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Backcountry Camping

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Camping Tips
  • Camp in designated areas where provided.
  • Don?t camp near running water, thick brush, animal trails or berry patches.
  • Keep yourself and your campsite odour free.
  • Set up cooking, eating and food storage areas at least 100 metres from your tent.
  • Leave smelly cosmetics at home, store toiletries and personal items with food.
  • Use bear resistant canisters that provide for food and garbage storage.
  • Store your food and garbage away from your tent.
  • Wash and store all dishes immediately after use.
  • Keep sleeping bags, tents and sleeping clothes free of food and food odours.
  • Do not snack in your tent.
  • Pack out your garbage.

Camping Gear Checklist

  • Tent, tarp, sleeping bag and sleeping pad.
  • Cooking equipment, dishes and utensils.
  • Food (bring extra rations).
  • Drinking water, water bottle.
  • Rain jacket.
  • Warm clothing ? long underwear, extra socks, jacket, jeans, sweatshirt.
  • Flashlight (extra batteries)
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Waterproof boots.
  • Map and compass.
  • Waterproof matches.
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses.
  • Towel and face cloth.
  • Biodegradable toiletries.
  • Change of clothing.
  • Gear repair/sewing kit.
  • Pocket Knife, folding shovel.

This is just a basic list of supplies. The type of camping trip and circumstances will be a factor as to what is needed. Be prepared, stay safe and enjoy your outdoor experience.