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Camping in a National Park

Transcription of the video: Planning your Trip

Hello! Bonjour! This short video will help you learn how to plan a camping trip, how to book a camp site and what to expect when you arrive at a National Park.

Step 1: Plan your trip

The Parks Canada web site has lots of information about our national parks. Take a look through the web site at to find out where you might want to camp. You can search for a national park by name or by region. The web site also has a Learn to Camp section with how-to videos, recipes, tips, checklists and other practical information to help you plan your trip.

You can also call our toll-free information service at 1-888-773-8888. A Parks Canada information officer will be happy to answer all your questions.

For more information about national parks, sites and marine conservation areas, take a look at the Parks Canada visitor guides, available from our web site or by calling the toll-free information service.

Step 2: Reserve your campsite

To book a campsite on-line go to the Campground Reservation Service at After you have booked your campsite a confirmation will be emailed to you.

If you prefer, you can also book by phone. Call 1-877-RESERVE and someone will help you reserve your campsite.

You can also book yurts, tipis, cabins and canvas tents at some national parks. Be sure to ask about this option if you would prefer not to bring your own tent or if you would like to try something a little different.

Step 3: Pack for your trip

Pack up all the supplies and equipment you need for your trip; don’t forget your health insurance card and campsite confirmation sheet.

We also suggest that you give a copy of your travel plans to a friend and family, (so they know where you will be going.)

Step 4: Arrive at the park

When you arrive at the National Park entrance, stop at the park entry gate or information centre. This is where you will get the park-specific Visitor Guide and where you will pay your daily fees for park access.

Step 5: Find your campsite and enjoy your stay

Next, drive to your campground and stop at the campground gate. Show your campsite reservation to the campground attendant. The attendant will register you and provide you with the campground map that shows where to find your campsite.

With the help of your campground map, drive to your site.

Be sure to look for the nearest washrooms. Also look for the nearest outdoor water supply.

This is a good time to go to the visitor centre. Staff there will let you know what activities you can take part in during your stay. Many visitor centres also have interesting exhibits to help you find out more about what you can do and see in the national park you are visiting.

Step 6: Pack up and depart

When it comes time to leave, be sure to gather all of your equipment and personal belongings and try to leave the site as you had originally found it. Place all garbage and recyclables into the proper bins.

If you have any questions before your trip just call the toll-free information number. And if you have any questions during your stay, just ask one of our friendly staff. Camping is a fun way to experience our beautiful National Parks. We hope you give it a try.

Happy camping! 

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