While camping season may be over for many, Alberta actually has plenty of campgrounds that can be booked year-round, allowing you to go camping even in the winter.
It can get chilly in Alberta, but there’s nothing more festive than warming up with a hot chocolate around the campfire, and there’s a plethora of winter activities to do during the day, from skiing to winter hiking.
If you’re feeling adventurous, these are the campsites to book in Alberta now.
Where can I camp in Alberta in winter?
Year-round campgrounds in Alberta Parks include Elkwater, Spruce Coulee, Dinosaur, Kinbrook Island, McLean Creek, Vermilion, Crimson Lake, Pigeon Lake, Beauvais Lake, Gregg Lake, Jarvis Lake, Carson-Pegasus and Writing-on-Stone.
Reservations for these campsites can be made online.
Campgrounds are available year-round in Alberta’s national parks. In Banff, you can still reserve spots at Tunnel Mountain – Village II, and in Jasper, you can reserve spots at Wapiti and Palisades campgrounds.
Also, up in northern Alberta, you can camp at Wood Buffalo’s Pine Lake campground.
You can reserve seats on the Parks Canada website.
Can you camp in winter?
Despite the freezing temperatures, it’s actually possible to camp in winter as long as you’re super prepared. You’ll need gear appropriate for the weather and plenty of layers of clothing.
If you don’t want to brave your own tent, you can hire an RV, or some parks have more permanent tents and yurts that you can reserve instead.
Parks Canada has also shared plenty of winter camping tips to get you started.