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Ontario Parks Learn to Camp Program

Learn to Camp


Learn To Camp
Learn to Camp


.-GB Learn to Camp is a program that Ontario Parks started in an effort to increase the number of people that go camping. A statistic came out that said one-quarter of all Canadians had never been camping before. And so, Ontario Parks wanted to change that. We have a beautiful natural landscape here and we wanted to encourage as many people as possible to come camping.

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We were interested in doing camping, we hadn’t done it before here in Canada. We’ve never camped before, I just have childhood memories of growing up in India. So, wanted to connect but didn’t know how to do it here. A lot of people are a little nervous about buying equipment, they’re not really sure what to bring, what’s already here. We always wanted to camp, but the very thought of buying a tent and everything was an overwhelming experience.

One Couple Said

We never camped before, so this is a great opportunity because these guys do an amazing job. The way it works here at Six Mile is that we have eight different campsites that we rent out to people. The only things they have to bring is sleeping equipment and food.

Another One Said

I camped before, but coming here and having the car, the tent, everything explained in a very detailed way I think was a great thing. It was really nice to have someone walk us through it and see it.


We do demonstrations and then send them back to their own campsites. Because of our sponsors, all the camping supplies that they could ever need are supplied. We give out the tents, the dining shelters, they get a kitchen bin which includes everything you could possibly need to eat with. They also get a Coleman stove, as well as the propane tanks to work with. In the evening Ontario Parks has given them a bag of firewood and a s`mores kit that they get started with. And so that kind of introduces them to campfires and stuff.

They are great, I mean always smiling, always ready, always helpful. You feel like if there is any problem you can count on somebody to help. There’s a portion of the Learn to Camp program where they come down, introduce themselves to the guests and introduce what they do in Ontario Parks. One guy said I’m a park warden, and my role in the park is two fold actually. I`m here to protect the people and also make sure they have a safe and enjoyable time.

The second part of what I do is to protect what is around us here, the trees, the natural resources. They do a speech about the enforcement program,and some rules that apply to camping in all Ontario Parks. It’s something I look forward to every Saturday. they’re so enthusiastic about being in parks and being outside and camping in general. The great thing about the Learn to Camp program is it gives a little taste of all that Ontario Parks has to offer. We loved the hike, we`re going to do some canoeing today, and fishing, and swimming, and we`ve been using our bike all around the camp area which has been great, so we`ve been having a ball.

Here at Six Mile in Ontario Parks we have a PFD loaner program for personal floatation devices so like life jackets ranging from babies who are 3 months old all the way to full grown adults. and you can use it for swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking, whatever you want to use it for. We have a fishing loaner program, it`s called TackleShare. So at the park store we rent out fishing rods and tackle, and they can have that for as long as they want to go out and try fishing off the dock.

NHE is Natural Heritage Education, what we do is basically put on informative programs about the park`s features I will drop by occasionally with usually some sort of artifact like a moose jaw or an animal skin of some sort. It gives them something to interact with, something to touch and feel, And basically try to give the camper a unique experience here at the park. This is an integral part of being Canadian, and enjoying the outdoors, we have so much of it. I think that it is really, really a phenomenal experience to get out here and try it.

A lot of people are coming from Toronto and other cities and have never spent a night under the stars. Oh yeah it’s totally different, we are out in the open outdoors, enjoying the nature. Yeah and looking at the stars at night is really amazing. Going to the lake and seeing the skies with more stars than you ever thought were there, that was wonderful.

Looking at my daughter’s eyes when going through the lake and saying, “woahhhhh”. It’s awesome because they get here and they start to experience it, and then they fall in love with it. I really enjoyed the hike. We saw turtles, and frogs, just the different wildlife was sort of the best part for me. I would say everyone who has been here has told us that they were going to come back. Maybe not to Six Mile, but to a park again, and go camping. They all have loved it which has been great for us.

Yes, we will likely be campers now Of course, yes we are. We are, even for more nights Of course! Yes, yes. Yes we are! Oh of course! Yes definitely! This guy will come back like once every week. It was great! These guys made it so much fun! Totally one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve ever had. Seeing people who have never camped before then coming out and camping for the first time, and they love it. It’s a pretty cool opportunity to teach people a life skill they can have the rest of their life. They come with a great attitude. It’s fantastic helping people set up the equipment and going from the basics of learning to, to camping basically. This is actually my fifth year at the park, but my first with Learn to Camp.

It’s really cool to see people come in who know basically nothing about camping, and leave prepared to go camping on their own. That’s kind of the job satisfaction for me. I get to see people who have never done it before become experts and are ready to go afterwards.

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Fishlake Campground In Fishlake Basin

Fishlake Campground In Fishlake Basin

Well, we’re here at Fish Lake Basin in the Fishlake National Forest. It is a kind of gem, as we see it. Here there are many recreational opportunities. Well, of course, you know, I guess it’s Fish Lake, in itself, there are several species of fish. Lake trout, Splake trout, tiger trout, musk, rainbow, kokanee, perch, browns, so a lot of variety of fishing there. There is almost always an opportunity to fish here in Fishlake. Recreation and winter fishing, too. Ice fishing is huge here.

Fishlake Resorts and Marinas

There are three different concessionaires and marinas, here through the Basin. We have Lakeshore Marina and Resorts at the southern end, of the basin. Fishlake Marina and Resorts, up to Fish Lake Lodge downtown, and then Bowery Haven Resorts and Marina in the north. Then, of course, there are several Forest Service camps along the Basin, and just north of Cuenca. These are all fantastic places to take your family and friends.


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Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Park

Park History

The Heceta Head Park is named for Bruno de Heceta. He was a Spanish navigator and explorer, who surveyed the Oregon coast in 1775.

This lighthouse was built between 1892 and 1893 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The head lightkeeper’s house was demolished and the lumber purchased for $10 in 1940 following the move from kerosene to electricity to power the lighthouse. The wood was used to build the Alpha-Bit Café in nearby Mapleton.

The state of Oregon was granted a license for the lighthouse and surrounding property by the Coast Guard in 1963, the same year that the lighthouse became fully automated. The assistant light keeper’s house, which still stands, is now a bed and breakfast operated by concessionaires of the U.S. Forest Service.

The Devil’s Elbow State Park, which included a cove south of the lighthouse it was enlarged to include the lighthouse. Thus it was renamed Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint connecting it with Washburne State Park to the north. The land for Devil’s Elbow State Park was acquired between 1930 and 1987 by purchase from private owners as well as gifts and exchanges with U.S. government agencies. In 1998, Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint was officially deeded to OPRD by ODOT.  In 2001, the rest of the Coast Guard property was transferred to OPRD.

Acreage: 548.89

Annual day-use attendance: 1,056,538


Major Features & Activities

Lighthouse programs are given 7 days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. (winter 11-2), weather and staff permitting.  We do not take reservations for general public programs. For more specific information you may e-mail us at


Tour groups, school groups, and other groups please e-mail us to schedule a program.


Restoration of the tower was finished in mid-2013. Because of ongoing maintenance and inspections of the upper levels, programs currently only cover the outdoor area around the base of the lighthouse, and the ground floor of the tower. There will be a new schedule when tours of the upper levels resume.


The Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint is located at the mouth of Cape Creek. The picnic tables are sheltered from the wind and a great view of the ocean. The short trail leads to the Heceta Head lighthouse and assistant keeper’s house.

Heceta Head

The Heceta Head trail is part of a 7-mile network. There are trails of varying difficulty which feature beach and wildlife viewing areas. The Wildlife refuge islands have a view of common murres, cormorants, gulls, and other bird nesting areas. Whales and Sea Lions can be seen from the beach and cliff-top lighthouse.


On the west side of 1,000-foot-high Heceta Head, 205 feet above the ocean, the lighthouse is one of the most photographed on the coast. The light at the top of the 56-foot tower was illuminated in 1894; the automated beacon, seen 21 miles from land, is rated as the strongest light on the Oregon coast. The old assistant lighthouse keeper’s house (Heceta House; built in 1893) offers bed and breakfast rentals and facilities for group events.  This bed and breakfast is operated by a concessionaire of the U.S. Forest Service and can be reached at 1-866-547-3696 or


Common murres, which lay their eggs on the bare rocks, can be easily seen by looking down, just over the railing near the lighthouse. Brown pelicans and bald eagles commonly fly by. Migrating gray whales can be seen as they travel to and from Alaska and Baja California. The month of May is a great time to look right down on the mothers and calves as they travel close to shore.


Natural caves, tide pools, and a sandy beach for building sandcastles can be found.


Day-use parking permits at Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint are required year round.  A daily ($5), 12-month or 24-month permit, an Oregon Coast Passport, or a valid state park camping receipt is required. You can purchase daily permits from a machine at the park.  The 12-month and 24-month permits can be purchased at most major state park offices.




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GooseNeck State Park in Utah

GooseNeck State Park

GooseNeck state park offers spectacular views of the GooseNecks. The GooseNecks are officially known as an entrenched meander. It’s about of one and a half miles long. San Juan River it flows for more than six miles through the twists of the entrenched meander.

The GooseNeck State Park offers picnic areas, primitive camping, vault toilets, and an observation shelter. The views are outstanding and photography is popular. At night the sky is expansive – ideal for stargazing.

Please note: No drinking water is available. There are no maintained trails. The park does not offer access to the river.


Main Attractions

This park offers a scenic vista, about 1,000 feet above the winding San Juan River. Views are amazing.



Located in SE Utah along US 163, about 25 miles west of the town of Bluff.

Approximately 349 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.


Contact Information

GooseNeck State Park

c/o Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum

660 West 400 North

Blanding, UT 84511

(435) 678-2238


Seasons/Open Hours

Open year-round, no closures


Entrance Fees

$5 per car

$2 per person, commercial tour bus or tour group

$10 per night for camping



Sight seeing

Star gazing



Primitive camping is available. You cannot reserve sites and fees are not charged. The campground does have fire pits and vault toilets. No other services are available. There is no water, electricity. or dump station.



Paved road to scenic viewpoint

Observation shelter

Primitive campground

Picnic area

Things to do




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Most Dangerous Campgrounds

From snow capped mountains to unforgiving deserts, the U.S. National Park System is home to 84 million acres of land. These are visited by more than 300 million people each year. For lovers of the outdoors, it’s heaven. But for less experienced adventurers, treks into these American wilderness escapes can be dangerous.

Here are some of the most dangerous camping spots in the U.S.

Lake Mead

Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the US and something of an oasis in the desert, with picturesque rugged terrain and sparkling waters. Just 24 miles from glitzy Las Vegas, it’s a quieter getaway from the bright city lights. But that doesn’t mean it’s a total jackpot. Park rangers consistently rank it among the most dangerous parks in the country for several reasons. It may be one of the National Park Service’s top ten most visited parks, but that comes with plenty of downsides — like boating and auto accidents, and drownings.

Surprisingly, most of those deaths don’t involve alcohol. Lake Mead spokeswoman Christie Vanover told the Associated Press: “It’s really not the party crowd. It’s people who don’t understand the danger of the lake. Some people think it’s like a swimming pool.” The park has also had trouble with assaults and other violent crimes, which don’t exactly make for the most tranquil vacation spot.

Glacier National Park

This gorgeous and dangerous park sits along the border of Montana and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.

Unfortunately, visiting it isn’t a walk in the park. On average, two to three people die each year. Though drowning deaths top the list, Glacier National has different challenges than many other parks, like avalanches and rockslides.

Inexperienced day-hikers also account for a lot of fatalities — one 74-year-old man stepped over a retaining wall to take a picture — and fell 500 feet to his death.

But at least 10 visitors to Glacier National Park have died in a far more grisly way: grizzly bear attacks. The most famous deaths occurred in 1967 when two 19-year-old women were mauled to death. This happened on the same August night at separate campsites within the park. The event became known as the Night of the Grizzlies, which spawned a documentary for PBS in 2010.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Named for the tall breed of cactus that dominates this stretch of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is both desolate and beautiful. Plus, it’s the home of North America’s only wild jaguars.

But the desert terrain is also dangerous by a very different type of predator: drug smugglers and human traffickers. In 2002, a park ranger was killed in a shootout with two smugglers fleeing Mexican authorities. 70 percent of the park was closed due to illegal activity from 2003 to 2014.

Fortunately, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument has since reopened to the public with better security. So now all you have to worry about is the jaguars.

Glen Canyon

With million acres of land in northern Arizona into the southern portion of Utah. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is home to stunning cliff formations, wilderness trails, and Lake Powell.

The scenic views and pristine waters have made Glen Canyon an especially popular destination for water-based activities. These activities are boating, kayaking, swimming, and fishing. And with all those boats on the water, Lake Powell is notorious for dangerous boating accidents and drownings. In June 2013 alone, six deaths occurred over a 10-day timespan. And then there’s the cliff jumping, which has claimed numerous lives over the years.

The Wave

Part of Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, the Wave is one of the most photographed landscapes in North America. Because of the sensitivity of the rock formations, only 20 visitors per day are allowed to hike out to the Wave.

Permits must be obtained via a lottery system. Winners get a map and directions to the Wave, but from that point on, you’re on your own. Most people who find the Wave are treated to amazing photographs. But if you don’t take enough water with you, go ahead and wave goodbye.

Temperatures in the Wave can climb well past the 100-degree mark, and the trails are often unmarked. In one month alone in 2013, three people died from heat and cardiac arrest.

Mount Rainier National Park

At over 14,000 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier is the tallest peak in the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest, and the extreme conditions can prove tricky to less experienced outdoor adventurers. But one spot in particular has proven especially deadly over the years: Liberty Ridge. Less than 2 percent of hikers attempt the climb, but it’s responsible for 25 percent of deaths on summit climbs in the park. Though it offers stunning views, the difficulty of the hike is not for the faint of heart.

In 2014, six climbers fell 3,000 feet to their deaths while trying to reach the summit. It was the single worst accident the park had experienced since the 1980s, when 11 people died in an avalanche.

Bright Angel Trail

The Grand Canyon is one of America’s most popular destinations with over four million visitors each year. And one of the most popular trails is the Bright Angel Trail, a steep path to the Canyon’s bottom. Though the Park Service maintains that it’s the safest trail in the park, hikers have died of heat stroke and heart attacks during their treks. As the temperatures rise, the dangers go up, especially near Indian Gardens where temperatures soar. Its name may be Bright Angel, but it sure is a devil of a hike.

Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in both Tennessee and North Carolina, is America’s most visited national park. This densely forested mountainous area offers opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, and…car accidents. Lots of car accidents. Automobile collisions account for most of the deaths in the park each year, thanks to the combination of beautiful scenery and treacherous, hairpin curves. The Great Smoky Mountains also have a reputation for missing persons.

At least three hikers have disappeared in the park and never been seen again.

Meanwhile, plenty of people get hurt or killed each year due to plenty of other hazards. Everything from falling off of waterfalls to bee attacks.

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Tactical Flashlight

Tactical Flashlight