50 Camping Activities for Kids

Here are some great ideas that you can do with your kids while you are camping. Please be responsible and watch your kids at all times, especially when they are near the water.

Swimming at Cannisbay Beach

  1. Go swimming at the beach
  2. Sleep in a tent
  3. Bring a friend camping
  4. Build a sand castle
  5. Paddle a canoe or kayak20140801-iphone-5087
  6. Go fishing
  7. Jump off a rock into the water
  8. Explore a cave
  9. Skip rocks into the water
  10. Go on a treasure hunt
  11. Watch a sunrise or sunset
  12. Find a geocache
  13. Build a fort or shelter
  14. Find and follow animal tracksFollow animal tracks
  15. Go star gazing
  16. Go on a night hike or candlelight walk
  17. Climb a rock
  18. Climb a tree
  19. Roll down a hill
  20. Walk around taking pictures
  21. Catch bugs for a bug jar
  22. Fly a kite
  23. Build a campfire
  24. Make s’mores on the campfire
  25. Start a campfire without matches
  26. Touch a snake, frog, or caterpillarFind a frog
  27. Look under a dead log
  28. Start a rock collection
  29. Make a walking stick
  30. Paint a rock
  31. Make a nature collage
  32. Sketch or paint the landscape
  33. Write poetry about nature
  34. Find leaves and identify the trees
  35. Do leaf rubbings
  36. Keep a bird sighting logbookFinding a feather at Killarney
  37. Make wood slice magnets
  38. Make a dandelion mud pie
  39. Eat wild mint, ginger or berries
  40. Make tea out of edible plants
  41. Look through a magnifying glass or binoculars
  42. Use a map and compass
  43. Learn to identify clouds
  44. Play cards or board games
  45. Sing songs
  46. Make pottery out of clay you find on the beach
  47. Attend a Pow-wow
  48. Sleep under the stars or in a hammock
  49. Help clean up a trail or portage
  50. Sit down, close your eyes and listen
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Backcountry Camping With Kids In Killarney

When my daughter was three we went on a four day interior canoe trip in Killarney Provincial Park. This was our first backcountry trip, so I booked three nights at George Lake campsite and four nights in the interior. We chose the George and Balsam Lake loop staying two nights on each lake. The trip was very successful, and we had great weather to help us. We went in late August so the bugs weren’t bad either.

Killarney David LakeThe next year, I tried the same thing. We booked two nights at George Lake campground, and then two nights at OSA. After our two nights at George Lake campground we chose to go home instead of paddling into the interior lake called OSA. There were a few factors that led to this decision. The weather forecast was calling for high winds on the day of our departure to OSA. The main reason, however, was that OSA was three lakes away from the George Lake campground and we weren’t feeling up to the challenge. It’s very difficult to book the other two lakes before OSA, and even OSA was only available from Monday to Wednesday instead of the weekend. We had a wonderful time staying at George Lake campground, but in the end we cut our trip short and went home instead of paddling into OSA.

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New: Book Algonquin and Killarney Interior Sites Online

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Killarney Interior Reservations now Online

Killarney Interior Reservations Online

For a long time, if you wanted to camp in the Ontario Parks backcountry, you had to call the Ontario Parks Reservation line and talk to an agent. Well, not anymore! Now you can book Algonquin and Killarney Interior campsites online.

Initially only selected parks had online reservations for backcountry, including the two newer ones, Massasauga and Kawartha Highlands, and the smaller ones like Bon Echo, Charleston Lake and Frontenac. All of these parks offered reservations by numbered site. You had to choose a particular site to be able to stay there. They added pictures to a lot of these sites so you could see what you were booking.

As of March 2015, the backcountry lakes in Killarney and Algonquin are also available through the online reservation system. The earliest you can book your trip through the system is Friday April 24, 2015. In Algonquin and Killarney, the reservation system is booked by lakes not specific sites, and each site is called a tent pad. You can book both canoe sites, and backpacking trail sites (though not the Killarney La Cloche Silhouette Trail). Quetico is also available but it wasn’t working for me when I tried.

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