Best Places to Camp North of the Border
September 28, 2016 |
11 minute read
Published in Active Meaningful Years
Planning on making a camping trip for the August long weekend? From West to East, here is the best spot to hit up in each province across Canada.
Pacific Rim National Park: Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is a Canadian national park reserve in British Columbia comprising three separate regions: Long Beach, the Broken Group Islands, and the West Coast Trail. Although it may take a while to get there (1H 45 ferry, and 3+ hour drive), the breath taking views, and spectacular beaches are home to some of the best surfing in North America... Bring a wet suit!
Garibaldi Lake: Garibaldi Provincial Park, also called Garibaldi Park, is a wilderness park located in British Columbia, Canada, about 70 kilometers north of Vancouver. The bright blue glacier fed lake is a sight to behold. Hike up Panorama Ridge for the most spectacular view you will ever see. Camping fills up early, so make sure you get to the trail head at the crack of dawn.
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park: Although it's a bit out of the way, with 15 camp grounds, a plethora of hikes, spectacular glacier lakes, and stunning mountain views, this is one park you can't miss!
Grasslands National Park: Get the real prairies experience and feel the solitude of the wide-open plain as the wind ripples a sea of grasses beneath the clear blue sky. Ride a traditional wagon, sit before a crackling campfire or spend the night beneath a canopy of brilliant stars. Bring the kids? Keep your nose to the ground and keep an eye out for dinosaur bones!
Nopiming Provincial Park: Choose to camp in any of the park's four campgrounds, or stay in one of three well-known lodges in the park. As you leave the prairies you will see the Canadian shield start to emerge, as Manitoba's many lakes and rivers cut deep into the rocky terrain.
Killarney Provincial Park: This iconic 645 square kilometer wilderness landscape showcases the wild Georgian Bay Coast of pink granite; the La Cloche Mountains’ white quartzite ridges and over 50 exceptionally clear, sapphire lakes set among Jack Pine hills. With an extensive network of rivers for canoeing and kayaking, there's something for everyone.
Bon Echo Provincial Park: From Aboriginal pictographs, to hiking trails for all skill levels, Bon Echo Provincial Park is perfect for anyone looking to RV, car camp, back country camp, or for people looking for roofed accommodations.
Parc National du Fjord-du-Saguenay: With awe-inspiring scenery, this magnificent fjord is truly a show of colossal strength. Head to Baie de Tadoussac and admire the extraordinary panaroma, or just kick back and relax and watch the thousands of migrating birds take flight.
Forillon National Park: Located at the outer tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, Forillon National Park offers a wide range of experiences by the sea, along cliffs and in the forest. Take a stroll along the beaches, and go snorkeling to discover colorful underwater plant and wildlife. This park truly is a treasure to behold.
Newfoundland & Labrador
Gros Morne National Park: Gros Morne National Park is a world heritage site located on the west coast of Newfoundland. Shaped by colliding continents and glaciers, the soaring fjords and mountains tower above a diverse landscape of bogs, forests, cliffs, and everything in between. Check out the gorge of Western Brook Pond, hike to the alpine highlands, or explore the colorful culture of the local seaside villages.
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island National Park: Located on the smallest province in Canada (smaller than some of the parks listed above). Situated along the island's north shore, fronting the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the park is ideal for beach goers who want something rugged, with spots of tall flowing grasses, and quaint little lighthouses.
Fundy National Park: From the worlds highest tides (up to 12m!), to the most pristine untouched forests, and deluxe campgrounds to keep everyone happy. For something a little different, grab a Yurt! In the morning, grab the kayaks and explore the shoreline. Or venture inland and explore waterfalls that have been hidden for centuries in the deep Acadian forests.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park: Where the mountains meet the sea, and the world-famous Cabot Trail coastline winds through the Cape Breton highlands through forested river canyons that carve deep into the ancient plateau. Keep your eyes open, there will be moose and bald eagles a plenty!