Best Canadian Camping Blogs

B.C. hiker Taryn Eyton runs the fantastic site Happiest Outdoors, which is a great resource for all your backpacking questions and inspiration. Her first book, Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia was just as it is described… ‘a one-stop resource for backpackers’ and now she has released her second book, Backpacking... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-22
By Traversing
If you’re looking for something to occupy your kiddo on the drive to the campsite (or at the campsite itself), check out this great colouring pages… Here’s a nice camping related one from REI. It’s available in both a printable .PDF and a .png for colouring on digital devices. Parks... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-22
By Traversing
The 2024 Ottawa Outdoor & Adventure Travel Show is April 20th and 21st at the Nepean Sportsplex. See presenters and vendors in the following areas… Canoeing and kayaking Whitewater in rafts, canoes and kayaks, SUPs Camping and Expedition Trip experts Hiking & Trekking Outdoor Clubs Wilderness Survival skills, gear and... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-22
By Traversing
Welcome to Campark, where family adventures come alive amidst the breathtaking scenery of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Camping with children offers a unique opportunity to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life and reconnect with nature and loved ones. In this blog, we’ll delve deeper into the experience... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-18
By Campark Blog
Swedish tool maker Hultafors has announced a new versatile axe that can handle a wide range of challenges during a day in the forest. The Dvardala Hunting and forest axe (Made at Hults Bruk) features… Hand forged from Swedish carbon dioxide neutral axe steel. Semi-straight edge with a Scandinavian grind... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-17
By Traversing
Campsite reservations for Northwest Territories Parks are opening this Friday, April 16th, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. MST. In conjunction with the opening day you will also get to try their new user-friendly reservation system. If you’re planning on booking a site on opening day (be sure to check out the... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-17
By Traversing
Nova Scotia Parks recently announced that it is going to add 15 news parks while also expanding two more. These designations of Crown land will put the Province more than halfway to its commitment of having 205 provincial parks, part of the parks and protected areas plan. “Nova Scotia is... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-17
By Traversing
After an unseasonably warm Spring, Ontario Parks has opened Algonquin Provincial Park’s backcountry for the 2024 camping season. Ordinarily the backcountry is closed until things dry up a little after the Spring thaw. It was originally scheduled to be off limits March 31st to May 2nd however this year surprises... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-17
By Traversing
Not sure about using GPS on your next canoe trip? Bill Swift from Swift Canoe has a chat with Ted about how far technology has come and some great tips about using GPS technology while canoe tripping.... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-17
By Traversing
It may be an older book, but The Forest by author Stewart Edward White is an interesting book about the great outdoors. 'The Forest' by Stewart Edward White is an enrapturing read that will transport you to the wilderness and inspire you to explore it. With engaging stories and practical... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-17
By Traversing
Close your eyes and imagine: your face flush with your first dose of spring sunshine your ears are filled with the beautiful songs of migrating birds your nervous system soothed by the rhythm of waves on the shoreline Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Here are our top ten reasons to try... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-15
By Parks Blog » Camping
Looking to try a different style of camping at Quetico Provincial Park? Perhaps you’re craving a step up from tent camping or longing to try an entirely different style of Ontario Parks’ roofed accommodation units. Well then, let us introduce you to Quetico’s camping pods and let the glamping begin!... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-15
By Parks Blog » Camping
If you’ve ever watched the slow paced/real-time documentaries TRIPPING The Bruce (you can watch the entire TRIPPING the Series episodes online) you will be excited to know that TRIPPING The French River is coming April 21st at 8 p.m. The documentary takes viewers for a 110-kilometre paddle in a cedar... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-12
By Traversing
PEI Provincial Parks will open camping reservations for the 2024 season on April 24th starting 9 a.m. Choose from… Brudenell River Provincial Park - June 7th to October 13th, 2024 Panmure Island Provincial Park - June 7th to September 28th, 2024 Northumberland Provincial Park - June 7th to October 5th,... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-12
By Traversing
Yukon Parks is opening 13 of their Territorial parks and campgrounds on April 10th, 2024 at 9 a.m.. May Campsites are open May 3rd to September 30th. Choose from… Marsh Lake Pine Lake Wolf Creek Tombstone Mountain Fees for 2024 are $18 per campsite, per night. If you’re not sure... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-12
By Traversing
Smartwool is continuing their Second Cut Project for another year in 2024 giving you a chance to recycle your used hiking socks to save them from heading to the landfill. Bring any brand of sock (as long as they are clean!) to a partner store, or print off your own... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-10
By Traversing
MSR has issued a voluntary safety recall of select cook pots as the pot handle can come loose or disengaged, potentially spilling contents, including hot liquids, and creating a burn hazard (22,320 were sold in Canada). If you have a MSR Trail Lite or a Reactor camping cooking pots, (sold... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-10
By Traversing
Welcome to Niagara Falls, where the roar of the falls meets the tranquility of prime fishing spots. Nestled in Ontario’s natural beauty, Niagara Falls offers anglers an unforgettable fishing experience amidst serene rivers, lakes, and streams. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or casting your first line, this region provides an... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-09
By Campark Blog
View Print Version Create Lifelong Friendships at Camp An excellent way for kids to spend their summer break is at summer camp. It is not only a fun and exciting experience, but it also has many advantages for their development. Summer camp is an excellent place for children to make... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-08
By Camp Abegweit Blog
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Published on: 2024-04-06
By Camp Abegweit Blog
Just spotted a GSI Outdoors Camp Kitchen Kit at Costco (April, 2024). It’s listed for $69.99 on Costco.ca but it is $59.99 in person. This 24-piece set includes four cutlery sets, folding tools, a cutting board, utility knife, spice shakers, and much more. Weighing in at just under 2 pounds,... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-06
By Traversing
Picture yourself portaging down a technical portage, you weren’t paying attention to the back end of the canoe when all of the sudden… clunk! The stern endcap struck a rock and the reverberation rings in your ears. We hate it too, so we have an announcement that will fix the... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-01
By Traversing
Driving to Alaska is a grand road trip and a bucket list adventure for some. For travelers from the lower 48 states, that are camping along the way, Riverbend Campground is a popular stop. For those brave travelers, we encourage you to read on. Be Prepared In the past we... Read more
Published on: 2024-04-01
By Riverbend Campground Blog
With a bag so bright, there’s no forgetting this behind! Bill Ostrom from Ostrom Outdoors has always been a bit of a tinkerer. Put a good problem in front of him and he will continuously work away at it until he feels he has the problem licked. He’s been synonymous... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-26
By Traversing
Planning an outdoor adventure is an exciting endeavor. Whether you’re opting for tent camping, RV camping, or cabin rentals, proper preparation is key to ensure a comfortable and memorable experience. In this comprehensive camping checklist, we’ll guide you on what to bring for each type of accommodation, taking into account... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-24
By Campark Blog
The most recent episode of the Trailmark Podcast came out with a wonderful interview with Jeffery McMurtrie of Maps by Jeff. The Trailmark Podcast is your guide to captivating stories from trailblazers who redefine adventure and resilience. Join us as we explore the extraordinary journeys and unique trailmarks left by... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-24
By Traversing
Manitoba Parks is once again offering staggered dates for camping reservations to help elevate the backlog on opening day. The Manitoba parks reservation service will accept bookings in five phases: April 8th at 7 a.m. for all cabins, yurts and group-use areas; April 9 at 7 a.m. for campsite reservations at... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-24
By Traversing
Maps by Jeff creator Jeff McMurtrie is bringing his collection of maps to MEC Burlington this weekend (March 23rd & 24th, 2024) and will be happy to answer any of your camping and canoeing questions! Catch him there 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-22
By Traversing
To prevent the spread of whirling disease, all waterbodies in Yoho and Kootenay national parks are closed to watercraft and angling until March 31st, 2025. Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta is also restricting non-motorized watercraft from outside of the park’s boundaries. This closure is necessary to protect vulnerable fish... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-22
By Traversing
There is a growing interest in learning more about Indigenous history and culture and which has lead to a significant growth in Indigenous Tourism. Riverbend Campground is an excellent base for a your family’s discovery adventure. A camping staycation has become an extremely popular way to continue creating family memories.... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-21
By Riverbend Campground Blog
Within this hardcover book by Chris Nuttall-Smith (celebrated journalist, food writer, and critic, as well as a Top Chef Canada resident judge) is a whole smorgasbord of inspiration for your next adventure! You’ll be guided through every step of the way on your camping trip meal plan from gear selection,... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-19
By Traversing
The 2024 special edition of the Recreational Barrel Works Happy Camper Tripper Canoe Pack will go on sale Wednesday, March 20th at 10 a.m. There are only 100 of them manufactured, so be ready to place your order as the last special edition pack sold out within a day! Built... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-16
By Traversing
Every year Garmin releases a look behind the scenes into the inReach SOS data and some of the interesting figures behind that. inReach devices are used by adventurers and commuters alike all over the world as they utilize the Iridium® satellite network and an SOS can be triggered globally. Garmin Response... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-14
By Traversing
When planning your outdoor adventure in the stunning Niagara Falls region, one of the key decisions you’ll face is selecting the right accommodation. Campark, located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, offers a range of options, each with its own unique appeal. In this blog, we’ll compare the different types of... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-13
By Campark Blog
Click here to view the 21st issue of our Kamp Kiwanis Newsletter, “The Wood Kookie.”... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-13
By Kamp Kiwanis Blog
Parks Canada recently released a brand new backcountry planning guide to help you plan your next trip to Fundy National Park in New Brunswick. Are you planning to hike New Brunswick’s largest trail system with soaring coastal views, the highest tides in the world and the diverse Acadian Forest? Come... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-12
By Traversing
Parks Canada recently released a brand new backcountry planning guide to help you plan your next trip to Fundy National Park in New Brunswick. Are you planning to hike New Brunswick’s largest trail system with soaring coastal views, the highest tides in the world and the diverse Acadian Forest? Come... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-09
By Traversing
Frost River took off the wraps on a brand new pack today, the Northstar Expedition Pack. This pack has three exterior pockets, two slip pockets, extra-long flap straps, lash squares, and more. Crafted with a deep appreciation for the natural beauty and rugged landscapes of Minnesota, the Frost River Northstar... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-07
By Traversing
After the fun announcement yesterday about red food barrels, check out the photos sent in by Christopher Morris from a a trip to the Thlewiaza River in Manitoba a couple summers ago! Want to learn more about green barrels? Check out a brief history of the iconic food barrel from author... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-05
By Traversing
Excessive noise. Transporting firewood. Have you ever wondered why certain rules exist? Thought, research, and science go into the laws and policies that cover provincial parks and conservation reserves. And it helps to understand the rationale. Today, we’re sharing the logic behind a few of the rules our visitors ask... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-05
By Parks Blog » Camping
Recreational Barrel Works has a twist on an old classic… red food barrels are now available in both 30L and 60L options. This barrel features an air-tight plastic lid, a metal locking closure and two sturdy plastic folding handles. Check out the available harnesses to tackle any portage. 30L The RBW... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-04
By Traversing
U.K. authors Jen and Sim Benson are about to release a new book about camping (March 28th, 2024). Slow down. Simplify. Sleep with your ear to the earth. This is the ultimate guide to the art and joy of living outdoors, under canvas. Whether it's a fast-and-light backpacking adventure, a... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-04
By Traversing
Canoe builder and author David Gidmark has released a new edition of his book Birchbark Canoe: Living Among the Algonquin. Discover the dying art of birchbark canoe building as seen through the eyes of someone who is passionate about it. In this book David Gidmark tells the story of the... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-04
By Traversing
If you ever purchased one of the maps from Unlostify or Jeff’s Maps and wish you had a digital copy, well you’re in luck! Jeff has set up a new website to let you access those maps that might have been lost to the ages. Head over to digital.mapsbyjeff.com and... Read more
Published on: 2024-03-02
By Traversing
Drop by your local newsstand and pick up the Spring 2024 issue of Explore magazine. In this issue.... The Paddling Issue Best canoe routes Whitewater tips & tricks New paddling gear Take your kids outdoors (they really need it) How to be a better traveller 10 amazing benefits of nature Canada’s adventure guides... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-29
By Traversing
Beyond the iconic falls and the bustling tourist scene, Niagara offers a serene side that beckons those in search of relaxation and rejuvenation. From peaceful retreats and scenic escapes to delightful activities, several factors make Niagara Falls a haven for those seeking solace and serenity. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast,... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-24
By Campark Blog
Over on Kickstarter is a campaign for the Ouroboros Carabiner Clip to create a sturdy clip that will hold up to 25kg. They are looking to raise $1,790 (and have already well exceeded it) by March 15th, 2024 in order for the project to continue. The clip is… made from... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-24
By Traversing
If you’re thinking of heading to this year’s Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show, why not save yourself a few dollars off tickets by using promo code: Traverse24 Hope to see you there and be sure to check out the list of guest speakers!... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-24
By Traversing
Outdoor adventurer Jim Baird has launched a new podcast called Baird Country where he chats with other well-known outdoors people, entrepreneurs and inspiring individuals. You can catch it on Spotify and YouTube.... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-24
By Traversing
Reservations are now available at three popular BC Parks backcountry campgrounds to help better plan camping trips. Campsites can now be reserved four months in advance of the arrival date at: Porcupine Campground in Mount Assiniboine Park: reservations open Feb. 21, 2024, for arrivals starting June 21. Kicking Horse Campground... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-24
By Traversing
If you’re looking for a new canoe, H2O Canoes have released a buyer’s guide for 2024 that showcases all of their canoes and customizable options. Stay connected with H2O by following them on Facebook and Instagram.... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-24
By Traversing
Stohlquist who has been making whitewater, recreational, fishing and touring PFDs as well as wetsuits for over 40 years will be closing down operations shortly. Stohlquist’s parent company Aqualung (who purchased them in 2004) was recently purchased by $347+ billion global investment manager Barings which in turn sparked Aqualung to... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-22
By Traversing
"Did You Know?" is a new series starting in March that will help inform you about the camp experience.... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-17
By Camp Abegweit Blog
After some pretty enticing new tech was teased earlier this month by Swift Canoe for 2024, you can now see the entire lineup of new canoes and kayaks in their latest video…... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-17
By Traversing
Ostrom Outdoors has announced a brand new 37L day pack called the Aurora. Go from the portage trail to Peru with this 37L top-loading day pack. The Aurora is a perfect carry with your canoe or as a kid’s portage pack. Love to travel? It fits most airlines' carry-on luggage... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-17
By Traversing
Alberta Parks has announced that it has moved the camping reservation system from the old site reserve.alberta.parks.ca, to the new one shop.albertaparks.ca while kicking off the 2024 camping season. The new site is a clean start for your camping history so don’t forget to log in before February 18th to... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-17
By Traversing
Fircom’s Annual General Meeting will take place on April 10th, 2024, and we are looking for skilled and compassionate people to join our Board. As a member of the Board of Directors, you will have the opportunity to be part of strategic planning, decision-making, and contribute with your skills, expertise,... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-16
By Camp Fircom Blog
Today’s post comes from Layna Lubimiv, Head Park Naturalist at MacGregor Point Provincial Park.  Did you know MacGregor Point was one of the first provincial parks to offer winter camping? What started as a seasonal extension of a few roofed accommodations has evolved into a great destination for any winter lover.... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-15
By Parks Blog » Camping
The Original Bug Shirt just announced new toques available in either black and grey… Even if the bugs aren't out, we still have you covered.  Both styles of toque are made of a 100% acrylic knit and are super comfortable, with the ladies style toque having a satin lining. These... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-15
By Traversing
Campsite reservations for New Brunswick Provincial Parks open tomorrow on February 13th, 2024. Welcome to February! Let's forget about these cold temperatures and start thinking about campfires, beach days and summer fun. It's time to start planning your New Brunswick adventure with Parks New Brunswick! Stay connected with Parks New... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-15
By Traversing
In a world where progress often comes at the expense of the environment, there are sanctuaries of natural wonder that stand as timeless testaments to the beauty and power of the Earth. Among these, none commands as much awe as Niagara Falls. The thundering cascade of water, the mist that... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-13
By Campark Blog
Haliburton Paddle Shop (new website launching soon!) (Haliburton, Ontario) just showed off their brand new logo and new direction for 2024… You may have noticed something new pop up on your feed! A new logo! #pry #draw #jstroke #pi First off, A heartfelt thank you to Haliburton Forest & Wildlife... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-13
By Traversing
Canoecopia, the largest paddlesports consumer event in the world is being held on March 8th to 10th, 2024. Have a look at the great lineup of presenters (will be announced any day now) and exhibitors. With over 100 presentations and clinics, Canoecopia is also an educational event where you can... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-13
By Traversing
Surrounded by shining waters and cloaked in towering pines, Finlayson Point Provincial Park lies just south of the Village of Temagami. Sharing a shoreline with the Lake Temagami Skyline Preserve, a protected ring of pine forest that surrounds the lake, Finlayson Point provides visitors with access to Temagami — a... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-10
By Parks Blog » Camping
Recreational Barrel Works has taken the wraps off some new gear that they have been working on for 2024. Coureur 2-Part Canoe Pack (Heritage Series) Part of the Heritage line of packs the Coureur Canoe Pack – Single (52L) is a rectangular shaped pack that sits low in your canoe.... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-08
By Traversing
Kevin Callan has teamed up with Recreational Barrel Works to release another special edition of their canoe pack. Funds from this limited edition pack will help out Camp Outlook. It should come out mid-March and cost $129.95.... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-08
By Traversing
We welcome you to join us on site March 8-10, 2024 for our annual Spring Volunteer Weekend!  *Registration Required*Registration Opens February 7 at 7pm.(link provided below) This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with others, enjoy time in nature, and eat delicious meals! A campfire on Saturday evening (complete with S'mores!) will also... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-07
By Camp Fircom Blog
Eighteen years ago, during our first visit to Killarney, as I was chasing our eighteen-month-old son around the park, I stumbled upon the La Cloche Silhouette Trail sign. Looking at it, I wondered what it would take to walk 100 kilometres. What kind of gear do you need to bring?... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-04
By Gone Camping Blog
Well it's Groundhog Day... again. The fate of our outdoor adventures rests in the hands of our Canadian ace weather predictors, Wiarton Willie, Shubenacadie Sam, Balzac Billy and Manitoba Merv. What are you hoping for? Six more weeks of Winter camping or early Ice-Out conditions? “Okay campers, rise n’ shine &... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-02
By Traversing
If you didn’t get a chance to head to this year’s Toronto Boat Show to see Swift Canoe unveil their newest products and tech, then definitely check out this video…... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-02
By Traversing
Hilleberg the Tentmaker released a questions and answers video with founders Bo and Renate Hilleberg as well as current CEO (and their daughter) Petra Hilleberg… Stay connected with Hilleberg by following them on Facebook and Instagram.... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-02
By Traversing
Saskatchewan Parks announced the opening dates for campsite reservations for 2024. Starting Monday, April 1st and running until the 9th you will be able to book at various locations across the province starting at 7 a.m. each morning. “Camping continues to be an affordable vacation option for Saskatchewan residents and... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-01
By Traversing
Ever since Jeff McMurtrie finally took the wraps off his new Algonquin map series, he’s been in high demand. Here’s a few of the upcoming speaking opportunities he has to share tale about his map making skills and adventuring in general… Wilderness Canoe Association - Wednesday, January 31st, 2024 Now... Read more
Published on: 2024-02-01
By Traversing
Canoecopia, the largest paddlesports consumer event in the world is being held on March 8th to 10th, 2024. Have a look at the great lineup of presenters (will be announced any day now) and exhibitors. With over 100 presentations and clinics, Canoecopia is also an educational event where you can... Read more
Published on: 2024-01-30
By Traversing
2023 DONORS - WE APPRECIATE YOU! To all the organizations and individuals who donated to Camp Fircom in 2023, you truly are difference makers! 2023 was an amazing year on our steady yet winding path to financial recovery, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible support we received... Read more
Published on: 2024-01-27
By Camp Fircom Blog
The Province of Alberta has announced that it has created two new parks in northern Alberta and modified 18 others to add more than 1,400 hectares to the provincial park system. Both Kleskun Hills Provincial Park and La Biche Provincial Recreation Area are being created from previously purchased private land.... Read more
Published on: 2024-01-27
By Traversing
With such a short winter it’s nice to see Kevin head out with buddy Tim Foley for some hot tenting and some good hearty meals…... Read more
Published on: 2024-01-27
By Traversing
Nestled on the border between the United States and Canada, this iconic natural wonder is not only a testament to the raw power of nature but also an exquisite backdrop for crafting unforgettable moments with a loved one. As the cascading waters paint a picture of eternal beauty, the mist-infused... Read more
Published on: 2024-01-26
By Campark Blog
Did you know that you can reserve your campsite or roofed accommodation up to five months in advance of your arrival date? You can book online (and even see a sneak preview of your campsite) or by calling the Ontario Parks reservation line, 1-888-ONT-PARK (Canada & USA). These are our top... Read more
Published on: 2024-01-25
By Parks Blog » Camping
If you’re a summer camping enthusiast, you may be keen to put your skills to the test in a different season. Winter in our parks is a beautiful time. It’s quiet and still. The air is clean. And everything is covered in fresh snow. Here are some tips for a... Read more
Published on: 2024-01-25
By Parks Blog » Camping
Update: This hike is at full capacity. Please e-mail BackTrails if you wish to be added to the waiting list if a spot opens up, and for updates on future events similar to this! BackTrails in New Brunswick is hosting a guided 5 km snowshoe hike on Sunday, February 4th... Read more
Published on: 2024-01-24
By Traversing
Bill Swift gives a sneak peek into some of the fun updates that will be coming out this year in Swift Canoe’s lineup of paddle craft.... Read more
Published on: 2024-01-24
By Traversing
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