Have Tent, Will Travel
Our family loves to camp, and over the years we have honed our skills, bought better equipment and learned to pack our van like experts. Usually we camp in one or maybe two provinces, but last summer, my husband Brent and I, along with our son, Rowan, 11, and daughter, Deanna, nine, drove 6,285 kilometres through four provinces, spent 23 nights camping in a tent and teepee, visited ten provincial parks, seven national parks, four national historic sites and three UNESCO World Heritage sites—and made countless memories to last a lifetime.
We feel strongly that to appreciate and value nature and our beautiful country, our kids should be immersed in it, and that’s exactly what we did.
We set off from home here in Brandon, Man., and travelled to Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park in Saskatchewan, where we viewed the stars through a telescope at the park’s Dark Sky Preserve. We learned about the constellations and saw the rings of Saturn. The stars in the Milky Way were so bright we could see all around us easily without the moon or flashlights.