camp coffee maker

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.

1. The brightest

green tent

The Big Agnes Tumble 3 MtnGlo Tent is awesome for camping and backpacking.

With built-in lighting, you can just flip the switch to find your paperback or socks! Save your headlamp batteries for when you really need them, and make it easy to find your campsite on the way back from the outhouse.

2. The cheesiestpizza maker

Take-out and delivery aren’t really an option when you’re two hours from the nearest stop sign. This BioLite Basecamp Pizza Stone & Lid mean pizza can be the new camping food. The attached thermometer helps keep an eye on your masterpiece to ensure optimal cheese melting.

Pro tip: pair it with the Biolite Basecamp Grill to make wood-fired pizza (or cookies for dessert)

3. The tastiest

The Aeropress Coffee & Espresso Maker is coffee snob approved, and might just become your favourite method for home brewing too.

Get real coffee — crema and all — from a device that weighs less than the average hiking boot. It’ll sure brighten up your mornings.

4. The hashtag-worthiest


#CampCoffee moments are a snap away with the Inlet Enamel Steel Mug. The heavy steel and durable enamel means it’ll last through many camping trips.

*Bonus* For every one sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways.

5. The coziestSleeping bag

Side sleepers, front sleepers and anyone who gets hot feet at 3:30am – this is for you!

More of a modified quilt than a restrictive sleeping bag, the Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed gives you room to wriggle, toss, and kick your feet out, with no zippers, toggles, Velcro or cords to scratch your face.

6. The coolest (and the toughest)


The lid of the Yeti Roadie Cooler is so tough you can stand on it when you’re hauling your canoe off your car roof! With thick Permafrost Insulation in the body and lid, this cooler definitely keeps things chilled.

Let us know…

…what’s your go-to piece of genius-level camping gear?


Ontario Parks would like to thank corporate partners like MEC for their support.