Summer is camping season in Canada, and there are incredible parks and sites to sleep under the stars. Here are the best campsites in Canada.
Suit up in your storm gear and watch the winter breakers crash on a rocky shoreline, or enjoy a summer stroll along an endless sandy beach. Step out of your kayak to be greeted by a First Nation Beach Keeper, or hear ancient legends told around the campfire by Guardians of the West Coast Trail. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve offers a West Coast experience steeped in nature and history.
Cyprus Lake Campground is located on a small inland lake that provides campers with scenic views at all times of the day. Campsite are located within close proximity to the shoreline for water activities or some R&R. You can also camp luxuriously in one of their 10 Yurts.
Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is a magnificent place of shimmering lakes, glistening glaciers, sky scraping peaks and sun-dappled alpine meadows. World renowned Mount Assiniboine, at an elevation of 3,618 metres, is situated along the continental divide near the south east corner of the park and has defined mountain splendour in the Canadian Rockies for over 100 years.
Extending over 11,000 square kilometres, it is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies and part of UNESCO’s Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. There are five spectacular regions, and guests can explore their extensive trail network, visit their famous red chair locations or participate in Parks Canada led programs and events.
The prairies of Alberta meet the peaks of the Rocky Mountains in Waterton Lakes National Park. Clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, rainbow-coloured streams, colourful rocks and mountain vistas await hikers and sightseers. With an exceptional diversity of wildlife and wildflowers and a cozy little waterfront town to serve as a home base, Waterton packs a big natural punch into a relatively small and accessible area.
Stretching approximately 100 kilometres along the south shore of Lake Athabasca, the Athabasca Sand Dunes is the largest active sand surface in Canada. With outstanding scenery, dunes as high as 30 meters and a unique ecosystem that’s rich in rare and endemic (only found here) plants, scientists consider the dunes an evolutionary puzzle. In order to protect the fragile environment, the park has been divided into three management zones, each with different guidelines to govern camping and visitor activities.