Think you might want to experience the pleasure of camping overnight but just need a helping hand? Register for Parks Canada's Learn to Camp events, co-presented with MEC! These events are hosted across Canada and offer you the opportunity to learn how to plan and enjoy safe and successful camping trips.

Events feature workshops on camping related skills like how to set up a tent or cook in the outdoors. Participants have the opportunity to enjoy fun interpretive programs and other Parks Canada activities.

Come and enjoy the experience of camping at one of our events!

Call 1-844-365-2646 for more information and for registrations.

2017 Event dates and locations

  • British Columbia

    British Columbia
    Location Dates
    Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites July 22-23
  • Alberta

    Location Dates
    Bar U Ranch National Historic Site July 22-23
    Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site August 18-19-20
  • Saskatchewan

    Location Dates
    Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site July 22-23
    Fort Battleford National Historic Site August 12-13
    Batoche National Historic Site August 19-20
    Grasslands National Park
    (East Block)
    September 2-3
    Register through the park directly:
    Grasslands National Park
    (West Block)
    September 2-3
    Register through the park directly:
  • Manitoba

    Location Dates
    Riding Mountain National Park
    September 16-17
  • Ontario

    Location Dates
    Rouge National Urban Park- Full 29-30 July and 30-31 July
    Thousand Islands National Park- Full August 19-20
    Rideau Canal National Historic Site - Full July 22-23
    Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site - Full August 19-20
  • Quebec

    Location Dates
    Lévis Forts National Historic Site June 10-11
  • Nova Scotia

    Nova Scotia
    Location Dates
    Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site July 22-23
  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Newfoundland and Labrador
    Location Dates
    Signal Hill National Historic Site August 19-20

Learn to Camp in a city near you!

Parks Canada is offering daytime Learn to Camp activities in six cities across the country: Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax. These Learn to Camp hubs offer a variety of activities (without needing to stay overnight) at locations near you!

A for Adventure Videos

Thanks to A for Adventure, one of Parks Canada’s proud Learn-to Camp program collaborators, for capturing these special Learn to Camp moments in their series of videos.

Watch them on YouTube

A for Adventure is all about inspiring people to get outside and explore the world around them.

Learn to Camp with Parks Canada


Parka, Parks Canada mascot, is posing for a photo with two fathers and their children.

Title: Learn to camp

A mother and her daughter are building a tent. There's a beautiful view of some tall flowers beside them.

A Parks Canada employee is helping some people put a fly on their tent.

Title: From coast to coast this summer!

Three boys are playing with some tent poles on the ground.

In the tent, a big sister is telling her younger sister, who is outside the tent, to give her a bag.

A mother and daughter are walking along a path that goes through the camp site. Tents sit right beside the path.

A table full of camping gear including stoves and small gas tanks.

A family of 5 is talking to a Parks Canada employee who is leading a cooking activity.

A Parks Canada employee is demontration to a large group how to set up and light up a fire.

A group of participants is going on a hike over a rock surrounde by trees.

Five people are walking on a path surrounded by trees and wildlife.

A group of guys are playing soccer at the camp site.

A Parks Canada employee is leading a group into song with added arm movements.

A Parks Canada employee is playing the bango accompanied by a large group singing. Many tents surround them.

It's night time and three kids are roasting marshmallows on the fire.

Title: Where memories are made

The credits come up showing the Parks Canada Logo along with MEC.

Title: Join us! 1-888-773-8888 The credits come up showing Parks Canada Logo along with MEC.

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