Make your camping trip more eco-friendly by minimizing your impact on the environment with these helpful tips:
- Limit waste. Use rechargeable batteries, and use reusable kitchenware instead of paper plates. Pressurized propane cylinders for camp stoves are considered hazardous waste in Ontario and must be taken to a hazardous waste depot. Consider using a refillable fuel canister.
- Keep it clean. Dispose of all garbage and recycling at the campground garbage disposal station. Do not leave or burn garbage in your fire-pit.
- Protect Wildlife. Watch for snakes / turtles / other wildlife on the road and give them a brake.
- Leave them be. Do not collect anything in the park (e.g., archaeological artifacts, plants, animals, or rocks), they are protected.
- Keep wildlife wild. Do not approach or feed wildlife. Feeding wildlife can be harmful to their health, expose them to predators, and change their natural behaviour.
- Park once. Leave your vehicle behind as you walk or bike within the park.
- Un-plug. Try camping without electricity.
- Don’t move pests. Avoid introducing/transporting invasive (non-native) species by cleaning all camping, fishing and boating equipment and buying firewood locally. Be aware of live bait restrictions.
- Limit fires. Keep fires small and consider not having a campfire every night.
- Save water. Limit shower use to conserve water.
- Stop erosion. If campsite has a designated tent platform, use it. Place tent in an area of sparse ground vegetation. Park vehicle on gravel spurs and stay on trails.
- Conserve camp fuel. Cook with tight-fitting lids and wind-shields while using fast-cooking recipes. Ensure you camp-stove fuel lines are clean.
- Get involved. Help maintain and protect the park through a Friends’ organization.