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Why You Should Camp After Labour Day weekend

I’m going to share with you the reasons why you should camp after Labour Day weekend.

For those who live in Ontario, Labour Day weekend is usually the last extended weekend for camping and cottaging before we go back-to-school and back-to-work.

Families will descend on provincial parks, conservation areas and other campgrounds for at least a few days.

But here’s a tip for those who want to take in one last camping experience before the chill of fall, without the crowds.

Camp overnight on the Monday of Labour Day weekend and into the week

camp after Labour Day weekend

The reason why I recommend this is that on Monday, most families pack up their campsites in the morning and head home to get an extra few hours to prepare for the return to school and work.

During our last Labour Day camping experience at Killbear Provincial Park, we camped on the Monday night with few other campers in the park. The night was pitch dark because there were fewer fires burning. The site was quiet for the most part with the exception of wild animals scavenging on the empty campsites.

Since everybody is back-to-work or school that first week of September, campgrounds are for the most part very peaceful and devoid of crowds. The bonus is that usually the weather isn’t all that chilly in early September, depending on where your campground is located (e.g. camp sites near Sault Ste. Marie may be a bit colder overnight than in southern Ontario).

The other good thing about camping the first week after Labour Day is that you get to choose from a greater selection of camp sites!

Next time you want to enjoy a peaceful time outdoors, choose to camp after Labour Day weekend – you may enjoy it more than on any other weekend in the summer.


  1. I love camping! We can only do it certain times of the year though where I live–the weather is terribly warm 8 months out of the year, so we are very limited. I have always had good experiences with caming and it is a great way for a family to bond!

  2. You are so right about this! Once upon a time, before we had a child in school, we would head to campgrounds or cottage areas the first week after labour day. It was blissful….

  3. I’m soooo not a camper. Ha!

  4. The best days for camping is in the first week after labor day weekend.

    Camping Tourist