Alberta Parks Camping Reservation Dates

by - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Alberta Parks Camping Reservation system opens on February 22nd! Are you ready? Take note of the different times for different regions, to ensure you get the sites you want. Group campsite and comfort camping bookings are already available. Backpackers will have to hang tight a while longer, but that just gives you more time to plan!


1. Individual, group and comfort camping bookings may be made up to 90 days in advance (e.g. you may book July 1 camping on April 1) starting February 22nd. Reserve sites online at Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca or by phone at 1-877-537-2757.
  • Individual Campsites: February 22, 2016 at 4 different times; see below for times for each region.* 
    • South: 9:00am
    • Kananaskis: 11:00am    
    • East & West Central: 1:00pm
    • Northeast & Northwest: 3:00pm
  • Group Camping Areas: February 8, 2016 9:00 AM MST
  • Comfort Camping: February 16, 2016 9:00 AM MST
*Alberta Parks - Find a Park is helpful to see what region your desired campground is in, or what provincial parks are in a certain area.

Elkwater Lake, Cypress Hills

2. Backcountry and equestrian campsites may be booked 90 days in advance by phone, via the online backcountry reservation request form, or through the Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca site. More details follow.
  • Backcountry campsites: May 1, 2016 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM. Book by phone: 403-678-3136 or complete and submit the online backcountry reservation request form. Please note that online requests are only checked on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; the fastest way to make a booking is at an Alberta Parks Visitor Information Centre.
  • Equestrian Campsites: A few campgrounds are reservable at Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca, but many require you to reserve by phone. More info here
Near "The Point" Backcountry Campground,
Peter Lougheed Prov Park

Be Prepared

Check the Vacancy Calendar before making your reservation, especially if you are booking less than 90 days in advance.

To make your reservation, you will need to provide your name, contact information, address, check in and check out dates, type of equipment, and payment information. 

For backcountry permits, you will also need to provide your license plate number, names of all members of your party, and ages of children. Although children under 12 years of age are free, they must have a permit.

Middle Lake, Bow Valley Provincial Park

Alberta Camping Destinations

Best of luck in getting your favorite campsites or a great campsite somewhere new! I know we're excited to visit some new-to-us provincial parks this year!!

Disclosure: I am an Alberta Parks Ambassador. 

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