Nine Beachside Camping Spots

Author: Heather Egger, Travel Alberta

Heather scribbles stories by moonlight in Edmonton. Every summer Sunday, you’ll find her out in the countryside chasing two muddy-puddled preschoolers. Cuddled up by a log cabin fireplace in Jasper is her happy place and good food is her passion.

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Camp at One of Alberta’s Biggest Lakes

At 100 km (62 km) long, Lesser Slave Lake has lots of camping and soft sandy beaches. At Spruce Point Park Campground & Marina on the lake’s south shore, you can camp right on the water and rent a boat to go fishing.  

Wake up to see the water shining through the trees at Hilliard's Bay Campground then play all day on the park’s big sandy beach.  

Or stay at the Martin River Campground to investigate natural sand dunes, trails through the forest and the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation.  

Camp on Alberta’s Only Island Park

From the town of Lac La Biche, drive along a narrow causeway into Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park, the largest island on Lac La Biche and an excellent campground for young families. Walk along private paths from the campsites to the beach and nearby playgrounds. Follow trails and boardwalks through 300-year-old forest to a lookout where great white pelicans gather.  

Canoe to your Campsite in Kananaskis Country

Interlakes Campground in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park – two hours from Calgary – sits on Lower Kananaskis Lake. Paddle away a calm evening and dock your canoe right in front of your lakeside campsite. From the nearby Upper Kananaskis trailhead, switchbacks lead to Rawson Lake – a pool of turquoise carved into the mountain by an ancient glacier. 

Explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Camp in the Milk River valley at southern Alberta’s Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park. In the morning before it gets too hot, explore the greatest concentration of ancient rock art on the plains – and outside the most fragile areas, you can roam free among the magical hoodoos. Then cool off in the shallow water back at the campground’s riverside beach.  

Busy Beaches for Hot Summer Days

The water is shallow and warm at Gull Lake, half an hour from Red Deer. Both campgrounds in Aspen Beach Provincial Park have sites two minutes from the water – Brewer’s Campground is next to the big sandy day-use beach and Lakeview has its own private beach and playground.  

Splash and Float in the Pembina River

Book a site in the F-loop at Pembina River Campground – just over an hour from Edmonton – and you’ll be steps from the cool bubbling water. Play all along the rocky riverside or take little ones to the day-use sand and pebble beach. Jump in for a short tube-ride alongside the campground or book a Pembina River Tubing shuttle and float all afternoon. 

Activity Highlights
  • Tent Camping
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Caravan Camping
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