Camper Etiquette

Camper Etiquette

Courtesy of our friends at Camping in Ontario


How To Ensure You and Other Campers Have a Great Experience

Allow others to enjoy their camping trip. Most campers drive for hours and plan far in advance for their camping trips to our beautiful parks and campgrounds. Some of the reasons for going camping are to get away from it all, and spend time with our families breathing the fresh air and taking in the beautiful surroundings. That is why it can be very disappointing to finally arrive at the campground only to have people at other campsites making your trip hard to enjoy. If we all follow these simple guidelines, everyone at the park should be able to have a great camping trip.

  • Do not walk through other campsites, even if it would make it easier to get to washrooms or other park locations. Walking through another person’s campsite is very intrusive and many people will find this offensive.
  • Keep your pet on a leash at all times, it can be a nuisance to have other pets on your campsite when you are trying to relax. Even though you may not feel it is a big deal, not everyone wants your dog running through their campsite.
  • Do pick up after your dog. Nothing spoils a walk more than stepping in dog-do (especially with bare feet). Bring a scoop or plastic bag to pick up and dispose of properly. Special bags can be found at pet supply stores. Some camp stores carry them as well.
  • Always fully extinguish your campfire when sleeping or leaving your campsite. Not only is it dangerous and against most park regulations, but the smoke can become overwhelming when a campfire is not maintained properly.
  • Be thoughtful when using a radio, observe radio-free zones and take the time to ask if the radio is too loud for your campsite neighbors.
  • Minimize noise around the campfire late at night. Although everyone loves sitting around the campfire, if your group stays up late at night, understand that many other campers are trying to sleep.
  • Don’t leave trash at your campsite. The smell alone will bring many visitors while you sleep or when you leave your site for a hike. When found by raccoons or other critters, the noise of them fighting for the food scraps and the fact that they will drag the trash throughout the park make this a nuisance. Take your trash to the park provided garbage bin and recycling containers.
  • Don’t wash your dishes at the water fountain or tap. When filling up your water container at the water tap, no one wants to wait while others wash dishes as that leaves a mess and odour that is unpleasant. Wash dishes on your campsite and dump any remaining waste in the waste vault or park provided location.
  • Keep your fire under control. Although you may enjoy a bonfire, this type of activity can become intrusive and overwhelming to your campsite neighbors. This may also be against park regulations and can become hard to manage.
  • Introduce yourself to your campsite neighbors. There is no better way to start off your camping vacation than to say “hello” and introduce yourself to your campsite neighbors. Knowing your neighbors helps with campsite security while you are away from your site, and may come in handy if you forgot any items at home like sugar or sunblock.

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