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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.
Central Alberta Camping

Whitehorse Wildland Provincial Park | Forrest Mankins

Camping Two Jacks Lake

Two Jack Campsite | Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Jake Dyson

Campgrounds

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Chain Lakes Campground

Nanton, Alberta

Enjoy an oasis on the prairie in Chain Lakes Provincial Park, 38 km southwest of Nanton on Hwy. 533. This campground along the Chain Lakes Reservoir features over 90 sites with willow bushes for privacy and both unserviced and power options. Enjoy swimming, beach activities, canoeing, fishing, wind surfing or sailing at this lakeside getaway. Winter camping is available as well for those hoping to ice fish for rainbow trout.

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Elk Creek Campground

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Elk Creek Campground is found in Elk Creek Provincial Recreation Area, 65 km southwest of Rocky Mountain House on Forestry Trunk Road (Hwy. 734). This small campground near the Clearwater River provides a base for those wishing to fish or explore hiking and equestrian trails in the area.

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Early Season Customer Appreciation

All guests at Peace River Cabins and Outdoors in May and June will receive a voucher for 10% off in the gift store. Minimum $25 purchase. Get an original souvenir, or a special gift from the Peace Country to remember your stay. Rates $69 (wall tents) & up.

Expires: 2018-06-22
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Erling Strom Horseback Lodge Trip - 3N/4D

Ride through Alberta’s Wild West with Banff Trail Riders following the Erling Strom Trail, a path forged through the dense Banff forests by renowned explorer Erling Strom in the early 1900s, and stay in two quintessential mountain cabins. Departs Wednesdays, includes accommodation and a fully catered menu.

Expires: 2018-09-12
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Camp in a Trapline Cabin

Stay in the comfort of your own rustic wood cabin with incredible views along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. Try 'glamping' in your authentic cabin modeled after those used during the fur trade era. Enjoy sleeping space for up to six including an open loft.

Expires: 2018-08-31
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Tours

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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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Brewster Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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Since the early 1900s the Brewster family has shared their love of the breathtaking Canadian Rockies with visitors from around the world. As the oldest outfitting company in Alberta, Brewster Adventures offers a unique and knowledgeable perspective on Banff National Park. Embark on a backcountry adventure and ride the historic Horse Drive trail to the Brewster Company Ranch featuring rustic log cabin accommodaitons . Attend a famous Western BBQ and Barn Dance. Marvel at the spectacular scenery on a trail ride to a famed mountain tea house, or winter sleigh ride along the shores of Lake Louise.

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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 and will teach guests about the natural and human history of the area while helping guests learn the art of travelling in the wild. We keep our groups sizes small allowing for an intimate experience where guests will create lasting memories.

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Events

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North Country Fair

Slave Lake, Alberta
2018-06-22 To 2018-06-24 MST

Down the road from Slave Lake, attend an Annual Summer Solstice celebration. NCF Camping is free with a weekend pass. Some camping area is designated family oriented. Camping is rustic, with scattered fire pits and patron determined camp spaces. The Fair will continue rain or shine. Food vendors are on site and offer a variety of choices in both omnivore and herbivore categories. Several stages with live musical entertainment, artisans, children's activities, jam sessions. Don't miss it!

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Come By the Hills Music Festival

Wainwright, Alberta
2018-08-17 To 2018-08-18 MST

The Come By the Hills Music Festival is a unique, family friendly festival that features a wide variety of talented and award-winning artists under an amazing prairie sky. Located at the picturesque Mistahiya Retreat Centre between Vermilion and Wainwright, this former ski hill is the perfect venue to experience live music in a relaxed and friendly environment. This festival offers all the amenities of larger folk festivals, such as on-site camping, food vendors, beer/beverage tent, and top quality talent, but without the high ticket prices or long lines. The event organizers are committed to creating an intimate, laid back environment that showcases folk and country performers that shine under the open skies. The festival features a covered seating area, so attendees are comfortable no matter what the weather might bring. Day and weekend passes go on sale annually on May 15th and are available online.

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Big Valley Jamboree

Camrose, Alberta
2018-08-02 To 2018-08-06 MST

This August Long Weekend Big Valley Jamboree hits Camrose, Alberta with one of the greatest lineups in country music. Thomas Rhett, Alabama, Florida Georgia Line, Paul Brandt, Dallas Smith, Brett Eldredge, Jess Moskaluke, Billy Ray Cyrus and many more! Make it an extra long weekend and start off with the Thursday Night Kickoff Party featuring Luke Combs and the legendary Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

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