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Canada’s Best Outdoor Activities

Of all the places in the world for avid travelers to visit looking for amazing outdoor experiences, the entire country of Canada has to be one of best. From mountain ranges, to enormous lakes, to dense forests, there are thousands of locations within Canada’s borders that can make for a truly memorable trip. With that said, I’ll mention just a few of many things you can take part in in the Canadian wilderness.

First, be sure to have a list of all the national parks within your area. There are 37 national parks in the entire country, each consisting of information centers and staff willing to help at any given time. Most of these offer tours around the parks as well, some of which having entrance fees, but others being free. It is important to note that if camping, fishing, or hunting is part of your itinerary, you will need to obtain the necessary permits from the appropriate park center. Once all the necessary paperwork is completed and you are legally permitted to enter the parks, the opportunities are endless.

Hiking is one of the simplest, yet most enjoyable outdoor activities that virtually anyone can do. The parks throughout Canada all have clearly marked paths and trails according to their levels of difficulty. Banff National Park in Alberta for example, has over 1,500 kilometers of hiking trails alone, and with the size of the mountains and lakes surrounding the park, it is one of the most scenic areas in all of Canada.

Of the main hiking areas, the Rockies national parks in Alberta and British Columbia are some of the largest, crossing all four parks of Banff, Jasper, Yoho, and Kootenay. Manitoba consists of plenty of uphill hiking trails, and Ontario has some of the more challenging paths in Algonquin Park and Lake Superior Provincial Park.

If fishing is more up your alley, the lakes and rivers found all throughout the Canadian countryside are abundant with an enormous variety of fish. The colder bodies of water found in the Northwest territories are full of arctic char, while salmon are commonly found throughout the the entire country. As mentioned before, permits are required in their respective areas, and typically cost fees ranging from $15 a day to $30, though annual permits can be bought as well.

For those that wish to have a more relaxing getaway and would prefer camping, British Columbia is home to plenty of stunning parks and campsites able to house hundreds of campers. Cathedral Provincial Park has stunning landscapes that you can hike, or admire from one of the many campgrounds found throughout.

As one of the most visually breathtaking countries in the world, Canada is perfect for travelers who wish to experience the outdoors unlike anywhere else. If a summer trip is in your near future, look into what outdoor area would work best for you, and consider taking part in any of the activities mentioned above.

Planning Your Summer Camping Trip

Where Can You Go Camping This Summer?

With summer approaching, it is time to prepare for a fun camping trip with your friends or relatives. Camping is one of the most popular types of vacations because it is less expensive than staying in a hotel. Also, you get to enjoy nature. There are fantastic destinations for campers, including:

• Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont
• Yosemite National Park in California
• Yellowstone National Park in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming
• Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
• Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina

If these national parks are not close enough to your home for a camping trip, then there are many other locations to choose from, including privately owned campgrounds that charge a fee to pitch a tent or park a recreational vehicle.

Bring Along an Assortment of Camping Gear

Before you go camping, you need to buy a variety of equipment to remain comfortable and safe. Camping gear can also require a lot of specialized packing to prevent damage. Depending on how many individuals are going on your camping trip, you may need a larger vehicle or a trailer to carry the items. Here are the essential things required for a camping trip this summer.

1: Camper or Tents

If you have access to a camper that is large enough for everyone going on your camping trip, then it is easy to fill it with the items needed for sleeping, hiking and cooking. However, if you don’t have a camper, then you will need tents. Fortunately, there are modern tents that are made of lightweight fabric that is also waterproof, making it easier to pack these items in a cargo area of your automobile. Make sure to have all of the stakes and poles required for setting up each tent.

2: Sleeping Bags and Soft Pads

You should have a sleeping bag for each person on your camping trip, and make sure to select varieties that are the right size. It is also a good idea to have a soft pad to put underneath each sleeping bag in order to have a good night’s sleep.

3: Waterproof Tarps

Pack waterproof tarps to put on the ground or underneath a tent to avoid having wet sleeping bags and clothing. Choose tarps that are durable but easy to roll into cylinders so that you can find the items quickly as soon as you arrive at a campground.

4: Pillows For Each Camper

It is an excellent idea to pack small pillows for your camping trip. If you don’t have a pillow, then you will probably find it difficult to sleep, and you may end up with a stiff neck in the morning.

5: Backpacks

If you plan to go hiking while camping, then make sure to have a backpack for each person on the trip. Choose waterproof backpacks that are made of durable but lightweight fabric, and make sure to select backpacks that are the right size for a hiker.

6: Camping Stove

There won’t be any restaurants at a campground, so you must bring along a camping stove along with the right type of fuel and matches. In most cases, campgrounds no longer permit building a fire with wood, but if it is permitted, then you might need to pack your own logs or wood pellets.

7: Food and Water

Learn if the campground has safe drinking water, and if it doesn’t, then you will need to bring along enough bottles of water for each person for several days. In addition, you will need water for washing dishes, cups or utensils, and if you want to bathe or wash clothing, then you will need huge containers of water for those purposes. If you don’t have a camper with a refrigerator, then you must pack a lot of food that won’t spoil.