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8 Best Camping Vacations Across Canada

The Canadian wilderness has many places where one can escape from the pressures of modern life and find quiet solitude where one can relax and appreciate the natural wonders of the earth. There are many areas one can flee to, but these are the top ten in the hearts of many travelers who like to shed their suits and walk the trails and glide over waters in canoes and kayaks as one steps back into time and becomes one with Mother Nature.

1. Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario

Located roughly 300 km north of Toronto, one can either settle in on a campground full of amenities like flush toilets and hot showers or they can backpack into the wilderness and set up a site where one has to rely their abilities to survive comfortably. Some sites are so remote that they can only be reached by canoe or kayak.

Algonquin Park Canada

2. Banff National Park in Alberta

There’s plenty to discover as one explores glaciers, mountains, and numerous lakes and streams. There is a natural hot spring where hikers can soak after long walks along the trails and paths through Canada’s first national park. There are 13 campgrounds for camping and RVs; some offer many amenities while others are set aside for the more adventurous campers.

Banff National Park Canada

3. Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia

Here one can climb the steep cliffs and look out of over the Atlantic Ocean as the sun rises in the morning. Hikers can walk under the canopy of old growth forests situated close to the world famous Cabot Trail Highway. Three campgrounds offer refuge to tent dwellers and RV owners; including one that is accessible for the handicapped.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park Canada

4. Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland

This is a place for people who love watching the fog roll off the Atlantic Ocean and into the Fjords nestled between mountains. One can walk along the Spruce trees and spot caribou and moose grazing as eagles fly overhead. There are four campgrounds to serve visitors and the visitor center offers all-terrain wheelchairs for those who have difficulty walking.

Gros Morne National Park Canada

5. Kouchibouguac National Park in New Brunswick

Known for its scenic trails through bogs, lagoons, salt marshes and sand dunes, this park is a favorite of bikers and hikers alike. Wooden trails allow visitors to walk over a large expanse of wildlife and plants without disturbing the ecosystem. Three campgrounds offer limited services through much of the year, but they do have RV camping only during the winter.

Kouchibouguac National Park Canada

6. Pacific Rim National Park in British Columbia

This is where campers who like beaches and surfing come to play and rest. Ten miles of beaches holds pools of water where aquatic wildlife and birds live among the crashing waves and whales passing by. Rainforests hold trails for those in search of solitude on Vancouver Island’s western shore. Over a hundred camping sites serve motorists and hikers throughout the park and most offer flush toilets, but showers are not available.

Pacific Rim National Park Canada

7. Parc National Forillon in Quebec

Located at the top end of the Appalachian Mountains, here one can experience the ruggedness of mountain trails where fertile forests rise toward the skies. Sea kayakers enjoy gliding along the coastline in search of whales as others visitors explore underneath the waves while snorkeling and scuba diving. Over 300 campsites are available ranging from full service to primitive on three campgrounds.

Parc National Forillon

8. Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan

Situated where the grasslands turn into Evergreen Forests, the park offers a wide range of experiences from spotting bison, black bear, elk, and wolves to prancing around in Boreal-like Forests. The park offers 14 primitive background campsites that are not accessible by vehicle and two full service campgrounds with parking.

One should check with the parks to see if reservations are needed for the campsites and when they are open during the year.

Prince Albert National Park