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?

Don’t worry. The Parks Canada Learn-to Camp Program at Elk Island National Park prepares visitors with the skills and experience to fully enjoy the great Canadian outdoors.

Register for a Learn-to Camp overnight camping experience or attend a free camping workshop in partnership with Mountain Equipment Co-op to prepare for the first camping adventure in 2019. 

Don’t know where to start? 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. Register for one of Elk Island National Park’s Learn-to Camp overnight experiences, co-presented with Mountain Equipment Co-op! 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.

Registrations open April 1. Call the Visitor Information Centre at 780-922-5790 in April to book. 

Overnight camping experiences 2019 – Check back in April for details

July 6, 2019
July 20, 2019
July 27, 2019
August 10, 2019
August 17, 2019

Fees

$88.00 for a group of 4 participants (6 years old and up).
$22.00 per additional participant (6 years old and up).
Free for children ages 5 and under.
Park entry and taxes included.

Two mothers with their daughters pose in front of a tent

Learn-to Camp public workshops

Try camping for the first time with confidence! Take in a free Learn-to Camp workshop in collaboration with Mountain Equipment Co-op before heading out! These workshops, held on Saturdays in March and Thursday evenings throughout the summer, provide all the know-how needed to feel prepared for any camping trip.

Upcoming Prepare-to Camp Workshops at Mountain Equipment Co-op (South location)

March 2, 2019, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. : Prepare-to Camp Workshop presented by Parks Canada

March 9, 2019, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. : Prepare-to Camp Workshop presented by Parks Canada

March 16, 2019, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. : Prepare-to Camp Workshop presented by Parks Canada

March 23, 2019, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. : Prepare-to Camp Workshop presented by Parks Canada

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

Learn-to Camp 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. 

Learn-to Camp app

Camping help on the go! The Parks Canada Learn-to Camp 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.