Part 2 of the series: The Best Camping Around the World
It would be impossible for one person to find all of the best camping in Canada. With all of the uninhabited forests, mountains, and coastal wilderness how could we narrow it down?
Since we couldn’t possibly visit them all, we asked some experts in the field. Below are some of the best new travel bloggers revealing their favorite campsites in Canada.
Some of these amazing Canadian campsites you may not have heard of before. Others are giants in the outside community.
Either way, these writers give the most compelling reason yet why you should get into the great outdoors and find these camping gems in Canada.
The Best Camping in Canada’s West Coast
We’ll start by exploring British Columbia. With vast alpine forests meeting the Pacific Ocean, Canada’s western Provence has the perfect recipe for adventure, nature, and relaxation.
I think you’ll agree that this is one of the best places to find amazing camping in Canada.
Wells Gray Provincial Park, BC
by Debbie Fettback from World Adventurists
Wells Gray Provincial Park in beautiful British Columbia is one of the best places to camp if you would like to be surrounded by a park full of waterfalls. British Columbia’s fourth-largest park, with 5000 km² of nearly untouched wilderness has an impressive 41 named waterfalls. Even better, is that the most popular falls are a short walk or hike from the car. The most well-known waterfall that gained Wells Gray all the attention is Helmcken Falls, which cascades 141m into the canyon below. Another popular favorite is Moul Falls, where you can walk behind the falls to witness its power.
However, there is also more to the park than just waterfalls! You will also find spectacular hiking. The Trophy Mountain meadows are one of the most easily accessible sub-alpine meadows in B.C. Peak wildflower bloom is in July and August, making this trail extremely popular during the summer months. You can also find grand adventures with a wildlife safari, a boat tour on Clearwater Lake, or enjoy the simplicity of a refreshing swim in a cold lake.
There are three campgrounds to choose from that include Clearwater Lake, Pyramid, and Falls Creek. Wilderness camping is also available, but only reachable by boat. Reservations can be made at the BC Parks website at discovercamping.ca.
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The Best Camping in Canada’s Rocky Mountains
Next we head East to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. I don’t know about you, but every time I see a picture of one of these lakes I can’t help but believe they haven’t been altered in some way.
They are just too beautiful to be real. But as you’ll see, not only are they for real, they are also accessible.
I dare you to finish reading about them before you’re ready to pack you bags and explore these National Parks.
See why these belong at the top of the list of the best camping in Canada.
Jasper National Park
by John Vo from Your Destination is Everywhere
Tucked in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park is among the top camping destinations in the world (attracts millions of visitors each year). Between the towering mountain ranges, sweeping valleys, waterfalls, alpine meadows, and world-famous glaciers, you can easily spend days exploring this beautiful region.
There is a wide range of camping options available within the park limits. Most people opt to spend their time in the front country because it is easy and comfortable. Some campgrounds are fully equipped with flush toilets, kitchens, and hot showers while others only provide the essential amenities.
If you are looking for more of an adventure, maybe spend a night or two camping in the backcountry. Jasper is, after all, home to some of the best backpacking trails in Canada. The Skyline Trail, as well as Tonquin Valley, are both bucket list-worthy hikes.
In addition, did you know that Jasper National Park is one of 17 designated Dark Sky Preserves in Canada? Located far away from the city lights, the night sky here in Jasper is something else. You can spot the Milky Way, different planets of the Solar System, and all sorts of constellations even with naked eyes. If you are lucky, the Northern Light might even be visible.
So, if you happen to visit Jasper, definitely plan on camping for a few nights. It’s a great way to experience the wilder side of the park while cutting down on your budget at the same time (Canada is an expensive country to visit).
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The Best Camping in Canada’s Great Lakes
Don’t worry! We haven’t left out the middle of the country. In fact, you don’t have to travel too far to find some of the best Canadian camping.
While a majority of Canadians live along the southern border, they still have left a lot of pristine wilderness to enjoy camping.
This is also a nearby option for their Southern neighbors to hop across the border to see the other side of the Great Lakes.
Just look at the picture and imagine yourself here. Ontario offers more than enough places to get the most out of lake life.
No wonder we included this as one of the best places to camp in Canada.
Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario
by Julie Kosker from Koskers Idlewild
Looking for a backcountry canoe trip that can be catered to all levels of adventurers? Killarney Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada is truly a dream location!
This region is peppered with crystal clear lakes, granite rocks, and great hikes. Sitting up at night, you may not be able to take advantage of the dark sky due to the length of the day in the summer, but you will hear the calls of loons!
The water is cool, but so clear that you can see deep down to the rocks. While canoeing over the lakes, you will likely see a loon diving beneath your canoe.
You must have a permit for the lakes that you plan to camp along. While this takes a bit of planning, it guarantees an available campsite and low crowds. Reservations open up 5 months in advance and it’s recommended to grab your reservations precisely when the reservations open for your trip. If you’re comfortable with portaging, you will quickly travel over the more popular lakes and enjoy solo camping in the pristine landscape.
There is also a wonderful campground along the banks of George Lake for those of you who prefer day trips on canoe and base camp hiking.
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Meat Cove, Nova Scotia
by Don Yap from Exploring With The Yaps
Hidden away at the northernmost tip of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island is one of the best camping places in the world. Taking the 8km detour off the Trans Canada Highway will take you up and down massive coastal mountains along gravel roads. You’ll swear you’ve been transported to Isla Nublar, But the journey there is just a prelude to what’s to come.
Arriving at the site you are treated to one of the most spectacular views on the Island as the rugged cliffs meeting the ocean below. The campsite sits right on the cliffs with the white sandy beach below. Due to its remoteness, staying here truly feels like you’re living at the end of the world.
There are several trails that start from the main campsite that will take you high into the Cape Breton Highlands. Climb up to the top of the Mountain trail with stunning 360 views of the river valley and rugged cliffs meeting the ocean below.
Once you’re done exploring the area, be sure to check out the full-serve campsite, there are hot showers, free wifi and even cabins you can rent with front covered decks, benches and spectacular views of Meat Cove below.
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What did I tell you? These are just a few examples for you to explore if you are looking for the best camping in Canada.
We want to thank all of the writers for their contribution to this article. Without their knowledge and experience we would have taken a lifetime to explore all of these amazing campsites.
This is part 1 of a series exploring the Best Camping in the World. Look for part 2 later this week.
In the meantime, if you are looking for great camping advice check out our guide to car camping.
And if you are interested in wild camping, we have a guide for that too. Here is our wild camping checklist to make sure you pack everything you need for your first, or next wilderness camping adventure.