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Tips, Tricks and Gear

Cooking Gear

Not all designated fire pits will be equipped with a grill. If this is your preferred method of cooking, consider bringing a small one with you.

Clean your grill thoroughly before and after use, to avoid possible grease fire, and to remove any rust.

Bring a small hatchet to cut your wood into kindling, as it is illegal to forage in a provincial park

If travelling through back-country, bring at least one dry sack to ensure fire-starting tools stay dry. These roll-top waterproof bags can be purchased at any outdoor equipment store. Old style film containers also make a great home for matches or other fire starting tinder.

Leave your wood someplace dry overnight, just in case it rains. Wrap it in a tarp, and put it in the trunk of your car or under your canoe!

Invest in a small stove. No matter what the forecast says, rain is a possibility. Also, having another method of purifying your water is a plus. Keep the fuel canister for your stove in a pack separate from your food, to avoid any possible contamination.

If trekking, pack all food and food preparation gear into a single pack, food barrel or wanigan. If bears are present in the area, bring enough rope with you to suspend your pack or barrel from a tree near your site. If car-camping, secure all your food and food gear in the trunk of your car before going to bed.

Consider purchasing a camping wine sack or flask to keep that bottle of VQA light and fresh to enjoy on your campsite at the end of your day.

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