Summer is all about getting out and exploring. We have a VERY short season for camping and enjoying the outdoors in warmth so it's best to make the most of it....and I don't know of a kid that does not love camping! And with a summer where air travel will be limited, there is no better time to pack up the tent or camper and hit the road! Fortunately, we have 5 amazing campgrounds that are all within a 3.5 hour drive of Calgary that will be sure to make for a memorable getaway! And if you have a hidden gem you want to share please do!
Crimson Lake Provincial Park offers private & treed campsites, a great sandy beach with shallow water for playing in, playground right beside the beach and mountain bike trails everywhere! The Amerada Trail around the lake is super easy for families with a few hills to challenge riders. Paddling on the North Saskatchewan River near Rocky Mountain House is exciting but still family-friendly for experienced paddlers.
Writing on Stone Provincial Park is an incredible land of hoodoos and coulees. You can float down the Milk River while being serenaded by birds, hike the Hoodoo Trail to an intricate battle scene carved in the 1800's, then scan the river valley for deer and pronghorn antelope.
Kikomun Creek Provincial Park is located just outside the Town of Fernie across the border in British Columbia. Everyone will LOVE the turtles at this park! Painted turtles swim in the calm waters of both Surveyors and Hidden Lake, and you can paddle free of noise from motorboats on beautiful Surveyors Lake where there's a fabulous beach for the kids.
Dinosaur Provincial Park offers a wide range of activities. There are interpretive hiking trails around the hoodoos and the badlands through the campground, bike the public loop road stopping at the fossil display houses while enjoying the badland scenery, paddling the Red Deer River and Fossil Hunting Tours to see actual bone beds and fossils in the nature reserve.
Redstreak Campground is a national park campground located right in the town of Radium Hotsprings. A short drive away from the Redstreak Campground, you can drive to Invermere to play at Lake Windermere or start your float trip down the Columbia River. You can also drive down to Fairmont Hot Springs for more swimming and hiking opportunities or you can head out for some great mountain biking.