Fifty-four New Canadians had the time of their lives in the third annual Learn-to-Camp program staged by Parks Canada last weekend.
With help from both Parks Canada and MEC staff, participants learned how to set up a tent at the Loop Brook campground, use a camp stove and light a campfire as well as important safety skills including bear safety, fire safety and how to prepare for a hike.
The families and individuals who originated all over the world, then spent the weekend using their new camping skills. Participants also had the opportunity to experience Glacier National Park’s significant natural and cultural heritage first-hand with Parks Canada interpreter-led hikes, story-telling, songs and games. As the weekend wound up, many participants, inspired by their experience, inquired about options to camping on their own, which is one of the main points of the program.
The Learn-to Camp event is offered each year by Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks in a different location. Building on the success of last year’s Learn-to Camp event in Mount Revelstoke National Park, this year’s event highlighted Glacier National Park’s unique history and natural environment.
The program gives visitors, primarily urban families and new Canadians, the opportunity to learn skills that will help them be more comfortable with and interested in pursuing outdoor activities on their own.
MEC is a major partner in the program and helps facilitate activities and provide gear for Learn-to Camp in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks. Kamloops Immigration Services and Kelowna Immigration Services were also involved in this year’s program.
Here are some photos from the event that we hope you’ll enjoy: