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Program aimed at first-time campers

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Ontario is helping more first-time campers experience the great outdoors by expanding its “Learn to Camp” program in provincial parks across the province.

Murphys Point, Six Mile Lake, and The Pinery provincial parks now will offer “Learn to Camp,” in addition to Bronte Creek, Darlington, and Sibbald Point, which all offered the program last year.

A new travelling “Learn to Camp” program also will be piloted in the following Northern Ontario provincial parks:

  • Rushing River (near Kenora);
  • Sleeping Giant and Kakabeka Falls (near Thunder Bay);
  • Lake Superior (near Wawa);
  • Halfway Lake and Grundy Lake (Sudbury area); and
  • Pancake Bay (near Sault Ste. Marie).

The “Learn to Camp” program teaches the ins and outs of camping by providing hands-on experience for a number of important tasks, like setting up a campsite, using a camp stove, and building a fire.

Overnight camping sessions or community information sessions can be booked online at ontarioparks.com/learntocamp

“The ‘Learn to Camp’ program is a great way to gain some confidence and learn some new skills that will allow you to get outdoors and enjoy the vast natural resources of this province,” said Natural Resources minister Michael Gravelle.

“Camping in an Ontario Park will be an experience you’ll never forget.”

“Programs like ‘Learn to Camp’ encourage Ontarians to fully enjoy our stunning provincial parks,” echoed Tourism minister Michael Chan.

“Blessed with a natural beauty, Ontario offers exciting outdoor experiences that attract residents and visitors alike to discover why Ontario is a place to explore and a place to experience,” he added.

Ontario is home to more than 300 provincial parks, which received almost 10 million visits in 2011—an increase of 50,000 visits from the year before.

One-in-four Ontarians have never gone on an overnight camping trip.

Ontario Parks brought in almost $63 million in revenue in 2011, which was re-invested in our provincial parks program and supported jobs and businesses all across the province.

Camping reservations can be made up to five months in advance of the arrival date by booking online at OntarioParks.com/welcome or calling the park reservation line at 1-888-ONT-PARK.

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