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Yoho National Park

Learn to Camp

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Two boys roast marshmallows at a Learn to Camp program. 
Learn how to start a fire and make S’mores © Parks Canada

Discover the joy of camping in one of Canada’s best-loved national parks!

Would you like to spend safe and enjoyable nights camping in the mountains with your family? This summer, Yoho National Park and Mountain Equipment Co-op have teamed up to present an unforgettable learn-to camp experience.

Join us at Kicking Horse Campground on June 21st and 22nd, 2014 for workshops and activities that will teach you basic camping skills and provide you an opportunity to discover the wealth of experience available when visiting Canada’s treasured places. Following the program you will have the opportunity to explore the park with your family.

Program Details

Learn How to Camp Safely in Bear Country

Meet one of Parks Canada’s Human-Wildlife Conflict Specialists and learn what you can do to avoid an encounter with a bear. This session will also teach you what to do if you do encounter a bear and how to keep uninvited visitors (bears and other wildlife) from showing up at your campsite.

Note that this presentation is offered to all park visitors. It is an opportunity for you to meet other campers who will also be staying at the campground that night.

Learn How to Set Up and Take Down a Tent

Camping is a bit more work than staying in a hotel, but well worth the effort. During this session Mountain Equipment Co-op and Parks Canada staff will teach you how to set up a tent so that you can get a peaceful and refreshing night sleep.

Learn How to Start a Fire

At the end of a busy day, sitting around the campfire is a wonderful way to relax and spend time with family and friends. Learn how to start a fire and make S’mores with the staff from Mountain Equipment Co-op. Bring some musical instruments to play around the campfire!


Program costs

  • $88 per family of four (adult, senior or child) 
  • $22 per additional participant (maximum 6 people per group) 
  • **All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

What’s included 

  • Camping equipment (tent and sleeping pads) 
  • Dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday 
  • All scheduled workshops and activities 
  • Camping fees

What’s not included 

  • Transportation 
  • Sleeping bags (if you do not have a sleeping bag, you may rent one from an outdoor retailer as Mountain Equipment Co-op) 
  • Saturday and Sunday lunch 
  • Snacks 
  • National Park Entry Pass


For more information or to register please call the National Information Service at: 1-888-773-8888

Official Partner

Mountain Equipment Co-op - Calgary

A young girl holds a lit piece of campfire kindling.
Sitting around the campfire is a wonderful way to relax and spend time with family and friends © Parks Canada