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Airport Inn Motel and RV Park - Quesnel, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BK-Hunters
N 53° 00.513 W 122° 30.352
10U E 533155 N 5873335
Quick Description: Not quite in Quesnel itself, this campground/RV Park is in Quesnel's industrial park, but you won't notice the fact.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 7/8/2019 1:38:20 PM
Waymark Code: WM10XYK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member rjmcdonough1
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Long Description:
According to the map at the entrance to the campground, it offers about 55 camping spots, all RV accessible and all pull through. When we arrived a good many of them were occupied and this wasn't the height of the camping season but still early June. Since we were travelling by car, not RV, we chose to forgo the pleasures of living outside with the mosquitoes and stayed in the motel instead.

Rates for the campground vary considerably, depending on hookups used. Electrically speaking, they have 15, 30 and 50 amp sites, all with Water, Cable & Sewer. In addition to the 50 plus RV sites there are quite a number of tent sites in a large open area, even some with 15 Amp power available. Facilities available to all include Free High-speed Wireless Internet, City Water, Public Showers and Washrooms, Private Laundry, Playground, Fire Pits, Horseshoe Pits and the Walking Trail. Rates begin at $20.00 for tent sites, topping out at $45.00 for a 50 Amp RV campsite. This is a year round campground, open continuously.

Though we were unaware of it at the time, we were staying in the middle of an industrial area containing the most concentrated wood products manufacturing locale in North America. All around the motel and campground are pulp mills, sawmills, a plywood and an MDF plant, plus several smaller value-added manufacturing operations. Strangely, one doesn't even notice their presence. What we did notice were the 50 plus young kids who descended on the swimming pool in front of the motel shortly after we arrived, nearly all from the campground. As well as the swimming pool, the campground has a small playground and a walking trail around the perimeter.

It remained a motel and drive in until around 1985, by which time everyone had their own TV and VCR, obviating the need to go outside the home to watch a movie. The drive in was closed and turned into a campground. It continues in operation today as the Airport Inn Motel and RV Park. Though a news item below states that the drive in closed in 1978, it was still advertising in the local newspaper as late as 1985. This is an ad from the drive in placed in the Quesnel Cariboo Observer on August 11, 1976.

Ad goes Here A Bit of History...
On Saturday, June 28, 1958, this was opened as the Casbar Motel & Drive In Theatre. Actually, the drive in was opened some time before the motel, which was officially opened Saturday, May 20, 1961.

On Saturday, June 28, 1958, [Paul Gauthier] opened the Casbar Motel & Drive In Theatre along Highway 97, at the north end of Quesnel.

The very large screen had been built facing south east, toward the highway. Paul [Gauthier] was afraid that motorists driving by might be distracted by the movie and perhaps have an accident. But instead of building a high fence across the front of the complex, Paul had a series of deluxe motel units built, each one with a large picture window looking out on "The Largest TV Screen in the World", with piped in sound.

The Casbar Drive in Theatre continued operation for twenty years until the late fall of 1978... ...Today the motel and what was once the Drive in continues to operate as the Airport Inn Motel and R.V. Park.
From the Quesnel Cariboo Observer

Quesnel First Dep't—And it's all due to Paul Gauthier who officially opened his new Casbar Motel Saturday and made good his boast of the "World's Largest TV Screen." Where else can patrons sit in an ultra modern and comfortable lounge and view better than life-size pictures And all the time Paul had a lot of us wondering why he was putting in picture windows in his motel units ... it was just to see the pictures, of course. But no matter how you look at it Paul has scored another first. There isn't another motel in B.C. that can match the natural decor and added attractions waiting for patrons of the new Casbar Motel.
From the Quesnel Cariboo Observer

The Airport Inn's own blurb follows.

Airport Inn Motel & RV Park
Situated on 14 acres of the flat land surrounded by mountain, forest and trees, our Airport Inn Motel & RV Park focus on the Comfort and Relaxation of our valuable guests while away from home.

We are conveniently located on Highway 97, minutes away from downtown, close to Airport & Junction to Barkerville.

We offer free Wi-Fi, free continental Breakfast and free Long Distance Calls in rooms, free Airport Shuttle, 24 hours on site management and access to private Laundry, children’s Playground, Lobby facilities, Fire pits and beautiful walking Trail along the boundary of our property or more.

Our rates are quite affordable. Daily senior and CAA member discount, weekly, monthly rates are available. All of our staff are fully committed to making all guests as comfortable as possible and you are sure to find services that meet your needs.
From the Airport Inn Motel & RV Park

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Pets Allowed: yes

Utility Hookups: yes

Bathrooms: yes

Showers: yes

Web Site: Not listed

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