I love this article from Explore Canada featuring the Top 25 Campsites in Canada. We’ve tested out many on the list, including Townsite Campground in Waterton, Columbia Icefield Campground in Jasper, and Frenchman River Valley Campground in Grasslands.
I would like to throw a few more into the mix, as we do consider many different campsites our home for the summer. They’ve been tried, tested and tent-approved.
Here are our best campsites in Canadian parks (national and provincial):
Beaumont Provincial Park Campground – Vanderhoof, B.C.
En route to the Stewart-Cassier highway, this campground on Fraser Lake is home to one of the most beautiful sunsets we have witnessed. It’s quiet and peaceful here, and includes many activities along the sandy beaches such as swimming, canoeing, and water-skiing.
Rainey Creek Municipal Campground – Stewart, B.C.
Just on the outskirts of the town of Stewart, it offered very quiet and shaded sites. We were also lucky enough to get a bit of photography in, as a western screech owl frequented a tree right beside our tent! Very close to the Alaskan border and Fish Creek wildlife viewing platform.
Lower Lake Campground – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park in Kananaskis
One of our all time favourites – this has a backyard that you wish you could wake up to every morning. Just roll out of the tent and take in this view:
Ok, sure this is sunset, but you get the picture. Great location, as it is only a few minutes drive to the wildlife hotspot of Highwood Pass.
Belly River Campground – Waterton National Park
We’ve tested out the Townsite Campground (destroyed one of our tents after a huge storm), as well as Crandell Campground on Red Rock Canyon road (tent blew over 5 times in 4 days due to the wind), so third time was a charm as we discovered Belly River. It’s quiet and, most importantly, sheltered from all the crazy winds that blow through the main valleys of the park.
Another perk of this site is that the neighbours always seem to be into birding or wildlife photography and share their sightings every day.
Snaring River – Jasper National Park
The beautiful and private camp spots along the river are awesome. It’s first come first serve, so be sure to head there early in the day to try to find a riverside spot where you have the added bonus of a private path to the rocky banks. Gorgeous backyard to photograph the sun setting!
Lake Audy Campground – Riding Mountain National Park
This was probably the prettiest setting of a campsite that we have stayed at. Overlooking Audy Lake, this serene and private setting is perfect for watching the sun rising or setting. You must like driving gravel roads, however, as the rough, gravel trek in is the only option for accessing the site. It’s worth it!
Happy camping = happy campers.
Stay tuned for my review of US camping sites.