Camping in Canada National Parks
When the need for fresh air and skies filled with stars instead of city lights hits, it’s time to go camping. Canada has a plethora of places to pitch your tent or park your RV- from primitive camping to luxury camping. The national parks are beautiful and offer spectacular views. With almost 2,500 sites in Banff National Park alone, the only problem will be deciding where you want to stay.
Banff National Park, located near Alberta, Canada, is over 2,500 square miles of differing terrain. Mountains, glaciers, forest and valleys are all waiting to awe new and old visitors alike. Campers to Banff can choose from primitive camping with dry toilets in Rampart Creek to camping with all of the amenities including an electric fence enclosure for soft-side campers (tents and pop-outs) to protect you from bears.
Glacier National Park, in British Columbia, is an internal rain forest. Here, the warm, moist climate is perfect for cedars and hemlocks, mountain caribou and grizzly. See Illecillewaet Glacier. Camp in a national historic site during July and August at the Roger’s Pass and Loop Brook. Or do some backcountry camping after you hike Hermit Trail. Hermit camping is literally a tent pad and food storage locker. Very primitive. The breathtaking beauty all around makes up for the lack of amenities. Winter camping is also available in the unrestricted areas. Since part of Glacier National Park is in the Selkirk Mountain Range, skiers are irresistibly pulled to this area for some winter fun.
For some real wilderness adventure, Fundy National Park of Canada, has true New Brunswick wilderness. The tidal rises in the Bay of Fundy are the highest in the world. Enjoy the view of the Bay of Fundy from your yurt. Camping in a yurt provides an easy camping experience with more comfort and convenience than a tent. Another unique camping option is available at Headquarters Campground. Here they offer the oTENTik. This is a combination cabin/tent on a raised floor. Perfect for families with young children.
Want to see some Canadian cactus? Kootenay National Park has semi-arid grasslands, glaciers and the Rocky Mountain Trench. If you want to soak in a mineral rich thermal pool, consider camping at Redstreak campground. A 2.7 m trail hooks the campground to the thermal pool. Another shorter trail hooks the campground to the Radium Hot Springs where there are restaurants and services available.
Prince Edward Island National Park contains sandstone cliffs, beaches, barrier islands and dunes. A portion of the Maritime Plain Natural Region is protected within PEI National Park. See red fox make their dens in sand dunes. Camp in Cavendish Campground for a supervised white sand beach. Or you can choose Stanhope Campground which has a 10-km trail for biking, skating or walking. Stanhope is just a short walk to the beach. Either way, your family will love the experience of coastal camping at its best.
When camping in National Parks, please remember to preserve Canada’s wilderness for others to enjoy.