Fall camping is not for the weak or people who can not handle a little cold weather, especially at night. Even though the daily temperatures may reach as high as 30 Degrees Celsius, the nightly average is about 5 to 10 degrees. Finding a beautiful and accommodating location to camp at is as easy as shooting a dart at the map of Canada, a rather large target. However, in order to find the perfect camping location, you must first decide what it is that you want to do while camping, as fishermen, bird watchers and hikers may find ideal camping locations in completely different types of areas.
From camping in designated Provincial and Federal Park’s campsites, to commercial and private campgrounds, or even camping in the back woods, a guide to fall camping would have to start with knowing the average temperatures for both day and night for where you are camping. If you camp in a mountainous region, you may need snow gear, tent heaters and other cold-weather camping gear. The days may be hot enough to do anything that you want to do outdoors, from fishing to hiking, ecotourism to bird watching,
There are some rather nasty plants to stay away from while camping in the fall, or any other season for that matter. From poison ivy and poison oak, to wild parsnips or other plants and weeds that cause major nuisance side-effects or even death, knowing what to avoid can save you a trip to the emergency department at the nearest hospital, which could be hundreds of miles away. When entering the park area that you will be camping in, ask the booth attendants, rangers or other workers what plants should be avoided, and also ask for pictures of what they look like. This information can also be found on-line.
What to know about fall camping includes what to bring with you. You will need a sturdy tent, preferably water and wind resistant, a tent heater if you do not like sleeping in rather chilly to down right cold nights. Winter-rated sleeping bags, strong flashlights and good camping stoves are minimal requirements for the non-hearty camper. Hearty campers can camp with no more than a pup-tent, a warm sleeping bag, a knife and length of rope.
A good camera, with extra, fully charged batteries, car charging adapters for all of your electronic gadgets, and lots of film or empty memory cards are definite requirements for fall camping, no matter where you are. There are many birds on migration routes at this time of year, and the larger animals, like wild cats, moose, bears and deer will be foraging for food, making this one of the best times of the year for nature photographers.
Fishing in the fall is as good as fishing in the early spring, and not bringing your fishing gear with you when you go camping in the fall may just be one of the more regrettable things that you can do. Even the casual fishermen will regret the omission of their fishing gear when fall camping, as the streams and rivers are chock full of fish readying for winter conditions, and can be seen from the shorelines.
A guide to fall camping would not be complete without telling the avid campers that you will need a much wider variety of clothing and footwear than when camping in the summer months. Summery and cold-weather clothing, rain gear and tarpaulins are the fall camper’s best friends, and foraging for as much fire wood as you can possibly find will help you to have those roaring campfires all night long. Some of the best times had when fall camping are late at night, when the skies show you what you can not see when living in a city, as the fall skies open up with numerous stars and a large, beautiful moon at night.