Camping is a Canadian pastime
- Many go camping to:
Experience camping this summer.
- enjoy the fresh air
- discover the beauty of the great outdoors
- sleep under the stars
- see a bear or a deer
- commune with nature
In some campsites you can:
- Spend quality time with your family.
- Enjoy many activities around the camp fire.
- Watch movies or exhibits.
- Play golf.
Types of camping:
- This is “car camping”. You bring your vehicle on the site.
- Set up camp where you park.
- Campsites have:
Kinds of frontcountry campsites:
- flush toilets
- snack bars
- swimming pools
- Serviced campsites
- For recreational vehicles (RVs), trailers, and tent trailers.
- Facilities: water, sewer, or electrical hook-ups.
- Not ideal for setting up a tent.
- Unserviced campsites
- They have tent pads.
- Facilities: flush toilets, showers, and potable water.
- Open to RVs and tent trailers that do not need service hook-ups.
- Pull-through campsites
- Called “drive-through” campsites
- For vehicles towing larger trailers or RVs.
- Walk-in campsites
- You park your vehicle outside of the campsite.
- You walk to where you will camp.
- Walk-in campsites have less amenities.
- Group campsites
- For bigger groups of people.
- Groups reserve areas for organized activities.
- More rustic type of camping.
No facilities and amenities.For more skilled campers.
- Camp in the wilderness.
- Hike, ski, canoe or kayak to reach your camp site.
Planning for your first camping trip
- Choose a camp.
Make a checklist Get the right gear
- Reserve early.
- Go early in the season (May/June). Or late September to avoid the crowds.
- Check online to know the place. See:
- Reserve online.
- Know the 2018 Campground Operating Dates for Manitoba parks.
- Know the following:
- camp regulations (e.g. what you’re allowed to bring or use)
- rules on changing or cancelling a reservation
- facilities (e.g. washrooms, grills, fire pits, etc.)
- pet regulations
- Call the park if you have questions. Ask before making a reservation.
Learn how to pitch a tent
- Use the right equipment to make camping more comfortable.
- three-season tent
- groundsheets protect the bottom of your tent
- self-inflating mattress pads for sleeping
- Buy cheaper alternatives:
- thick blankets or sleeping bags instead of a mattress.
- borrow a tent from a friend
- rent equipment from local outdoor outfitters
- Choose roofed or alternative accommodations if you don’t have equipment.
- Wear proper clothes.
- Layer your clothes.
- Wear a shirt, vest and jacket. Take some layers off when it becomes warmer.
- Bring a hats, extra socks and rain gear. You may need them if the weather changes.
Prepare for emergencies
- Learn basic camping skills.
- Know how to pitch a tent
- How to cook outdoors
- Do a “dry-run” in your backyard. Sleep outdoors overnight.
- Know safety practices to protect yourself and your family.
- Know what to do when you see wildlife. Do not approach them or feed them.
- Know which plants and insects are harmful.
- Know what to bring for cure or protection.
- Read the Camper’s Guide from Manitoba parks. It has basic do’s and dont’s.
Bring medicines for yourself or family members. Don’t forget medicine for allergies or health/medical conditions.
- Pack a first aid kit.
- extra batteries for your flashlight
- extra water
- matches and fuel for lamps or stoves
- a Swiss army knife
Sources: Parks Canada site; Manitoba Parks and Protected Spaces. Both retrieved May 17, 2018.
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