Fall is a great time to get outside and enjoy the fresh, crisp autumn air! Why not sneak in one last camping trip before winter sets in. The cooler weather means less bugs, less people and more chances to view wildlife, explore nature and see all the amazing colours on the trees.
Camping in the fall can be a fun and beautiful experience as long as you are prepared!
Here is a fall camping checklist to help make your camping trip a success:
- Check the weather – this way you can be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws at you.
- Pack layers – fall weather is known to fluctuate so pack a variety of items such as; water resistant clothing, warm clothing, hats, gloves, extra shoes, and jackets.
- Warm sleeping gear; sleeping bag, foam mattress pad, a heater (make sure it is labeled for INDOOR use).
- Invest in a good tent and test it out before your trip.
- Allow more time for cooking as it gets dark earlier.
- Be ready for an emergency retreat, if something comes up and you need to go and eat out or stay somewhere else for the night.
Some parks close after the summer, while some remain open until Thanksgiving and others may be open all year round. Be sure to check if the park is open before making the trip, check here for operating dates: https://www.ontarioparks.com/operatingdates/2014
If you are interested in viewing the changing leaves, view the Ontario fall colour report here: https://www.ontarioparks.com/fallcolour