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Here's how to have an epic camping experience in your own backyard

June 29, 2021 2:06 p.m. EST

We’re all dreaming of an epic summer vacation right now. But, if you can’t hit the open road for your annual beach getaway or car camping trip, don't despair. The next best option is to simply open your back door. Outdoor expert Owen Reeves shows off some great products for both families and couples to help you camp in your backyard.


Mec Ohm 4-person Tent

Whether you’re after your first tent or looking to upgrade, the Mec Ohm 4-person tent is a great option for any adventure. Sleep under the stars and wake up to awe-inspiring views thanks to the enormous mesh panorama door that frames surroundings like a camera lens. This tent also has a unique fly design that allows you to roll up the sides for more airflow on hot nights and reduced condensation after rainstorms. Owen recommends going for a 4-person tent for 2 people for extra comfort, especially if you won't be going far. 

Shop the Mec Ohem 4-person Tent, $445

Woods Klondike 6-person, 3-season Tent

Need more space? Check out this Klondike 6-person tent from Woods. A durable and roomy three-season tent, the Klondike has plenty of space for the whole family and your gear. It also has additional coverage from the weather with a front canopy entrance and comes with an easy clip system with fast-foot connectors to make set up a breeze.

Shop the Woods Klondike 6-person Tent, $330 at Canadian Tire

Cots and Sleeping Bags

Thermarest LuxuryLite Cot Bed 

When we think of camping, immediately we think of air mattresses, but cots are the new and upcoming outdoor sleeping options. The Thermarest LuxuryLite Cot Bed is collapsable and suspends you about three inches off the ground so you're sleeping on a very comfortable mesh cot. This product is super light and very easy to put together, plus it has ventilation features with the air coming through underneath you. This is definitely for the camper who can't get comfortable even with an air mattress. 

Shop the Thermarest LuxuryLite Cot Bed, $270 at Sail 

SWTMERRY 3 Seasons Sleeping bag 

Looking for a soft and fluffy sleeping bag? This one by SWTMERRY may be the comfiest choice. This sleeping bag is designed with double-filled technology and breathable fabrics that ensure warmth even in the most extreme conditions. The unique zipper design at the bottom line, carry bag for portability and compression slack for storage are some of its best features. 

Shop the SWTMERRY 3 Seasons Sleeping Bag, $55.99 on Amazon


The Campfire Trio 

As the name implies, the Wolf and Grizzly Campfire Trio is a three-piece collection of useful gear when you're out camping. The trio consists of a foldable grill to cook on, a fire box for easy and portable campfires, and a fire set, which provides ignition to kickstart any fire. Get the romance of cooking dinner on the fire, without all the mess that can come with it. 

Shop the Campfire Trio, $256.85 on Wolf and Grizzly

Fire Pits

CouleeYard Dome Airflow Smoke-less Fire Pit

Enjoy all the benefits of a real wood burning campfire with way less smoke or smell with the CouleeYard dome airflow smoke-less fire pit! You can cook over the fire by adding the grill & post, or use the SearLip to sear, cook burgers or even use cast iron. And you’re supporting local, because it’s designed and manufactured in Canada!

Shop the CouleeYard Dome Airflow Smoke-less Fire Pit, $799

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