Nature is lovely, just in small doses. Aside from the odd hour of hiking in the Gatineau Hills, I’m pretty much a city boy. We even bring our Xbox when we rent a cottage!
But Junkii has wanted to try camping for a few years now. I don’t know if I’m up for it, but if it makes him happy…
Where to Start
Of course, we have no equipment. Camping is costly, and we’re certainly not gonna dive right in without first giving it a try to see what all the fuss is about. We have a few friends who have offered to take us camping – to show us the ways of the forest – but a new opportunity has emerged that might be a better starting point than inflicting our complete ignorance of campsite etiquette on knowledgeable friends.
The Ontario government offers first timers like us the opportunity to do an overnight in a provincial park “without hassles or worries.” (Their words, not mine…and yes, I’m skeptical).
For $65 each, Ontario Parks promises new campers an overnight trip, teaching everything you need to know to become confident campers – how to set-up camp, how to build a campfire. They provide most of the equipment (we would supply bedding, personal items, and food to prepare our own meals).
Looks like the nearest session would be at Murphys Point Provincial Park. That’s only about an hour away, not too bad. If the experience becomes absolutely untenable, we can always just drive home. Whatever happens, I’m sure it won’t be as bad as our experience camping in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia
Anyone Wanna Come?
The excursion will be for two days and one night. But with campsites set up for 6 people, we could wind up sharing our site with kids – this program is aimed at families, after all. So if we’re gonna do this, we should start recruiting other first-timers who might be interested in a night of camping.