At GuidED, there are a few things we stand firmly behind:
- the importance of sharing the outdoors with each other,
- education about the outdoors and what they offer,
- and conserving nature so that we are all able to use it for a long time.
With our passion for teaching outdoor lovers and potential outdoor explorers the importance of conservation from an empathic and realistic point of view, the goal is to create a new generation of adventurers who will respect, maintain and share their knowledge surrounding conservation.
What is Crown Land Camping?
Today, we want to highlight something very cool that people are doing in Ontario to help with the conservation of natural areas. Crown land camping in Ontario is one of the most popular ways for outdoor lovers to explore the backcountry in Canada. It’s a more adventurous way to experience scenery similar to the likes of Algonquin, Killarney, Temagami and more without the maintenance and structure of a fully staffed park. This is part of the allure. In this province, we are fortunate to be able to use crown land for an array of wilderness activities, including some of the best camping sites in Ontario. If you want to set out for an intricate multi-day portage where you plan on bow hunting, you can. Or, if you want to set out with your boat to find an uncharted section of forest where you can create your own custom camping oasis, that’s fair game too. Hunting, fishing, canoeing, camping, foraging and bushcraft are a number of activities that crown land makes possible in abundance.
Trash in the Backcountry
For all of these reasons and many more, crown land is adored and used by many for their time spent outdoors. However, over time, the use of crown land has resulted in an unfortunate level of disrespect to the natural settings. Users of popular crown land canoe routes and campsites have come across piles of garbage and dangerous items such as fuel canisters, glass bottles or metal while exploring. When there is no one hired to take care of something, the responsibility falls on those passionate enough to do so willingly. Those who understand the value of crown land use have stepped up to the plate or to the shorelines to combat this current issue.
Acknowledging Conservation Efforts
At times, to remain inspired in the battle for a better planet, it’s important to look to certain commendable individuals who are out in the world playing their part or leading a charge to help. Whether it’s a seemingly small act or something more grandiose, every single movement towards positive change creates momentum and, in time, with enough movement, that momentum can and will be flying forwards with strength through the adversities that exist for our current natural climate.
Crown Land Camping Conservation
A number of valiant backcountry camping fanatics have spent their own time and used their own resources to repair these crown land camping Ontario areas to make them beautiful again. What started as a few folks heading out on their own with a boat, some gloves and ambition has blossomed into a regular occurrence. Heading out on the waterways to crown land campsites armed with garbage bags, these groups fight the good fight and work with determination to get rid of the trash and restore these wild crown land camping locations. This sort of action on its own is great, but what makes it really special is that in organizing these group cleanups, it inspires others to help in their own ways. These are the types of initiatives that will ultimately make the outdoors and the world a better place, and we at GuidED commend that.
There are a number of social media groups dedicated to crown land in Canada. In Ontario one of the largest groups is called “Crown Land Camping Ontario” on Facebook. Crown Land Camping Ontario Follow along with this page to stay updated on crown land cleanups near you or to organize one of your own.
Check out our webpage for tips for a responsible camping experience and make your pledge to the earth by signing our Environmental Pledge https://guided.ca/environmental-pledge/
If you are interested in more ways to help with conservation efforts in your area, you can visit the Nature Conservancy of Canada to learn more about volunteer opportunities at natureconservancy.ca. If you decide to experience crown land camping in Ontario for yourself, remember to share it with others and to leave it better than you found it.
To discover crownland in Ontario go to: https://www.ontario.ca/page/crown-land-use-policy-atlas Remember to use responsibly as this tool contains area-specific land use policy for Crown lands in Southern, Central and Northern Ontario. This area represents more than 39 million hectares of land and water!