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Camping Summer Outdoor Activities

Camping is quintessentially Albertan. Everything (coffee, bacon, beer, bad ghost stories) is way better around a campfire. • Your call: Pick your favourite vista (mountains, foothills, Badlands, forest) and there’s a campground or RV park there for you. • Come unprepared: No tent? No problem. Equipped camping in national parks comes with all the basics. Comfort camping, or glamping, (found around the province) is like a hotel room in the great outdoors, complete with heaters and real beds. • So Alberta: Book a guided multi-day canoe and horseback camping trip. You’ll follow the same routes once travelled by whiskey traders and the police who chased them.

Whitehorse Wildland Provincial Park | Forrest Mankins

Two Jack Campsite | Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Jake Dyson

Unlike when settlers headed north into the Peace River country in the early 1900's, today it is possible to get adventurous in the Peace region with relative ease. Explore with camping, river travel, by motorcycle, by air, and on horseback.

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Campsites

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Ryley District Recreation Park

Ryley, Alberta

Ryley Campground amenities and services are: 20 serviced stalls with 15 to 30 amp power. Pull-through sites. Fire pits. Day-use area. Water tap. Picnic tables. Playground. Sewage dump/station. Fire wood available for purchase. Ball Diamonds. Concession open on special events. Skate/BMX Park.

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French Bay Upper West Campground

Cold Lake, Alberta

French Bay Upper West Campground is located in French Bay Provincial Recreation Area, 10 km east of Cold Lake on 50 street / Township Rd. 630 and 2 km north on access road. This cozy campsite offers basic facilities and a great view of Cold Lake.

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Poachers Landing Campground

Athabasca, Alberta

Poachers Landing Campsite is located in Poacher's Landing Provincial Recreation Area, located 25 km east of Athabasca on Hwy. 55, then 20 km north on Range Rd. 195A, and 1km east to access road. This riverside campground had plenty of trails for equestrians and ATV users to enjoy, with access to adjacent La Biche River Wildland Provincial Park. For registered campers, a small equestrian staging area is available with hitching rails and a corral for overnight stays for horses.

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Tours

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Canadian Skyline Adventures

Jasper, Alberta

We focus on offering exceptional hiking experiences that take clients off the beaten path into the backcountry. Our guides are locals who will teach guests about the natural and human history of the area while helping them learn the art of travelling in the wild. We keep our groups sizes small, which helps create an intimate experience and lasting memories for our guests.

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Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies

Calgary, Alberta
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Experience your inner cowboy/cowgirl while exploring the backcountry of the majestic Canadian Rockies! After 94 years of leading beginners and seasoned riders from all over the world into the spectacular backcountry, The Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies (TRCR) know how to give you a dream vacation… and that “hidden gem” you been looking for? Well,...you just found it! The TRCR is a not-for-profit club of enthusiasts who enjoy taking new guests out to explore these majestic mountains with the comforts of home, and will host six, six-day professionally guided trail rides this summer. The breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains awakens the adventurist in all of us of what many believe is the most beautiful scenery in the world. This "walk in the park" is like no other you will ever experience. Unlike most backcountry horseback trips, the Trail Riders set up a main base camp and, at the end of each day on the trail, return for "happy hour," a hot home cooked dinner, and some much-needed shut-eye in the cozy tents and Indian-style teepees complete with cots and mattresses. The rustic wilderness camp has a hot shower, hot washing water, separate washing areas for cowboys and cowgirls, and a large dining tent for their 4-star meals. Expect the evening to include any combination of: camp fire singing, cowboy poetry, square dancing, story telling, educational talks, skits and live western music! If you can stand a week of this fun and frivolity, you will become a member of this historic and western cultural society. Horse experience is not essential as this is a "dude operation" and over 70% of the riders are +60, and 60% are women! Put it this way; if there ever was a quintessential, "bucket-list" Western Canadian trip, this is it! Check out their 5-star ratings with Trip Advisor and testimonial videos on their homepage. This year the TRCR celebrates 95 years of history and western cowboy culture in the Canadian Rockies. The TRCR (since 1923) is “Canada's original trail ride.....”

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Outsy

Red Deer, Alberta

Outsy.ca offers guided wilderness adventures in west central Alberta in beautiful forest areas and with the majestic Rocky Mountains as a backdrop. We specialize in ATV, quad and Side by side adventures that are often paired with a camping experience (tenting, RV or Cabin). We are passionate about the outdoors and love to share these world-class activities. Come join us for an adventure that will be unforgettable and make a memory in the outdoors with your closest friends. No experience required! Our guides are skilled enough to adapt the tour to different skill levels of rider by alternating trails, speeds and techniques. Tours are booked in advance. Call 403-554-2682 or visit www.outsy.ca for more information. Tours operate near Rocky Mountain House and Nordegg.

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Events

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Benalto Fair and Stampede

Benalto, Alberta
2018-07-05 To 2018-07-07 MST

Up close and personal is the experience you'll have at one of Alberta's longest running Pro Rodeos. Benalto Fair and Stampede is a 4 day action packed Pro rodeo event that will keep you on the edge of your seat! There is no bad seat in the house! Come for a performance and stay for the weekend. There is camping available for all who would like to stay. This rodeo kicks off with Bareback riding, Steer wrestling, Boy's Steer Riding, Tie-down roping, Novice Saddle bronc, Novice Bareback, Team roping, Saddle Bronc, Ladies Barrel Racing, Bull riding as well as the entertaining Wild Pony races! The performances begin with their Thursday Slack at 6:30pm and continue on all weekend! If you have a young buckaroo sign them up for the Junior Rodeo on Friday at 9:00am, (register online on their website) then stay for the evening performance at 6:30 pm.Saturday’s performance will begin at 6:30pm but the party doesn’t stop there as you can kick up your heels to a live band in their Buckoff Saloon.Sunday head over to the pancake breakfast followed by Cowboy Church then the final performance of the weekend at 1:00. Heck... you can actually start off each day with a country style pancake breakfast offered Friday through Sunday at 8:00 am. The Benalto Fair and Stampede have only the best food trucks and vendors on site for you to enjoy throughout the weekend as well! Hope to see you there!

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'North American' CSI 5* presented by Rolex

Calgary, Alberta
2018-07-04 To 2018-07-08 MST

The 'North American' Tournament hosts the best show jumping athletes and horses from throughout the Americas. Come honour our Canadian Military and enjoy Shopping, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Wagon Rides, and the family favourite RE/MAX Prairie Dogs from Friday to Sunday.

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Blueberry Bluegrass Festival

Stony Plain, Alberta
2018-08-03 To 2018-08-05 MST

Blueberry Bluegrass Festival is more than a 3-day music festival - it's an event. Bring your family, meet up with your friends. Check out the great lineup of international and regional bands presented on the outdoor stage and two indoor stages. Set up your RV, camper or tent right on the festival site where you are no more than 3 minutes from a stage. Bring your guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, fiddle or bass cause you are sure to find a jam in one of the tents set up for jamming. If you don't jam, pull up a chair and listen. Make something and take it home from the craft area or pick up a fun prize after trying your hand at one of the lawn games. Take a break and meet up with friends in the hospitality tent or catch a wagon ride over to the Pioneer Museum where there's home cooking, films, a scavenger hunt, workshops and a stage. Food vendors are on hand to keep you fed and you will have a chance to shop and visit with the retails vendors. The Country Dances, with live bands, start up each night, the perfect way to end an exciting day. Check out Blueberry, there is something for everyone.

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