Summer is so close you can almost taste it, so pack your bags and grab your friends, because this summer is going to be full of adventures.
Don’t know what places to put down on your 2018 summer camping list? Here’s a few to get all you nature-loving explorers out there and experiencing the best of Alberta’s great outdoors!
…just make sure to pack that bug spray.
Bow Valley will transport your mind to a place of pure bliss, with its turquoise waters and vast mountain ranges. Grab a canoe and paddle along Bow River for an even better view of the beautiful outdoors! If you are a rock climber, this place offers several routes for you to ascend (or try to, at least).
Where: Bow Valley Campground, Hwy-1, Bighorn No. 8, Alberta
Distance Away: 1 hour (from Calgary)
Willmore Wilderness Park is abundant in activities if you are looking for more than just an afternoon sitting by the lake. Mountain biking, horseback riding, and backcountry camping all await you here! This oasis also provides several hiking trails for those wanting to experience the outdoors by foot.
Where: Improvement District No. 25, Alberta
Distance Away: 7 hours and 30 minutes (from Calgary)
This is Canada’s largest National Park and is one of the largest parks in the entire world. It’s ridiculously gorgeous and filled to the brim with some of Canada’s best natural beauty. Wood Buffalo National Park was established in 1922 to protect the few herds of bison left in North America. Come and catch a glimpse of the once near-extinct animals in their natural habitat.
Where: Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta
Distance Away: 14 hours and 20 minutes (from Calgary)
Stories and tales have been carved into these stones by Indigenous people more than several hundred years ago. Writing on Stone Provincial Park is the perfect place to get away from the city and get in touch with your Canadian roots — all while enjoying a lazy day near Milk River, or taking a dip in the refreshing water.
Where: NW 36 TW1 range 13, Milk River, Alberta
Distance Away: 3 hours and 3o minutes (from Calgary)
The large mountains surrounding Two Jack Lake will have your jaw hitting the ground — sure, you can take a picture, but nothing will compare to the real thing. The campsite is perfect if you are looking to get some privacy from neighbouring campers because it is located in a largely forested area. Keep your eye out for a bighorn sheep, or elk — there’s an abundance of wildlife around the lake for you to observe up close and personal.
Where: Improvement District No. 9, Alberta
Distance Away: 1 hour and 30 minutes (from Calgary)
You won’t want to leave these falls after seeing them this summer! Stay a night — or a week — and enjoy the cool water of Crescent Falls, along with horseback riding and some fishing as well! Maybe — if you are brave enough — take a dip in the chilly water to wash off that summer sweat.
Where: Clearwater County, AB
Distance Away: 3 hours and 20 minutes (from Calgary)
Newlyweds or not, this lake is the perfect get-away from reality. Bring a canoe and launch it into the crisp and clear water for an expedition to discover the magical places only a canoe can reach. Take a hike and discover the two neighbouring lakes — they’re well worth the trek.
Where: Improvement District No. 12, Alberta
Distance Away: 4 hours and 22 minutes (from Calgary)