How to start your campfire when the weather won’t cooperate

Picture this: you’re on your way back to your campsite after an awesome day of exploration. You’ve kayaked all through the park’s network of lakes. You’ve conquered the lookout trail.

But now the sun’s starting to sink. The wind’s picked up and it’s getting chilly. You feel the first drop of rain.

It’s a full drizzle by time you reach your campsite. You’re tired and hungry.

But do you know how to start a campfire in windy, wet weather?

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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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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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7 reasons your family will fall in love with Bonnechere Provincial Park!

Looking for a new park to explore with your family? How about a park that offers great swimming, paddling, and hiking and will have your kids picking books from a tree?

Bonnechere Provincial Park — located in Killaloe, ON (just 2 hours from Ottawa) — is one of the Ottawa Valley’s hidden gems.

Here are some of the reasons your family will love this park:

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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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How to get a good night’s sleep while camping

Worried about how restful it is sleeping outside?

Studies show sleeping away from artificial light and waking up with natural sunlight can reset your circadian rhythm which will help you feel refreshed after a better night’s sleep.

But to get a good night’s sleep, it’s important to stay warm, dry and comfortable.

Here are some tips for comfy sleeping while car camping:

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Low-impact backcountry camping

Today’s post was written by Brooke Michell, a Park Biologist at Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park.

“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need.” – Edward Abbey

Some of our most treasured moments occur off the beaten path. In the backcountry of Ontario Parks, the avid hiker, canoe tripper, angler, and outdoors person seeks solitude. Although anyone who has backcountry camped knows it’s not always a walk in the park.

Physical limits are often pushed while portaging through rugged terrain, and paddling across windswept water bodies. At this expense, why is backcountry camping one of our most beloved past times?

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Group camping reservations now online

Did you know you can book a group campsite online? Twelve parks in southwestern Ontario are participating in a pilot project aimed at making group camping easier.

You can reserve group sites at these 12 parks through our central call centre service or online as easily as you would a regular car camping site.

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5 tips for reserving an Ontario Parks campsite

Did you know that you can reserve your campsite or roofed accommodation up to five months in advance of your arrival date?

You can book online (and even see a sneak preview of your campsite) or by calling the Ontario Parks reservation line, 1-888-ONT-PARK (Canada & USA).

Check out these five tips for a smooth reservation experience:
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Reserve your Canada Day campsite early!

Does the cold weather have you dreaming of sunny days on the beach and warm nights by the campfire?

Thanks to our five-month advance booking window, you can lock down your July campsite early!

Here’s a list of 10 parks sure to chase away the midwinter blues:

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