It’s that time of year again… we have been waiting all winter for summer and all things that go with it…including the beloved campfire. Stories, music, games, gooey marshmallows, melting chocolate, graham wafers, hot dogs and much more.

There are a couple things you should consider before starting your fire. First, it is best if there is a hose close by. Start by watering down the trees and brush around the fire area. Either way, you will need to have a bucket of water handy to be safe. Fill one up with the hose or from the lake. It can always be used when you are done at the end of the night to extinguish the fire.

When building a fire start small, some newspaper, twigs, leaves and a few bigger branches above in a tepee like shape. As the fire gets hotter and hotter you can place more branches onto your tepee. When the fire and coals are hot then you can place on the bigger pieces of wood.

Fun things to do around the campfire, include: playing charades, telling ghost stories, singing, playing homemade instruments and experimenting with cooking fun food over the fire.

Check out a past story on fun foods to cook over the fire.

Check with your local fire department or Ministry of Natural Resources to see if you can have a fire. Build your fire pit on soil or rock and remove close brush.

Look for the fire safety sign along the highway to see how dry it is and if you can burn. There could be a ban on bonfires in your area.

About the author

Kyle H.

Kyle H.


Each weekend my wife, baby and I climb into my Chevy Colorado... aka the white sheep… aka the cottage vehicle and drive up to the cottage in hopes to make it up before the sunset or in time for a quick ski or for dinner. We are really hoping to fit in all three! But, if we don't get it all in Friday night, we still have the rest of the weekend to do that plus… play games, BBQ's, see friends and family, campfires, swimming, skating, tobogganing, beers, pranks, boating, cliff jumping, rope swings, water falls, river rides, fire works, relax and so much more! I love the cottage and everything that goes with it.