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People of the Park: George & Birte Ayer

by Kate McCallum
George Birte Ayer

Names: George Ayer – Retired Power System Operator at Toronto Hydro

Birte Ayer – Retired from CIBC as a Financial Advisor

Hometown: Peterborough, Ontario

Why are you in PEI? We come out every summer. George’s mother lives in the Maritimes and we have more family out here.

What kind of RV? 2003 22ft Airstream

What do you love about your Airstream? It is very well constructed. There are no sharp edges (everything is rounded), it has a big kitchen, and there is a lot of thought put into making it functional. 

What do you dislike about your Airstream? The Corner Bed. It’s difficult if one of has to get up in the middle of the night without waking up the other person.

How long have you had your RV? We’ve only had it for 3 years and we love to travel. The first year we went to B.C., Alaska, and the Northwest Territories. We love to travel and love to travel in the States but it is too expensive right now with the dollar.

Best food you have ate in Canada while on the road? We rarely eat out because we cook everything ourselves.

Most interesting sight/day you have experienced while in your Airstream? Seeing the bison and bears in Alaska alongside the road.

What is the scariest thing that has happened to you while travelling in your RV? While travelling to Alaska, Birte was driving our Volkswagon Touareg with the Airstream towed behind. We had been following some dump trucks for a long time and she decided to pass. There was a long stretch of highway and we could see that she could safely pass. So she passed, but we were going too fast and when we got by the second dump truck the road suddenly turned to gravel. The Airstream was fishtailing and Birte was struggling to regain control. It was like we driving on a million golf balls. It was terrifying. We were very close to going into the ditch and then Birte got us under control in the oncoming traffic lane. Thankfully no traffic was coming. We couldn’t even pull over to regain our composure because there was no place to pull over. When we finally pulled over the inside of the trailer was a mess. Everything had come out of the cupboards. We had a big mess to clean up, but luckily we were ok and so was the Airstream.

Where is the one place you wish you could take the RV but couldn’t do so easily?  Denmark

Where would you recommend tourists visit?  The Arches National Park in Utah, Bruce Canyon, Banff, Jasper, and Mesa Verde National Park -and of course the Maritimes!


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