Are you interested in embarking on your first camping trip 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

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


June 3: Dartmouth Switch, Downtown Dartmouth, 12:00 - 4:00PM

Come join us for some fun, hands-on Learn-to camp activities at Dartmouth Switch.
Open Street Sundays encourages people to enjoy metro HRM in a new way by walking, biking and moving around safely and comfortably on a 2km route.

June 10: MEC Paddlefest, Graham’s Grove, Dartmouth, 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Come join us for some fun, hands-on Learn-to camp activities at MEC Paddlefest.
From beginner to expert paddler, MEC Paddlefest Halifax offers plenty of learning opportunities both on land and water. This urban celebration of all things paddlesport is ideal for anyone looking to fine tune their skills.

July 1: Canada Day, Halifax Commons, 11:00AM - 4:00PM.
Come join us for some fun, hands-on Learn-to camp activities at the Canada day Festivities on the Halifax Commons.

Overnight events

Low-cost, overnight camping experiences in Parks Canada’s places. Camping gear will be provided.  For more information and to register, please call 1-844-365-2646.

For more information on the Learn to Camp program, or if your organization is interested in hosting a workshop or event, please contact the Learn-to Camp Coordinator at

Learn-to Camp at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Dates: July 21-22, 10:00AM on Saturday to 1:00PM 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 21 and July 22, 2018 to experience camping, the guided way!
Fee: $44 per adult (17+), $22 per youth (6 - 16), Children 5 and under are free. Two meals are included in this event. Camping gear and workshops are provided; participants must bring additional food and sleeping bags.

To register, please call 1-844-365-2646
For more information, visit: Kejimkujik Learn-to Camp

Learn-to Camp at York Redoubt National Historic Site
Dates: August 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, 1:00PM on Saturday to 11:00AM on Sunday

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. Children 5 and under are free. Camping gear and workshops are provided; participants bring their own food and sleeping bags.

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



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.

So, come on out get ready to have a blast. It’s going to be “in-tents”!

Stay tuned for our summer workshop schedule.

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 between January and February.


Partnering with Parks Canada

By working in collaboration with respected organisations that share our values, Parks Canada is able to better deliver its 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! We want 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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