Nova Scotia

New immigrants camping for 1st time in Canada

There are 115 immigrants new to Canada that will head out for their first Canadian camping experience this weekend.

There are 115 immigrants new to Canada that will head out for their first Canadian camping experience this weekend.

The Learn to Camp project is being sponsored by Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op and coincides with Parks Canada's centennial celebrations.

It'll be held at Fort Beauséjour National Historic Site on the border between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Anahita Aslani and her husband Homayoon were surgeons in Iran who abandoned everything to come to Moncton two months ago to start a new life for their 4-year-old son.

The family jumped at the chance to try out camping in Canada.

"The most important reason to participate in this activity is him," said Aslani.

Geraldine Arsenault from Parks Canada said there will be campers from 17 different countries, now living in Halifax, Charlottetown and Moncton.

"They're going to learn to put up a tent, how to start a campfire, [and] how to make some S'mores," said Arsenault.

She said Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op wanted to help people new to Canada experience how many Canadians spend their summer weekends.

"I can't think of a better way to welcome new Canadians to our country," said Arsenault.

Arsenault said she hopes they enjoy their camping weekend, and hopes it will inspire them to visit other national parks or historic sites.

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