Learn-to Camp is back for a second edition
SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, QC, July 4, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) invite the population of the Richelieu Valley and the surrounding area to enjoy a unique family camping experience at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site on Saturday, July 30. Over the course of a lively weekend, the Halte des Moulins Langelier in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu will be transformed into a campground to mark the 350th anniversary of the city.
Here's what's on the agenda throughout this special weekend: introductory workshops and demonstrations, a friendly cooking competition, campfire and marshmallows, play area and outdoor activities for both children and adults as well as spending a wonderful night in a tent on the banks of the Richelieu River.
Space is limited and registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis. To reserve a spot, those interested can call Parks Canada at 1-888-773-8888.
This unforgettable experience to be shared with families or friends, is offered starting at $88 for up to four people (tent, floor mats and breakfast are included). Participants need only to bring their bedding, their Saturday night picnic supplies and their cheery self – Parks Canada will take care of the rest!
By encouraging Canadians to visit their national parks and national historic sites, and providing them with the information and means to enjoy them, Parks Canada allows more Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn about our history.
"The Learn-to Camp program offers Canadians, especially families with young children, an excellent opportunity to discover the joys of camping and the outdoors. Activities will be offered to participants visiting the Chambly Canal so that they can enjoy a memorable camping experience in the heart of the Richelieu Valley."
Luc-André Mercier, Director, Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada
- Parks Canada is proud to have welcomed close to 10,000 first-time campers to Learn-to Camp activities in national parks and national historic sites across the country since the program was launched in 2011. Parks Canada is committed to providing visitors with exceptional opportunities to connect with Canada's treasured places and with innovative visitor experience offers, including oTENTiks and Learn-to Camp events at national historic sites and national parks.
- Parking is available for those arriving by car at the parking lot located north of Foch Street, between de Salaberry and Jacques-Cartier Nord streets. Participants can also access the site by bicycle via the Chambly Canal's path, which ranked 4th among Ulysses Travel Guides' popular Québec Cyclable's 15 favourite paths.
- The focus of the Learn-to Camp program is to create a connection between first-time campers and the Canadian camping experience, to build awareness about family health and wellness, to introduce families to a lifetime of outdoor activities and encourage them to visit Parks Canada's special heritage places.
- A must-see of the Montérégie region, the Chambly Canal National Historic Site is a premier tourism destination that allows Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn about our history.
SOURCE Parks Canada Agency - Quebec Waterways
Image with caption: "Spend the night under the stars at the Chambly Canal! © Parks Canada (CNW Group/Parks Canada Agency - Quebec Waterways)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160704_C1000_PHOTO_EN_725827.jpg
For further information: Marie-Ève Roy, Public Relations and Communications Officer, Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada, 450-447-4808, [email protected]