Surprise! We saw bears

Newcomers learning to camp saw a black bear and her cubs. The bears were far away. They took pictures of the bears. Photo - Parks Canada

Newcomers learning to camp saw a black bear and her cubs. The bears were far away. They took pictures of the bears.
Photo – Parks Canada

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Newcomers to Canada enjoy learning about camping and wildlife.

Last year we went camping. We camped in a national park.

We woke up very early. We went bird watching. We didn’t see any birds.

We saw a black bear and her cubs!

We were very surprised.

The bears were far away from us.

We were very quiet.

Read the story and do the exercise.


A baby black bear learns the ropes
Bear cubs and sow at watering hole

We took lots of photographs from a distance.

Then the bears walked back into the forest.

Now we have a great story to tell our friends and family.

Bears like to be alone.

Never go near a bear, especially a bear with cubs. Bears are dangerous.

Parks Canada protects bears.

Parks Canada helps newcomers learn how to camp.

Newcomers learning to camp are roasting marshmallows for s'mores over the campfire. photo - Parks Canada / Rob Buchanan

Newcomers learning to camp are roasting marshmallows for s’mores over the campfire.
photo – Parks Canada / Rob Buchanan

Learn-To camp is a program for new Canadians. They go camping.

National parks are a great place to see wildlife. Parks Canada plans activities to help people learn. They learn about wildlife and camping.

At Learn-To Camp we:

• play games
• learn new skills like how to set up a tent
• go hiking
• eat hotdogs and s’mores by a campfire
These two are setting up a tent. photo - Parks Canada / Rob Buchanan

These two are setting up a tent.
photo – Parks Canada / Rob Buchanan

Campers learn how to respect plants and animals.

It is important to understand what wild plants and animals need to be healthy and safe. We can help save these special places for our children to enjoy when they grow up.

Follow these tips:

  • always give wildlife space
  • never feed wildlife
Take only photographs, leave only footprints. photo - pixabay.com

Take only photographs, leave only footprints.
photo – pixabay.com

At our national parks we say “take only photographs, leave only footprints”. This means we try not to impact the environment or wildlife.

Remember to bring your binoculars so you can safely view wildlife from a distance.

This young woman is using binoculars to look at wildlife. photo - pixabay.com

This young woman is using binoculars to look at wildlife.
photo – pixabay.com

We do not want to attract wildlife to our campsites.

It is not safe for wildlife to be in our campsites.

1. Always make sure to put food away after eating in a bear proof container.
2. Wash all the dishes.
3. Put all garbage into a bear-proof container.
4. Never bring food into the tent.
5. Never leave food alone at the picnic table.
6. Keep the campsite clean and tidy.
A woman is putting her food in a bear proof container. photo - Parks Canada / Nicole Gaboury

A woman is putting her food in a bear proof container.
photo – Parks Canada / Nicole Gaboury

What is a s’more?

A s’more is a tasty dessert. S’mores are easy to make over a campfire. They are called s’mores because you always want “some more.”

This man is holding a s'more. It's ready to eat. photo - Parks Canada / Rob Buchanan

This man is holding a s’more. It’s ready to eat.
photo – Parks Canada / Rob Buchanan

All you need are graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows and a campfire.

Click on this link to find out how to make s’mores

Are you interested in learning to camp?

Click on these Parks Canada links to learn more about the Learn-to Camp program:
Learn-To Camp program
Where can I participate in Learn-To camp?
Learn about camping safely in wildlife areas
Find a national park in B.C.

Article and Teacher’s Notes contributed by Amy Clarke
Partnering and Engagement Officer
Mount Revelstoke & Glacier national parks
Parks Canada / Government of Canada

Agente des partenariats et de l’engagement
Parcs nationaux du Mont-Revelstoke et des Glaciers
Parcs Canada / Gouvernement du Canada

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