Camping season (and booking campsite season) is right around the corner. If you’re in the market for adventure this summer, we’re sharing some of our favourite campgrounds that kids should experience at least once in their childhood, right here:
Dinosaur Provincial Park
You’re driving, it’s flat prairie – and then everything changes. The kids take notice and suddenly everything around them is ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’. You’ve hit Dinosaur Provincial park where the landscape of rocks and hoodoos transports you back to a place where kids can hunt for dinosaurs (and spot the occasional rattlesnake).
Campsites have fantastic views and there is tons to explore. You can even book a tour through the interpretive centre nearby. You’re going to want to ditch those fun kids sleeping bags, and bring the real thing. (see our full review)
One of the best campgrounds we’ve stayed at for the simple fact the kids can run, run and run some more. Stay in loop B, where there is a giant rock perfect for climbing, and a playground for the kids to entertain themselves. Within sight, there’s also a great loop around for biking and running.
You’re not going to want to miss this campground. (read our full review)
Columbia Icefields Campground
The Columbia Icefields campground is located 100 km south of Jasper, on the Ice Fields Parkway near the Columbia Icefields.
You’re going to want to come for the views, the small campground feel (there are only 33 sites) and the fact that it makes an excellent place to set up camp while you’re exploring the area. What should you do while you’re there? Try the kid friendly walk: Parker’s Ridge for stunning glacier views, and explore the icefields.
There are no showers, no reservations, so you’re going to want to make sure you get there early to get a spot in the campground. It’s what the kids call ‘real camping’ where you’re likely to see a bear wandering around your campsite, be bear aware.
Writing on Stone Provincial Park
Swim in the milk river, explore the hoodoo trail (kid friendly 2 km) and go tubing. Those are a few of the reasons you’re going to want to choose Writing on Stone Provincial Park as one of your ‘must do’ camping destinations with kids. There’s so much to do that they’re never going to be bored.
If you prefer, there’s comfort camping, where you can leave the tent at home ($115/night). It’s a six hour drive, so we reserve it for a long weekend trip.
Crescent Falls Campground
Crescent Falls is one of those places where the campsites are going to leave you wanting to go back, well treed and close to trails, no reservations are available. If you’re lucky you can get one of the six walk-in campsites located next to the Big Horn River. It’s worth it – just pack a bit lighter than you usually would if you want to have a chance at the walk-in site.
What are some of your childhood Alberta Bucket List Campgrounds?