The first Canadian Camping Week is now underway. Over 435 campgrounds from coast to coast are participating in this inaugural event that showcases all that Canadian camping has to offer, the Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC) said in an announcement.

The 2015 Canadian Camping Week will run from May 19-24. The week-long event is organized by the CCRVC in partnership with provincial camping and RV associations across Canada.

“I am thrilled to launch the first ever Canadian Camping Week to celebrate this very important industry and showcase what Canadian camping has to offer,” said Maryse Catellier, CCRVC president. “The camping and RVing industries are tremendous contributors to Canada’s economy overall and play an important role in the lives of their communities. I look forward to seeing new and returning campers join us in celebrating the first ever Canadian Camping Week.”

As part of this week-long celebration of Canadian camping, participating campgrounds are hosting special events such as fishing contests, jamborees, bonfires and a special offer for two nights of weekend camping May 22-24. Parks Canada is offering a $50 discount on the Discovery Pass. Information about the 2015 Canadian Camping Week, participating campgrounds, events and camping discounts can be found at www.campingweek.ca.

Quick Facts:

  • Last year 5,768,650 Canadians (22% of the adult population) went camping.
  • The Canadian camping industry contributed $4.7-billion to Canada’s GDP in 2014.
  • The camping industry in Canada created 60,000 full-time jobs across the country, generating approximately $2.9-billion in wages and salaries.

“Canada’s tourism sector is an important contributor to our economy,” said Maxime Bernier, Canadian minister of state, small business and tourism. “The camping and RVing industries help promote Canadian tourism by showcasing our incredible natural landscape while creating jobs in small communities across the country.

Blake Richards, chair of the parliamentary tourism caucus, noted, “One of our government’s major goals under our new National Conservation Plan is to help better connect Canadians with nature. Most Canadians have a deep and abiding respect for our land, air and water. These are values we learned from our parents and pass on to our children. Encouraging a deeper personal connection between Canadians and nature will only strengthen these bonds.”