Parks Canada has temporarily suspended all visitor services at Learn-to-Camp in Vancouver until further notice. More info

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 Vancouver region, we are offering three ways you can get your first taste of camping or enhance your skills and take your camping experience to a new level:

Pop-up activities

Free drop-in sessions at convenient locations throughout the Lower Mainland. We introduce participants to Parks Canada and camping in the great outdoors.

Workshops

Free low-cost workshops (ranging from one hour to a full day) to help participants acquire basic camping skills and learn about outdoor activities. Registration is required.

Overnight events

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

Program schedule

All Learn-to Camp workshops scheduled for March-April have been cancelled.


Workshop descriptions

Winter 2020 adult programs

Animal Aware (1 hr)
An amazing part of spending time in nature is seeing wildlife in their natural habitat. Parks Canada’s Learn-to Camp team will provide tips on how to safely view animals while keeping a respectful distance.

Backcountry Basics (1 hr)
Want to plan a backcountry camping trip but don’t know where to begin?! Learn proper layering, footwear, meal planning and other safety precautions to take before heading out on the trails!

Camping 101 (1.5 hr)
Join Parks Canada’s Learn-to Camp team to discover the basics of campsite set up. Explore campsite planning, safe food storage practices, Leave No Trace Principles, and tent set-up. Find out where to go on your dream camping vacation, how to book your site, and what you need to pack for a front-country camping experience. You’ll have the opportunity to practice all of your new-found skills and to ask questions so you feel comfortable and capable setting out on your own adventure.

CoastSmart (1 hr)
Take advantage of having the ocean in your backyard! This program will provide an introduction to recreation activities you can enjoy near or on the water and safety precautions to take when participating in coastal adventures. Learn about tides, rip currents, beach environments, coastal weather and personal safety for exploring the awe inspiring west coast.

Winter Ready (1 hr)
Want some ideas on how to enjoy the winter months and keep active outside? Join Parks Canada’s Learn-to Camp team in learning how to dress for cold temperatures, what to pack for a winter excursion and how you can stay safe while enjoying the frosty weather!

 

Winter 2020 family friendly programs

For all family friendly programs, children must be accompanied by an adult.

AdventureSmart Hug a Tree (30 minutes; Children ages 5-10)
Does your child know what to do if they get lost in the woods? A Search and Rescue prevention program hosted by Parks Canada’s Learn-to Camp team will teach children how to safely explore the outdoors and what they can do to remain calm and safe if they become lost.

Animal Aware (30 minutes; Children ages 5-10)
An amazing part of spending time in nature is seeing wildlife in their natural habitat. Parks Canada’s Learn-to Camp team will provide tips on how to safely view animals while keeping a respectful distance. This program is adapted specifically for children to promote their learning and engagement.

Camping 101 (1.5 hr; All ages)
Join Parks Canada’s Learn-to Camp team to discover the basics of campsite set up. Explore campsite planning, safe food storage practices, Leave No Trace Principles, and tent set-up. Find out where to go on your dream camping vacation, how to book your site, and what you need to pack for a front-country camping experience. You’ll have the opportunity to practice all of your new-found skills and to ask questions so you feel comfortable and capable setting out on your own adventure.

 

Registration

Parks Canada employee helps father and son read instructions for setting up a camping tent

Workshop registration

For registration information on workshops, check the schedules above. 


Contact us

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


See what it’s all about

Take a look at some of our past Learn-to Camp events!

Interested in embarking on your first camping trip but don’t know where to begin? Parks Canada's Learn to Camp team has you covered!

In March 2019, the Vancouver Learn-to Camp team hosted a winter camping trip in Mount Seymour Provincial Park. Check out all the fun they had, and think about signing up for a future event!



 

After you learn to camp

After attending a Learn-to Camp event, you will be comfortable camping on your own. Parks Canada has many options for those who wish to begin planning their next experience.

Accommodation at Parks Canada

From rustic to all-inclusive.

Parks Canada Reservation Service

Reserve. Relax. Experience.


Partner

Mountain Equipment Co-op is our national partner and is participating at Parks Canada places from coast to coast! Staff will be on-site with tricks and tools for an even more delicious camping experience.