Are you interested in going on your first camping trip but don't know where to begin? The Learn-to Camp team has you covered!

In collaboration with MEC, the Parks Canada Learn-to Camp program equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to feel confident in planning and carrying out your first adventure. We'd love for you to come and learn about camping, national parks and historic sites and the outdoors with us!

There are three ways to get your first taste of camping or enhance your skills in taking your outdoor experience to the next level:

Pop-up activities

Free, drop-in activities at convenient locations and festivals throughout Ottawa and Gatineau. Find us along the Rideau Canal National Historic Site, at municipal parks and beaches, and at various other locations in the National Capital Region.

June 2022
Date Location
Sat June 4, 2022 Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
Chelsea, Quebec
Sat June 4, 2022 Andrew Hayden Park
Ottawa, Ontario
Sun June 5, 2022 Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
Chelsea, Quebec
Sun June 5, 2022 Merrickville locks
Merrickville, Ontario
Sat June 11, 2022 Paddlefest, Smith Falls, Ontario
Sun June 12, 2022 Andrew Hayden Park
Ottawa, Ontario
Sun June 12, 2022 Mooney’s Bay
Ottawa, Ontario
Thu June 16, 2022 Canadian Museum of Nature
Ottawa, Ontario
Sat June 18, 2022 Leamy Lake beach area
Gatineau, Quebec
Sat June 18, 2022 Hartwells locks
Ottawa, Ontario
Sun June 19, 2022 Leamy Lake beach area
Gatineau, Quebec
Sun June 19, 2022 Merrickville locks
Merrickville, Ontario
Thu June 23, 2022 Canadian Museum of Nature
Ottawa, Ontario
Sat June 25, 2022 Dragonboat Race Festival, Mooney’s Bay
Ottawa, Ontario
Sat June 25, 2022 Leamy Lake beach area
Gatineau, Quebec
Sun June 26, 2022 Dragonboat Race Festival, Mooney’s Bay
Ottawa, Ontario
Wed June 29, 2022 Canada Science and Technology Museum
Ottawa, Ontario
Thu June 30, 2022 Canadian Museum of Nature
Ottawa, Ontario
July 2022
Date Location
Fri, July 1, 2022 Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Ottawa, Ontario
Fri, July 1, 2022 Canadian Museum of Nature
Ottawa, Ontario
Sat, July 2, 2022 Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Ottawa, Ontario
Sat, July 2, 2022 Britania Beach
Ottawa, Ontario
Sun, July 3, 2022 Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Ottawa, Ontario
Sun, July 3, 2022 Hartwell locks
Ottawa, Ontario
Wed, July 6, 2022 Canada Science and Technology Museum
Ottawa, Ontario
Thu, July 7, 2022 Canadian Museum of Nature
Ottawa, Ontario
Wed, July 13, 2022 Canada Science and Technology Museum
Ottawa, Ontario
Thu, July 14, 2022 Canadian Museum of Nature
Ottawa, Ontario
Fri, July 15, 2022 Petrie Island picnic area (Stuemer Park)
Ottawa, Ontario
Sat, July 16, 2022 Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
Chelsea, Quebec
Sat, July 16, 2022 Britania Beach
Ottawa, Ontario
Sun, July 17, 2022 Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
Chelsea, Quebec
Sun, July 17, 2022 Merrickville locks
Merrickville, Ontario
Wed, July 20, 2022 Canada Science and Technology Museum
Ottawa, Ontario
Thu, July 21, 2022 Canadian Museum of Nature
Ottawa, Ontario
Wed, July 27, 2022 Canada Science and Technology Museum
Ottawa, Ontario
Thu, July 28, 2022 Canadian Museum of Nature
Ottawa, Ontario
Fri, July 29, 2022 Hartwell locks
Ottawa, Ontario
Sat, July 30, 2022 Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
Chelsea, Quebec
Sun, July 31, 2022 Hartwell locks
Ottawa, Ontario
Sun, July 31, 2022 Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
Chelsea, Quebec
August 2022
Date Location
Wed, August 3, 2022 Canada Science and Technology Museum
Ottawa, Ontario
Thu, August 4, 2022 Canadian Museum of Nature
Ottawa, Ontario
Wed, August 10, 2022 Canada Science and Technology Museum
Ottawa, Ontario
Thu, August 11, 2022 Canadian Museum of Nature
Ottawa, Ontario
Fri, August 12, 2022 Merrickville locks
Merrickville, Ontario
Fri, August 12, 2022 Petrie Island picnic area (Stuemer Park)
Ottawa, Ontario
Sat, August 13, 2022 Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
Chelsea, Quebec
Sat, August 13, 2022 Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Ottawa, Ontario
Sun, August 14, 2022 Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
Chelsea, Quebec
Sun, August 14, 2022 Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Ottawa, Ontario
Wed, August 17, 2022 Canada Science and Technology Museum
Ottawa, Ontario
Thu, August 18, 2022 Canadian Museum of Nature
Ottawa, Ontario
Father and son learning how to make a campfire with a uniformed Parks Canada staff (Emma Lindale) at a Learn-to Camp pop-up booth along the Rideau Canal.
Father and son taking part in activities of a Learn-to Camp pop-up booth at Ottawa locks, part of the Rideau Canal National Historic Site.

Workshops

Free workshops to help kids to acquire basic camping skills and learn about outdoor activities. These are presented in collaboration with the Ottawa and the Gatineau public library.

July 2022
DateTimeLocation
Wed July 6, 202210:30am to 11:30amBelmont Park, Aylmer, Quebec
Thu July 7, 20222:00pm to 3:00pmOttawa Public Library - Manotick
Wed July 13, 202210:30am to 11:30amRaymond-Madore Park, Gatineau, Quebec
Thu July 14, 20222:00pm to 3:00pmOttawa Public Library - Cumberland
Fri July 15, 20222:00pm to 3:00pmOttawa Public Library - Beaverbrook
Wed July 20, 202210:30am to 11:30amBelmont Park, Aylmer, Quebec
Thu July 21, 20222:00pm to 3:00pmOttawa Public Library - Blackburn Hamlet
Wed July 27, 202210:30am to 11:30amRiviera Park, Gatineau, Quebec
Thu July 28, 20222:00pm to 3:00pmOttawa Public Library - Ruth E. Dickinson
Fri July 29, 20222:00pm to 3:00pmOttawa Public Library - Nepean Centrepoint
August 2022
DateTimeLocation
Wed August 3, 202210:30am to 11:30amDu Relais Park, Aylmer, Quebec
Thu August 4, 20222:00pm to 3:00pmOttawa Public Library - St. Laurent
Fri August 5, 20222:00pm to 3:00pmOttawa Public Library - North Gloucester
Wed August 10, 202210:30am to 11:30amÉdouard-Mercier Park, Gatineau, Quebec
Thu August 11, 20222:00pm to 3:00pmOttawa Public Library - Greenboro
Wed August 17, 202210:30am to 11:30amDu Renard Park, Aylmer, Quebec
Thu August 18, 20222:00pm to 3:00pmOttawa Public Library - Centennial
Fri August 5, 20222:00pm to 3:00pmOttawa Public Library - Rockliffe Park

In-person workshops

Offered in a format that respects regional health and safety guidelines.

You can also book a free Learn-to Camp workshop for a school, group or organization. Workshops cover a variety of camping skills and engaging outdoor activities. Please contact Sacha Penner by email sacha.penner@pc.gc.ca for more details.

Overnight Learn-to Camp

Overnight events are back!

Ready to spend a night under the stars? Join us during one of our overnight experiences, where you will learn everything you need to know to go on your own camping adventure.

Learn-to Camp overnights are family friendly weekend events designed to teach anyone the fundamentals of camping in the great outdoors. You’ll spend Sat afternoon and Sun morning taking part in hands-on workshops such as: how-to pitch a tent, how-to build a campfire, how-to use a campstove and much much more!

Everyone is welcome!

(We provide the tent, foam sleeping pads and campstove.)

At this time, two events are planned for weekends of:

Overnight events
When Where
July 23 – July 24 Rideau Canal Lock 14-16 on Long Island in Ottawa, ON
August 6 – August 7 Rideau Canal Lock 14-16 on Long Island in Ottawa, ON
August 20 – August 21 Rideau Canal Lock 36 in Newboro, ON

Cost: $142.75 (taxes included) per 4-6 person tent

* For large group private event reservations, contact sacha.penner@pc.gc.ca



Set your calendar! Registrations are now open!

Call us at 1-844-365-2646. Spaces are limited!

Learn to camp tents
Learn-to Camp Overnight

Ready for your own camping adventure? Here are some helpful hints for a memorable camping trip.

For more information about the Learn-to Camp program in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region, please contact our Learn-to Camp Coordinator at sacha.penner@pc.gc.ca