campfire being extinguished

So there’s a fire ban. Now what?

Today’s post comes from Meg Bethune, an assistant naturalist at Killbear Provincial Park

Campfires are an iconic part of any camping trip. Whether you’re toasting marshmallows and spider weenies, or just chatting with friends, the memories made in the flickering glow of the fire are ones we hold dear to our hearts.

So what happens when a fire ban hinders one of our favourite camping traditions?

staff and camper beside fire pitA mix of hot weather and minimal rain has led to extreme fire hazards in parts of the province. As a result, a number of parks have implemented fire bans to protect the natural environment and ensure the safety of our park visitors.

(Pst! Even if your park isn’t under a ban, practicing good campfire safety is a must. Here are a few tips!)

While fireside traditions may have been hampered, the fire ban makes the perfect opportunity to get creative and make room for new camping traditions!

Activities to try during a fire ban:

View the sunset

Find a location to watch the sun go down and enjoy the show.

silhouettes by lake

Go to an evening program at the amphitheatre

Many parks have interpretive programs where you can learn about the special features of the park from knowledgeable park naturalists.

Search for moths

Grab a flashlight and take a night walk in search of all the cool species of moths that can be found. Moths are attracted to bright lights, so venture through the park and see how many different species you can identify!Killbear tree with stars

Treat yourself to an ice cream cone

It’s too hot to sit by a fire anyways – why not cool down with some ice cream from the park store?

Go stargazing

Grab some blankets and make your way down to the beach to take in the beautiful night sky.

Instead of viewing the fire ban as a hindrance on the camping experience, use it as an opportunity to try out some new activities

Who knows, maybe you will find yourself adding these new activities to your list of regular camping traditions!

Not sure whether your park is under a fire ban? Check our Alerts Page for the most up-to-date information.