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6 Incredible Camp Fire Alternatives That Are Fun & Safe During Fire Bans

While we all understand the need for fire bans, they can be a bit of a bummer when your camping trip rolls around. Here are some things to consider instead!
A young woman grilling meat on a portable gas stove during camping at nature park on beautiful day.

Alberta's wildfire season is a time when we need to be extra cautious with campfires. However, fire bans don't mean you have to miss out on the fun of gathering around a cozy fire. In this article, we'll explore some exciting and safe alternatives to traditional campfires during fire bans in Alberta. So, let's get creative and keep the camping spirit alive!

Gas Fire Pits

When fire bans are in effect, gas fire pits are a fantastic alternative. They provide a controlled flame that mimics the ambiance of a real campfire without the risks associated with open flames. Just flip the switch, and voila! You'll have a warm and inviting fire pit experience without any worries. Another bonus of these babies is that you won’t have sparks flying all over your clothing and you won’t head to bed smelling like campfire! Be sure to check in with the campsite or park you’re visiting to ensure they’re permitted.

Candle S'mores

Who said you need a roaring fire to enjoy delicious s'mores? During fire bans, candle s'mores are a fantastic way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Set up a cozy spot with some candles, gather around with your friends and family, and roast those marshmallows over the gentle glow of the candles. It's a fun and safe way to indulge in this classic camping treat. The warm marshmallow will melt the chocolate for you, just like normal, so you don’t have to worry about that

Camp Stoves

During fire bans, camp stoves become your best friend. These handy cooking devices allow you to prepare delicious meals while camping without the need for an open fire. From simple one-pot recipes to gourmet campfire cooking, camp stoves offer versatility and convenience, making your camping experience enjoyable and tasty.

Portable Fireplaces

Investing in a portable fireplace is a fantastic way to enjoy a campfire-like experience while adhering to fire bans. These compact fireplaces use bioethanol or electric flames to create a cozy atmosphere. Whether it's in your backyard or at a campsite, portable fireplaces provide warmth, a focal point, and a gathering spot for friends and family.

Cool Lighting

Creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere is an essential part of the camping experience. During fire bans, you can achieve this by using cool lighting options. String up some fairy lights around your campsite or hang lanterns with battery-powered LED lights. These soft, ambient lights add a touch of magic to your surroundings and create a warm and welcoming environment.

Glow-in-the-Dark Games

If all else fails, why not embrace the darkness and have some fun with glow-in-the-dark games? From glow stick ring toss to glow-in-the-dark Frisbee, plenty of activities keep everyone entertained. These games add a unique twist to your camping experience and create lasting memories without the need for a campfire.

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