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 this summer!

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. 

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!

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

Overnight camping experiences 2019

July 6, 2019 Fully booked
July 27, 2019 Fully booked
August 17, 2019 Fully booked


$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 free 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 provide all the information needed to feel prepared for any camping trip.

Prepare-to Camp Workshops at Mountain Equipment Co-op (South location) run Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. until August 22, 2019. Register online at MEC

New! Free public workshops

Camp for a day with the Parks Canada Learn-to Camp team. Participants will get hands-on experience with campfire cooking, tent set-up and wildlife safety. These family-centered workshops will prepare participants for activities in the outdoors and their next camping adventure!

Registered: Saturday, August 24 (12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) at Rainbow Valley Campground in Edmonton, AB (site 18).

New! Drop-in Activities:

Learn-to Camp drop-in activities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various locations throughout Edmonton. Outdoor locations are weather-dependent.

  • Edmonton Valley Zoo - every Sunday until September, rain or shine!
  • Millwoods Recreation Centre - July 21
  • Laurier Park for Edmonton Riverfest - August 10
  • Commonwealth Recreation Center - August 11
  • Kinsmen Park in Edmonton - August 25

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.