Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024
For the love of camping

The crackling of the campfire. The wind wave across the lake. The call of a loon at dusk. The soft cushion of pine needles under your boots.

For many of us, camping strikes a chord. The sounds, sights, and smells of our favorite parks are a balm to our tired minds.

We wish everyone could know the deep satisfaction found in the gentle resistance of water against a paddle, or in the smoky perfection of a meal cooked over a fire.

But unfortunately, not everyone does.


Sharing our love of camping

Many Ontarians have never experienced the joys of camping. Perhaps they have never visited a provincial park, not even for a day.

LTC Selfie with Staff and Campers

That’s why we’re so proud of our Learn to Camp program. In eight years, we have guided more than 22,900 people on their first camping trip. That’s 22,900 people who know how to pitch a tent, prepare dinner on a stove and light a fire.

And we couldn’t have done it without our friends at Coleman Canada.

Our Shared Learn to Camp Story

Since the first Learn to Camp program in 2011, Coleman has been with us every step of the way.

“We arrived at the campsite as a city family and left as campers. The next day we went to look for camping equipment. We love camping now. Thank you for this opportunity. It was an incredible experience.” — participant testimony

Learn to camp

Coleman’s support of Learn to Camp ensures that all program participants have a Coleman tent, air mattress, chair, stove, cutlery, flashlight, and just about anything else you can think of to complete a camping experience. .

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Coleman equipment to learn how to camp

Every spring, a member of the Coleman Canada team joins our staff orientation and teaches our new generation of Learn to Camp leaders everything they need to know about the team.

This is a great program for family and friends to come together and do something new. As new immigrants, this was a wonderful welcome to life in Canada for my family. Thanks to the Learn to Camp program, my family will be camping as an annual family activity. “Wonderful program!!!” — participant testimony

Coleman’s dream

We make a great team.

old lanternFor more than a century, Coleman has helped Canadians rediscover the joy of being outdoors.

It all started with a flash of inspiration in 1900. WC Coleman saw the potential of a new type of lamp and a company was born.

In the 1940s, the Coleman Company designed a stove to be used by soldiers in World War II.

In the decades after the war, Coleman produced stoves, refrigerators, tents and sleeping bags – everything a happy camper needs!

Every year, new innovations aim to make our outdoor adventures even safer, more comfortable and more fun.

A heartfelt thank you

Our Learn to Camp leaders finish each season packed with stories.

A special girl who faced a rainy weekend with a smile that could power GTA. A single mother who started the weekend worried about keeping her little ones safe and ended it brimming with confidence. A brilliant moment around the campfire when a family gathered in nature.

Group of campers in the rain.

We want to thank Coleman Canada for helping create these formative moments for Ontarians and for fostering a love of the outdoors in many of our newest campers.

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Ontario Parks is grateful to corporate partners like Coleman Canada for their support.