Canada’s Victoria Day long weekend – while intended to commemorate the birthday of Queen Victoria – is (for most people) the unofficial start of summer. For campers, it’s often the first opportunity to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.
To the surprise of family and friends, last year I decided to dive head-first into camping (despite being raised in a household where our definition of ‘roughing it’ was staying at a budget motel).
For the 2016 edition of the Victoria Day weekend, I thought I’d put my outdoorsy-ness to the test by going on a trip with my camping aficionado friend Justin.
I learned a little about being prepared, having contingency plans, and to relaxing and enjoying the escape.
We visited Rowan’s Ravine Provincial Park – about one hour north of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. You can view and reserve campsites for this park – and all other Saskatchewan provincial parks – online.
In the show, I mentioned we used a Jetboil stove to cook our meals. These things are pretty impressive. Check them out.
Other gear we remembered to take along (but didn’t mention on the show) included incredibly comfy Exped sleeping mats, Mountain Hard Wear Lamina sleeping bags, and backpacks from Osprey (I brought along my Aether 60 – which was also the pack I used during my travels through Asia).