Camp­ing is a time to get back to na­ture, spend time with fam­ily and friends, and just plain old re­lax. Some­times when en­joy­ing hol­i­days our brains can tune out com­mon sense and our be­hav­iour changes. Camp­ing Eti­quette is all about re­mem­ber­ing to camp resp

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HERE ARE A FEW HELP­FUL RE­MINDERS AND TIPS ON HOW WE CAN ALL EN­JOY OUR CAMP­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCE FOR YEARS TO COME: • Re­spect fire bans. You can check out if fires are al­lowed by vis­it­ing the BC Wild­fire Ser­vice web­site, some pri­vate camp­grounds may not al­low propane fires, so please check at the of­fice when reg­is­ter­ing at your camp­ground. • Buy fire­wood lo­cally to avoid trans­port­ing for­eign species or disease into the area. Of­ten fire­wood is sold at camp­grounds, lo­cal stores and gas sta­tions. Do not cut down trees. • Build fires only in des­ig­nated fire rings. If there are no des­ig­na­tions make sure the area is clear of de­bris, rot­ting wood, and far enough away from the trees, and build a fire ring with two rows of rocks. • Re­mem­ber to ex­tin­guish your camp­fires. Never leave your coals smok­ing or smol­der­ing. The fire is out if you are able to place a cor­ner piece of tis­sue on it and it does not ig­nite. • Re­move all garbage. If you pack it in, pack it out. Camp­grounds usu­ally have great garbage bins for campers that an­i­mals can’t get in to. If there are no garbage cans, take the garbage with you. Never burn your garbage as trace amounts of garbage can bring un­wanted vis­i­tors such as bears, rac­coons, mice etc. even af­ter it has been charred by fire. • Re­cy­cle! Many camp­grounds now have re­cy­cling bins. Re­mem­ber to wash out all con­tain­ers and dis­pose in the des­ig­nated bin. • Read the camp­ground rules. Make sure you re­spect each in­di­vid­ual camp­ground’s rules. You can gen­er­ally find th­ese rules on a sign at the camp­ground or on their web­site. You can also ask when you re­serve your spot or pick up a copy when you reg­is­ter. • Ask about quiet hours. In camp­grounds this is pretty im­por­tant be­cause you are all shar­ing your camp­ing ex­pe­ri­ences with each other- of­ten in tight ar­eas. Re­mem­ber that voices carry at camp­sites and try to keep voices down in­side of quiet times. • Pick up af­ter your dog. If the camp­ground al­lows pets make sure you bring plenty of dog waste bags and keep your pet on a leash at all times. Al­ways check with the camp­ground first to see if an­i­mals are per­mit­ted. • Ob­serve posted speed lim­its. Chil­dren feel lib­er­ated while camp­ing. They will ride bikes, race to play­grounds, and skip hand in hand down paths. Make sure you watch for all camp­ground pedes­tri­ans and drive SLOWLY. • Be re­spect­ful to camp­ground staff. Staff have been trained to make your va­ca­tion en­joy­able and they are a great re­source for help­ful in­for­ma­tion and tips. Please be pa­tient at check-in and out times as this is of­ten the busiest time for them. • Be neigh­bourly. Re­spect your neigh­bours by not cut­ting through their camp­sites. If you are ar­riv­ing early or leav­ing late, please turn down your high beams and ra­dio.

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