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Best camping sites in Alberta

Camping in Alberta

 

A little while ago, we put together a list of the top ten places for camping in Ontario. The list was a big hit with our readers. We figured that with 9 other provinces to choose from (not to mention three territories), we should probably expand our horizons and offer up some other great places to camp in Canada. We hung a map on the wall and threw a dart. It landed on Alberta.

So here it is. Our list of the top places for camping in Alberta. From the outskirts of the big city, to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Alberta is the perfect destination for your next camping adventure. Check out all of the features that these parks have to offer:

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Banff National Park:

Banff National Park

Location: 224 Banff Ave  Banff, AB T1L 1C3, Canada

Phone: +1 403-762-1550

Reservation: 1-877-737-3783

online reservation

 

 

 

 

Banff National Park is one of the most popular parks in the world. In addition to being the first national park in Canada, it’s also a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, just west of Calgary, Alberta, the park offers campers a year-round destination that features everything from glaciers to meadows and sparkling green lakes. Active campers can enjoy over 1,600 kilometers of alpine trails. Those with more relaxed expectations can take a dip in the natural hot springs. A gondola will take visitors to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a birds-eye view of the park. Campers can tee off on the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Resort. In the winter, grab your ice skates and skate along the river, right into downtown Banff.

In June 2013, some  areas of Banff National Park were impacted by flooding. Before planning your activity, please consult Updates on Trails and Facilities.

Features:
Total Number of Sites: 2,468 (13 Campgrounds)Full Service RV Sites: 321 (Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court)Pull-Through: YesElectrical Service: 15/30 AmpMaximum Length: 15m (50 ft.)

Capacity: 1 RV and 1 Tent OR 2 Tents, 1 Vehicle, 6 People

Price Range: $17 – $120

Pet Friendly: Yes (Must be Leashed)

  • A maximum of 2 vehicles, 2 tents and 6 people are permitted on each site.
  • All sites have picnic tables
  • There is no Internet/Wi-Fi Access
  • On-site payment accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Debit, Traveller’s Cheque or Cash.
  • Pets must be on a leash at all times.

Summer Activities: Hiking,  Fishing, Swimming, Canoeing, Boating, Backcountry Visit, Wildlife Viewing, Diving.

Winter Activities: Winter Trails, Skiing, Waterfall Ice Climbing and Avalanches.

Facilities: Electric Campsites, Flush Toilets, Barrier Free Access, Showers, Day Use Area, Rentals, Group Camping, Boat Launch, Playground, Park Store, Laundry, Visitor Centre, Roofed Accommodations.

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Elk Island National Park:

Elk Island National Park

Location: Ardrossan, AB T8G 2A6, Canada

Phone: +1 780-922-5790

Reservation: 1-877-737-3783

online reservation

 

 

 

Camping in Alberta offers a wide range of experiences for visitors. There are more hooved wildlife in the park than anywhere in the world, except for the Serengeti. Young campers are entertained by guided discovery walks during the day and stargazing activities then the sun goes down. Winter activities include snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Unserviced campsites are available for use year round at the Sandy Beach campground on Astotin Lake. Space is limited, so book ahead.

Features:
Total Number of Sites: 77 (Not Including Backcountry Sites)
Full Service RV Sites: 0 (Tent Only)
Pull-Through: N/AElectrical Service: NoMaximum Length: Tent OnlyCapacity: 2 Tents, 1 Vehicle, 6 People

Price Range: $25

Pet Friendly: Yes (Must be Leashed)

 

Activities: Wildlife Viewing, Experiences to Discover, NEW! Special Events, Hiking & Walking, Recreation, Camping,

NEW! Picnicking, Activities for Children, Park Programs, Fall Activities, Winter Activities, Canoeing, Kayaking, and Sailing, Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing, Golfing

Facilities: Electric Campsites, Flush Toilets, Barrier Free Access, Showers, Day Use Area, Rentals, Group Camping, Boat Launch, Playground, Park Store, Laundry, Visitor Centre, Roofed Accommodations.

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Jasper National Park:

Jasper National Park

Location: 607 Connaught Dr, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0

Phone: +1 780-852-6162

Reservation: 1-877-737-3783

online reservation

 

 

 

September and October are considered the best months to camp in Jasper National Park. The elk are rutting, battling each other for mates. The trees are in their full fall colors. There are 12 campgrounds located within the park which include over 1700 campsites. Most are open during the summer season, but winter camping is available at Wapiti. Each of the campgrounds has different facilities available. Some are tent-only, while others cater to trailers and motorhomes.  The list of outdoor activities is endless. Park staff is on-hand with a selection of guided tours that educate and entertain. Remember, no visit to Jasper National Park would be complete without a trip to the Columbia Icefields.

 Features:
Total Number of Sites: 1,957 (11 Campgrounds)Full Service RV Sites: 120 (Whistler’s Campground)Pull-Through: YesElectrical Service: 15/30 AmpMaximum Length: 39 Ft.Capacity: 1 RV and 1 Tent OR 2 Tents, 1 Vehicle, 6 People

Price Range: $10 – $38

Pet Friendly: Yes (Must be Leashed)

 

Campgrounds: Whistlers, Wapiti, Wapiti Winter, Wabasso, Pocahontas, Snaring River, Kerkeslin, Honeymoon Lake , Jonas Creek , Columbia Icefield, Wilcox, Icefields Centre RV.

Activities: Backpacking, Biking, Boating, Camping, Climbing, Cycling, Driving, Fishing, Geocache, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Hot Springs, Interpretive Programs and Events, Photography, Rainy Day Activities, Wildlife Viewing ,The Athabasca Glacier and The Columbia Icefield.

Facilities: Outhouses, picnic tables and metal fire rings and a natural canoe launch. In the winter, the unserviced icefield centre parking lot is available for self-contained RVs.

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Waterton Lakes National Park:

Waterton Lakes National Park

Location: Alberta 5, Waterton Park, AB T0K 2M0

Phone: +1 (403) 859-5133

Reservation: 1-877-737-3783

online reservation

 

 

Waterton Lakes National Park is a unique area. It borders on Glacier National Park in Montana, USA, making up the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the first multi-national park in the world. It’s quiet and uncrowded, making it the perfect place to appreciate the majesty of the Rocky Mountains. There are three campsites within the park for visitors to enjoy. Crandell Mountain does not take reservations. It’s a first-come, first-served system, with most sites being full by afternoon during the peak season (July/August). Belle River does accept reservations, but it caters only to large groups of 25 or more campers. The Townsite Campground is also open to visitors. Reservations are available and recommended for this site.

Features:

Total Number of Sites: ~280 (Not Including Backcountry Sites)

Full Service RV Sites: 90 (Townsite Campground)

Pull-Through: Yes

Electrical Service: 15/30/50 Amp

Maximum Length: N/A

Capacity: 1 RV and 1 Tent OR 2 Tents, 1 Vehicle, 6 People

Price Range: $15 – $38

Pet Friendly: Yes (Must be Leashed)

Pricing Details
Entry: $2.90-$19.60 (daily), $1.90-$14.70 (daily – shoulder season), $19.60-$98.10 (annual), $33.30-$136.40 (annual – discovery pass)
Prices: $15.70-$55  and  $4.90 (group camping – Belly River, no showers)
Fireplace Permit: $8.80 per day
Fishing: $9.80 per day, $34.30 per year.
 

Campgrounds: Townsite, Crandell Mountain, Tipi Camping at Crandell Mountain, Belly River.

Activities: Boating & Waterskiing, Backpacking, Border Crossing, Biking, Climbing and Scrambling, Cycling, Camping, Canoeing, Driving, Birdwatching, Photography, Picnicking, Fishing, Kayaking, Field Trips, Guided Hikes, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding, Rock Climbing, Geocaching, Heritage Centre, Playground, Swimming, Golf, Windsurfing, Scuba Diving, Wilderness Camping, Visitor Centre, Tennis, Xplorers Program, Tipi Camping, Special Events, Ice Climbing, Winter Activities, Ice Skating, Snowshoeing, X-Country Skiing, Ski-Touring, Interpretive Programs.

Facilities:  Electric Campsites, Showers, Flush Toilets, Food Storage and Kitchen Shelters, Recycling Bins, Dump Station, Fire Rings.

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Wood Buffalo National Park

Wood Buffalo National Park

Location: 607 Connaught Dr, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0

Phone: +1 780-852-6162

Reservation: 1-877-737-3783

online reservation

 

 

 

 

There are two campsites to enjoy in Wood Buffalo National Park. The Pine Lake campground is open seasonally, from May through September. The sites are unserviced, but water is available. Pine Lake operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Kettle Point Group Campsite caters to groups of eight people, or more. Reservations for this site are required. Backcountry sites are available for use throughout the park. Rainbow Lakes and Sweetgrass Station offer visitors the combination of an organized campground, but are located in the backcountry.

Features:
Total Number of Sites: Backcountry SitesFull Service RV Sites: 0Pull-Through: NoElectrical Service: N/AMaximum Length: N/ACapacity: 2 Tents

Price Range: $15

Pet Friendly: N/A

Pricing details:

Prices: $15.70 per night
Firewood: $6.80 per bundle
Fishing: $9.80 per day, $34.30 per year.
 

Activities: Regularly Scheduled Programs, Adventure, Camping, Canoeing, Wildlife Viewing, Fishing, Hiking, Boating, Winter Activities.

Facilities:  Angus Fire Tower and Day-use Area, Fort Smith Visitor Reception Centre, Wetlands Pull-Off, Salt River Day-use Area, Pine Lake Campground and Day-use Area, Kettle Point Group Camp, Peace Point, Salt Plains Viewpoint and Day-use Area, Fort Chipewyan Visitor Reception Centre, Rainbow Lakes Backcountry Campsite, Nyarling River Pull-Off, Sweetgrass Station.

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