Genius-level camp gear

Do you sneak a peek at other campers’ set-ups when you walk by? You’ve likely seen some impressive outdoor arrangements – everything from the impeccable glamper pouring himself an espresso with crema, to multi-family groups playing cards by lantern-light under a finely rigged tarp city.

That’s the beauty of camping: you get to decide what kind of camper you want to be. Part of what makes each camping trip feel like a mini-adventure is figuring out what to pack.

To get you ready for your 2017 camping season, we chatted with our friends at MEC, who shared six of the most interesting camping products to jazz up your campsite.

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5 tips for perfectly grilled campfire grub

Nothing beats the rich, smoky flavour of campfire cooking. Grills are simple to use and allow you to cook a variety of food at once, including faves like steak, burgers, and corn on the cob.

But too often we hear tales of campfire woe, from the classic charred veggies/cold meat conundrum to the tear-inducing “my steak fell into the fire” tragedy.

Fear not, would-be grillmasters: these 5 tips will have you whipping up the perfect fire-grilled meal in no time.

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Gift ideas for people who get outside

The research is clear; spending time in nature improves our physical, mental and social well-being. This holiday season, why not give your loved ones the gift of better health and happiness?

We put our heads together with Coleman Canada to come up with a list of gifts that make it more enticing than ever to get outside!

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Introducing the Nature Playbook

This week, the Canadian Parks Council unveiled an exciting new project: the Nature Playbook!

Just as the plays in a coach’s playbook spark movement and bring the team together, the Nature Playbook is designed to inspire action — bringing Canadians into the nature game!

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Taryn and Scarlett go camping

Last weekend, Lake St. Peter Provincial Park welcomed one of its smallest ever visitors.

Meet Taryn. She arrived at Scarlett’s house just in time to tag along on their summer camping trip.

At first, Scarlett wasn’t sure Taryn could come camping. After all, most toys aren’t ready for the great outdoors. But as she unwrapped Taryn’s gear, she realized her new friend was well-equipped for their adventures.

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5 must-have items for your picnic basket

Ontario’s provincial parks all offer FREE day-use on July 21, 2017, and our parks have all sorts of events planned, from treasure hunts to zumba to campfire singalongs!

And all that fun is sure to make you hungry.

Whether a romantic tête–à–tête by the river or a family reunion on the beach, Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day is a picnic-perfect event.

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5 ways to level up your camp coffee

You’ve got big plans. Today’s the day you conquer a stretch of whitewater, take the trail to the waterfall, or join that guided wildlife hike.

But the morning feels chilly. And your muscles are tight from yesterday’s portage. And your inner-naysayer has almost got you convinced to snuggle back in your sleeping bag and let the day go by.

But then the wind shifts.

And you smell the one thing that never fails to rev up your inner adventurer.
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Are you travelling “light”?

Your family NEEDED a weekend getaway. You were a little late getting on the road, but you’re pretty sure you packed the essentials.

It’s pitch black by the time you pull into your campsite, but that’s okay. You rummage around in your trunk, until you find your favourite flashlight.

You press the button and…

Nothing happens.

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