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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada

Learn-to Camp at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (McDONALD Campground)!

 Happy family in their tent


What’s a great way to connect with nature? Camping in the great outdoors!

Sleeping in a tent under the stars, taking an evening flashlight walk, telling stories around the campfire, it’s time to start the tradition and make some memories!

Thinking about learning how to camp? Every year, Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) team up to teach hundreds of people how to camp.

Bring the whole family and join us at McDonald Campground–Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, SIDNEY BC on June 20-21 2015 to experience camping, the guided way!

New Canadians participating in the Parks Canada Learn to Camp program 


What will you learn?

  • How to pitch a tent

  • How to build a campfire

  • Camping-outdoor recreation safety

  • Camp cooking

What's Provided?

  • Tent

  • Sleeping pads

  • Dinner (a hot meal, such as chili or pasta will be provided by a local caterer Saturday evening as part of the program. Remember to indicate your dietary restrictions when you register).

  • Breakfast (a hot meal, such as eggs, toast and fruit, will be provided by a local caterer Sunday morning as part of the program. Remember to indicate your dietary restrictions when you register).

Where does the event take place?

10740 McDonald Park Road, North Saanich, BC, V8L 5S5

How much does the event cost?

$44 per participant, up to 6 participants per group.
$22 for children 3-5 years old.
FREE - Children under 2 years old.

Who can participate?

Anyone can participate in the Learn-to Camp program, if you want to learn how to camp, you are welcome to join us!

How do I register?

For more information and to register for this event, call 1-888-773-8888.

After I have learned how to camp, where do I start?

After attending a Learn-to Camp event, you will be comfortable camping on your own. Parks Canada has many options for those who wish to begin planning their next experience:

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