Pitch your tents for these events! When the weather gets warm, people all over Ontario rejoice outside. We’ve compiled all sorts of fun events to get you outside. From skill building to live music to nature workshops to wildlife viewing, there’s plenty of events for the whole family.
In chronological order...
- May 18-21 - Celebrate spring and the arrival of the migratory songbirds at The Pinery with Park Naturalists, local birders and bird banders. Expect to see plenty of wildlife and have time to explore the wonderful park that is Pinery Provincial Park.
- June 2 - Looking to head out on the water? Be sure to take this Canoe Clinic offered at Frontenac Provincial Park to learn about about entering, launching and balancing in a canoe, different types of canoe strokes, fitting PFD’s and portaging skills. Cost of the course: $20.
- June 8-10 - EverAfter is one of the first camping music festivals to kick off #FestivalSeason! If you’re into electronic music, you’re not going to want to miss this 3 day festival in Kitchener, ON with over 30 artists including Excision, Datsik, Illenium, Claude VonStroke and Doctor P.
- June 9-10 - Help collect information for MacGregor Point Provincial Park at the BioBlitz 2018 event that will be used in their records and for future projects. It’s a great learning way to learn about the ecological diversity in the area while spending a weekend sleeping under the stars!
- June 14-16 - About an hour east of Ottawa, this rock festival is a great way to spend the last weekend of spring. Headliners at Montebello Rockfest include Weezer, Dropkick Murphys, Tenacious D, Prophets of Rage, Sum 41, Stone Temple Pilots, Jimmy Eat World + many, many more.
- June 22-24 - Calling all women! Head up to the spectacular Manitoulin Island for the 16th year of the Women’s Outdoor Weekend at Gordon’s Park. They have tipis and lodging for rent, or bring your own camping gear and stay in their private, wooded sites.
- July 1 - Canada Day! Pitching a tent, sleeping under the stars, cooking over a fire, and cracking a cold beverage is probably one of the most Canadian ways to spend Canada Day. Campsites tend to get reserved early, but get in touch with us at CampKit and we can help you plan the perfect getaway.
- July 5-8 - Head up to Sudbury for a weekend of Canadian music along the shores of Ramsey Lake. This year is the festival’s 47th anniversary, and is Canada’s longest consecutively running music festival.
- July 6-7 - Looking to escape the city lights and see the starry sky? Mysterious Night Skies at Rock Point is a great family friendly event to learn about constellations, galaxies, stars, planets. Join the Royal Astronomical Society of Niagara on either night for an evening full of programming.
- July 6-8 - Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia is back for another year of incredible music. The 2018 lineup is very impressive with acts including Walk Off The Earth, Bahamas, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Alan Doyle and Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets.
- July 19-22 - River & Sky Music Festival set along the Sturgeon River, somewhere between North Bay and Sudbury is a truly unique music festival experience. Instead of camping in a giant field, pitch your tents in the forest, swim in the river and relax in a riverside sauna. Lineup includes Chad VanGaalen, Born Ruffians and more.
- July 19-23 - If you loved EverAfter, or if you missed it, you can make up for it by heading out to Valhalla Sound Circus, for another electronic music festival. This festival, east of Ottawa, features underground and upcoming acts, and encourages you to get more in touch with nature, friends and incredible sound.
- July 20 - Healthy Parks, Healthy People - All Ontario Provincial Parks are offering free day use on July 20th to help more people get in touch with nature and the beautiful outdoors that Ontario has to offer. There are plenty of events being offered at parks across the province, check them out here.
- July 21-22 - Love canoeing, hiking or adventuring? Head up to Temagami for the 3 day Temagami Canoe Festival to immerse yourself in the celebration of music, canoes and culture in the region. Take a guided hike through an old growth forest, participate in a clinic to teach you the basics of kayaking, climb a fire tower for panoramic views of the region, listen to Canadian music and so much more.
- July 21, 23 or 28 - Be transported back to simpler times at a Wakami Wailers concert. Playing at Marten River on July 21, Sandbanks on July 23 and Algonquin on July 28, you’ll be wowed by the guys that started playing together while working at Wakami Lake Provincial Park back in 1981.
- August 4 - If you’re camping at Emily Provincial Park on the August long weekend, you’ll get the chance to meet some animals native to Ontario, brought to you from the Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue! These animals are important to the ecosystem, and also are very friendly, safe and looking forward to meeting you and your family!
- August 11 - Do you love birds? Hit the road towards Charleston Lake to see the Live Birds of Prey Show. The show starts at 1:30pm on Saturday, August 11 and you’ll get the chance to be up close and personal with some incredible birds!
- August 9-12 - Grab your cowboy boots and ten gallon hat and head to Boots & Hearts this August for a 4 day country music festival just north of Toronto. Headliners include Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, Bill Currington, Dallas Smith and Brett Young.
- August 17-19 - If you’ve ever contemplated tubing through the Elora Gorge, the weekend of Riverfest is when you’ll want to go. Camp at the Elora Gorge Conservation Area and have a relaxing weekend in the woods, with access to the free shuttle offering you rides to Riverfest, a wicked music festival near Guelph featuring Blue Rodeo, The Flaming Lips, July Talk, Carly Rae Jepsen and so many more.
- August 23-25 - Into country music but not into the massive crowds, Music in the Fields is definitely for you! Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Music in the Fields has contributed to over $1 million in donations to charities, hospitals, schools and more around Ontario. Headliners include Brett Eldredge, Brett Kissel and George Canyon.
- September 8 - Join staff at Darlington Provincial Park to tag Monarch butterflies before their winter migration to Mexico. You’ll learn about why the species is at risk and how you can do you part to help.
- September 15 - Sandbanks Music Fest is back for another year! Head out to Sandbanks and pitch your tent for a weekend of exploring the sand dunes, swimming and great music.
- September 15 - Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup at the Pinery - join the movement across Canada and help clean up shorelines coast to coast. Start the day at Pinery Visitor Centre to pick up your garbage bags. Be sure to pack gloves and bug spray!
- October - Want to get the family outside for one last weekend before winter? Be sure to check out all the Halloween events for the whole family at various Provincial Parks in Ontario.
If you want to participate in any of these events but don't have the camping gear, get in touch with us! We have plenty of options to help you prep for your camping trip. We'll make sure you're ready for a night under the stars with our Basic CampKits, Comfort CampKits and if you're feeling more adventurous, try out our Backpacking CampKit!