Equipped camping

Parks Canada is running a new pilot project called equipped camping that offers all the equipment needed. (Parks Canada)

Tents and all the equipment required for camping will be offered through a pilot project this summer at two national parks in the Maritimes.

Parks Canada wants to increase camper numbers by offering what's called equipped camping for $55 a night in nine of its locations including Kouchibouguac National Park in New Brunswick and Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

"Equipped camping includes a six-person tent that is already set up for visitors as well as tent pads and all of the equipment that they need to prepare their meals outdoors," said Manon Cuthbertson, Cape Breton Highlands' product development officer.

All people need to bring is bedding and food, said Cuthbertson.

The pilot project is aimed at people who want to try camping and also international visitors who travel light.

"They're one of the markets that have asked for it in the past," said Cuthbertson.

Five sites in Chéticamp Campground in Cape Breton Highlands will be devoted to hassle-free camping. They are nestled in the trees by the river.

"If you can picture yourself sitting there with the running water right beside you, a fire going, because there are fire pits on the sites as well," said Cuthbertson.

If the pilot project proves successful, it will be expanded to include other campgrounds.

Cuthbertson said they already have their first reservation for June.