For many people, an evening campfire is the best part of camping.
- Most Parks Canada campsites have fire pits or metal fireboxes for your campfire. You may only build a campfire in a designated fire pit when camping in a Parks Canada location.
- Always check if there’s a fire ban
- Keep your fire small and under control. Never leave a fire unattended.
- Make sure your fire is completely out before you go to bed at night or leave your campsite
Transporting firewood may seem harmless, but it can lead to the spread of pests such as insects, plants, and diseases
Some Parks Canada administered sites may have rules against bringing in firewood. Contact the location you are visiting to find out what’s allowed.
Protecting Canada’s forests is a shared responsibility. Here’s how you can help:
- Buy firewood at or near where you will use it.
- Leave any unused firewood on site.
- Don’t judge by sight. Just because you can’t see pests doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Insects, insect eggs, and fungal spores are easy to miss.
How to light a fire
- Crumple paper into balls and place it in the firepit.
- Pile kindling around the balls to make a teepee shape
- Light the paper and wait for the kindling to catch fire.
- Add bigger pieces of wood. Don’t add too fast! A fire needs oxygen to burn.
- Once your fire is going, sit back and relax.
- Add wood to the fire as needed.
- Always keep a water bucket nearby in case of emergencies, or to douse the fire when you are done. Make sure it is completely extinguished before you leave your campsite.
Never started a campfire before?
Watch the following video and you’ll be roasting marshmallows in no time!
How-to start a campfire
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Parks Canada staff tip
Want to make sure the chocolate in your s’mores melts? Try pre-assembling your s’mores, wrapping them in tin foil and placing them near the fire!
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