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Life is an adventure… Go camping!

July 5, 2011 | D!ana | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

One of the summer activities I absolutely look forward to is camping. Whether by going car camping or backcountry/interior camping, it’s one of my favourite ways to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and to just embrace the great outdoors!

Anyone can go camping! Here's some information for the different campers out there:

“I admit it…I’ve never done it before. Where do I begin?” - This year, Ontario Parks is offering the Learn to Camp workshops. Come check it out at Downsview Branch!

There are also some materials available for beginner campers to check out:

Wilderness Pleasures

Car Camping

50 Outdoor Skills

And if you’re ready to go camping, check out the Ontario Parks website for more information about where you can camp in Ontario, campsite reservation and costs (it’s really easy! Just give them a call :).

“Yes! I love camping! Any suggestions?” - Here are some books I’ve used for inspiration on what else to do while camping, new recipes and new places to check out:

Ontario's Best Parks

Song of the Paddle

Allen and Mike

“Love the great outdoors but…(a) I’m not crazy about lying on the ground idea OR (b) I’ve got kiddies with me.” - Check out yurts! Not a lot of people (that I know of at least), know about yurting, but it’s a great compromise between camping and going to a cottage. There are a couple places in Ontario that have yurts and you can check them out either in the summer or winter!

You might also find these books helpful:

Camping in Comfort Babes in the Woods

Kids Gone Camping

“Been there, done that. Meh.” - Think you’ve done it all? Have you tried paddling to your campsite either with a kayak or a canoe? What about winter camping? Or what about something more adventurous like…

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Alaskan Camping

Cali Camping

Boat Camping

*There are more international camp books available through the Toronto Public Library.

I can write on forever about camping (provided I'm not out there camping haha :) so I'll end with this:

Five reasons why I think people should go camping:

  1. You never know what kind of wildlife you'll see.
  2. You will learn more about the people you go with (e.g. how they cope with capsizing in a canoe haha :)
  3. You can combine other activities with your camp trip (e.g. fishing, hiking, swimming...)
  4. Beat nature deficit disorder.
  5. For love of adventure!

Do you like camping? Got any camping tips or recommended camp sites you'd like to share? Drop me a line :)! 

Happy camping!

-Diana

P.S. Parks Canada will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year! Stay tuned for information about a Parks Canada program happening at Downsview Branch!

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