Photo Credit: Chiefswood Park

By Cheliza Crawford

With all the chaos of a worldwide pandemic, it can be easy to forget what it’s like to unplug and relax. Getting outside and exploring our beautiful planet offers an escape from daily distractions and an opportunity to get some much needed Vitamin D, so why not go camping this summer? When most people think of camping, they might picture tents, cabins or even hoards of RVs parked in a remote area where fires roar and families gather.

What if there was a way to get even more out of your vacation? Instead of leaving with only fond memories and a longing for more time, take home a new understanding and appreciation for the world around you.

Camp, but do it more consciously. This doesn’t mean you have to go completely off the grid, but instead make your camping experience a comfortable and positive one for the whole family and the environment. The best way to learn how to create a low-impact camping experience is to consult the experts.

Cheliza Crawford is a proud member of both the Ojibwe of the Mississaugas of the Credit and the Mohawk Nation of the Haudenosaunee. She is Makwa Dodem (Bear Clan) and is the newest member of the SAY Magazine team as an intern and content creator.