New in 2017! Learn-to Camp in the community

In 2017, Parks Canada is expanding our Learn-to Camp program in six hubs across the country. The Greater Toronto Area is lucky to be one of these hubs, along with Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax. In addition to our popular overnight Learn-to Camp experiences, we will be running Learn-to Camp programming across the Greater Toronto Area, both inside and out of Rouge National Urban Park.

Come and learn about camping, national parks, hiking, camp cooking, and the outdoors at one of our free workshops at many public libraries across Mississauga, Toronto, and Markham. The Learn-to Camp team will also be showing up at events, festivals, and public spaces across the GTA and roving in the park – stay tuned for more information!

Click here for the Summer 2017 schedule! 


Overnight Learn-to Camp registration opens May 3

Think you might want to experience the pleasure of overnight camping but just need a helping hand? This summer, register for Parks Canada's Learn-to Camp program in Toronto! This is your opportunity to learn how to plan and enjoy a safe and successful camping trip by yourself, in the company of friends, or with the whole family.

The overnight Learn-to Camp introduces visitors to camping in a fun and exciting way. Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) have teamed up to teach the art of setting-up camp, enjoying the outdoors safely, roasting the perfect marshmallow, and more, while providing you with the skills necessary for a successful night under a starry sky. 


Learn to Camp overnight (2 separate events):

  • July 29th-30th (SOLD OUT)
  • July 30th-31st  (SOLD OUT)

For more information and to register: 1-844-364-2646 (Both events are currently sold out, but there is a waiting list) 

Ready for your own camping adventure? Here are some helpful hints for a memorable camping trip.


Learn-to Camp in the community: 2017 Schedule 

Come and Learn-to Camp with us at one of our FREE workshops:

June 

  • June 8th Thursday 6-7:30pm Woodview Park Library, 16 Bradstock Rd North York
  • June 10th Saturday 2-3:30pm Bayview Library, 2901 Bayview Ave N York
  • June 10th Saturday 10:30am-12pm Queen/Saulter Library, 765 Queen St. E Toronto
  • June 13th Tuesday 6:30-8pm Pleasant View Branch Library, 575 Van Horne Ave N York
  • June 14th Wednesday 6-8pm Lilian H. Smith Branch Library, 239 College St Toronto
  • June 14th Wednesday 1pm-3pm Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St
  • June 15th Thursday 7-8pm Dufferin/St-Clair Library, 1625 Dufferin St
  • June 17th Saturday 10:30-12pm Forest Hill Library, 700 Eglinton Ave W
  • June 17th Saturday 2-3:30pm Locke Branch Library, 3083 Yonge St Toronto
  • June 17th Saturday 10-12pm Riverdale Library, 370 Broadview Ave Toronto
  • June 17th Saturday 2-3:30 Woodside Square Library, 1571 Sandhurst Circle Scarborough
  • June 24th Saturday 2-3:30pm Gerrard/Ashdale Library, 1432 Gerrard St E Toronto 
  • June 24th Saturday 10:30-12pm Richview Library, 1806 Islington Ave Etobicoke 

July

  • July 6th Thursday 1:30-3pm Black Creek Library, 100 Wilson Ave N York
  • July 6th Thursday 2-3:30pm Don Mills Library, 888 Lawrence Ave N York 
  • July 6th Thursday 6-7:30pm Oakwood Village Library, 341 Oakwood Ave 
  • July 6th Thursday 6:30-7:30pm Milliken Mills Public Library Markham, 7600 Kennedy Rd #1 (Part of Summer Reading Club for children)
  • July 6th Thursday 6:30-8pm College/Shaw Library, 1246 Shaw St
  • July 8th Saturday 2-4pm Albert Campbell Library, 49 Birchmount Rd
  • July 8th Saturday 2-3:30pm Jane/Dundas Library, 620 Jane St
  • July 8th Saturday 10am-12pm Port Union Library, 5450 Lawrence Ave E
  • July 8th Saturday 10:30am-12pm Weston Library, 2 King St York
  • July 10th Monday 1:30-3pm Main Street Library, 137 Main St Toronto
  • July 11th Tuesday 2-3:30pm High Park Library, 228 Roncesvalles Ave
  • July 11th Tuesday 6-7:30pm Jane/Shepperd Library, 1906 Sheppard Ave W N York
  • July 12th Wednesday 10-11:30am Angus Glen Public Library, 3990 M. Mack Dr. E. Markham (Part of Summer Reading Club for children)
  • July 12th Wednesday 2-4pm Mount Pleasant Library, 599 Mt Pleasant Rd  
  • July 12th Wednesday 2-3pm Pape/Danforth Library, 701 Pape Ave Toronto
  • July 15th Saturday 1:30-3pm Malvern Library, 30 Sewells Rd Scarborough
  • July 15th Saturday 10:30pm-12pm Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd
  • July 17th Monday 4-5pm Cornell Public Library, Markham (Part of Summer Reading Club for children)
  • July 18th Tuesday 2-3:30pm Albion Library, 1515 Albion Rd Etobicoke  
  • July 19th Wednesday 4-5:30pm York Woods Library, 1785 Finch Ave W
  • July 20th Thursday 2-3:30pm McGregor Park Branch Library, 2219 Lawrence Ave E
  • July 22nd Saturday 2-4pm Parliament Branch Library, 269 Gerrard St E
  • July 22nd Saturday 10:30-12pm S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Ave East York
  • July 26th Wednesday 2-3:30pm Bloor/Gladstone Library, 1101 Bloor St W

 August 

  • August 4th Friday 2-4pm Lakeview Library, 1110 Atwater Ave, Mississauga
  • August 8th Tuesday 10:30am-12:30pm Streetsville Library, 112 Queen St. S, Mississauga
  • August 8th Tuesday 3-4:30pm Woodlands Library, 3255 Erindale Station Rod, Mississauga
  • August 11th Friday 11am-12pm Thornhill Village Public Library (Markham), 10 Colborne St Thornhill (Part of Summer Reading Club for children)
  • August 11th Friday 11am-1pm Sheridan Library, 2225 Erin Mills Pkwy, Mississauga
  • August 11th Friday 2-4pm Sheridan Library, 2225 Erin Mills Pkwy, Mississauga
  • August 12th Saturday 1-3pm Downsview Library, 2793 Keele St N York 
  • August 12th Saturday 10-11:15am Fairview Library, 35 Fairview Mall Dr W York
  • August 15th Tuesday 10:30am-12pm Port Credit, 20 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga
  • August 15th Tuesday 2-3pm Mississauga Valley Library, 1275 Mississauga Library Valley Blvd 

We will also have pop-up Learn-to Camp activations at the following events*:

  • June 10th Saturday 10am-1pm Morningside Creek Festival, Seasons Park, Scarborough
  • June 10th Saturday All Day TRCA Petticoat Creek Food Truck Festival
  • June 11th Sunday All Day TRCA Petticoat Creek Food Truck Festival
  • June 18th Sunday All Day Paddle the Rouge, Rouge National Urban Park
  • June 24th Saturday All Day Rouge National Urban Park BioBlitz Festival, Zoo Rd Welcome Area in Rouge National Urban Park
  • August 19th-31st Canadian National Exhibition, Exhibition Place 
  • August 20th 10am-4pm Rouge Beach MomenTO Rouge Paddle Event, Rouge National Urban Park
  • August 26th Saturday 10-4pm Taste of the Trail, Rouge National Urban Park 

*Please note that some of these events have admission fees.

To request a workshop or Learn-to Camp team presence at an event, email rouge@pc.gc.ca