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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for the Learn to Camp Program?

Registration for the Learn to Camp program opens in the spring. Reservations are accepted online at: OntarioParks.com/learntocamp. For further inquiries and assistance in completing the form, please call 705-755-5103.

How will I know I have been accepted to the program?

All registrations are processed in the order they are received. After submitting a registration form, you will be contacted by an Ontario Parks staff member within 5 business days. If your preferred date is not available you will be offered alternate dates.

When is my space in the program guaranteed?

When payment is received your space is guaranteed.. We will confirm your space via e-mail; from there you will have 48 hoursto submit payment over the phone. Payment must be received by 12:00pm the day before your program date.

What do I need to bring?

We will send you an information package prior to your trip to help you prepare. All you need to bring is bedding, food and personal items. All other camping equipment will be provided.

Can I bring a friend?

Each reservation fee covers a group of up to 6 people, including children. Exceptions are made if a group is comprised of a single family of 2 parents/ guardians and more than 4 children. If your group is larger than 6 people, you will need to book an additional campsite. Please note, each group of 6 is required to sleep on their registered campsite.

What happens if it rains?

Rain is sometimes a part of camping. Your Learn to Camp program will go ahead if it is raining. Our staff will show you how to camp comfortably in all weather conditions. Check the weather forecast before you attend the program and come prepared for rain. Bring a rain jacket, rain pants and rubber boots. You may also consider bringing a deck of cards or game.

What happens if we arrive late to programming?

Learn to Camp and Graduate sessions run on a schedule. If participants are late to a session, the staff leaders will continue as planned with the scheduled session/curriculum and will attempt to cover missed information with late arrivals during recreation/resource time later in the day. However, there is no guarantee that the leaders will be available or have the appropriate time to catch later comers up on a session(s). This could result in participants not being trained on certain equipment and therefore not receiving that equipment. Please respect the program schedule and everyone's learning (including your own) by attending the sessions on time.

Can I participate more than once?

Due to limited space we allow each group to participate in the Learn to Camp program one time only. However, the Learn to Camp program is all about building comfort with camping. If you feel you need additional training you may participate in our graduates program to continue building your skills.

I don’t drive, how can I get to a Learn to Camp Program?

You can access the overnight camping experience on the Parkbus transportation service running between Toronto and Grundy Lake Provincial Park on select dates.

Can I bring my pet?

No. While pets are normally allowed at Ontario Parks, we ask that you do not bring your pet to the Learn to Camp program.

What is the age restriction for the program?

There is no age restriction for the program. We encourage families to camp with young children, but we do not recommend infants or toddlers participate unless 2 caregivers can be present.

Will there be free time?

The schedule will allow for some recreation time to allow you to experience the park between learning sessions. If you would like more time to enjoy the park, we recommend booking a two night experience.

We can no longer attend our program, what are our options?

Registration fees are non-refundable, cancellations will result in a loss of payment. However, we will attempt to re-schedule your program if you inform us a minimum of 10 business days before your scheduled session, space permitting. An administration fee of $10.50 will apply if your reservation is changed.

What does a typical Ontario Parks Campsite look like?

Every campsite is unique. At a minimum, all campsites used for the Learn to Camp program will have a fire pit, a picnic table, a space to set up your tent and a space to park your vehicle. You can view photos of most campsites on our reservation system.

Are there showers/flush toilets/ running water?

Yes, each campground has a ‘comfort station’ with hot showers, flush toilets and sinks. Water taps are located throughout the campground. Our water is safe to drink and is tested daily.

Do the campsites have electricity?

No. Electricity is not available at your campsite. Although Ontario Parks does have campsites with electricity, the Learn to Camp program will take place on non-electrical campsites. For electrical devices, bring battery-operated equipment and consider leaving your computers, video games and other electronic devices at home to truly enjoy this outdoor experience.

More Questions? Please contact us.