While we spend a heckuvalot of time outside, it would be a bit of a stretch to call us a camping sort of family. Lots of our friends are avid tent pitchers and small RV lovers and we LOVE to meet up with them around the campfire, at the beach or on the lake – one of our favorite parts of summer.
This summer we’ve been talking more and more about hitting the bush (well, more like the well-populated and very fun campground) and are working on getting our junk together – which is honestly no small task.
For me, it’s all about finding the great locations. So, I’ve been busy checking out Go Camping BC. There are tons of great places to camp on Vancouver Island. But, if we are going to pay the absolutely ridiculous ferry fees to get over to The Mainland, I’ve got to have at least a mild assurance that our locale will have a significant wow factor. I also loved The Traveling Mom’s post on the best BC family-friendly campgrounds.
After getting the picturesque factor and reservation making out of the way, it becomes about gear. We’ve got a tent, mattresses and some adventurous spirit. I remember seeing a cooler in the garage, some plastic cups and plates. I’m suspecting that isn’t going to cut it.
I am super newby at this and so went the “Please Teach Me as I have know idea what I’m doing” sort of route and found a great How-to over at Parks Canada. Check out their Learn to Camp section for the scoop on gear, tips and more. I loved it even when I actually already knew things.
Since I’m not entirely sure how well this is going to fly with the fam, I appreciated the tip about borrowing gear from friends and getting recommendations from folks about reliable yet reasonably-priced options.
Being fresh to this type of family adventure, we’re definitely going to start out with a few easy test runs including an overnight (or maybe a whole weekend) at Miracle Beach Provincial Park and a TeePee adventure at Horne Lake Provincial Park. We’ll break ourselves in with some fantastic BBQs at the Goose Spit too. I’ve got to get mentally geared up for it.:)
Then, it’s off to the races. While I know we won’t be packing in gear for a back country camp for at least a few years, this is a great way to spend some fun family time outside loving everything that is summer.
Now, off to finish the planning. I can’t wait.