So many wonderful childhood memories are made while camping around Alberta’s beautiful natural areas. Here are three of the best campsites around the province to enjoy with family of all ages.
Long Lake Provincial Park
The beautiful campground at Long Lake Provincial Park is a little-known gem that is just a short hour and a half drive north of Edmonton. It is the perfect place for an easy family getaway without too much time spent on the road.
Long Lake Provincial Park’s campground offers a number of great amenities. There are multiple beaches located within the campground as well as two separate playgrounds. The concession stand is a popular destination for kids, especially for ice cream on hot days. This campground even has laundry facilities and a grocery store to cover any unexpected circumstances.
The lake itself is spectacular and definitely a destination for fishing enthusiasts. The campground offers a designated boat launch for campers’ use as well as a fish cleaning station.
Powered campsites (15/30 amps) at Long Lake Provincial Park cost $43 a night and unserviced spots are $35. Don’t forget that there is a $12 reservation fee on all Alberta provincial park reservations.
After being closed for renovations since 2018, the popular Whistler’s Campground in Jasper National Park will be welcoming guests again starting on July 12. Visitors were able to start reserving their sites on June 24.
Families can expect to find their favourite campground revitalized with a new registration center, brand new washrooms and showers, new picnic tables and firepits, wider roads and improved hookups.
Whistler’s Campground is located at the base of Whistler’s Mountain and just a short drive from the Jasper townsite. There are countless activities for families to enjoy in the area. It is a hiker’s paradise with trails for all abilities, each with its own spectacular views of the stunning Rocky Mountains. Waterfalls, a mountain tram, hot springs, refreshing mountain lakes – the list of incredible things to do and see near Whistler’s campground is endless.
A fully serviced campsite at Whistler’s costs $39.04 per night while a site with just electrical is $33.01. Unserviced sites are $28 per night. All visitors to Canadian National Parks require a National Park Pass which cost $20 per family per day.
Chain Lakes Provincial Park
Chain Lakes Provincial Park has been called an oasis on the prairies. It is located southwest of Calgary near Nanton along the Chain Lakes Reservoir. Families flock to Chain Lakes to enjoy a stress-free getaway in a beautiful setting.
The beach near the day use area of Chain Lakes Provincial Park is located adjacent to a large, grassy picnic area and playground. The concession runs from May to September and is a great place to pick up a cold drink or treat.
For those who love boating and fishing, there are a few convenient boat launches very close to the campground. People come to Chain Lakes specifically to cast their lines for rainbow trout and bull trout. Don’t forget that bull trout are an at-risk species and must be released in good condition.
The campground at Chain Lakes Provincial Park has both reservable and first-come spots available year-round. Powered sites (15/30 amp) are $36 per night and unserviced sites are $28 per night. If campers choose to reserve sites in advance, there is a $12 reservation fee added.
Exploring Alberta’s Beauty
From gorgeous lakes to spectacular mountains and rolling prairies, Alberta has so much to explore and an RV is the perfect way to experience it all. Families can discover so many great spots to create wonderful, carefree memories that can be cherished for a lifetime.
Pack up the RV – it is the perfect summer to explore everything that Alberta has to offer!