Learn-to Camp - Edmonton

Elk Island National Park

Enjoy the outdoors with Parks Canada’s Learn-to Camp Program.

The Learn-to Camp program prepares visitors with the skills and experience to fully enjoy nature and the outdoors.

Explore the camping basics.

A family learns the equipment needed and the skills required to camp confidently and happily

Public program opportunities

Overnight Learn-to Camp Experiences

Registrations for summer 2023 overnight events are now open!

Ready to spend a night under the stars? Join us for a Learn-to Camp overnight experience, where you will learn everything you need to know to plan your own camping adventure.

Learn-to Camp overnights are family friendly weekend events designed to teach anyone the fundamentals of camping in the great outdoors. You’ll spend Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning taking part in hands-on workshops such as: how-to pitch a tent, how-to build a campfire, how-to use a campstove and much much more!

Edmonton Learn-to Camp Summer 2023 events will take place at the Rainbow Valley Campground located next to Snow Valley Ski Club at 13206 Rainbow Valley Rd NW, Edmonton.

Tent, foam sleeping pads and camp stoves are provided.

Everyone is welcome!

2023 overnight event dates are:

  • Saturday, July 8 to Sunday, July 9
  • Saturday, July 22 to Sunday, July 23
  • Saturday, August 12 to Sunday, August 13

To register for an Learn-to Camp overnight event in Edmonton please call 1-844-365-2646.

Online Learning Opportunities

The Edmonton Public Library is hosting free Learn-to Camp public virtual programs throughout summer months. Anyone is welcome to take part.

Registration is required through the Edmonton Public Library event links below. Public virtual programs are available in English. Workshop recordings can be replayed after the event by following the event links below.

Camping with Babies and Toddlers
Thursday, May 25
6:30 PM MT

Camping 101
Thursday, June 15
6:30 PM MT

Private program opportunities

In-person workshops are available to community organizations within Edmonton. They generally range between 60 to 120 minutes.

Private virtual programs are available on a limited case by case basis for summer 2023. Virtual programs are between 45 and 60 minutes in length.

To book or to learn more about private Learn-to Camp workshops please email: ltc-iac-edmonton@pc.gc.ca

Workshop Topics:

Camping 101

A camping basics workshop for beginner and intermediate campers. From setting up a tent to camp cooking, participants will learn the camping skills to feel confident on their next trip!

Wild for Wildlife

Become an expert in Canadian wildlife! In this workshop, learn about wildlife-focused activities and discover how you can protect Canada’s natural places and the critters who live there during your outdoor activities.

Topics covered: Wildlife Safety, Wildlife in the Parks, How to See Wildlife, Keep Wildlife Wild, Invasive Species.

Choose Your Own Outdoor Adventure

Everything you need to know to create a fun-filled camping itinerary, regardless of your skill level. Topics include nearby parks to visit, types of camping and an overview of various outdoor recreational activities.

Survive Outside

This AdventureSmart program gives participants tips to prepare for their next adventure, including trip planning and packing the essentials.

Camping with Babies and Toddlers

Suitable for anyone planning to camp with with children age 5 years old and younger

Connect with other parents and caregivers and find the right camping tips that will work for you to introduce the little one(s) in your life to camping.

Camping Conversation Club

Available for English language learners

Practice your English conversation skills and learn about Canada’s national parks in this conversation club style workshop!

Public workshops

Workshop Topic:

Camping 101

A camping basics workshop for beginner and intermediate campers. From setting up a tent to camp cooking, participants will learn the camping skills to feel confident on their next trip!

Join a free Learn-to Camp workshop running every Thursday at 6:30 to 7:30 MT from June 22 to August 17 with MEC! No registration required.

  • Thursday, July 13: MEC Edmonton Downtown
  • Thursday, July 20: MEC Edmonton South
  • Thursday, July 27: MEC Edmonton Downtown
  • Thursday, August 3: MEC Edmonton South
  • Thursday, August 10: MEC Edmonton Downtown
  • Thursday, August 17: MEC Edmonton South


For general inquiries about the Edmonton Learn-to Camp program email ltc-iac-edmonton@pc.gc.ca

Learn-to Camp

The content of the Learn-to Camp app can now be found in the Parks Canada National app. Download it today!

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