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Winter Campsites: Three Great Alberta Campgrounds for Cold Weather Adventures

There is no better way to explore everything that an Albertan winter has to offer than RV camping in the snow.
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Whether you love snowmobiling, skiing, skating, or snowshoeing, you can find all sorts of great outdoor activities that embrace our longest season at any of these incredible campgrounds.

Tunnel Mountain Village II Campground, Banff National Park

Tunnel Mountain Village II Campground is located just minutes outside of Banff Townsite. With three world-renowned ski resorts nearby, it is a popular choice for downhill skiers and snowboarders. You can hit the slopes early and warm up by the fire at the end of the day. To make it even easier, year-round bus service from the campground into town is available and shuttles to the resorts depart from a number of locations.

Hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and even dog sledding are all close to Tunnel Mountain Village II campground. It is also a short drive from the historic Banff Upper Hot Springs where you can take a dip in a natural hot spring pool.

The campground features heated bathrooms with showers and electrical hookup. Sites are reservable online and cost $35.50 per night. Fire permits at national parks are an additional $9.25 per day, but they include firewood.

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Wapiti Campground, Jasper National Park

Wapiti Campground near Jasper townsite is a very popular winter camping destination. Not only is it close to Marmot Basin ski resort, but it is perfectly located to enjoy a variety of unique winter activities like ice canyon hiking and walking between frozen waterfalls. Jasper National Park is also certified as a Dark Sky Preserve which means the star gazing opportunities are incredible.

In the winter, Wapiti Campground sites only have electrical hookups. There is no drinking water available on-site and no access to the sani dump. The campground does have flush toilets and showers available in the winter months, though. Sites cost $34.50 with electrical hookup with an additional $9.25 per day if you want to have a fire.

Kinbrook Island Campground at Kinbrook Provincial Park

Kinbrook Island Campground is located approximately 13 kilometers south of Brooks off of Highway 873. Campers love this location in the winter for its access to on-lake snowmobiling and cross-country skiing at the Kinbrook Marsh interpretive trail. The lake is also great for skating.

There are no flush toilets or showers available at this campground in the winter, but their outhouse is open year-round. Make sure to bring your own firewood and drinking water.  Campsites at Kinbrook Island Campground cost $34 per night.

Before you head out to enjoy any of these incredible winter campgrounds, make sure you check the weather report and pack extra layers. When you’re prepared, winter camping can be an incredible adventure. The peaceful serenity of a snowy day followed by a hot meal by a roaring fire is an experience you will never forget.

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