How Much Fun it is to Camp in Canada
Camping is one of the most fun ways to do R&R for the young and old alike. Not only that, science shows that camping also has a positive effect on the physical and mental health of a person.
Canada is blessed with stunning views and vast land area. Whatever the season may be, camping always carries with it a sense of adventure that everyone would sure appreciate and love. From oceans, to rivers and lakes, mountains, The Rockies – Canada has it all. Thanks to camping one can grab a few affordable pieces of camping gear and see it all on a budget.
In the eastern Canada or Maritime region, many of the campgrounds offer ocean views and dramatic cliff sides. Sea kayaking, swimming, trekking, stargazing are some of the activities that can be enjoyed.
Ontario and Quebec is the place to go hiking with its valleys and vast bodies of water. It is even said that these two have the most picturesque campsites in Canada.
The prairies indulge its camper access to beautiful beaches, lakes, and camping grounds ideal for groups and families.
British Columbia is home to the iconic ski slopes, and also offers gorgeous campsites for free.
The territories may not be any campers’ first choice of destination, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a beauty of its own. It is said that the territories have some of the most remote regions on Earth, but still are known for their rugged landscapes, wildlife, and amazing display of the aurora borealis.
By now you know that Canada has thousands and thousands of camping grounds available, there sure are a lot to visit and explore to last you a lifetime. To all those who would want to try camping for the first time, to the more experienced campers, there’s always a place for everyone.
Types of Camping
- Backcountry camping
Most backcountry campsites will require a walk or hike, canoe or kayak to reach it. The amenities are very basic. So it is rather important that you are very well prepared with things that you will need, and might need.
- Frontcountry camping
This kind of campsite has more amenities. Some privately owned camp grounds even offer alternative accommodations and services for camping – cabins, huts, trailers, and glamorous camping (aka glamping).
Knowing what type of camping to do will help you plan better on what to expect and not. Below are some tips to consider when planning to go on a camping trip, be it backcountry or frontcountry:
- Camping equipment. You can borrow, rent or go out and buy your own. There are tons of camping gear and equipment available practically everywhere that could help make your camping more comfortable. There are also many places online where you can get camping gear in Canada.
- Don’t forget the basics: tents, sleeping bags and pads, cook wares. Aside from the basics, you can also pack these in:
- It is a very essential tool to bring whenever you are outdoors. It can be used to prepare your food, cut woods and vines and what have you.
- A know-how on rubbing two sticks or stones together to create fire is handy, but do yourself a favour and just pack one of those matches instead. It’s more efficient and less time consuming.
- Surely, no one wants to get lost in the dark. This little piece of equipment can help you find your way back.
- Garbage bag. As a responsible camper, do not leave any waste and garbage in the site. Take them with you when you leave. Garbage bags can also be used to protect your clothes and other stuff in case of unexpected rain. It can also keep you warm when used as a diy poncho.
- Map and compass. Experienced hikers would agree that there is always that risk of getting lost when hiking in the wilderness. A map of the area is a great tool to have, and compass to show you the way.
- Plan properly. While it holds true that the best experiences are unplanned, it pays to be prepared. Check weather forecasts for you to better plan ahead of the things to bring and what to wear. Always pack dress that will give you comfort.
- First aid kit and insect repellents. We can never be too careful. In the event that something happens, it is best to be prepared. Also bring medications for allergies, headaches, for the tummy, and the likes.
- Most importantly, learn how to pitch a tent. Whether you are going on a backcountry camping or doing it with reservations on a cabin or camping in an RV, learning how to pitch a tent is the basic skill a camper must have.
All geared up for a camping trip? Let loose and have fun!
And always remember, kill nothing but time. Try to leave nothing but footprints.