Discovering Manitoba

Camping is a great way to see Manitoba

Children of all ages will enjoy an old-fashioned campfire complete with stories, songs and stargazing.

Summers are a very important part of the Manitoba lifestyle and camping is part of it. Camping in Manitoba is a vibrant and growing activity, offering a wonderful way to see our province and to experience all that it has to offer. Camping comes in many forms, from hiking to a secluded spot and setting up a tent, to enjoying all the comforts of a 5-star hotel room in your own fully equipped RV.

Manitoba’s Association of Campgrounds and Parks, MACAP, has over 30 members. With campgrounds and resorts located in all areas of the province, these independentlyowned, family-operated parks have a lot to offer, from non-serviced sites to 50-ampelectrical, fully serviced sites and they offer the added advantage of having the owners or managers on site to answer questions or help you if you encounter a problem.

With almost 50 years of operating campgrounds, we’ve seen it all. In the early days most families set up large tents or small campers, cooked over an open campfire and enjoyed all the amenities that an outdoor “biffy” could give you. (Many flashlights went missing during those nighttime bathroom breaks.) Today, there is a renewed interest in tenting, especially with the young families, and there are still secluded spots where you can set up your tent, but many campers want all the comforts of home. RV dealers are finding that more RV’s are being sold with every convenience imaginable.

Manitoba offers a wide variety of serviced sites to accommodate this trend. There are over 4,000 camping spots available in the province. Each campground is unique in the services it provides. Some have swimming pools, waterslides, and miniature golf. Others offer river tubing, restaurants, and kayak rentals. Still others offer wireless Internet service.
Camping can become a passion

You can enjoy pancake breakfasts, movie nights, concerts, firework displays, horseshoe tournaments and many other unique events. While the campgrounds vary in activities, fun and camaraderie is common to them all. Making reservations in advance guarantees you get into the campground you want, and it also gives you the opportunity to request that special site or those services that will make your camping experience extra special. Visit the association’s website to locate campgrounds with all the information you need to make the decision on where to visit first and how to make that reservation.

If you decide to give camping a try, remember these tips. Have a sense of humor. Take off your watch. Stay up late, worry less, and laugh more. Be prepared: family camping can become a passion and your whole family will be richer for it. Family members of all ages tend to connect with each other when they are away from their normal routine enjoying a simpler lifestyle. The general consensus among camping families is that camping tends to bring the family closer together with more communication and the sharing of good times.

A camping vacation can be a great way to travel with children. Most kids think it’s pretty cool to be in an RV “home on wheels”. Kids can go out to play or take part in campground activities where there are always other children to meet and new places to explore. And, of course, children of all ages will enjoy an old-fashioned campfire complete with stories, songs and stargazing.

Visit the website for a complete list of MACAP campgrounds and information on how to contact them. Enjoy the summer. Make beautiful Manitoba memories while participating in the camping and RV lifestyle.


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