There are so many amazing Canadian campgrounds. They offer something for just about anybody, creating wonderful memories outdoors that you can share for a lifetime with friends or family. But with there being so many campgrounds across Canada, which do you choose for your next camping vacation? Here are eight amazing campgrounds in Canada to check out! Don’t forget to share your favourite Canadian Campgrounds below in the comments!
Banff National Park
When you want the beautiful view of mountains and lakes, Banff National Park is the one to check out. There are 13 different campgrounds in the area, offering more than 2,000 sites for your camping needs. Each campground will have its own vehicle and tent restrictions, but the average-sized family is more than welcome. Check out some of my posts on Banff. There are a ton of things to see and do around Banff. A weekend stay at a Banff Campground is a must if you’re traveling through Alberta.
Jasper National Park
Jasper has become one of the most popular Canadian campgrounds for families and couples. It is so popular that there is a strict fire and liquor curfew between 11pm and 7am. Fire permits are available, and firewood is provided when one is purchased. There are also log cookhouses and bear-proof food storage available nearby, as well as countless hiking trails and panoramic vistas. The drive north from Banff is also known for bear sightings, so keep your eyes peeled.
Algonquin Provincial Park
The first two are in Alberta, but this one is for those Ontario fans. There are countless options for camping north of Toronto, including RVing, lodging and backpacking. Seasonal sites are available if you book ahead. Activites include canoeing, hiking, and fishing for Ontario’s legendary trout. You can book onto these campgrounds and plan your outdoors trip around your location. Check out some of my posts on Algonquin Provincial Park.
Bear Creek Provincial Park
British Columbia also offers a range of beautiful campgrounds, and countless views to go along with it. Bear Creek is just one of the provincial parks to add to your list to see this summer. To the west of Okanagan Lake, Bear Creek Provincial Park is full of hiking trails and sandy beaches. Reservations are needed during the summer because it does get extremely busy, but it is well worth it.
Golden Ears Provincial Park
Golden Ears is one of the largest provincial parks in Canada, and is an excellent choice for families, groups of friends, or couples. It is full of hiking and horseback trails, and canoe hire is available to enjoy the serene Alouette Lake. Swimming, fishing and water-skiiing are other popular attractions at this campground in Canada. Golden Ears Provincial Park is a superb park for hikers! Don’t forget to bring a camera for the picturesque views.
Bon Echo Provincial Park
Back in Ontario, Bon Echo is a campground / park for those who love to hike and hunt down epic scenic photos. It is the home of the 100m high Mazinaw Rock, which sits right on Mazinaw Lake. The canoe for scale really helps sell how incredible huge this monolith is. Backpacking and RVing are both allowed at Bno Echo, and there are lodges available for those who prefer more of the creature comforts from home. This campground is popular during the summer months, so reservations are highly recommended. Canoeing on Mazinaw is out of this world!
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
Cypress Hills is right on the boarder of Alberta and Saskatchewan, and is the only interprovincial park in the whole of the country. To the south of the park is Fort Walsh, a National Heritage Site, and there are also biking trails, golfing and hiking available. Water activities are popular and there is a winter activity list for those who want to visit outside of peak season. Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is home to the highest point east of the Rockies, and truly lets you take in the sights and sounds of the rolling prairie hills of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Birds Hill Provincial Park
Manitoba’s Birds Hill park is the last on the list of campgrounds to visit. The Winnipeg Folk Festival is held here every year, and there are plenty of other activities for the family to get involved in. Some of the other events available throughout the year include polo tournaments and horse shows. If you’re just after a quiet weekend getaway, Birds Hill Provincial Park is very much quiet when it’s not hosting events. Camping is one of the most popular activities here. As with most popular campgrounds, booking in advance is encouraged as spots fill up rather quickly.
Now the only choice you have to make is which Canadian campgrounds you’re going to add to your summer camping list. There really are so many to choose from, these eight really only scratch the surface. If you’re going to be camping with a tent you’re much more likely to find last minute spots, but I always encourage RV campers to plan at least a couple months in advance as campgrounds fill up like crazy during the peak summer months. Camping is a great activity that lets you truly appreciate the picturesque views of such a beautiful country. Do you have any favourite campgrounds in Canada? Share them below!