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I am rather excited i have booked ArrowHead Provincial park the sites have 15 amp electrical too lol , my kids are at the age we can do some fun things overnight outdoors.. i am new to the camping scene so i have decided that i am going to concur the great outdoors this year.
okay that is was a bold statement.. conquer car camping lol
i bought the coleman teyana lake and the ozark connectent 4 person for straight leg Canopy

https://www.coleman.com/tenaya-lake...gid=coleman-campsite-tentsandshelters#start=9
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trail-4-Person-ConnecTent-for-Straight-Leg-Canopy/481964097

I figured i would buy both and use both while car camping, also when going to the beach, use the 4 person for some privacy and storage..
Bought the tarps, for underlay for the tents, as well invested in about 12 bottles of
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Silicone-Water-Guard-Water-Repellent-13-13-Ounces/52130847
which i plan to douce the rainfly and tents inside and out.. plus i bought seam sealer for both tents.

super excited.. as are the kids, the wife is horrified but i told the family i am done with hotels and expenses, time to enjoy the outdoors.
Now i just have to acquire some cooking gear..
I have been buying mostly from Costco.ca and then traveling to the US and buying at Walmart and other places.. as everything is literally 50% cheaper plus more options.. looking to make some great memories.. We are going to PEI this summer as we do every year i might just take along the ozark tent, it is literally in smaller than a carry on bag. lol
 

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Sounds like a lotta fun.

As I got older I shifted from the tent to a mini-van. Still get 25 MPG (US) and it's easy to find parking spots as well.
 

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Sounds like a lotta fun.

As I got older I shifted from the tent to a mini-van. Still get 25 MPG (US) and it's easy to find parking spots as well.
lol - we did the mini van thing when they were 0 to 7, then SUVs since.. now trying the tents
really hoping it works out.. maybe in 12 years switch to RVs. lol
 

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Over the Weekend i Pitched my tent and love it.. we slept in the tent in some massive winds and rains and it was bone dry inside..
https://ring.com/share/6697998629097748875
BTW - i did water proof it with Atsko Silicone Water-Guard water proofing spray - rainfly, then every single seam, door seam, window seam, wall
 

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I remember some grim weekends inside a canvas tent. It was waterproof--unless you touched the inside at any point, and then it leaked like a sieve!
 

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You guys will have a blast! I love and miss camping. We will be tackling it again one day when the twins are a little older.

A couple of little things (and by NO means am I an expert, but a hack who just figured a few things out along the way).

Grab a small tool bag. Load her up with a spare set of base screwdrivers, hammer, big plastic and small steel tent pegs, good ol yellow nylon roap (best damn towel dryer when strung between two trees!), small hatchet, like 4 bbq lighters, rubber mallet.
Just that big ol utility bag of stuff you will add more stuff to over the years.
Keep that bag with your tents and use it only for camping. Nothing worse thing being at a campground and needing to just grab.. oh crap that;'s on the workbench at home :)

We also used to keep a couple of rubbermaid tubs of everything camping.. same idea, separate plates, cups, cutlery, t towels, pot, pan (all normally old kitchen stuff that was relegated to "camping" stuff. Even had a couple of collapsable wire racks we would setup on the picnic tables in those tubs. Again said tubs were kept with the tents so it was just grab and go. The tubs became food storage and wash bins when we unpacked.

Oh and one last thing... ZIP fire starters and a spare small tarp for your woodpile. Always had box of the starters in that tub. Those things are awesome to get a fire going quickly and easily :)

oh oh and one more more thing... PIE IRONS!!! Hunt out some garage sales or hit somewhere like MEC and get yourself some pie irons.

... damn I want to go camping now :(


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The BReligion family makes a snap decision to go weekend camping!
 

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hahaha I wish!
I used to cram it all into the back of a 2010 Ford Focus sedan (and that's when there was two of us) :)
I learned my car packing skills well from my father who used to pack a family of 4 into a mid 80's Ford Escort (and not even a wagon) dragging a tent trailer... then drove all over eastern Canada and eastern US.. those were our summer vacations

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Is the tent not waterproof? I have a couple of tents and they have never let me down in torrential rains with no coating. My small tent I use the most has a rain cover for the rain, the other is a larger 2 person tent with a gazebo type area that has no rain tarp but does not let a drop in.

One thing I find incredibly helpful is an air mat. You can buy very small air mats that are easy to inflate and make sleeping on the ground much more comfortable. The one I have when rolled up is about the size of a water bottle.

If you are making fires at your campsite I find these incredibly helpful, no need for paper. Find a little kindling in the woods, place on top, light and you are done.
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B008Y5AAKS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

One package is good for a couple of fires and makes life much easier if trying to get a fire started in the rain or with wet wood
 

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thanks everyone for the tips.. i was in walmart during weekend in the US of A a few weeks ago and stocked up on the supplies.. they offer everything for camping, less than 50% of what we pay... so far i believe i am ready.. air mattresses, tools as BReligion mentioned ... hoping to get June past us as it has been brutally wet and windy.. i plan on doing Bronte provincial park and ArrowHead provincial park - possibly a few in PEI as well.. i think my kids are at the right age. pre high school.. so time to enjoy it, old enough to help and enjoy being a family still.. once they are in high school it will be different.
 

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I always recall the smell and hiss of those little Coleman propane stoves when we went camping. Eggs, bacon and tea!
mmmmm bacon on the breeze when camping... such an unmistakable smell :lmao:

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yes, i watched an youtube video and it is a bit hissy sound, but at the end of the day - will it cook? i am sure it will.. when you are out in the woods it might actually keep the bears away lol

i also picked up a flat grill top for it.. so i am all set .. :) now i almost need a trailer for all of our gear lol
 

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There's a few food things that I always found when camping just seem enhanced.. be it the environment, the atmosphere, the extra effort for something so simple... Rolling out of a tent and that first cup of coffee after sleeping on the ground was just amazing.
Same with hotdogs roasted over the campfire or as above bacon and eggs sitting at a wooden picnic table... same ingredients as at home, but never tastes quite the same.

One of the best things I ever had done for camping was, I got a hold of this steel mesh grating (don't know how else to describe it). Had some welder friends cut it to size for me so I could lay it out over top of a campfire bowl (with some overhang) and used it as a cooking vessel/grate. One time we did steaks, corn (in the husk) and a pot of a simple Lipton Sidekick right over the wood fire... my goodness...in all the years since I have never been able to replicate that meal.


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One time we did steaks, corn (in the husk) and a pot of a simple Lipton Sidekick right over the wood fire... my goodness...in all the years since I have never been able to replicate that meal.


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I sure know what you mean!

Strangely, the other day I was making up some soup using one of the Lipton packages with real chicken stock. Typically use a stainless steel pot, but the other day, I had a large cast-iron pot handy and decided to use it. Huge improvement in flavour, probably due to the different application of heat.
 

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I have this model which I got as a birthday gift on this day in 2005 and it still works perfectly. And yes MF, the hiss is very loud and very touchy to set fire intensity.
Mine is similar but not a name brand. However very easy to control the flame, can even do rice if you're so inclined. As I say I do wish the grill was a bit more substantial.

Camping without bacon would be an abomination and it does taste even better fried in a cast iron skillet.

Steak is go to for dinner unless a neighbour happens to have caught more fish than they can eat.
 
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