Are you interested in camping but don’t know where to begin? Our Learn-to Camp team has you covered!

The Parks Canada Learn-to Camp program equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to feel confident planning and carrying out your first camping adventure.

In the Halifax region, we are offering three ways you can get your first taste of camping or enhance your skills to take your camping experience to a new level: pop-up activities, overnight events and workshops.

Pop-up activities

Free, drop-in sessions at convenient locations throughout mainland Nova Scotia, to introduce participants to Parks Canada and camping in the great outdoors.

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Overnight events

Low-cost, overnight camping experiences in Parks Canada’s places. Camping gear will be provided.


Learn-to Camp at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Date: July 20 to 21, 2019, from 1 pm on Saturday to 11 am on Sunday

Thinking about learning how to camp? Every year, Parks Canada and MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) team up to teach hundreds of people how to camp. Bring the whole family and join us at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site on July 20 to July 21 to experience camping, the guided way!

Fee: $44 per adult aged 17 or more, $22 per youth 6 to 16 years old, free for children aged 5 and under. Two meals are included in the event fees. Camping gear and workshops are provided but participants must bring additional food and sleeping bags.

For more information and to register, contact 1-844-365-2646.

Learn-to Camp at York Redoubt National Historic Site
Dates: August 17 to 18 and August 24 to 25, 2019 from 1 pm on Saturday to 11 am on Sunday - REGISTRATION FULL FOR THESE EVENTS!

Join Parks Canada for a facilitated overnight camping experience at York Redoubt. Register for Parks Canada's overnight Learn-to Camp program beside the ocean, just 15 minutes outside of Halifax!

Fee: $22 per person. Free for children aged 5 and under. Camping gear and workshops are provided but participants bring their own food and sleeping bags.


Call 1-844-365-2646 to register. The registration line is open from 11 am to 7 pm Atlantic Standard Time (AST), Monday to Friday.

Registration fees vary depending on programming and provided services - details above.


Parks Canada Learn-to Camp inclusive and interactive workshops are designed to help build new skills and confidence in people of all ages and abilities. Participants will gain knowledge and skills including where to camp, how to assemble a tent, and how to safely build a fire, just to name a few!  Once the basics are covered, prepare to learn to tie knots and set up a tarp.

For more information on our workshops, or to book a Learn-to Camp session for your group, please contact the Learn-to Camp Coordinator:

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Work with Learn-to Camp as a summer student

Are you passionate about connecting with nature? Do you love camping and sharing new skills with diverse audiences?

Every year, Parks Canada seeks out highly motivated team-players with excellent communication skills to help deliver our Learn-to Camp activities in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


As a Learn-to Camp team player, your job would be to:

  • Engage audiences (including young families and newcomer families) through activities, workshops and programs in diverse environments including parks, festivals, museums, libraries and Parks Canada sites 
  • Inspire and connect Canadians with an exciting world of outdoor activities while providing opportunities for visitors to learn new skills and build confidence that will help them embark on adventures in Parks Canada places 
  • Develop and deliver programs that help families overcome barriers to planning and enjoying outdoor activities, especially in Canada’s special heritage places 
  • Successful students will work for approximately 16 to 18 weeks between May and August.

For more information, contact and stay tuned to Applications are typically accepted during the month of February.

Partnering with Parks Canada

By working in collaboration with respected organisations that share our values, Parks Canada is able to better deliver our promise to Canadians by continuing to be a world leader in the protection and presentation of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. We believe in sharing leadership and working with our partners to offer unique, inspiring opportunities for Canadians to discover our treasured places and to achieve extraordinary results.

Local partners

Mountain Equipment Coop

Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) is a retail co-op that sells exclusively to members. Members get the best products at fair prices, access to rental gear, one of the best guarantees around, and 1% of every sale goes to support the outdoor community. A lifetime membership is $5: the same since 1971.

A for Adventure

The A for Adventure movement aims to inspire kids, families, and people to get out and explore the world around them! A for Adventure wants to inspire the next generation to get outside and play, creating a foundation for a happier, healthier life... and a better life for our planet too!

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