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A guide to everything you need for the best bonfire

Wednesday, May 18th 2022, 1:30 pm - A list of campfire essentials to light up your long weekend.

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Put another log on, the weather for bonfires is here to stay. Gathering around a cozy campfire, singing Sweet Caroline, and roasting marshmallows under the Big Dipper seems like the quintessential Canadian activity. From s’mores to safety, here are the things you need to make the most out of your fire pit this season.

Waterproof Fire Starter (2 Pack)

Amazon, fire starters, CANVA, campfire essentials

Rated 4.2 out of 5 based on more than 4,100 Amazon.ca reviews

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These all-weather fire starters will help get your campfire roaring in no time. With a unique design scraper, match survival ropes, compass, and emergency whistle included, this item is effective to take on any outdoor adventure.

City Bonfires Portable Fire Pit (2 Pack)

Amazon, City Bonfires, CANVA, campfire essentials

Rated 4.6 out of 5 based on more than 400 Amazon.ca reviews

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No fire pit? No problem! The metal tin is filled with non-toxic soy wax, creating a mobile heat source. This mini bonfire is perfect for patios, outdoor bars, decks, gazebos, and porches. When you’re not toasting s’mores on this campfire, you can use it in an essential emergency kit.

Christie Honey Maid Graham Cracker Wafers

Amazon, graham wafers, CANVA, campfire essentials

Rated 4.6 out of 5 based on more than 800 Amazon.ca reviews

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The base for your ooey, gooey, smokey s’mores starts here. These graham wafers are made with whole grains and real honey. There are even instructions for making the perfect s’mores on the back of the box.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Bar

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Rated 4.8 out of 5 based on more than 1,500 Amazon.ca reviews

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The classic, creamy taste of Cadbury Milk Chocolate is ideal for stacking into your s’mores. These bars are made with 100 per cent sustainably sourced cocoa and you’ll want to order a few.

Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows

Amazon, marshmallows, CANVA, campfire essentials

Rated 4.5 out of 5 based on more than 600 Amazon.ca reviews

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These marshmallows deliver a sweet taste and fluffy texture that will leave you wanting s’more! If you have extras, you can reseal the bag for optimal freshness or simply keep roasting into the night.


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MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Stick (8 Pack)

Amazon, marshmallow sticks, CANVA, campfire essentials

Rated 4.7 out of 5 based on more than 2,400 Amazon.ca reviews

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Turn your campfire into a cookout with these roasting sticks. Made of non-toxic stainless steel to ensure easy cleaning, no rust, and safe roasting, these sticks are perfect for marshmallows, hot dogs, or veggies.

Amazon Basics Portable Camping Chair

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Rated 4.5 out of 5 based on more than 7,500 Amazon.ca reviews

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If you’re invited to a bonfire that’s BYO Chair, try this foldable option with a fully cushioned seat and back for added comfort. It has a built-in beverage cooler pouch and integrated cup holder to enhance your experience.

Loveseat Style Double Camp Chair

Amazon, loveseat, CANVA, camping essentials

Rated 4.4 out of 5 based on more than 800 Amazon.ca reviews

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Cozy up at the campfire for some stargazing with that special someone on this portable loveseat. There’s a beverage holder on each arm and it comes complete with a handy carrying case. It also makes a cute couch for kids!

Large Waterproof Outdoor Blanket

Amazon, blanket, CANVA, campfire essentials

Rated 4.4 out of 5 based on 150 Amazon.ca reviews

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This waterproof and windproof blanket is made for outdoor activities. With premium fleece and ultrasonic quilting, this oversized blanket will keep you warm on chilly nights by the fire or act as a mat to sit on if you didn’t order the portable chair.

Always be mindful to stay a safe distance away from a fire with flammable items.

GROSCHE Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Amazon, water bottle, CANVA, campfire essentials

Rated 4.4 out of 5 based on more than 350 Amazon.ca reviews

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Whether you’re in your own backyard or out in the wilderness having a bonfire, it’s important to stay hydrated. This multifunctional insulated water bottle is perfect to bring with you because it can hold water at night and loose leaf tea or coffee in the morning.

READ MORE: Our recommendations for top hydration products this season

Amazon, waterproof speaker, CANVA, campfire essentials

Rated 4.8 out of 5 based on more than 19,500 Amazon.ca reviews

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As the night goes on, chances are you’ll be ready to belt out your favourite campfire sing-a-long songs. This highly-rated waterproof speaker is meant for outdoor enjoyment and comes with a convenient carrying strap.

READ MORE: Our recommendations for waterproof items

Natrapel 6-Hour Mosquito, Tick and Insect Repellent

Amazon, insect spray, CANVA, campfire essentials

Rated 4.3 out of 5 based on more than 250 Amazon.ca reviews

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Some people are magnets for bugs, and if your fire doesn’t do the trick for keeping the evening mosquitoes away, try this insect repellent as added protection. It has an all-natural plant base consisting of lemon and eucalyptus and lasts for up to six hours against all kinds of bugs.

READ MORE: Our recommendations for bug-proofing your patio

All-purpose First Aid Kit

Amazon, first aid kit, CANVA, campfire essentials

Rated 4.6 out of 5 based on more than 500 Amazon.ca reviews

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To ensure you’re as safe as possible stoking your fire, keep this portable first aid kit nearby. It’s composed of 156 hospital-grade items at an affordable price point.

READ MORE: Our recommendations of what to include in a home emergency kit

Class A B C Fire Extinguisher

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Rated 4.6 out of 5 based on more than 1,500 Amazon.ca reviews

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It’s always better to be prepared for any emergency situation and if your campfire starts to spread uncontrollably, you’ll want to have a reliable fire extinguisher with you. This item is also something to include if you are camping in your car.

READ MORE: Our recommendations for stocking an emergency kit for your vehicle

Dorcy Waterproof Battery Powered Floating LED Flashlight

Amazon, flashlight, CANVA, campfire essentials

Rated 4.4 out of 5 based on more than 800 Amazon.ca reviews

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If you need to look around in the dark to find another log or the bag of marshmallows, this flashlight shines super bright with 200 lumens of power. It’s also waterproof should it start to rain at your campsite.

READ MORE: Our recommendations for waterproof items


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Our trusted Product Specialists recommend high-quality items that we think will enhance your experience with Canadian weather conditions. Prices and availability of items are accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change.

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