Sat. Mar 2nd, 2024
So there is a fire ban.  Now what?

Today’s post comes from Meg Bethune, Assistant Naturalist at Killbear Provincial Park.

Campfires are an iconic part of any camping trip. Whether you’re toasting marshmallows and sausages, or just chatting with friends, the memories made in the flickering glow of the fire are the ones we hold dear to our hearts.

So what happens when a fire ban hinders one of our favorite camping traditions?

Staff and caravan by the campfire.A combination of warm weather and minimal rainfall has led to extreme fire risks in some parts of the province. As a result, several parks have implemented fire bans to protect the natural environment and ensure the safety of our park visitors.

(Pst! Even if your park isn’t prohibited, practicing good campfire safety is a must. Here are some tips!)

While fireside traditions may have been hindered, the fire ban is the perfect opportunity to get creative and accommodate new camping traditions.

Activities to try during a fire ban:

watch the sunset

Find a place to watch the sunset and enjoy the show.

silhouettes by the lake

Go to an evening program at the amphitheater.

Many parks have interpretive programs where you can learn about the park’s special features from expert naturalists.

look for moths

Grab a flashlight and take a night walk in search of all the interesting species of moths that can be found. Moths are attracted to bright lights, so venture around the park and see how many different species you can identify.Killbear tree with stars.

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Treat yourself to an ice cream cone

It’s too hot to sit by the fire anyway. Why not cool off with an ice cream from the park shop?

go stargazing

Grab some blankets and head down to the beach to gaze at the beautiful night sky.

Instead of seeing the fire ban as a hindrance to the camping experience, use it as an opportunity to try some new activities.

Who knows, you might end up adding these new activities to your list of regular camping traditions!

Not sure if your park is under a fire ban? Please check our alerts page for the most up-to-date information.