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It’s summertime and you know what that means — there’s no better time to leave the city and head in search of some camping adventures. East of Edmonton is home to some great retreats, provincial parks, parkland spaces and RV campgrounds. Here are a few camping locations to check out East of Edmonton. Rest assured, you will find loads of space to park your RV and plenty of great outdoors to take in. An adventure awaits you!

NORTHEAST of Edmonton

Athabasca Region — Plan a trip up to Athabasca where you’ll find amazing hiking experiences – favourites include the Athabasca Landing Trail and the 17.5 km of Muskeg Creek Walking Trails. During your stay, book a spot at Hope Lake Campground or Forfar Recreation Park. At both locations, you’ll find day-use areas, playground, beach, boat launch, and great fishing spots. Firewood and a cookhouse are also available onsite for your use. You can also check out more than fifteen other campgrounds and RV parks nearby. Read more on the Athabasca Region on our community page.

Boyle – Boyle is home to Long Lake Provincial Park, sporting a beach and plenty of trails to try out – provided you’re game for the challenge, of course! Whether it’s summer or winter, experience some of your favourite family activities like windsurfing, mountain biking and golfing the Long Lake way! As well, George’s RV Park offers a fabulous location to enjoy all the recreational options that the Long Lake Provincial Park has to offer. Features include showers, concession, dump station, firewood, flush toilets, picnic shelter, day-use area, and a laundromat.

 

Municipal District of Bonnyville – Calling all beach fans! You can find a whopping 10 municipal campgrounds in the Bonnyville and Cold Lake area, mostly facing the lake. All of these campgrounds offer powered sites, day-use picnic areas, outhouses, boat launches, playgrounds, and beach areas for the kids to dig their feet into. To enjoy lakeshore camping at its best, check out the Cold Lake M.D Park (pictured at top)where the beach is only a few steps from your campsite. Reserve some spots and get your feet wet ASAP. Enjoy the mini-golf, paintball, cafe and treed campsites at Rocky Meadows Country Getaway North of Bonnyville. Read more about the MD of Bonnyville and the uncrowded camping you can experience in this wonderful region.

Smoky Lake County – Here, you’ll find some fantastic lakeside campgrounds dotted around Smoky Lake County for your summer pleasure. For starters, there’s Hanmore Lake, a popular retreat with two campgrounds giving you access to all the water activities you could dream of. Between May and October, get up to berry picking, off-site ATV exploring, fishing, golfing with your friends, and plenty of swimming! Bellis Beach offers quaintness on an unprecedented level, and you can head to the Garner Lake Provincial Park if you’re looking for wide spaces, expansive trails, and some boating fun to get up to. Motorcycle fans will love Howlin Coyote Campground, a camping experience for those who can bring everything they need on their bike! Along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, Metis Crossing RV Park is over 500 acres of tradition and customs found in one place. For anyone looking to gain an understanding of Metis culture and heritage, we’d recommend this.

Lac La Biche Region – These are some of the best stops for a unique outdoor and camping experience. First, head to Alberta’s only island provincial park, Sir Winston Churchill Park, where you can find walking trails, sandy beaches, and camping areas in an old-growth forest.

If you’re looking for even more space to explore, head to Lakeland Provincial Recreation area that covers 11 major lakes and has 45km worth of trails. This is a great spot for taking your boat out for an afternoon of fishing! For even more fishing opportunities, you can also check out Beaver Lake Provincial Recreation Area — camping is also available! And for those who love to canoe, the Lakeland Canoe Circuit offers an exciting 3-day, 40km journey paddling through Lakeland Provincial Park. Check out Camping in Lac La Biche for information on the 1000+ campgrounds, including Alberta Parks just waiting to be your road trip destination!

Worth a look- St Paul County operates some very popular campgrounds at Lakes around St Paul. Read more about the St. Paul Region on our community page. 

EAST of Edmonton

Strathcona County – Elk Island National Park is a fantastic place to start if you’re new to the whole camping idea. It’s a great way to enjoy peace and serenity in the majesty of our prairies. A unique feature is tipi camping at Elk Island Retreat nearby. It’s great for those looking for an intimate camping experience out in the woods like no other. You’ve got the option of camping in tipis, trapper cabins, RV sites or traditional tent sites. Or, mix up your trip by staying in a yurt! All yurts are powered, so they include a fridge, water cooler, gas heater, and a queen-sized bed. Reservations are required, so make sure to book in advance and you’ll be rewarded with something special!

Lamont County – In Lamont County, your choices for a campground is diverse. Besides the full-service Lamont Campground, located within walking distance of the town, there’s also the Andrew R.V. Park, a popular spot near the World’s Largest Mallard Duck and close to other fun activities like mini-golf. Mundare is home to Ukraina Park, newly renovated and open until the September long weekend. Nearby Bruderheim also has a campground, offering serviced and non-serviced sites for your camping pleasure.

Elks/Kinsmen Park, Vegreville – Besides being home to the world’s largest Pysanka Easter Egg, Vegreville hosts a large campground at the Elks/Kinsmen Park. People from all over the province come here to see the Pysanka Park. Given it is home to a fishing pond full of trout, a fountain and over 50 camping sites, could you blame them? Every Thursday in the summer, the park plays host to a Farmers’ Market where you can stock up on some of the best in local produce and meats – did someone say camping picnic? Also, did we mention there are food trucks in the park every week? Trust us when we say you won’t regret adding Elks/Kinsmen to your summer camping bucket list. Read more about Vegreville and the many campgrounds the region offers.

 

Vermilion Provincial Park — Open year-round, the park features 111 sites, day-use area, dump station, firewood, flush toilets, group camping, picnic shelter, and available showers. There are plenty of fun activities around to full your day! Take the kids to the playground and spray park, or head out for canoeing, baseball, horseshoe pits, and mini-golf. There are also 20 km of hiking trails nearby to get some great exercise and fresh air!

Worth a look…Two Hills County operates 2 Campgrounds in park-like settings. Learn more about Two Hills County on our community page.

SOUTHEAST of Edmonton

Camrose and Camrose County — Camrose is known for having some of the best golf in the province, and many of these courses have camping right on site! One of Alberta’s best-kept secrets, Pelican Point Campground, features plenty of amenities, is great for families, and it features a beautiful beach, so you can enjoy a day in the sun! Whether you’re in the mood for fishing, boating, canoeing, or just relaxing by the water, Tillicum Beach Campground is the perfect spot for a summer getaway. With 107 standard and pull-through sites, laundry & shower facility, and WiFi, Camrose Exhibition Trail RV Park has everything you need to spend the night or stay awhile. For those looking to keep with the more experienced crowd, Blue Bird RV Park is seniors approved! All sites are fully serviced and the park has a wide variety of amenities, including two large bathrooms with heated flooring! Read more about the City of Camrose and Camrose County on our community pages.

Flagstaff Region — Relax, hike, birdwatch, fish, or simply stargaze at Battle River Crossing Resort. Since the campground is actually an extension of the family farm, you can even pick some organic Saskatoon berries to take home. One of the most popular activities at this resort: tubing down the river! Flagstaff also offers many other campgrounds in the region, including Daysland Campground, Diplomat Trout Pond Campground, Fish Lake Campground, and more!

Serviced sites, day-use areas, firewood, and group camping are all available at many of these campgrounds. Read more about the Flagstaff County region on our community page.

Wainwright — Escape to the quiet and beautiful town of Wainwright, where you can stay just a stroll away from a nearby lake. Arm Lake Recreation Area features 124 sites with concession, laundromat, showers, and a nearby beach with boating, so you have everything you need during your stay. Don’t miss a chance to experience Riverdale Mini-Park, where you’ll be treated to beautiful scenery through a round of golf. Stay in one of their 38 full-service campsites, 15 power and water campsites, and 57 power campsites to fulfill all your camping needs. Its charming clubhouse features a café, laundry service and showers, golfing supplies and golf cart rentals. Read more about the Town of Wainwright on our community page.

Worth a look – Beaver County operates some very popular campgrounds at Lakes near Tofield and Viking. Read more about Beaver County on our community page.

Go Glamping…

For anyone who wants to enjoy the beauty of nature as well as the comfort of a room that feels just like home, many campsites now offer options for ‘glamping’. If you’re interested in what it’s like to spend a night in trappers tents, cabins—or yurts—there are many to choose from! These shelters are fully insulated and sturdy structures that often resemble tents while taking your bed off of the ground and giving you more space to walk around. Many also offer tables, couches, and mini-fridges, all for your comfort. Try out this unique experience for yourself by booking your spot at Morning Star Retreat in Cold Lake, Elk Island Retreat in Fort Saskatchewan (pictured below), or Metis Crossing among many others. Can’t decide which one to choose? Why not make it a road trip and try them all? You’ll never feel too far from home when you’re glamping!

Planning a Golf Trip this Summer and Fall?

There are plenty of scenic courses all around the region with beautiful campgrounds for a comfortable stay. Check out these featured golf course campgrounds.

Book a Full-seasonal Camping Site…

Over a dozen campgrounds East of Edmonton have seasonal rentals still available. Create a home away from home right in the stunning nature our province has to offer. Take your pick from these featured sites.

Plan your Trip

  • Check out our full list of Campgrounds East of Edmonton. Did you know we have a Campground Guide? Find more information on the campgrounds above and more.
  • We also have featured Videos – so you can see what’s in store for your trip.

 

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