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 
  • July 30th-31st  (SOLD OUT)

For more information and to register: 1-844-365-2646

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 8th Thursday, 6:00-7:30pm Woodview Park Library (16 Bradstock Rd, North York)
  • June 10th Saturday, 2:00-3:30pm Bayview Library (2901 Bayview Ave, North York)
  • June 10th Saturday, 10:30am-12:00pm Queen/Saulter Library (765 Queen St. E, Toronto)
  • June 13th Tuesday, 6:30-8:00pm Pleasant View Branch Library, (575 Van Horne Ave, North York)
  • June 14th Wednesday, 6:00-8:00pm Lilian H. Smith Branch Library (239 College St, Toronto)
  • June 14th Wednesday, 1:00pm-3:00pm Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge St, Toronto)
  • June 15th Thursday, 7:00-8:00pm Dufferin/St-Clair Library (1625 Dufferin St, Toronto)
  • June 17th Saturday, 10:30-12:00pm Forest Hill Library (700 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto)
  • June 17th Saturday, 2:00-3:30pm Locke Branch Library (3083 Yonge St, Toronto)
  • June 17th Saturday, 10:00-12:00pm Riverdale Library (370 Broadview Ave, Toronto)
  • June 17th Saturday, 2:00-3:30 Woodside Square Library (1571 Sandhurst Circle, Scarborough)
  • June 24th Saturday, 2:00-3:30pm Gerrard/Ashdale Library (1432 Gerrard St E, Toronto)
  • June 24th Saturday, 10:30-12:00pm Richview Library (1806 Islington Ave, Etobicoke)


  • July 6th Thursday, 1:30-3:00pm Black Creek Library (100 Wilson Ave, North York)
  • July 6th Thursday, 2:00-3:30pm Don Mills Library (888 Lawrence Ave, North York) 
  • July 6th Thursday, 6:00-7:30pm Oakwood Village Library (341 Oakwood Ave, Toronto) 
  • July 6th Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm Milliken Mills Public Library (7600 Kennedy Rd #1, Markham) Part of Summer Reading Club for children
  • July 6th Thursday, 6:30-8:00pm College/Shaw Library (1246 Shaw St, Toronto)
  • July 8th Saturday, 2:00-4:00pm Albert Campbell Library (49 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough)
  • July 8th Saturday, 2:00-3:30pm Jane/Dundas Library (620 Jane St, York)
  • July 8th Saturday, 10am-12:00pm Port Union Library (5450 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough)
  • July 8th Saturday, 10:30am-12:00pm Weston Library (2 King St, York)
  • July 10th Monday, 1:30-3:00pm Main Street Library (137 Main St, Toronto)
  • July 11th Tuesday, 2:00-3:30pm High Park Library (228 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto)
  • July 11th Tuesday, 6:00-7:30pm Jane/Shepperd Library (1906 Sheppard Ave W, North York)
  • July 12th Wednesday, 10:00-11:30am Angus Glen Public Library (3990 Major Mack Dr. E, Markham) Part of Summer Reading Club for children
  • July 12th Wednesday, 2:00-4:00pm Mount Pleasant Library (599 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto)  
  • July 12th Wednesday, 2:00-3:00pm Pape/Danforth Library (701 Pape Ave, Toronto)
  • July 15th Saturday, 1:30-3:00pm Malvern Library (30 Sewells Rd, Scarborough)
  • July 15th Saturday, 10:30pm-12:00pm Northern District Library (40 Orchard View Blvd, Toronto)
  • July 17th Monday, 4:00-5:00pm Cornell Public Library (3201 Bur Oak Ave, Markham) Part of Summer Reading Club for children
  • July 18th Tuesday, 2:00-3:30pm Albion Library (1515 Albion Rd, Etobicoke)  
  • July 18th Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm Central YMCA (20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto)
  • July 19th Wednesday, 4:00-5:30pm York Woods Library (1785 Finch Ave W, North York)
  • July 20th Thursday, 2:00-3:30pm McGregor Park Library (2219 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough)
  • July 20th Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm Scarborough Town Centre YMCA (230 Town Centre Court, Scarborough)
  • July 22nd Saturday, 2:00-4:00pm Parliament Street Library (269 Gerrard St E, Toronto)
  • July 22nd Saturday, 10:30-12:00pm S. Walter Stewart Library (170 Memorial Park Ave, East York)
  • July 26th Wednesday, 2:00-3:30pm Bloor/Gladstone Library (1101 Bloor St W, Toronto)
  • July 26th Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm Markham YMCA (101 YMCA Blvd, Unionville)


  • August 4th Friday, 2:00-4:00pm Lakeview Library (1110 Atwater Ave, Mississauga)
  • August 5th Saturday,10:00-4:00pm Sunnybrook Park (1132 Leslie St, Toronto)
  • August 8th Tuesday, 10:30-12:30pm Streetsville Library (112 Queen St. S, Mississauga)
  • August 8th Tuesday, 3:00-4:30pm Woodlands Library (3255 Erindale Station Rd, Mississauga)
  • August 11th Friday, 11:00-12:00pm Thornhill Village Library (10 Colborne St Thornhill, Markham) Part of Summer Reading Club for children
  • August 11th Friday, 11:00-1:00pm Sheridan Library (2225 Erin Mills Pkwy, Mississauga)
  • August 11th Friday, 2:00-4:00pm Sheridan Library (2225 Erin Mills Pkwy, Mississauga)
  • August 12th Saturday, 1:00-3:00pm Downsview Library (2793 Keele St, North York)
  • August 12th Saturday, 10:00-11:15am Fairview Library (35 Fairview Mall Dr, North York)
  • August 13th Sunday, 10:00-4:00pm RV Burgess Park (46 Thorncliffe Park Dr, Toronto)
  • August 13th Sunday, 10:00-4:00pm Morningside Park (390 Morningside Ave, Scarborough)
  • August 13th Sunday, 10:00-4:00pm Miliken District Park (5555 Steeles Ave E, Toronto)
  • August 15th Tuesday, 10:30-12:00pm Port Credit Library (20 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga)
  • August 15th Tuesday, 2:00-3:00pm Mississauga Valley Library (1275 Mississauga Library Valley Blvd, Mississauga) 
  • August 17th Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm Cooper Koo YMCA (461 Cherry Street, Toronto)
  • August 18th Friday, 10:00-4:00pm Dufferin Grove Park (875 Dufferin Park Ave, Toronto)
  • August 23rd Wednesday, 7:00-8:30pm Scarborough Town Centre YMCA (230 Town Centre Court, Scarborough)
  • August 24th Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm Markham YMCA (101 YMCA Blvd, Unionville)
  • August 25th Friday, 10:00-4:00pm Trinity Bellwoods Park (790 Queen St W, Toronto)

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

  • June 10th Saturday, 10:00-1:00pm 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 Beach, Rouge National Urban Park)
  • June 24th Saturday, All Day BioBlitz Festival (Zoo Rd Welcome Area, Rouge National Urban Park)
  • August 19th-31st, All Day Canadian National Exhibition (Exhibition Place, Toronto)
  • August 20th Sunday, 10am-4pm Rouge Beach MomenTO Rouge Paddle Event (Rouge Beach, Rouge National Urban Park)
  • August 26th Saturday, 10-4pm Taste of the Trail (Bob Hunter Memorial Park, 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