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Sleeping outdoors on the ground and under the stars connects people to nature in the most natural way. Part of the tent camping experience is selecting your destination and bonding over ‘pitching the tent’ with family or friends, then creating treasured memories.

Anyone can become a tent camper, and whether you are new to this type of set up and/or don’t need an instruction manual, British Columbia has many campgrounds and tent-specific campsites waiting for you to discover.

Nowadays, tents come in various materials, shapes and sizes, whether it be for solo or couples camping or a family affair. Before heading out and setting up your tent it’s best to be prepared. Take the time to plan accordingly to help make it a safe and fun trip – you’re guaranteed to have some great times!

Below are a few tips on the skill of tent camping and how to be a responsible tent camper.

  • Tenting Gear Essentials

    Humans camp to connect with nature but let’s face it, certain necessities help to make for more carefree trips.

    If you are new to the tent camping experience, you and your family may want to borrow or rent some items. Keep this in mind: The more you camp, the less you may need. It’s a common mistake to overpack when you start out.

    Below is a list of suggested items for a well prepared camping excursion – just grab your tent and go!

    TarpSleeping bag(s) and sleeping pad/inflatable mattressPillows (pack comfortable pillows if you are driving in – you won’t regret the decision; double up the pillowcases for extra protection)Headlamp and flashlight (and extra batteries); headlamps for kidsFolding camp chairsCamp table (...
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  • First Aid Tips for Campers

    Important considerations regarding first aid for camping are to be prepared, have a plan and be aware of your surroundings.

    When it comes to first aid kits you can purchase ready-made ones and/or add to a kit or assemble your own. Make sure the kit itself is in or has a waterproof pack and note that most purchased kits in Canada do not come with pharmaceutical products.

    Pack the kit accordingly for where you will be camping, how many campers will be on the trip, and if the kit will be in your backpack (thus a weight consideration). Invest in a first aid booklet and learn basic CPR. The Canadian Red Cross and St. John Ambulance offer a variety of emergency courses, including wilderness first aid.

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  • Tips for Novice Campers

    If you are new to tent camping and RVing, consider yourself inexperienced or haven’t been since you were a child you may be nervous or hesitant about it, particularly if you are trying this as a family.

    Before you decide where to go think about your goals for the trip. Is it simply to figure the camping thing out and spend quality couple or family time together at a campground, or is it also to explore the park surroundings, visit local communities and attractions or to try a new watersport or activity?

    Here are some top camping tips for novices and first-t...

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  • Winter Camping for the Beginner

    Winter can be a magical time to explore British Columbia and try new activities. Thankfully, there are many campgrounds and parks – both private and public – open in the ‘off-season’.

    It’s true that winter camping comes with its own unique challenges and safety considerations for campers and RVers. If heading out in an RV there is winter camping trip prep to follow. For renters, note that a number of RV companies and dealers do rent out motorhomes and units in the winter. Make sure that the RV has double-pane windows, a high efficiency furnace, an interior winter cab blanket and comes with insulated a...

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  • Choosing A Tent

    When deciding on a tent think about your camping needs, what type will best suit you/your family and match your comfort level(s), and the overall practicality of the investment.

    TOP 5 QUESTIONS TO ASK What seasons/weather will you be camping in?How many people will the tent be for?Are you in search of a simple setup or specific features?Will you carry the tent on your back or pack it in a car?Do you need a separate partition and/or gear loft for wet items or handy storage? TYPES OF TENTS

    There are many kinds of tents. Five common ones are:

    Tarp: simple, ultralight single wall tent with bug netting and a floor (some are open to the elements). Recommended for campers who hike and during calm weather.


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  • Deciding Where & When to Tent Camp

    Knowing where you will be tent camping and for how long is essential to help make for a safe outing. Inform friends and family of your exact (or general) location and prep and pack accordingly. Look at the forecast for the days that you will be away and keep in mind that the weather can quickly change in British Columbia, particularly in mountainous locations.

    There are two types of tent camping: frontcountry and backcountry, and camping differs in the areas designated for them.


    Established, serviced campgrounds that you arrive to by car are generally considered to be frontcountry. They are the best choice for new and inexperienced tent campers.

    These campgrounds include: private c...

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  • Setting Up Your Tent Site & Leaving Camp

    Being organized at the campsite will mean fewer problems and more time to relax, unwind and explore. Knowing how to set up your tent before you arrive is a must. Practice at home, watch a video online and have the instructions handy upon arrival at the campsite (some tents will have instructions attached to a flap or printed on the tent bag).

    OK – you have your spot, and you are ready to unload the car and/or backpacks. Now what?

    Setting Up Your Tent Campsite

    Designate areas:

    Tent area: Many campsites have set areas for tents. If not, or if you have room to play with, pick a spot with some shade and try to locate a flat and smooth surface (not at the bottom of a slope where water can collect.) Clear the ground of any rocks and twigs and keep in mind where the tent opening will be and proximity to th...

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  • Camping Etiquette

    Camping is a way to connect with nature, spend quality time with family and friends and allows us to venture to new – or even familiar – surroundings, breathe in fresh air and simply relax. 

    Nevertheless, campers and visitors must adhere to various rules and guidelines while at private and public campgrounds, recreation sites or while hiking and biking on trails and in and on the water.

    It’s called camping etiquette and it’s about being respectful and safe. Your campsite neighbours will appreciate this, and the flora and fauna that surrounds you depends on it.

    Regulations will vary from park to park across British Columbia and Canada. To quote Canada Parks: “Breaking the law in a National Park or National Historic Site can result in consequences including evictions or tickets, or in more serious cases, court appearances and/or large fines....

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