The Only Guide You Need to Alberta Provincial Parks

By Court Lundy

There are some parts of Canada that are completely underrated when it comes to road trips. Alberta is one of the most beautiful provinces in Canada, for example, so why haven’t you been camping there yet?!

Summer is coming up and the camping weather is on it’s way! Maybe you are reading this in winter - but that's all the more reason to plan ahead and dream. You may be planning a last minute trip or are still planning your summer getaway. If you haven’t been to Alberta to camp yet, you’re in for a treat. You’ll be able to camp under mountains, near sparkling lakes, and experience an RV trip like never before.

This guide to Alberta Provincial Parks will change your mind if you’re thinking about going anywhere else for your annual RV road trip this summer!

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       Dinosaur Provincial Park

Best time to visit: At Dinosaur Provincial Park, you can camp all year round. However, the best time to visit is in June and July. It’s not too hot, and you can be sure to snag a spot during those months. Dinosaur Campground is the main campground in the park, and most of the campsites lead to a creek. The best part about this campground? There are plenty of dinosaur bones you can spot on a guided tour of the park!

RV hookups available: Yes! This is an RV friendly park.

Things you must do at Dinosaur Provincial Park: Like I mentioned before, the main attraction of this park is that there is a tour where you can spot a ton of dinosaur bones. If you have a family, this is a great way to get them to go camping! You can expect a lot of wildlife to be around, so keep an eye out for different animals. There is also a wide range of trails that are pretty short, but lead to awesome views.

Tips: Reservations start on February 19th for the upcoming season. Booking in advance is smart, so you can be sure that you have a spot. However, you do not need a reservation for winter camping.

How to book: Online here, or call 1 (877) 537-2757.

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       Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Best time to visit: Peter Lougheed Provincial Park has 13 campgrounds available, so if you’re worried about not getting a spot, don’t! All of the campgrounds at Peter Loughheed Provincial Park have different opening and closing dates, but all of them are open during summer months. You can pretty much know that whenever you decide to come here, it will be amazing. The views around the park are to die for, so you should come multiple times during the summer, or try out different campsites!

RV hookups available: Yes. All 13 campgrounds are great for RVs.

Things to do at Peter Loughheed Provincial Park: Since there are so many campgrounds here, you can pretty much do every activity possible. If you’re a biker, make sure to bring your bike on your RV so you can ride along the great trails that they have. Fishing is also great here because the water is so clear!

Tips: Most of the campgrounds have different reservation requirements and dates. Check out the specific campground you want to make sure it aligns with your trip.

How to book: Online here, or call 1 (877) 537-2757.

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       Castle Provincial Park

Best time to visit: Castle Provincial Park has five campgrounds that open either early or mid-May up until October. Some of them are first come first serve, so it would be best to go during the off months which are June, September, and October. That way, you’ll get nice weather and a not-so-crowded campground!

RV hookups available: Most of the campgrounds are unserviced, but a couple do have power hookups.

Things to do at Castle Provincial Park: If you’re big on hunting, it is allowed at Castle Provincial Park. You can also bring a canoe or kayak along to ride the smooth waters that Castle Provincial Park has! It is also a great place to take your family if they love to swim, and you can also bring your boat along with you.

Tips: Some of the campgrounds do require reservations, but others are first come first serve. Base your trip off of these rules, and you’ll be good to go.

How to book: Online here, or call 1 (877) 537-2757.

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       Kinbrook Island Provincial Park

Best time to visit: At Kinbrook Island Provincial Park, you can camp all year round! However, the summer months here are best because of the long beaches they have that will make you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation. In the hot summer months, the beaches are filled with families. If you’re going on vacation with your family this summer, this is the perfect spot to bring them. I guarantee no one will want to leave!

RV hookups available: Yes, there are 160 campsites that are perfect for RVs.

Things to do at Kinbrook Island Provincial Park: When you see the beach at Kinbrook Island Campground, it’s okay if that’s the only place you want to go. They have a place to play volleyball, you can go fishing, and there are so many more family activities! Kinbrook Island also has a playground for young kids.

Tips: Only 14 out of 160 campsites are unserviced, but they fill up fast! You can start reserving your spot on February 19th for the summer ahead.

How to book: Online here, or call 1 (877) 537-2757.

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       Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

Best time to visit: This campground has been around for thousands of years, and it’s one of the most interesting in Alberta. When you get there, you may expect it to be covered with trees, but from the photo above it’s got a whole different vibe. Of course, every campground has shade so you’ll enjoy the warm summer months without overheating. If you’re looking for a different experience, this is the one for you. No matter who you go with, they’ll absolutely love it as well. It’s open year-round, but the summer months are calling you!

RV hookups available: Yes, RVs are welcome whether they need power or not.

Things to do at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park: There is a great beach waiting for you at Writing-on-Stone campground, or you can take one of the many trails and see all of the monuments that the grounds have to offer. You’ll notice that there are a ton of hoodoos that have writing on them from ages ago. Take this opportunity to really embrace how unique this campground is!

Tips: During the summer months you need a reservation, but if you’re planning on going outside of the summer months, it’s first come first serve.

How to book: Online here, or call 1 (877) 537-2757.

 

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