If you can believe it, I never had s’mores growing up. I know right…sheltered. But I did get my share of roasted, sticky, gooey, delicious marshmallows.
The word S’more appears to be derived from the phrase “some more”. According to Wikipedia, the first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the publication Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts of 1927. The exact origin is unclear but the year 1925 pops up.
There are many ways to eat s’mores. And we have definitely experimented a lot over the years. These days it’s just the norm that we don’t go camping without a bucket (yes I said bucket) full of s’mores supplies. My kids are definitely learning there are more to s’mores than crackers, chocolate and marshmallows.
Ol’ MacDonalds Resort near Stettler is a private campground on Buffalo Lake that we’ve been visiting every year for over 6 years. Sometimes we even go twice during camping season, that’s how much we love it. One of our annual treks here is a family outing where there is a huge group that assembles at the end of the summer. For those who do not like to camp in tents or trailers, there are cabins.
Over the years the campground has grown. There are now a minimum of four playgrounds for the kids to enjoy. I say minimum because you never know if they’ve added another one until you return. When the minions tire of the playground you can head over to the Merry Go Round. Best to note it is not a carnival style Merry Go Round, but rather an older, fairly safe version that will set you back a mere .25 cents a ride. You can even try to toss your shoe in a special bucket while you are on the ride to see if can win a free ride. This runs at pre set times during the day.
After you’ve rode the Merry Go Round head over to the Train Ride. But first stop for a special coffee…YES I said special coffee. I’m sorry, I know..roughing it right? But this is the only campground I know of that has a coffee shop (squeee) and it’s definitely a nice treat. Important to note the train ride also runs at pre scheduled times. This costs I think $1-2 per ride and moms & dads can walk along side to keep on eye on their little train engineers as it weaves through the campground.
Tractor Wagon Rides and the Go Karts should be on your list. The Tractor Wagon Rides are an annual ritual for us. These evening rides have a sign up sheet and it’s best to book your time early. The go karts are truly fun for kids of all ages. Although the wee ones will have to go with an adult rider and some of those hills, let me tell you, some of those hills might take the wind from your sails. It’s great when the kids get old enough to drive their own go karts. These run all day. A petting zoo, arcade and indoor mini golf really do keep the kids entertained.
Buffalo Lake offers a sandy beach where you can walk out into the water for a long time. There is a boat launch and ice cream shack. Cousins of ours have a sailboat and it comes out every year. Around the corner you can drop a line and try fishing. Fantastic tunes, and a sand castle building contest on Saturdays make this beach a great place to spend a couple hours. Or more.
And if that isn’t enough, you can stop into Gramma’s Kitchen for a bite or supply item you might have forgotten. On Saturday’s they have a small market and we’ve even heard some live music in the evenings.
This is a campground you need to book in advance. The beach sites are typically booked up a year in advance. But there are several great campsites all throughout the campground. If you have never been, definitely put it on your bucket list.