Learn to camp part of Parks celebrations

Camping, once known as the Canadian pastime, has been on the decline as the population has grown, which causes people to be uncomfortable with a holiday in the woods. In an effort to improve Canadian camping and in honour of the 100th birthday of Parks Canada, the national parks service of Canada has included the Learn to Camp program in its Centennial Celebration activities.

To celebrate 100 years with Parks Canada, they invite Canadians to take part in the natural wonders they have been working to protect for the last century.

One of the Learn to Camp programs will be hosted at Fort Camping, on Brae Island in Fort Langley. The national day for Learn to Camp is Saturday, June 18.

The program provides space for 100 people to introduce them to the camping experience in the safety of an urban environment, with staff on-site to teach participants how to enjoy camping and camping-related activities, and learn how to plan a safe and fun trip in the future.

The program will bring together young people, urban citizens and new citizens for a chance to get back to nature and experience camping in a friendly environment.

The Parks Canada Centennial celebrations begin Thursday, May 19, with a special announcement from Canada’s capital region.

For more about the centennial celebrations go to www.pc.gc.ca/progs/celebrations/index.aspx.