Parks Canada Introduces Learn to Camp

One of the best ways to discover some of Canada’s most beautiful natural heritage areas is by spending the night in one of Parks Canada’s many campgrounds across the country.

learn_to_camp_home_engStarry nights, breathtaking views, tons of activities, and a chance to bond with your family around an open campfire…Let these experiences inspire you at Parks Canada-operated campgrounds.

Parks Canada, in collaboration with Mountain Equipment Co-op, is inviting young urban families and new Canadians to a first-time camping experience to learn about camping basics such as how to set up a tent, how to cook outdoors, what to pack, and other real Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op staff tips to make your camping adventure a success.

“The Learn to Camp initiative will provide Canadians, especially those living in urban centers away from Canada’s national treasures, the necessary skills and knowledge to have an amazing experience while connecting with our country’s nature and culture,” said the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada’s environment minister and minister responsible for Parks Canada.

“This memorable journey of hands-on experiences will inspire Canadians to get engaged in the protection of these places for the benefit of future generations.”

Learn-to camp events will take place across the country over the summer with main events scheduled on June 22 and 23.

This initiative is aimed at introducing young families and new Canadians in urban centers to the joys of camping and related activities.

Parks Canada is working with different immigration and urban outreach associations across the country to invite new Canadians and young families to participate in Learn to Camp events.

If you dream of camping in Canada's national parks, the Learn To Camp app is for you! Find tips, advice and all the information you need to plan and enjoy your first camping trip. And if you are already an experienced camper, you'll love the recipes, checklists and insider tips too.

If you dream of camping in Canada’s national parks, the Learn To Camp app is for you! Find tips, advice and all the information you need to plan and enjoy your first camping trip. And if you are already an experienced camper, you’ll love the recipes, checklists and insider tips too.

The goal is to gather an average of 100 participants per location. The Learn to Camp experiences will occur in or near an urban centre, and for locations that are further away transportation will be arranged for participants in certain cases.

“Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) has a deep passion for the outdoors and a long history of inspiring Canadians to camp as a way to explore the backcountry”, said Senja Palonen, MEC’s Community and Envoy Program Coordinator.

“Through partnerships like the Learn-to-camp initiative, MEC and Parks Canada will help more Canadians discover their love for the outdoors while learning the basics of camping in a fun and engaging environment.”

Learn to Camp features workshops on camping related skills like how to set up a tent or cook in the outdoors. Participants have the opportunity to enjoy fun interpretive programs and other Parks Canada activities. Spend the night and enjoy the experience of camping.

For additional information, visit the Learn to Camp section under Learn and Discover on the Parks Canada Website (SEE details below)

Learn to Camp Dates and Locations

June 15-16

  • Lévis Forts National Historic Site (Quebec)
  • Lachine Canal National Historic Site (Quebec)

June 22-23

  • Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site (Nova Scotia)
  • Prince Edward Island National Park (Prince Edward Island)
  • Rouge National Urban Park (Ontario)
  • Riding Mountain National Park (Manitoba)
  • Prince Albert National Park (Saskatchewan)
  • Yoho National Park (British Columbia)
  • Fort Langley National Historic Site (British Columbia)
  • Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site (British Columbia)

July 6-7

  • Elk Island National Park (Alberta)
  • July 20 (Day Activity)
  • The Forks National Historic Site (Manitoba)
  • Cape Spear National Historic Site (Newfoundland)

July 20-21

  • Fundy National Park (New Brunswick)

July 27-28

  • La Mauricie National Park (Quebec)

July 30-31

  • Riding Mountain National Park (Manitoba)

August 24-25

  • Signal Hill National Historic Site (Newfoundland)

Phone 1-888-773-8888 to register and to get more information.

Details

Parks Canada

Website: pc.gc.ca

Worth Pondering…

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