Learn do-it-yourself camping hacks and survival tips in these Burnaby sessions

Yes, there’s snow on the ground – and yes, it’s time to start thinking about camping.

The Burnaby Public Library is offering sessions to help campers and wannabe campers alike, starting next week.

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On Wednesday, Feb. 20, the library’s Tommy Douglas branch (7311 Kingsway) is hosting Park’s Canada’s session Camping Hacks: Tips and Tricks for Camping on a Budget. Parks Canada’s Learn to Camp team will be on hand to give a presentation and teach some do-it-yourself camping hacks that will show you how to use items from your own home to make your own low-cost camping equipment. It runs from 7 to 8 p.m.

Then, on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 7 to 8 p.m., the Parks Canada Team will lead a session called AdventureSmart: Survive Outside. You’ll discover outdoor travel tips and learn about the survival items that should be carried with you on any outdoor excursion.

On Friday, March 1, the action moves to the McGill branch (4595 Albert St.), where Parks Canada will offer up its Trip Planning 101 session from 7 to 8 p.m. You’ll learn the basics: where to go on your dream camping vacation, how to book your site and what to pack for your front-country camping experience.

On Friday, March 15, McGill hosts Parks Canada’s Animal Aware session, also from 7 to 8 p.m. This session will offer up tips on how to safely view animals while keeping a respectful distance.

The sessions are all free, but registration is required. Sign up online at www.bpl.bc.ca/events or in person at any library information desk. You can also call the Tommy Douglas branch at 604-522-3971 or the McGill branch at 604-299-8955.

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