Saturday, March 07, 2015

How to Get the Best Campsite this Summer

The first long weekend of the camping season is fast approaching and provincial park campgrounds in Alberta are already taking reservations. Now is the time to grab your calendar and start that summer planning you’ve been putting off. Follow these tips below and you’ll be camping in some of the best sites this summer.

Ten tips to get the best campsite this summer

1. Book an entire campground or group use area. 

Many provincial parks in Alberta offer group camping and you’ll only need to find a group of five families for many of the campgrounds.  Many group use areas are completely private and set apart from other campgrounds in the park.  

Big Tip:  Try this for a long weekend and avoid the madness in the normal campground. Can’t get the group site you want? Try booking a double site, available at many campgrounds. This still allows you to share a large communal site with one to two other families. 

2. Know when to camp. 

Quietest times to camp: spring, fall, mid-week, and the weekend following a long weekend. Seriously, nobody goes camping the weekend after the May long weekend. Busiest times to camp: long weekends and pretty much anytime the kids are on summer vacation.  

Best Tips: If you must camp on a long weekend, hike or paddle into a backcountry campground, stay at a backcountry hut or cabin, try walk-in camping, or book a group site away from regular campsites.

3. Know how to choose a quiet campsite. 

Does loud music bother you when camping? Hate generators?  Love solitude?

Check out these tips for choosing a quiet campsite...

To read the rest of this story (ten suggestions in total for How to Get the Best Campsite this Summer) please follow this link to my newest story for Campers Village:  10 Tips to Get the Best Campsite this Summer


  1. they just opened up for some of the camps sites in SK and we only go to one place , so we know where we like to stay - its actually a star party where everyone brings their telescopes during the new moon