Enjoy the outdoors with Parks Canada’s Learn-to Camp Program at Elk Island National Park! 

Never been camping? Not sure where to get started? Camp with Parks Canada!

The Learn-to Camp Program at Elk Island National Park prepares visitors with the skills and experience to fully enjoy the great Canadian outdoors.

Explore the camping basics.

A family learns the equipment needed and the skills required to camp confidently and happily

Learn-to Camp overnight camping experiences

Experience the thrill of camping overnight with the support of Parks Canada’s Learn-to Camp Program. These events offer the opportunity to learn how to plan and enjoy safe and successful camping trips. Bring a sleeping bag and food - Parks Canada will bring the rest!

Events feature hands-on learning of various camping skills from tent set-up to outdoor cooking. Participants enjoy fun interpretive programs and other Parks Canada activities fit for the whole family.

Register for one of Elk Island National Park’s Learn-to Camp overnight experiences, co-presented with Mountain Equipment Co-op.

2020 Overnight Experience dates:

July 11
July 25
August 15
August 22

Registration is required and opens May 12, 2020: Call 1-844-365-2646 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm MST)


$88.00 for a group of 4 people or $132 for a group of 6 people

Email Elk Island National Park for more information. Please use “Learn-to Camp” in the subject line.

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Learn-to Camp free public workshops

Head out camping for the first time with confidence! Join Learn-to Camp for a free workshop presented in collaboration with Mountain Equipment Co-op before heading out! These workshops provide all the information needed to feel prepared for any camping trip.

These workshops run from late June until August at MEC South Edmonton Common at 6:30 pm. Workshops provide all the information needed to feel prepared for any beginner camping trip.

Drop-in or register for a free public workshop at: events.mec.ca and select “South Edmonton Common” as your location.

Drop-in Activities:

Learn-to Camp drop-in activities run at various locations throughout Edmonton. Outdoor locations are weather-dependent.

Check back in May 2020 for full event listings.

Group of new Canadians gather around a fire to listen to Parks Canada Learn-to Camp interpreters share tips.

Learn-to Camp free private workshops

Book a free Learn-to Camp workshop for a group or organization.

Workshops range from 1 to 4 hours and cover a variety of camping skills and engaging outdoor activities.

Email Elk Island National Park. Please use “Learn-to Camp” in the subject line. 

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer with Learn-to Camp.

Share your passion for the outdoors by supporting new Canadians with their first overnight camping experience at Elk Island National Park.

Email Elk Island National Park. Please use “Learn-to Camp” in the subject line. 

Learn-to Camp

Camping help on the go! The Parks Canada app has all the information you need, whether you’re just starting out, or are an experienced camper. The app has advice, checklists, and insider tips.