Camping in the Alberta Prairies: A Liberating Experience

Author: Aspen Crossing, Aspen Crossing

Nestled in the small hamlet of Mossleigh, Alberta, you’ll find a train themed destination that is fast becoming a true rural gem in the Canadian Badlands. ​ Come Celebrate Our Railway Ties!


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Camping in the Alberta Prairies

Historically, recreational camping can be traced back to a British travelling tailor by the name of Hiram Holding in the late 1800s. Cunningham’s camp, near Douglas, Isle of Man, opened in 1894 and is noted as possibly being the first commercial campground. Fast forward 100 plus years, and Alberta today offers many more opportunities for camping.

Is camping a thing of the past?

Camping has come a long way since the days of Smokey the Bear. Camping provides benefits that are much needed in today's world, and there are many different styles of camping to suit different needs. Today, camping is the most economical, quickest and easiest leisure family getaway that can make you a whole new person by connecting you with nature, unlike any hotel vacation ever could.

Disconnect to Reconnect

Today’s demands have us feeling like an overloaded switchboard of the 1950s. Families are so programmed and hardwired into apps that we can sometimes feel disconnected from the things that really matter. With all the reminders of what you need to do next or where you must be, it can all be more than a little draining.

Camping affords us the opportunity to detach from those demands and just breathe. Getting away from all the stress to decompress can be as easy as a peaceful 45-minute drive. You can already feel the decompression beginning as the lights, horns and traffic start to thin during your drive out to the country. If possible, leave all your electronic devices at home. It’s the only true way you will successfully decompress. Remember, disconnect to reconnect!

Camping Benefits – Communing with Nature and Family

Now that you’ve left all those electronic devices that remind you what to do and when to do them, you may find yourself as a free thinker again. You’ll be feeling more relaxed than when you started out on your little camping getaway. Wide open skies, tall lush trees swaying in a gentle breeze, scenery, nature. You and your family are communicating verbally again, and better yet, there are real smiles, not emoticons in a text.

Have Tin Foil Will Travel

Did you ever wonder why food tastes better cooked over an open flame in the outdoors?  It’s hard to say whether it’s the fresh air or the ease of putting together some simple ingredients wrapped in foil, creating a beautiful meal to enjoy with your favorite beverage. Feel the stress dissipating as you relax. Sharing food and conversation have been the foundation of families for centuries. Yet, few of us have a daily family meal anymore. Camping is a chance to do just that.

Starry, Starry Night 

Now that you’re good and relaxed, well fed, and perhaps you’ve managed to get in a much-needed nap, you’re now feeling quite refreshed. This is the time for you and your family to have some incredible night shows for your memory banks. There’s nothing like an Alberta prairie twilight sky. Stars that seem closer and brighter than back home. You’ll be picking out the Milky Way and exercising your brain power on the constellations. With binoculars, you can see the smile on the man in the moon. And, depending on the time of year, you may even see some of the spectacular rainbows of colour that make up the famed aurora borealis.

Getting away, doing something as simple as taking a camping weekend can work wonders on bringing family and friends closer together. Whether it’s creating new bonds or reinforcing existing ones; spending quality time, creating those precious memories that all of you can treasure.

Whatever your reason for getting away; camping at Aspen Crossing will prove your most train-tastic experience. So, what are you waiting for? Book directly online, you’ll feel better as soon as you've booked!

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