Connect with nature with Parks Canada’s Learn-to Camp at the Peterborough Lift Lock

Connect with nature with Parks Canada’s Learn-to Camp at the Peterborough Lift Lock

Posted on: July 23, 2018 7:55 am

Canadians encouraged to register for Parks Canada’s popular Learn-to Camp program

July 23, 2018                          Peterborough, Ontario                    Parks Canada Agency

Parks Canada’s Learn-to Camp program is a chance for first-time campers to try out a camping experience by learning how to plan and enjoy safe and successful camping trips. Families learn basic camping skills including how to set-up a tent and light a campfire. They also have the opportunity to discover the outdoors through activities such as hiking, photography, bird watching, and star gazing. Camping gear is provided – all that is needed is a sleeping bag!

The Government expanded the Learn-to Camp program to enable more Canadians to connect with nature. In the last year, the Learn-to Camp program has grown from 10,000 participants to over 100,000 participants across the country. The program empowers Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment and heritage through different activities. The Learn-to Camp program is offered at many locations across Canada.

The Learn-to Camp event at the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site of Canada will take place August 11th to 12th in partnership with Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). This Learn-to Camp event will focus on providing skills necessary for first-time campers to feel as confident as possible in their next camping experience. Some examples of the skills participants will learn include: building a fire, setting up a tent, and canoeing. Participants can register by calling 1-844-365-2646. The cost per participant is $44.00 for those aged five and older, $22.00 for 3-5 year old, and FREE for 2 years of age and under. Be sure to bring a sleeping bag, bug spray, sunscreen, pillow, flashlight, hat, sunglasses, plates/bowls/cutlery, running shoes, and weather appropriate clothing.

Developing new and innovative programs and services, like the Learn-to Camp, enables more Canadians, including youth and newcomers, to experience the outdoors and learn about our environment and heritage. The Learn-to Camp program encourages Canadians to visit their national parks and historical places and provides them with the information and means to enjoy them.

During the Canada 150 celebrations last year, millions of Canadians had amazing experiences at Parks Canada’s places across the country. Building on this success, the Government of Canada is celebrating families and the importance of protected areas this year with free admission to Parks Canada’s places for youth, starting in 2018 and beyond. Admission to Parks Canada’s places will also be free for one year for new Canadian citizens. 

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