to cross the Waterford River from the campground, cycle on the T'Railway and walk another 128 acres of the Power's Pond green space."
Land was nearly sold
The land has been in Walker's family since 1969.
During the oil boom, he nearly sold it to be developed into a 12-story building and parking lot.
It's going to be an ongoing labour of love."- Dan Walker
But when the price of oil dropped, that deal fell through, he said.
"For a little while, I was a bit disappointed," he said. "In 2017, I was wandering through Pippy Park campground with two beagles, and I realized that we had a piece of property that was as beautiful and as pristine as Pippy Park, and that's where the idea came from."
Walker said the Mount Pearl campground was created with the environment in mind.
"We've actually designed this campground to improve flood zone management and preserve [the] conservation area," he said.
Walker expects there to be between 100 and 120 campsites open for use by the end of this year.
By the time it's fully developed, there will be up to 180 available campsites.
"They'll all be [assembled] in a way to protect the environment to the best extent possible," Walker said. "It's going to be an ongoing labour of love."
With files from the St. John's Morning Show