Camping out in the wilderness is as much part of Canadian culture as hockey or curling.
To honour this pastime the Nanaimo Museum is opening In Tents: How We Camped.
The exhibit was created by museum staff with the help of collectors. It’s meant to offer a nostalgic look at camping before the widespread use of trailers and RVs.
“People are drawn to camping for many reasons,” said David Hill-Turner, museum curator. “For many it is the opportunity to escape from the hustle and distractions of urban life. It’s a popular inexpensive vacation that creates memorable experiences with family and friends.”
The exhibit features a series of recreated campsites visitors can explore and examines the world of camping over the past 100 years.
The museum is asking people in the community to help build a collection of camping images for the project.
People are asked to share their camping memories and photos by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with camping in the subject line or drop them off at the museum, which is located at 100 Museum Way in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.
In Tents: How We Camped opens Thursday (Jan. 17) and runs until April 27.
For more information please go to www.nanaimomuseum.ca.