The 10 Best Camping Destinations in Canada

The 10 Best Camping Destinations in Canada

We’ve ventured from the Rocky Mountains to the Bay of Fundy, across snow-capped mountains, prairies and sandy shores to find Canada’s best camping destinations. Go off-grid in the backcountry or bed down in a pre-pitched oTENTik – everyone will be a happy camper.

Canada, land of snow-capped mountains, dancing prairies,
craggy islands, moose and maple syrup. Sprawled across six time
zones, its glaciers, rainforests and beaches are top territories
for expeditions in the great outdoors. Whether you’re the type that
likes going off-grid in the backcountry or bedding down in a
pre-pitched oTENTik (think of it as a hybrid of a tent and
A-frame cabin), there’s something here to make sure that everyone’s
a happy camper.

We’ve ventured from coast to coast, through the Rocky Mountains
to the Bay of Fundy, to find the best destinations for pitching up.
Grab your best flannel shirt, buy a parks camping permit and pack up your best outdoor
gear. It’s time for an adventure in the Great White North.

Note that due to COVID-19, some campsites are closed or open at
limited capacity. Check online at Parks Canada
before you travel.

From the Rockies to the Bay of Fundy: the most beautiful places
to camp in Canada

Gros Morne National Park

Newfoundland and Labrador

Set among the Long Range Mountains, Gros Morne is a place forged
by colliding continents; its desert-like Tablelands is one of the
few places where the Earth’s mantle is exposed. Spot moose and
caribou as you explore forests and fjords, bogs and beaches cut by
cliffside trails and cool-blue rivers. Don’t fancy primitive
camping? Reserve a pitch at one of five campsites, including

Trout River Pond
, from where you can hike its namesake trail.
Such natural beauty is like opium for creatives – plan your visit
in line with arts festivals such as Trails, Tales and Tunes and
Writers at Woody

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Nova Scotia

Where mountains meet the Atlantic, Cape Breton is often ranked
among the world’s most beautiful islands. Set on Nova Scotia’s
coastal Cabot Trail, the park is threaded with 26 hiking routes
that lead through forested river canyons trimmed by ruddy-hued
cliffs to beaches where pilot whales pop up to say hello. Refuel
with a plate of local lobster before bedding down in one of the
park’s six campsites – we like the lesser-visited Corney Brook for nearby ocean swims.

Fundy National Park

New Brunswick

Point Wolfe Campground
is a favourite spot in New Brunswick’s
first national park thanks to its proximity to hiking trails, clear
streams and sparkling waterfalls – of which you’ll come across more
than 25 as you explore the Acadian forest. The area may well be
known for its high tides, but when the water’s out, head to the
coast to explore the ocean floor. It’s worth carving out time to
take the ferry from the mainland to Grand Manan, an island resting
between the bay and the Gulf of Maine. You’ll get up close with
puffins, whales and seabirds as you wander between camera-ready
lighthouses and working fishing villages.

Jasper National Park


A decision to visit Alberta’s Rocky Mountains often leads to one
big question: Jasper or Banff? In truth, you can’t really go wrong
in these national parks; both are home to incredible sites and
campsites. Jasper is our favourite, thanks to its smaller, more
rustic town, easy access by train, ski runs of the Marmot Basin and
better opportunities for wildlife viewing – you might spot black
bears, elk, cougar and coyote as you explore. Just remember to keep
your distance, okay? Hike the Tonquin Valley before returning to
your base at one of
more than 10 campgrounds
to gawp at the Northern Lights –
Jasper is a Dark Sky Preserve.

Kluane National Park and Reserve


This is a land of extremes. Kluane National Park and Reserve is
home to Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak, as well as the
country’s largest ice field – you can camp on the snow here, even in summer. Visit to raft
along the 250km Alsek River backed by awesome glaciers or embark on
the King’s Throne Trail to spot alpine flowers in warmer months.
Camping options around Mät’àtäna Män (Kathleen
Lake) include traditional pitches and oTENTik accommodation (oh and
bear-proof storage lockers).

Torngat Mountains National Park

Newfoundland and Labrador

At 9,700sq km, this is the largest national park in Atlantic
Canada and among the most difficult to reach; you’ll have to fly or
sail in. Perhaps this is why it remains one of Canada’s most
unspoiled and enigmatic corners – indeed its name comes from the
Inuktitut “tongait”, meaning “place of spirits”. Let an Inuit guide
lead you from Saglek Fjord to Labrador’s northernmost tip, spotting
by cultural sites and harvesting food to bring back to the Torngat Mountains Base
Camp and Research Station
en route. If you enjoy spotting polar
bears here, we recommend a tour of Manitoba’s Wapusk National Park,

Algonquin Provincial Park


This mammoth provincial park is a three-hour drive north from
Toronto (and a free bus service runs from here, FYI). Yet while
there are a handful of
drive-in campsites
, we say: make your way to the interior,
which is accessed only by foot or canoe – or canoe taxi, should you
be so inclined. Navigate the 700km of canoe trails before making
base at one of the
paddle-in camping areas
along the shore or booking ahead for
ranger cabins, yurts, lodges and such. Bonus points if you catch
your own fish for supper.

Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park


These shifting dune fields may look like they’re in the Namib
Desert, but they are in fact in northern Saskatchewan. This unique
ecosystem has baffled scientists – you’ll find rare and endemic
flora here that doesn’t crop up anywhere else in Canada. Note that
you’ll need to catch a floatplane to get in. Check with
conservation officers if curating your own visit or make use of a
guided trip, as there are no dedicated camping services in the
park. There are also no bins here; if you make rubbish, you’re
carrying it home too. Like offbeat landscapes? Set your sat nav to
Alberta’s Dinosaur Provincial Park next.

Grasslands National Park


One of the world’s few remaining areas of natural prairie,
Grasslands isn’t your typical Canadian national park cut by
sawtooth mountains. Days here are best spent watching buffalo roam
and antelope frolic in the grasses as you hunt for fossils or
embark on a traditional wagon tour. Come evening, chats around
crackling fires by tipi camps and hoedowns beneath a velveteen sky
are de rigueur. This is one of Canada’s best stargazing spots.

Pacific Rim National Park

British Columbia

Beaches aren’t just for summer. Set on the West Coast Trail that
ribbons across the southwestern edge of Vancouver Island, the
Pacific Rim National Park is as alluring in winter when waves crash
on the rocky shoreline as it is in warmer months – though summer
surfing conditions are a little kinder on novice borders. Beyond
the sand, there’s ample opportunity to learn about Nuu-chah-nulth
history, traditions and culture from First Nation partners, or use
the Rim as your base for exploring the Broken Group Islands. Green
Point is the only campground on Long Beach, with drive-in options
as well as oTENTIk accommodation.

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