Want to try camping but don’t know where to start? Or are you not ready to invest in expensive camping equipment until you’re sure your family will enjoy it? If this sounds like you, consider combining workshops on camping with visits to Canada’s national parks or historic sites in Parks Canada’s Learn to Camp programs!
What is Learn to Camp Parks Canada?
Learn to Camp is a program hosted by Parks Canada that offers single-day and overnight guided camping experiences. You and your family can try camping while receiving tutorials from experts. You’ll find out how to set up a campsite, how to build a campfire, and important tips for staying safe. At some locations, you can even camp in places that aren’t otherwise open to the public overnight.
Where to learn to camp with Parks Canada
For 2023, events are taking place in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec.
Woodward’s Landing, City of Richmond (July 15 and 16)
Blue Mountain Park, City of Coquitlam (July 29 and 30)
Rainbow Valley Campground, Snow Valley Ski Club, Edmonton (July 8 and 9, July 22 and 23, August 12 and 13)
Long Island Lock Station, Rideau Canal National Historic Site (July 8 and 9, July 22 and 23)
Newboro Lock Station, Rideau Canal National Historic Site (August 19 and 20)
Lévis Forts National Historic Site (June 18 and 19)
Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site (July 15 and 16)
Lachine Canal National Historic Site (July 8 and 9, July 22 and 23, July 29 and 30, August 12 and 13, August 19 and 20)
Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site (July 8 and 9)
La Mauricie National Park (July 22 and 23, August 12 and 13)
Who is Parks Canada’s Learn to Camp program good for?
Parks Canada’s Learn to Camp program is great for people who have never camped before and want to develop camping skills while gaining confidence. It’s also helpful if you want to try camping but you don’t yet have equipment such as a tent and you want to try the experience before you invest in it. Visitors and newcomers to Canada will gain a lot from this program as it lets you try out this quintessentially Canadian pastime!