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Age: 55-65

Member since January 2016

60+ and very easygoing.

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Recently retired and enjoying rural life. We've been on a number of month long tours in the past couple of years and had a great time. Met some great folks while boondocking.

Skills & Expertise to Share

I'm a half-decent shade tree mechanic and Elaine is an avid gardener and artistic crafts-person. We enjoy kayaking, canoeing, taking in the local music scene and hiking in the summer.

Itasca's Pets

We recently added a small dog to our family! He's about 15lbs. of furry energy.

Favorite Boondocking Locations

Love to be near the water, in the hills/mountains, and anywhere scenic or with the potential for some good music.

Itasca's Hometown

We live on a river in the Haliburton / Kawarthas area of Ontario. There's always something going on, especially in the summer!

Itasca's Guest Details

Itasca's Rig

Rig Type: Class C

19 feet long

Roadtek 190 Popular. Used to have an Itasca Phasar but it met with a an unexpected flood.

Itasca's Travel Preferences

  • Prefers an electric hookup

Itasca Has 1 Host Location

River Refuge

Minden Hills, ON, CA
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Itasca's References (28)

References from Hosts (7)


August 2019

Beyond Amazing

Im sorry this has taken me a bit to write.... These two memebers are amazing!! they stepped right up when my hubby had an accident and assisted me to the best of their abilities... To this day we keep in touch and cant wait to have a return visit - albiet with more visiting over driving hopefully. :)

truck camper rovers

July 2019

Enjoyed your visit.

Very Friendly. Great chats. Welcome back anytime!


July 2019

Good Guest

It's a nice couple. I enjoyed to share with them our travel experiences. I recommend them as a guest

John and Jan

July 2019

Wonderful retired couple enjoying this great land of ours!

Itasca is the brand of RV they had, now a Roadtrek, so the $64thousand dollar question is ... will they change their username? Seriously, a delightful couple who stayed one night and enjoyed our forested setting. Unfortunately we had lots of comings and goings in the family and neighbourhood that evening so wasn't really able to spend much time with them. I'd welcome them back anytime!

Terry and Malcolm

February 2016

Nice couple

I didn't get to meet them in person, but they stayed at our place for one night on their way home. They're welcome back anytime.


February 2016

Welcome back any time

We had a very enjoyable visit with this couple, and are hoping they stop in again on their way back north.


January 2016

First night

They stopped by here on their way to points further south. It was their first night out in their new to them RV. We had a nice chat before they went on their way. Really excited about their new adventure.

References from Guests (21)


September 2020

Great hosts

Had a great evening and overnight visit. A beautiful location with superb hosts. B&E came over for a meet and greet drink, and then left us alone to settle in. Exactly what we needed after a long day driving.
Will return for a longer visit next year.


September 2020

Once in a lifetime

We kayaked, we fire-pitted, we star-gazed, we met the warmest, most gracious, most fun couple you can imagine. A dream spot under the stars and hidden in the woods, just feet from a long, winding river, with falls to stop and stare at and snuggle near for hours. Our hosts joined us for drinks and dinner, you probably heard us laughing all weekend -- they are sweet, hilarious, and, to newbie Boondockers like us, endlessly helpful, with everything from advice to extension cords to Omigod homemade cheesecake. We thought about writing a terrible review ("If you like flies the size of tennis balls and swampland, then you'll love...") so that we could keep them to ourselves but that's not fair, plus he sort of looks like a retired football player so we better be nice.


September 2020

River getaway

A very nice stay at a great location. Very welcoming hosts with a fun little furry four-legged family member. Quiet nights. 👏👍


July 2020

B & E are great people. We had a wonderful time at their place.

This place is a hidden gem! Back in the woods along a river and 2 great people willing to share their time and location. We stayed for 3 nights and it was very relaxing. The first day when we arrived, we were greeted by Buddy first. Their very friendly dog. B then followed shortly and gave us a quick tour of the property and locations to set-up. After selecting the best spot for us, we got busy getting things set-up and as it was later in the day, we also made our meal. We even set-up our dining tent, as it's a bad year for bugs everywhere. That evening we sent B & E a message that we were ready to visit and they came right out to our dining tent, where we had a great first visit. They also gave us lots of ideas about what to do in the area, even with the VOVID-19 lockdown, which is hard to do anywhere. The next day we decided to use the canoe to paddle downstream to town. B & E offered to take us downtown in the morning, so we could have our truck waiting for us to drive back. Easier then paddling upstream. There were 2 portages along our route, both beautiful waterfalls. The first portage was a short easy portage and the second one was a little harder due to the steep hill at the end of the portage, but we did it and we had a bit to eat at the bottom of the falls. It was beautiful. Wish we could add pictures to the review. We finished up in town and Nancy's arms had all the paddling they could take, for a couple of days, LOL. The truck was parked in town by a fish and chip vendor and we where told it is a good place to eat. It was very good to just sit at a picnic table along the river and enjoy fish and chips! Thanks, B & E for a wonderful time! Maybe we could Host you some time, and if not, we will be back someday. TheButlers (Ron & Nancy) Cheers!


July 2020

Hobbit Heaven

Hosts were wonderful and welcoming and generous. Great talks. Quiet secluded river’s edge setting and excellent shaded parking spot. P&J


July 2020

Excellent time

We enjoyed our stay with these folks. The hot tub was the right temperature and the kayaking on their river was great. The hosts were wonderful and offered us electricity and anything we needed. Our stay was great and we would return to spend time with them again.


July 2020

Great stay

Thank YOU for the hospitality and the opportunity to meet YOU BOTH. Driver


June 2020

Our first time using Boondockers

The Itasca folks have a lovely spot on the river and were very welcoming upon our arrival. There was plenty of level space to park our RV. They were quick to learn our aspirations and provided suggestions of things to see and do in the area. Overall, it couldn't have been a better experience for a first time user.

Thank you so much!


June 2020

Fun and relaxing weekend one a beautiful property

The hosts were so kind and welcoming. We enjoyed their company and their little dog Buddy! The river was so much fun to canoe down and definitely an experience people should check out! Thank you for everything. We hope to see you again this summer!


October 2019

Incredible stay and day

Hosts greeted us right at the driveway and made our stay very comfortable. We stayed the weekend and with some guidance on the river system and portages from the hosts and buddy we had a great paddle down the most beautiful river for a fall paddle we probably have ever had. Great little spot by the river. Too tired at night to use the fire pit that was offered after a full day of kayaking. Thank you for all your help it was appreciated. Will be back for sure.


October 2019

Awesome stay, thank you!

Really lovely hosts and property! Very welcoming and the backyard and stream is so picturesque. We stayed one night and hope to come back again!


October 2019

Awesome stay

We had a pleasure to stay with our hosts and Buddy the dog over the weekend. We felt very welcomed and enjoyed beautiful property and Algonquin park near by. Thank you for having us over at your place. We enjoyed spending evening with you and our conversations. Sorry we couldn't make back on time for dinner and canceling invitation at last moment. Hope to see you in the future. Halyna and Roman.


September 2019

A very welcoming couple

A wonderful time at River Refuge!

They welcomed me so good that I was shy Loll A charming couple and I will definitive;y go again!
The place is calm, please keep it that way, view on the calm river.
I definitively recommend their place if you want to relax and chat!


September 2019

An Idyllic Haliburton spot with Fabulous Hosts

Camping can’t get any better than this! Beautiful spot beside the river. So quiet and peaceful. Itasca hosts were so incredibly helpful to make me feel at home and to help with a few glitches with my new to me rig. So appreciated. Electrical and water hookups were great to have and wifi worked very well. Tour of the area’s natural wonders was memory making. Would love to visit again! Thank you so much Itasca!


October 2018

Good talks

Talked for hours, great people.
My second stay, will stay again


September 2018


Blake and Elaine were amazing host. Great location, canoeing, hot tub, and many nearby sites to see. Thanks for everything.


July 2018

Incredible hosts

This is what Boondockers is all about. Fantastic easy going friendly hosts. Great tour guides of the local area. We shared a campfire and a meal. Felt like we had been friends forever. Location is super quiet on the river. Great place to kayak. Thank you for the fantadtic 5 days, even though the mosquitoes thought we were steak. Hope to meet again.


July 2018

Great hospitality

Enjoyed the site. Loved the company. The falls were awesome. Peaceful night.


June 2018


We had just what we were looking for plus.... thank you for taking us to the two beautiful falls in the area. The two of you made our weekend one to remember. Sorry we didn't have a chance to kayak down the river with you hope to do the later in the season. If you come to Sawdust again let us know we would love to join you.


June 2018

Can we come back?

It really is a Refuge. Once again we found ourselves smiling as we drove down Hobbits Lane to our destination. Our smiles did not leave when we met our most gracious hosts. Itasca were funny and witty and so very helpful. Our hosts genuinely cared and were ready to assist and guide us with anything we needed. They went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We laughed and shared interesting stories. We felt so comfortable. They have a beautiful river just out their back door! I wish I could post pictures! Looking forward to seeing them again. Thank you Itasca!!


April 2018


Real nice people.
Gorgeous site on creek.
Bizarre weather, snow and ice storm middle of April.
Narrow lane, branches were rubbing on my 11 foot class C.
Would definitely stay again.