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Marine Park to become Canada’s sixth Jellystone Park Camp-Resort

by Jeff Crider
Picture of people on a beach at Marine Park, with logo of company in upper right corner.
Popular Marine Park in Newfoundland will be reinvented as a Jellystone Park Camp-Resort - the grand opening is slated for July 1st. — Photo courtesy Marine Park website

POUCH COVE, Newfoundland, Feb. 20, 2018 — David Snow and his family have spent the past 21 years building Marine Park into the one of the most sought-after seasonal camping destinations in Newfoundland.

Now, Snow and his family are working to increase their overnight camping business by transforming their 450-site campground into Canada’s sixth Jellystone Park Camp-Resort.

“We don’t want to reinvent the wheel, and by becoming a Jellystone Park franchise we can tap into their experience and expand our overnight traffic,” Snow said.

Indeed, with an expanding network of more than 80 parks across the U.S. and Canada, Jellystone Parks have become one of the most sought-after family camping destinations in North America.

“It would take us 80 years to gain the knowledge and experience that we can acquire instantly by joining the Jellystone Park franchise network,” Snow said, adding that the network can provide his team with guidance on everything from developing organized activities to recommendations on vendors to use for campground products, services and amenities.

Snow also expects to dramatically increase his overnight traffic by having his campground featured on CampJellystone.com, the travel planning website for Jellystone Parks that attracts more than 2 million unique visitors each year.

Jellystone Parks are famous for providing fun, family activities and themed weekends that include everything from crafts and games to wagon rides. Birthday parties with the bears and daily appearances by Yogi Bear are also very popular.

Organized activities at the Marine Park - Jellystone Park will be scheduled from May through September, and will include campground parades, cookouts, dances, and themed weekends. Marine Park is open year round, but will have its grand opening as a Jellystone Park on Canada Day, July 1.

“We’re adding to our play structures and redoing our store to make room for Jellystone Park novelty items,” Snow said, adding that he also plans to introduce rental accommodations in the near future.

In addition to providing RV and tent sites, the park currently features 200-foot long water slides, a recreation lake with pedal boat rentals, an 18-hole miniature golf course, a Greco Pizza Xpress restaurant, and a large convenience store.  The Snow Family also owns Parkside RV (parksiderv.com), which is a full-service RV dealership, also located at Marine Park. 

The Jellystone Park in Newfoundland will be the sixth Jellystone Park in Canada. Other Canadian Jellystone Parks are located in Borden-Carlton, PEI; Kingston, N.S.; Lower Woodstock, N.B.; as well as Niagara Falls and Toronto, Ont. For more information about the Marine Park location, please visit www.MarineParkNL.com.

About Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts

Launched in 1969, the Jellystone Park™ system is the second largest chain of campgrounds in the United States, boasting over 80 campgrounds with more than 17,000 campsites and vacation rentals in 31 states and five Canadian provinces. Its Camp-Resorts are among the best campgrounds in the industry with a quality reputation for being fun, friendly, clean and service-oriented parks.  Additionally, each Jellystone Park™ is themed with Yogi Bear™ elements providing instant recognition and consumer appeal.  It is truly a place “Where You Camp With Friends.”® Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts are franchised through Leisure Systems, Inc. (LSI), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Park River Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information, visit www.campjellystone.com.

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