Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Picking a camp site

Picking a camp site

Tim Allard



            This article is about where to camp, how to pick a campsite and how to book a campsite.  There are all different kinds of campsites.  Some campgrounds offer different amenities like electricity, showers, running water, beaches, swimming pools, and playgrounds for kids.  Some campgrounds like Presqu’ile are good for wildlife viewing and Silent Lake’s trails offer mountain biking.  There are provincial parks and private campgrounds both offer great campsites.   You can reserve your campsite over the phone or over the internet.  You usually want to reserve a spot early especially for long weekends.  Depending on what activities you plan on doing this will help you determine what kind of campsite you need.  If you need water access in case you want to canoe or fish, etc. you will want to choose a campsite with water access.  If you plan to do lots of swimming you may want a site closer to the beach. 

            The article also gives some advice about once you arrive at your campsite how to set it up.  For example choosing where to place you tent upon high ground and your cooking area should not be too close to your tent.  When I go camping next time the suggestions in this article will help me a lot about where to place my tent, how to prepare the site like removing rocks, twigs, etc. and anything that would damage the tent bottom or make for a lumpy sleeping.  This article has inspired me to do more research on picking a campsite and it makes me want to go camping in the future.  This is changing my behaviour so instead of leaving the decision entirely up to my parents I can influence the choice by doing research on campgrounds.


Tim Allard.  Picking a camp site” Ottawa Outdoors. SPECIAL EDITION: The Outdoor & Adventure Travel Show.  Page 45




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