Experience the outdoors

Lachine Canal National Historic Site

This summer, learn about the outdoors in the heart of Montreal! Parks Canada team welcomes you at the Raceway Bank of the Lachine Canal to teach you the basics of the outdoors (setting up a tent, preparing a meal, etc.). to teach you the basics of the outdoors (setting up a tent, preparing a meal, etc.). In addition, learn the bases of kayaking with your family or friends with our certified guides! For kids, a learn-to fish activity is also offered during the weekend. It is for people who never had the opportunity to go camping or who wish to attend outdoor workshops.

A unique and turnkey experience!

Experience the outdoors in the easiest way possible with Parks Canada. All the necessary equipment are included. All you need to bring is your bedding, food, and personal belongings.

A good opportunity to learn the outdoors with experts!

Don’t miss your chance: places are limited. Call us and book your place now!

Summary of activity
  • Arrival at noon on Saturday and departure on Sunday afternoon (2 p.m.)
  • Master the skill of pitching a tent
  • In addition to the camping equipment, the cookware, a picnic table and red chairs will be lent to you
  • Cooking and fire workshops
  • Relax in an hammock on the banks of the Lachine-Canal
  • Roast some marshmallows
  • Camping game zone (washer toss, corn hole, etc)
What’s included
  • Tent and sleeping pads
  • Picnic table
  • Chairs
  • Camping stove
  • Camping cookware
  • Crockery and cutlery
  • Continental breakfast on Sunday
  • All scheduled workshops and activities, including the Learn-to paddle activity for everyone and the Learn-to Fish workshops for kids aged from 6 to 17 years old
What to bring
  • Sleeping Bags (sleeping bags are NOT provided. Please ensure you have one for each member of your group).
  • Pillow
  • Flash light
  • Suitable, comfortable clothing for the outdoor:
    • comfortable shoes
    • weather-appropriate clothing (night can be cold)
    • rainwear
    • a hat to protect you from the sun
  • Toys and books for the kids
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Food (Saturday’s supper, snacks and Sunday’s lunch if you plan on staying for Sunday’s afternoon’s activities). Also, remember to bring some snacks.
  • Water bottles
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Any personal medication
  • Camera
  • Your health card

What is forbidden to bring

  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fireworks
  • Drugs / cannabis

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For more information, contact us by email
Email: pc.initiationcamping-learntocamp.pc@pc.gc.ca

Testimonials: what they loved about their learn to camp experience


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SIMON: The Learn-To camp program is an activity designed to teach the basics of camping. So it’s essentially an activity for people who have never had the opportunity to camp.

TEXT: What was your favourite activity?

My favourite thing first is playing with my kid. Seeing him growing up im very happy.

What I liked the most was learning how to cook for camping.

It was interesting because it gives me some tricks, and I really liked the chef’s battle.

My favourite activity is making new friends, playing with them, and taking a boat ride.

Well for me personally, a fun activity was yesterday night, at the little concert, the singer and the guitar. It was really fun. 

You're in a nice atmosphere with campfire, and with the city behind you. We really enjoyed it.

There were a lot of activities to please everyone. We all have our own little preferences.

Mom and I are starting to like yoga more and more, but there are a lot of things that we enjoyed. For the children it was the animals. Find the tracks, the footprints, the style of fur.

My favourite activity is when we spinned the wheel with the animals.

My favourite activity was the bouncy castle and the cooking.

SIMON: These Learn-to Camp events take place here in Montreal, so we are in the heart of the Old Port. Generally we hold two or three a season. So, evidently it’s summer from June to the month of August.

TEXT: For more information : https://www.pc.gc.ca/learntocamp

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