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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 Vancouver 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 the Lower Mainland, to introduce participants to Parks Canada and camping in the great outdoors.
  • Workshops – Free and 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.

Workshop descriptions

Learn-to Camp spring 2019 adult programs

Build Up Your Tents and Your Camping Experience (1 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. 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.

Camping Hacks: Tips and Tricks for Camping on a Budget (1 hr)
Learn some do-it-yourself camping hacks to make your next camping trip more affordable! Use items from your home to make your own low cost camping equipment.

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.

Parks Canada Trip Planning 101 (1hr)
Have you ever wanted to experience camping but didn’t know where to start? You are not alone! Parks Canada’s Learn-to Camp team has you covered! 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.

AdventureSmart Survive Outside (1hr)
Gain the basic knowledge and confidence needed to safely experience your own outdoor adventures! The Parks Canada Learn-to Camp team will share outdoor travel tips and teach you about the survival items which should be carried with you on any outdoor excursion.

 

Learn-to Camp summer 2019 family friendly programs

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.

Build Up Your Tents and Your Camping Experience (1 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. 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.

Winter Ready (1 hr; All ages)
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!

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.

*For all programs children must be accompanied by an adult.


Program schedule

From May to August, and again from February to April, our team of experts will be at a number of venues in and around Vancouver sharing their camping tips.

Upcoming workshops

March 8 -  March 9:  Winter Camping with Parks Canada (PDF, 613 kb)


Contact Us

If you have a facility and would like to host a Learn-to Camp workshop please email us.