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Marianne Curtis | June 1, 2009 | URL:

Last year, a local recreation resort celebrated their fifth anniversary, and this summer they have been recognized on a national level after being named as one of the top twenty-five family vacation spots across the country.

In the May issue of Today’s Parent Magazine Lilac Resort and Campground, from Ste. Anne was listed among the top twenty-five family oriented campgrounds in Canada.

Lilac Resort owner Dan Manaigre says that he was unaware that his facility was even reviewed until congratulatory notes starting coming in from customers.

“It is a nice honor to have – especially since the majority of readers are mothers with children and we try hard to focus on families,” stated Manaigre. “Mothers are the major planners of vacations so this means that we are on the right track.”

Manaigre added that it also lets him know that all the hard work of his family and staff has been paying off.

“We are going to continue to do our best to offer the best that we can – now that we’ve made the list, we plan on staying there,” stated Manaigre.

Each year the nationally distributed magazine takes a look at the best places for families traveling across Canada to visit. It was recognized as being ideal for families because of the vast array of family oriented activities including a water park, hot tubs, playground, outdoor theater and movie nights, paddle boats, catch-and-release trout fishing and live weekend entertainment.

This is the first time that Lilac Resort and Campground has received national attention as far as Manaigre is aware.

Lilac Resort began fifty years ago as a humble motel and has evolved to become the premier water park in the province.

Owned by Dan Manaigre, the family owned and operated business has changed significantly, but one thing has remained the same. Visitors are treated like family and they keep coming back year after year. In some cases going back three generations.