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Helping First-Time Campers

McGuinty Government Encourages Ontarians To Experience Great Outdoors

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 will now 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 will also be piloted in the following Northern Ontario provincial parks:

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.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is home to over 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.

Additional Resources


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

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Natural Resources

“Programs like Learn to Camp encourage Ontarians to fully enjoy our stunning provincial parks. 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.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Media Contacts

  • Media calls only: Maya Gorham

    Minister's Office


  • Media calls only: Media Desk

    Communications Services Branch




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