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No, camping isn’t a racist activity
No, camping isn't racist
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No, camping isn’t a racist activity 

This past Labour Day weekend, my family and I piled up our car and headed for the most Canadian long weekend destination, the campground. Something about cooking over a fire, stars overhead, and sleeping in a tent with the rustling of animals providing the only soundtrack harkens an authentic Canadian experience. Why do so many Canadians seek the outdoors as a place to relax when it’s not always the most comfortable or relaxing? A 2017 Study by Kampgrounds of America (KOA) revealed that in North America camping is on the rise, especially amongst the younger generations. The connection to nature as emblematic of North American, and specifically Canadian culture has long historical roots, which in part explains the continued popularity of camping. But as with any cultural activity, many on the social justice obsessed left see that as precisely the problem with activities like camping. Like many of their crusades, this one against the outdoors and camping doesn’t mesh with the contemporary evidence.

In the past few years, scholars in the leisure and recreation sphere have begun to make arguments that activities like camping are racist or sexist. This has now leaked into the mainstream. Groups like the Sierra Club publish stories like this: The unbearable whiteness of hiking. Mountain Equipment Co-Op, a Canadian camping goods company, similarly staked the outdoors as a racial battleground to be overcome.

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