Learn-to Camp in Ottawa-Gatineau

The 2022 season is now ended but check back here in May to find out where we will end up next!

Are you interested in going on your first camping trip but don't know where to begin? The Learn-to Camp team has you covered!

In collaboration with MEC, the Parks Canada Learn-to Camp program equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to feel confident in planning and carrying out your first adventure. We'd love for you to come and learn about camping, national parks and historic sites and the outdoors with us!

There are three ways to get your first taste of camping or enhance your skills in taking your outdoor experience to the next level:

Pop-up activities

Free, drop-in activities at convenient locations and festivals throughout Ottawa and Gatineau. Find us along the Rideau Canal National Historic Site, at municipal parks and beaches, and at various other locations in the National Capital Region.


Free workshops to help kids to acquire basic camping skills and learn about outdoor activities. These are presented in collaboration with the Ottawa and the Gatineau public library.

In-person workshops

Offered in a format that respects regional health and safety guidelines.

You can also book a free Learn-to Camp workshop for a school, group or organization. Workshops cover a variety of camping skills and engaging outdoor activities. Please contact Sacha Penner by email sacha.penner@pc.gc.ca for more details.

Overnight Learn-to Camp

Mark your calendars! Registrations for summer 2023 events will reopen in May!

Ready to spend a night under the stars? Join us during one of our overnight experiences, where you will learn everything you need to know to go on your own camping adventure.

Learn-to Camp overnights are family friendly weekend events designed to teach anyone the fundamentals of camping in the great outdoors. You’ll spend Sat afternoon and Sun morning taking part in hands-on workshops such as: how-to pitch a tent, how-to build a campfire, how-to use a campstove and much much more!

Everyone is welcome!

(We provide the tent, foam sleeping pads and campstove.)

Registrations are now closed and will reopen in the spring 2023.

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