05/30 Tiny home camping comes to Waterton Lakes National Park

Ashley Baptiste, co-owner of Serenity Acres Tiny Homes, is building one of two tiny houses destined for Waterton Lakes National Park campground. He expects to tow the house to Waterton on June 15.

Ashley Baptiste, co-owner of Serenity Acres Tiny Homes, is building one of two tiny houses destined for Waterton Lakes National Park campground. He expects to tow the house to Waterton on June 15. (Jennifer Lee/CBC)

Parks Canada is trying to boost attendance by tapping into a growing trend. A housing pilot project in Waterton Lakes National Park will offer visitors a downsized version of home, right in the middle of Mother Nature.

“I love tiny houses anyway. So I think it’s awesome,” said Mark Kirk, co-owner of Serenity Acres Tiny Homes. Based southeast of Calgary, he and his partner, Ashley Baptiste, were asked by Parks Canada to build a rustic tiny house for the park.

The house on wheels measures a snug 165 square feet. But when construction is complete, this diminutive abode will be equipped with all the amenities of home — a full kitchen, bathroom, loft, and space to sleep four.

“If you could stay in a cozy tiny house, you could stay for a week or two and just explore the whole park,” said Baptiste.

Their project is one of two tiny homes that wll be installed for visitors to the campground as part of a pilot project this summer.

Read more and watch the video – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/tiny-houses-parks-canada-1.3604052

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Elaine Walker