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Tips for finding the perfect campsite

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Tips for finding the perfect campsite

Who doesn’t have fond memories of camping with their family? Marshmallows roasted over an open fire, while sitting under a star-filled sky and laughing about the day’s events. Camping is such a great way for families and friends to get out and have fun—and the best trips start with the perfect campsite.

Now, ask a seasoned camper what makes the perfect basecamp and they’re sure to tell you that the ideal spot will let you enjoy your surroundings, but keep you safe.
To find the perfect campsite, consider these tips:

Be a good boy scout or girl guide

Want to find the perfect campsite? Then start your search at home. By going online, you can usually find campsite maps, park amenities, and even availability. A few good websites include GORVing, Camping-Canada, and CampCanada. Also, read the written reviews or talk to friends—there’s nothing better than first-hand knowledge about a site.

Book early

Once you’ve got a few spots in mind, call or email the camp office. Some campsites get pre-booked six months in advance, so they key to getting a the perfect spot is to plan and book early. Most campsites will require an arrival date, a potential departure date and a reservation deposit, typically through a credit card. While booking your site, remember to ask about the campground’s amenities and what the popular activities are in the area—such as hiking or fishing.

Scan the campground

Many campers will arrive early in the day so they can drive through the campgrounds and look for the ideal spot. They want a spot with a scenic view and that’s relatively flat. That way you can pitch your tent or park your RV and still take in the lake or valley view. For safety sake, remember not to set up your tent or RV at the base of a cliff, where loose or falling rock can fall from above. 

Also, avoid setting up under a dead tree that has not fallen, or under a lone-tree that could become a magnet for lightning during a thunderstorm. If possible, get a spot that’s up a bit higher, that way if it rains, the water will roll away from your tent or RV.

Also, look for natural wind blocks, like large boulders, rocky outcrops, or trees. Setting up here will keep wind at a minimum, so you can spend more time around that campfire. Now, where did those marshmallows go?

Map the amenities

Now that you’ve found the perfect campsite it’s time to figure out where the toilets and showers are and where to get water and take the trash. Remember, you don’t want to be stumbling around in the dark trying to find the toilet, or taking a wrong turn with a bag of garbage in-hand. By finding these amenities now, you can sit back and enjoy the rest of your stay.

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