Camping has changed a lot over the past 50 years, but one thing that has remained the same is the wonderful memories families make together during their outdoor adventures. In Canada’s national parks and other hidden gems including several national historic sites, campers can reserve a variety of accommodations, as basic as a rustic tent-only site, a fully equipped campsite, a roofed accommodation such as an oTENTik, a cabin, or even a tipi.
Seeking a more urban escape? Look no further than the new camping accommodations offered along Ontario’s historic waterways. “Parks Canada has introduced new programs and activities for new and seasoned campers alike,” explains Dale MacEachern, external relations manager for the Ontario Waterways. “The Rideau Canal and Trent Severn Waterway national historic sites are ideal getaways from the hustle and bustle of city life without having to load up on camping gear and refill the gas tank.” This year, the Rideau Canal is adding cabins along its shores for the perfect level of comfort for those travelling through the historic locks by canoe or kayak or if you want to drive just outside of the city for some piece of quiet.
Looking for a cowboy adventure? Visitors can now book their getaway at Grasslands National Park in southern Saskatchewan. This often underrated gem in Canada’s national park system offers one main campground with amenities plus the option of booking one of their four tipis for a truly unique camping experience under the stars.
Dreaming of heading west? Fort Langley National or Fort Rodd Hill national historic sites in British Columbia offer unique settings where you can stay in an oTENTik and immerse your family overnight in Canadian history. “The oTENTiks are definitely a family favourite here,” says Melissa Banovich, manager at Fort Langley National Historic Site. “When the other visitors have left the grounds for the day you really have the run of the place. Kids have so much fun they won’t be asking for screen time while they’re here.”
Willing to take the road less travelled? Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve is well worth the trip. Renowned for its unique islets and reefs, this is truly an out of this world landscape. After being gently lulled to sleep by the soft sounds of the sea, you’ll be ready to explore the region.
More information to find your next adventure is available at www.pc.gc.ca/eng/voyage-travel/reserve.aspx.