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 smokey perfection of a fire-cooked meal.
But sadly, not everyone does.
Continue reading For the love of camping
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.
Continue reading 6 ways to deter eager campers
The New Year is a time to take stock of where we are and where we are headed. Most of us have made resolutions to change behaviours in order to start anew in 2019: quitting smoking, eating healthier, or exercising more.
Do you consider parks and protected areas when thinking of New Year’s Resolutions?
Continue reading Resolutions for healthier parks
We’ve been celebrating the 125th anniversary of Ontario Parks all year, but did you know one of our signature programs celebrated a smaller anniversary and success?
Learn to Camp is only eight years old, but this season was a big one, marking our 20,000th milestone. That’s right: since the program began, we’ve introduced more than 20,000 people to the joys of camping!
Continue reading Learn to Camp, 2018
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?
Continue reading How to start your campfire when the weather won’t cooperate
In today’s post, Ankita Sharma shares her family’s camping experience with the Learn to Camp program.
Last summer, I convinced my Indian family of five to go camping at Emily Provincial Park.
The Sharmas have never been camping before, but suddenly here we are, standing at our campsite.
My father looks at me and asks, “Where have you brought us?”
Continue reading The Sharma family learns to camp
This seasonal recap is brought to you by our amazing team of Learn to Camp leaders!
As Learn to Camp leaders, we introduce thousands of Ontarians to camping every year.
We may be slightly biased, but we’re pretty sure this is one of the best jobs at Ontario Parks!
Continue reading Learn to Camp 2017 recap
EECOM’s Canadian Awards of Excellence in Environmental Education and Communication recognize individuals and organizations who have collectively influenced hundreds of thousands of Canadian citizens, and helped implement one of EECOM’s key goals – to advance environmental learning, ensuring Canadians are environmentally literate, engaging in environmental stewardship and contributing to a healthy future.
Continue reading Learn to Camp wins an EECOM Award of Excellence!
Today’s post comes from our 2015 Learn to Camp coordinator Katie Roberts.
Continue reading Ode to you, my Learn to Camp campers and crew
Wow! We’ve had such a great response to our Learn to Camp program, we’re adding a few more dates!
Continue reading We’ve opened extra Learn to Camp dates!