Books to prepare your kids for camping

Written by Laurel Finney: Learning & Education Specialist, mother of two, avid camper, and long-time lover of children’s books.

Storybooks help children to discover themselves and relate to the world around them.

Whether you’re planning your next camping trip, snuggled up in the tent on your favourite campsite, or at home reliving your most recent adventure, these camping-themed children’s books will be new bedtime favourites.

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For the love of camping

The crackle of the campfire. The ripple of the wind across the lake. The call of a loon at dusk. The soft cushion of pine needles beneath your boots.

For many of us, camping sings in our heartstrings. The sounds, sights, smells of our favourite parks are a balm for our tired minds.

We wish everyone could know the deep satisfaction found in the soft resistance of water against a paddle, or the smoky perfection of a fire-cooked meal.

But sadly, not everyone does.

Yet.

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Where to camp when your fave park is already full

Did you know over 50% of reservations made by the end of March are for our five most popular parks (Bon Echo, Algonquin, Sandbanks, Killbear, Pinery)?

If you can’t get a campsite at one of these parks, we’ve got some suggestions we’re sure you’ll love…

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Campsite vacancy highlights: May 31-June 2

It’s looking like a beautiful weekend to go camping! Get outside and enjoy the weather at one of these featured campsites (pst! plenty of waterfront campsites available, and some cabins too!).

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, May 30):

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Park ranger wisdom: 6 tips for greener camping

This post was written by David LeGros, a park naturalist at Ontario Parks.

One of the big draws to camping is the chance to get back to nature and experience the beauty it has to offer.

The sandy beaches, rocky shorelines, towering pines and singing birds really connect us to the place — we get to see nature behave naturally. Our part of the deal should to make as little impact on that landscape as possible.

There are a few common camping habits that are not good for the local landscape, or the planet in general.

Here are six park ranger tips for greener camping.

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6 ways to deter eager campers

We all have those friends or family members who are curious about camping, and maybe even eager to go on a trip, but have little to no camping experience. What do you do if they choose you as their camping guide?

Since camping with people you love is the worst, we’ve got you covered. If you follow these six tips, you’ll have even your closest pals saying, “NEVER AGAIN” to camping before the first day is through.

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Try a regular dose of camping for good health

Time to reach for our sleeping bags and tents?

Research shows that camping in nature is good for our mental and physical well-being.

What better reason to head out with family and friends into the great outdoors and sleep under the stars?

Check out the brain and body benefits of camping:

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Empty propane cylinder? Orange Drop to the rescue!

Packing up your picnic or campsite?

Please be sure your leftover propane cylinders don’t go into the garbage or recycling!

These cylinders contain pressurized gas and chemicals, so safe and proper disposal is crucial to make sure nothing harmful leaks into Ontario’s groundwater and waterways.

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Group campsites and shelter rentals in southeastern Ontario

Want to enjoy nature with family and friends in southeast Ontario?

Our parks are the perfect places to reunite. We have accommodations and facilities that are great for low-key get-togethers with the people you love.

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