Hello tent-haters. I get it. I used to be you. I didn’t want to set foot into the wilderness. Packing for the weekend trip? That sounded like a nightmare – and the lack of showers? Disgusting. Now? We embrace sleeping in tents. We love the weekends we can pack up, get away and come home sticky with marshmallows and sap and needing no fewer than four showers to get rid of that signature campfire smell.
I get it though. You have to be ready to spend the weekend in a tent, especially with kids. Just in case you’re not – I’ve got some options for you. From comfort camping, to spending the weekend at one of our favorite beaches, here are comfort camping and non-tent camping options for you, right here in Alberta.
Comfort Camping at Dinosaur Provincial Park
There’s a bed, and a refrigerator and you can plug in your phone to listen to whatever it is you listen to at-home when you fall asleep. There’s a secret about camping though – those rain sounds and nature sounds you listen to through Songza? Those things are free in the wilderness. Here at Dinosaur Provincial Park, you’re in the midst of one of the most fun places to explore in the province, sleeping in a wonderful walled tent.
Otentik at Two Jacks Lakeside Campground
There are ten tents available at Two Jacks Lakeside Campground, in Banff. You’re going to have to put this destination on your radar for next season though, because booking early in the year to get a spot is recommended. The tents are more like cabins inside, with enough room for the entire family, a stove to keep warm and a grill to make dinner easy. Get more information about Otentiks and various locations.
Yurt Camping at Pigeon Lake
Camping in a Yurt, a traditional round building, doesn’t even seem like camping – but don’t worry, it’s close enough to count. Plus, the kids are going to love the building, and the close proximity to the lake. The Yurt can be booked through Alberta Parks, for the rate of $120-165/night, ranging from accommodating four people, to eight people.
Tipi Camping in Kananaskis
Tipi sleeping is on our list for summer fun, and there are actually quite a few places that you can do it through the summer months. With lots to explore through Kananaskis, Sundance Lodge is one of our top picks. You can rent the Tipi for $90/night. Also available, are trappers tents, another unique experience.
The Nest at Slave Lake
If you’re really, really, really adverse to staying in a tent (even the fantastic options above) and you want to explore the best beach in Alberta, check out the Nest at Slave Lake. There are four bedrooms in the cabin-esque accomodations that will cost about $200/night. That’s not bad when you split it between a couple of families that want to head out for the weekend, explore the beaches in the area and not have to worry about sleeping in a tent after a long day at the beach. You can book it through Alberta Parks.