Nothing makes it feel like summer is in full swing than a camping trip with friends or family. To help narrow down some of your options, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 favourite campsites for both Alberta and Ontario.
Best Alberta Campsite #5:
Less spooky than it sounds, Indian Graves campsite offers excellent opportunities for outdoor activities, such as horseback riding, hiking and fishing. Located in Southern Alberta, Indian Graves is just an hour outside of Calgary.
Best Alberta Campsite #4:
With a huge playground right on the beach, Elkwater in Cypress Hills is a great place for a family camping trip. It also has tons of great amenities and is a good choice for both tenting and RVing. Another perk for families living in Medicine Hat – the site is less than an hour away.
Best Alberta Campsite #3:
The badlands and hoodoos of the main campsite of Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park makes for a memorable experience for the whole family. Consider booking a tour or attending some interpretive programs, which include entertaining activities such as storytelling, dancing and games. Writing-On-Stone is less than two hours south of Lethbridge.
Best Alberta Campsite #2:
Mountaineers marvel at majestic glaciers while using Columbia Icefield Campground in Jasper as a home base. Want to get an even better vantage of those lovely alpine vistas? Try visiting the Glacier Discovery Centre and booking a tour. Even though the Columbia Icefield Campground is over three hours northwest of Cochrane, it certainly promises to be well worth the drive.
Best Alberta Campsite #1:
Up for a trek? Only hikers have access to 360 views of Upper Kananaskis Country from Point Backcountry Campground. Apart from the roughly three kilometre hike required to get to the site, the nearby lake also offers plenty more physical activities with opportunities for canoeing or kayaking. Located in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, the rustic beauty of Point Backcountry makes the two hour drive, from Calgary, Okotoks or High River, time well spent.
Best Ontario Campsite #5:
Explore the expansive backcountry or take a dip at Mazinaw Lake Campground in Bon Echo Park. A daily boat tour takes visitors around both Upper and Lower Mazinaw Lake for close-up views of Bon Echo Rock’s native pictographs. Mazinaw Lake Campground is located two hours southwest of Renfrew.
Best Ontario Campsite #4:
Wildlife abounds in the protected marshes and sandy beaches of the main campground at Rondeau Provincial Park. The “Festival of Flight” brings countless birdwatchers from across North America to observe this springtime tradition. Directly off Lake Erie, Rondeau Provincial Park is an hour and a half southwest of London.
Best Ontario Campsite #3:
Ontario’s oldest and largest park, Algonguin Park, not only offers breathtaking landscapes, but also the chance to stay in a yurt. Great for anglers and hunters, the park permits both fishing and hunting. The main campsite at Algonguin Park is one hour northeast of Huntsville.
Best Ontario Campsite #2:
Made famous by the Group of Seven, Killarney Park’s George Lake Campsite is certainly an artist’s scenic muse. The stunning coast of pink granite contrasting against clear, sapphire lakes is truly a sight to behold. This inspiring campsite can be found an hour and a half south of Sudbury.
Best Ontario Campsite #1:
Watching sunsets from the lake side rocks of Agawa Bay in Lake Superior Park couldn’t be more idyllic. With 11 hiking trails spread through-out the provincial park, visitors need not only take in the beautiful beaches, but also the magnificent waterfalls and lush forests. A simple hour and a half drive north of Sault Ste. Marie will certainly be worth every minute when taking in the view from your beach-front campsite.
We’re confident our list inspires you to visit a new campsite you’ve never heard of or considered before. Perhaps this list also validates that your tried and true campsite is in fact a very desirable spot – sorry in advance for any extra visitors.
Before you book your site and start packing up your gear, make sure to also check out our camping tips blog for a few useful words of wisdom on how to make the time you spend in the great outdoors safer and stress-free.
Don’t forget about your insurance.
Depending on your insurance provider, if you are away for over 24 hours, you will have to arrange for someone to check on your home to make sure your insurance policy is still valid. A quick call to your broker should answer what time frame applies to your individual insurance policy. For more information on insurance or guidance on necessary measures you should take before you go away, please contact your local BrokerLink branch today.