10 must-visit campsites you must visit in Alberta this summer

Prepare your camping gear. The great outdoors are calling, and there are plenty of must-see places to enjoy in Alberta.

From places to pitch a tent in the Rocky Mountains to those nice and close to towering waterfalls, here are 10 must-see spots where you should hang out this summer.

Kananaskis Interlakes Campground


Visiting Kananaskis Lakes is like literally enter the photo of a postcard. A beautiful lake, soaring mountains and thick wilderness. Once you visit, you’ll want to visit Peter Lougheed Provincial Park every summer. The campground along the shores of Lower Kananaskis Lake has approximately 45 well-treed campsites for RVs and tents. From here there is easy access to the lakes for those wishing to canoe, fish or boat.

Distance from Calgary: 139 kilometers
Distance from Edmonton: 425 kilometers

Writing at Stone Provincial Park Campground

Stories and tales were carved into these stones by indigenous people over several hundred years ago. Writing on Stone Provincial Park is the perfect place to get away from the city and reconnect with your Canadian roots, while enjoying a lazy day near Milk River or taking a dip in the refreshing water. The campsite is open all year round.

Distance from Calgary: 340 kilometers
Distance from Edmonton: 631 kilometers

Crimson Lake Campground


Crimson Lake Provincial Park offers year-round camping just 14 km west of Rocky Mountain House. With over 100 sites to choose from during peak camping months, there’s plenty of hiking, biking, and lazing on the beach.

Distance from Calgary: 230 kilometers
Distance from Edmonton: 226 kilometers

Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park Campground

Marten River Campground in Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park has over 110 sites, both unserviced and powered. Sites are well spaced out and surrounded by trees, with a few spots right by the lake. Hike or bike the trails, relax on the natural sandy beach, fish or boat on the lake, and visit the Boreal Center for Bird Conservation. It is one of the most northern bird observatories in Canada and one of the only boreal forest bird observatories in the world.

Distance from Calgary: 585 kilometers
Distance from Edmonton: 287 kilometers

Crescent Falls Campground


You won’t want to leave these falls after seeing them this summer! Stay a night – or a week – and enjoy the cool water of Crescent Falls, plus horseback riding and fishing! Maybe you’ll take a bath in cold water to wash off that summer sweat.

Distance from Calgary: 327 kilometers
Distance from Edmonton: 323 kilometers

Rolling Hills Reservoir Campground

About 20 miles south of Brooks, Rolling Hills Reservoir Campground has plenty of trees to keep you cool and clear, and of course, plenty of water to splash around in. A total of 110 sites are available as daily use sites. The other 35 are vacation rental sites designated by an annual campsite draw in early April.

Distance from Calgary: 217 kilometers
Distance from Edmonton: 450 kilometers

hidden cove

Located IN Alberta’s Maligne Lake, Hidden Cove is aptly named because to get here you need to kayak, canoe, or boat to get to the site. It is worth it, being greeted by immense nature and spectacular views. It’s probably one of the most unique nature campsites in the entire province and one of the best ways to experience the Rockies.

Distance from Calgary: 461 kilometers
Distance from Edmonton: 403 kilometers

Bow Valley

With its turquoise waters and vast mountain ranges, Bow Valley will transport your mind to a place of pure bliss. Take a canoe and paddle along the Bow River for an even better view of nature’s beauty! If you’re a rock climber, this place offers several routes for you to climb (or try, at least).

Distance from Calgary: 83 kilometers
Distance from Edmonton: 370 kilometers

West Spray Lakes Campground

Located just 10 miles south of Canmore, Spray Lakes West Campground boasts the shores of the Spray Lakes Reservoir and mountain views. What more can you ask for?

Distance from Calgary: 123 kilometers
Distance from Edmonton: 409 kilometers

Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park

With year-round cabins, the islands in this park are open to exploration in summer and winter alike. Canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals are available to explore the waters of Lac la Biche. Trails throughout ancient forest allow campers to hike and bike on all sandy beaches.

Distance from Calgary: 528 kilometers
Distance from Edmonton: 224 kilometers

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