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Top Places to Camp in Canadian National Parks

Updated: Dec 28, 2023

In order to have the best camping trip possible, plan ahead. Some campgrounds take reservations, while others operate on a first-come, first-served basis, filling up early.

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  • Jasper National Park: This Alberta gem has 11 designated campgrounds, 39 designated hiking trails and a vast area extending over 11,000 square kilometres, making it the largest national park within Alberta’s Rocky Mountains.

  • Banff National Park: Another Alberta beauty, it offers 12 designated campgrounds, with 94 designated hiking trails and a park size of more than 6,600 square kilometres. It’s Canada’s oldest national park, established in 1885.

  • Waterton Lakes National Park: Also in Alberta, it holds 12 designated campgrounds, 29 designated hiking trails and a modest park size of just over 500 square kilometres.

  • Prince Albert National Park: Yes, Alberta again, with 20 designated campgrounds to choose from. It offers 25 designated hiking trails and a park size clocking in at nearly 3,900 square kilometres

  • Yoho National Park: Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, the park in British Columbia has nine designated campgrounds to choose from, 22 designated hiking trails and a park size of 1,300 square kilometres.

  • Riding Mountain National Park: Located in Manitoba stands out from its surroundings of prairie farmland, rising above the region with six designated campgrounds and a hefty 56 designated hiking trails across nearly 3,000 square kilometres.

  • Kootenay National Park: Filled with breathtaking mountainous views, Kootenay National Park in British Columbia has just three designated campgrounds but plenty of designated hiking trails, 30 to be exact. The park itself is spread out across a little more than 1,400 square kilometres.

  • Glacier National Park: Calling British Columbia home, Glacier National Park provides a beautiful escape to the mountains, with high peaks and active glaciers. There are five designated campgrounds and 19 designated hiking trails to be explored. It is more than 1,300 square kilometres in size.

  • Bruce Peninsula National Park: Located In Ontario, at just 125 square kilometres, it makes up for its size with a wealth of beauty, with plenty of vistas to watch the sunrise or sunset. The park has three designated campgrounds and 28 designated hiking trails.

  • Wood Buffalo National Park: Located in northeastern Alberta and the southern Northwest Territories, it is the largest national park of Canada at 44,741 km² - a larger area than Switzerland, making It the second-largest national park in the world. It has 19 peaceful sites equipped with fire pits, tent pads and picnic tables, and nine designated hiking trails


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