When executed safely, your first backcountry trip forges lifelong memories, opening an immersive getaway into nature.
But the leap from car camping to backcountry requires preparation and learning. New paddlers and hikers can find themselves in serious trouble if they overestimate their skills or choose a too-challenging route.
Here are some recommended trips for backcountry beginners:
Taking your RV on a road-trip this St. Jean Baptiste Day weekend? A lot of parks still have lots of campsites available — including some great waterfront spots to provide the perfect spot for the first swim of the summer.
Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool(including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of noon, June 23):
Fushimi Lake, Rene Brunelle & Ivanhoe Lake have been added to the 2015 Seasonal Campsite Program. Applications for these parks will be accepted from October 23-November 14, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified before November 28, 2014.
Five Ontario Parks are getting new roofed accommodation. The cabins at Finlayson Point, Fushimi Lake, Charleston Lake and Bon Echo Provincial Parks are available now for reservations. Presqu’ile Provincial Parks’ retrofitted cabin will be available soon for booking. The new accommodation will add to the existing variety of roofed accommodation in Ontario that includes new cabins earlier this year at Arrowhead Provincial Park as well as a Victorian farm house, two lodges, historic ranger cabins, lakeside cottages and deluxe yurts and cabins.