Learn to Camp

“Green” Camping

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.