Sharing this interesting article by Tony Wong from the Toronto Star:
Tony Wong starts his article by saying that " Asians don't camp (as his mother would say). "We aren't stupid. We know there are bugs and snakes in the woods. Camping is for wealthy folks who have never experienced hardship , so they " make a holiday" , says an 82-year old lady who survived the war by hiding in a rice paddy."
The article continues to say that one quarter of Canadians ( including my family) have never gone on an overnight camping trip but 74% of new Canadians would try it if they go through a "hands on" course. Ontario Parks introduced the Learn of Camp Program in 2011 which they have brought back again this year. For $64, the first time campers sign up for a two day camping course at one of six provincial parks: http://www.ontarioparks.com/learntocamp/. They supply the tent for up to six people and all the supplies for an overnight camping experience. All you need is to bring a sleeping bag and food.
They also share some handy tips for first timers:
- Choose a flat area that's relatively high ground to pitch your tent: A novice camper cousin shares her story how they decided to head out late in the afternoon so it was pitch dark when they got to the campground. Exhausted from the trip, they hastily pitched their tent in the dark and when they finally settled into their sleeping bags, they had difficulty sleeping as they easily rolled at the slightest movement. Too tired to do anything - they went to sleep only to wake up the next morning realizing that they've pitched their tent on the steepest incline of the hill....
- Rectangular bags are the most common and allow most freedom of movement but are not as warm. Mummy bags keep you warmer but are more restrictive
- Duct tape can be your best friend. It can be used to patch a hole in a canoe or repair a tent.
- Bringing your dog may actually end up attracting other wildlife - think bears!!!
HAPPY CAMPING EVERYONE!!!