You are in the park. You’ve set up your site and can now spend the night relaxing.
You had a long trip and you are relaxing by talking with your friends and listening to music. There’s nothing wrong with that, right?
The park guard enters.
You might be surprised when a park ranger stops by your site to ask you to calm down a bit, but their job is to make sure everyone has a peaceful stay. Noisy campers can irritate your neighbors and park wildlife.
Here are five noisy habits to avoid on your next visit to the park.
1. Not respecting quiet moments
Excessive noise is not permitted at any time and the expectation of quiet increases as night falls.
Many people find that the fresh air and activity in the park put you to sleep quickly. Matching your internal clock to the daily rhythms of sunrise and sunset can improve your physical and mental health. Many campers go to bed early and get up early to hit the trails, hop in the canoe, or find a good spot on the beach.
You may not realize it, however, voices carry much further during the night. Normal daytime conversation will be much louder at night, when most campers have gone to sleep.
Many people go camping to enjoy the peace, tranquility and sounds of nature. Keeping your voice low is the most respectful thing to do. You can still sit together, talk quietly, and enjoy the stars.
2. Early risers
Get up and shine! Some of our campers like to start the day early. This may include music and loud voices.
However, it is important to keep in mind that your fellow campers are on vacation. Some of them may prefer a little peace and quiet in the morning and the opportunity to sleep in.
3. Loud music
“Funky Town” is not so original when you are looking for peace and quiet!
We all have our own musical tastes and some people share them while others don’t. Some people like tunes while camping and others prefer to listen to birdsong.
Camping is about immersing ourselves in nature and getting outdoors, and letting the fresh air and space rejuvenate us.
Of course, listen to music if it helps you enjoy your trip, but keep it low-key. Use headphones/earphones or place the speaker low enough so the music stays in place. Be sure to turn it off once night falls. This includes singing! Some of our visitors have small children who are trying to sleep once the stars come out.
Remember: some areas of the park don’t actually have radios and no audio devices are allowed at all.
4. Dogs that bark
Not even a dog lover wants to hear a dog barking while on vacation!
Make sure your dog is kept from barking, leashed, and under control (especially at night!).
Some campers use generators during their stay. This is most common for campers at sites without electricity and in parks that are “off the grid” and do not have hydropower.
The problem is that generators can be noisy. Considered campers minimize generator time.
Unless prohibited by legislation, generators are permitted in provincial parks; However, they cannot be a source of excessive noise or disturb others at any time.
Ask park staff when you arrive to learn how you can respectfully use your generator.
Well, we know that headlights don’t make noise. But don’t use your headlights to illuminate your campsite at night!
We understand that headlights facilitate the lighting of the entire campsite. However, when you do that, you share your rays with everyone around you.
No one wants to wake up to headlights shining into their tent in the middle of the night!
Have a good time!
Following these simple tips will make your vacation and those of everyone around you great.
Our campgrounds are large outdoor communities of like-minded people looking for a great outdoor experience. Provincial parks were established to provide an environment for peaceful and natural experiences. That’s a perfect combination of people and place!
Camping is fun, relaxing and rejuvenating. Let’s make sure all our friends and neighbors share that sentiment.