Parks Canada Offering ‘Fully Equipped’ Sites
Parks Canada is inviting people to come camping in Banff National Park in Alberta this summer, and like a friend with all the gear, they’re willing to do all the heavy lifting and set up visitors’ campsites, the Calgary Herald reported.
Whether they’re a first-time camper, a visitor who doesn’t want to bring a tent over on the plane, or are just looking for an alternative family vacation, Parks is hoping its $55-a-night, hassle-free alternative will entice visitors to get a little closer to nature by spending the night at one of 10 sites in the Two Jack Main Campground near Banff. Each is equipped with a tent, sleeping pad, cook stove and lantern.
“We’ve already had 20 requests,” said Judy Glowinski, Parks Canada product development specialist, in an interview on Wednesday. “We think this will appeal to baby boomers who may no longer have the gear, and new campers who don’t have gear and may feel more comfortable surrounded by people who are also new (to camping) and can learn along the way.”
It will also intrigue visitors from the U.S. and abroad who don’t want to bring a lot of camping equipment with them, she said. For the rest of their camping needs, participants in the program are told to bring proper clothing, sleeping bags, food and cookware. And, if they don’t have any of that stuff either, Parks Canada has partnered with a local retailer who can rent it to them. They’re even offering a Camping 101 to teach nature newbies to chop wood, light and tend an open fire and other basics.
Across the country, the federal agency is rolling out Equipped Campsites in parks ranging from Pacific Rim on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, to Riding National Park in Manitoba to Georgian Bay Islands in Ontario.
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