Camping at Lundbreck Falls, Alberta

by - Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lundbreck Falls Provincial Recreation Area is known for its picturesque falls and fantastic fishing, but it also makes a good base camp for exploring the Crowsnest Pass area. Situated near the junction of the Cowboy Trail and Highway 3, Lundbreck Falls campground is only 15 minutes from Frank Slide Interpretive Centre and Leitch Collieries. We enjoyed sightseeing and hiking during the day, fishing at dawn and dusk, watching the sunset at the falls, and getting to know our fellow campers. Most were locals who return year after year to fish the Crowsnest River which is teeming with trout.


The Campground

Lundbreck Falls campground has 56 first come first served campsites:
  • Upper Loop: suitable for large trailers and motorhomes; all sites have 15/30 Amp power, no shade
  • Lower Loop: suitable for tents and trailers; sites are of varying size, but many on the smaller size. Half the sites have 15/30 Amp power and there are a few riverside sites. Most sites are well shaded by large trees.
  • Walk-In Tent Sites: There are 8 walk-in sites near the lower loop and 4 near the upper loop. Sites are small with moderate privacy, but most of the walk-in sites near the lower loop are along the river.
See the campground map for more details.

Lundbreck Falls Campground
Lundbreck Falls PRA Upper Loop
Lundbreck Falls Campground
Lundbreck Falls Lower Loop Campsite

Amenities

  • Hand pump for water - water not recommended for drinking
  • Firewood available for sale from campground operator (makes rounds a few times a day)
  • Pit Toilets
  • No showers

Activities at Lundbreck Provincial Recreation Area

Lundbreck Falls: You can walk to beautiful Lundbreck Falls from the campground. Take the footpath along the river past the walk-in tent sites (go to the left if you are facing the river), about 400 metres. Falling 12 metres, Lundbreck Falls is best seen at sunrise or sunset.

Lundbreck Falls Trail
Trail to Lundbreck Falls
Lundbreck Falls
Lundreck Falls
Crowsnest River
Crowsnest River, Lundbreck Falls PRA
Fishing:  The Crowsnest River is a legendary trout stream and I witnessed first hand how amazing it was when I landed a beautiful rainbow trout on my first cast! I fished downstream from the falls, from shore, and caught many more rainbows during our stay. Supposedly there are whitefish and cutthroat trout in this section of the river also, but I didn't catch any. Note that you MUST RELEASE trout that are between 30 and 45 cm long! See Alberta Fishing Regulations for more information. Since dawn and dusk can get a bit congested along the shoreline near camp, walk downstream a couple minutes to get some space.

rainbow trout
Beautiful Crowsnest River trout
Wading / swimming: Once you get past the bridge downstream of the falls, the Crowsnest River is quite calm with a few deeper pools. Right in front of the campground, there is a small gravel beach for wading and swimming. Keep the kids close as the river is deep towards the middle.

Lundbreck Falls PRA beach

Nearby Things to Do

Frank Slide Interpretive Centre & Frank Slide Trail (1.5 km): The interpretive centre showcases Crowsnest Pass history and illustrates - through exhibits and videos - what the town looked like before, during and after Frank Slide, Canada's deadliest rock slide. Learn why the rockslide happened and if it will happen again. After, hike the Frank Slide Trail through rubble that fell from Turtle Mountain. There is an admission fee for the interpretive centre, but there is no charge to hike Frank Slide Trail.

Leitch Collieries is the site of an old coal mine. Take a self-guided tour of the ruins and learn what led to the mine's demise. Admission by donation.

Chinook Lake Provincial Recreation Area is a fun place to play on a hot day. The lake is calm for stand up paddling or canoeing and is stocked with trout for fishing. Not an ideal swimming beach for children as the shore slopes into the lake, but there was a small, flatter area at the east end that kids were playing in. 

Table Mountain Scramble is a popular early season summit as it has beautiful views and is snow free earlier than many other peaks.

Beauvais Lake Provincial Park has hiking and biking trails, great birding, fishing (lake is stocked), and a campground with 77 sites. 

Frank Slide Trail
Frank Slide Trail
Leitch Collieries
Leitch Collieries

Stops Along the Way

The Fort at Fort Macleod: The fort is home to the North West Mounted Police Museum, First Nations Interpretive Centre, and NWMP Musical Ride. We loved watching the musical ride, feeding the goats, and exploring the fort. $

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre: Learn about Blackfoot culture and how buffalo were hunted at this amazing facility. Allow time to walk to the buffalo jumps after checking out the indoor exhibits and videos. $

Fort Macleod NWMP Museum
The Fort at Fort Macleod

Know Before You Go

Sites are first come, first served and payment is by cash only. Firewood sales are also cash only. The nearest ATM is at O'Bies General Mercantile in Lundbreck if you need to withdraw cash.

Trains pass by quite close to the campground, so light sleepers should bring ear plugs.

There is no cell phone service in the park.

O'bies Store Lundbreck
O'bies Store, Lundbreck

Getting There

Lundbreck Falls Provincial Recreation Area is about 2 hrs south of Calgary via Hwy 2, or 2 hrs 20 minutes if you take scenic Hwy 22 (Cowboy Trail).

Conclusion

Lundbreck Falls is the perfect location for a fun fishing getaway. Be sure to check out nearby Frank Slide while you're in the area!

Lundbreck Falls

Disclosure

As Alberta Parks Ambassadors, I received free camping, but all words and opinions are my own.

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