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Calling all campers! Seasoned and beginners, those looking for a car camping trip or a backpacking trip, it’s time plan the next trek to Canada! The massive country to the north is full of stunning mountain scenes, quaint islands, unique wildlife, and amazing campsites. From east to west, check out the best camping in Canada.
1. Ovens Natural Park, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia’s most beautiful campsite, Ovens Natural Park, is perfect for your camping trip in Canada. The private campsite features over 180 acres of land and forest trails along the Northern Atlantic Coast. Ovens Natural Park is home to the region’s famous sea caves in the shape of small ovens, giving the park its name. When camping at Ovens Natural Park, you can choose from rustic cabins fit for a small group or a family, or you can come with an RV, or pitch your own tent. While in Ovens Natural Park, don’t miss out on the kayaking, gold panning, hiking, or museums in the area.
2. Alice Lake Provincial Park, British Columbia
Alice Lake, located in Squamish, British Columbia, is a family-friendly campsite filled with adventure. The site is right along the Alice Lake, amongst the towering pine trees and grassy green fields of the park. Alice Lake Provincial Park is full of hiking trails, including the Four Lakes Trail and the DeBeck’s Hill Trail, great to explore with the family. Aside from the fantastic hiking, the park is home to great canoeing, swimming, fishing, and cycling, Alice Lake can get crowded, so be sure to make a reservation in advance.
3. Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador
Eastern Canada’s premier camping site is Gros Morne National Park. The park is found on the island of Newfoundland in the Long Range Mountains. Enjoy the park’s vibrant green cliffs, mountainous trails, and cold, blue streams and rivers. Gros Morne National Park has several main campsites where you can reserve a spot, including Trout River, Berry Hill, Green Point, and Shallow Bay. If you’re not the pitch-your-own-tent kind of camper, Gros Morne offers cabins equipped with bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchenettes, as well as an almost glamping style of camping with “oTENTiks”. You can register and reserve through the Parks Canada website.
4. St Lawrence Parks, Ontario
Camp out alongside the famous St. Lawrence River itself. The Parks at St. Lawrence allow you to reserve a spot to pitch your tent and stay out under the stars. Check out the Ivy Lea Campground at St. Lawrence Parks, located in the Thousand Islands. The campsite has over a hundred cabins and places to pitch a tent or set up the RV. Plus, with great waters nearby you can enjoy everything from swimming to scuba diving. The area around Ivy Lea is full of historic sites to visit, including Fort Henry, Boldt Castle, and the Village of Rockport.
5. Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia
If you’re looking for adventure, why not go camping at the most prominent mountain in the Rocky Mountains of North America? Mt. Robson sits at 4,000 feet and the park is the second oldest provincial park in all of British Columbia. The park is often described as the most majestic camping site in Canada, with the towering snow-capped peaks creating a breathtaking backdrop. Camping in Mount Robson offers space at Robson Meadows Campground.
6. Sandy Beach Campground, Alberta
Located just outside Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, Sandy Beach is a unique camping experience offering campers tons of activities during the day and a great place to stay at night. At Sandy Beach, families can explore the marsh, rent a boat and go kayaking in Sandy Lake, or camp out by the lake with a fire pit and some s’mores. Sandy Beach Campground offers spots for tents and RVs and campers, as well as cottages.
7. Bella Pacifica Resort-Campground, British Columbia
Located on Canada’s west coast, Bella Pacifica is the campsite of dreams. The campsite sits right along the beach just north of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Campers have the ability to camp out right on the sand, as well as various spots along the trails moving more inland from the shore. Enjoy the trails, the sun, the sand, and the sea, as well as nights under the stars in British Columbia. Nearby Pacific Rim National Park is home to sandy hikes, kayaking, boating, swimming, fishing, and all-round stunning views.
Great post about the best camping sites in Canada. Never knew that Canada has some majestic camping sites as well for the thrill-seeking adventurers. I’d be sure to check these places when I get to Canada.
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