What you need to know before booking campsites at Alberta Parks this year.
I am excited to announce that camping reservations in Alberta Parks will re-launch on May 14, 2020! Reservation booking times will start at 9 am and will be staggered by region to allow you to book sites in different parts of the province on the same day. Please see the interactive map with regions and reservable campgrounds at https://albertaparks.ca/rap/
What’s new this year in Alberta Parks Campgrounds
Select reservable, first come first served, and backcountry campgrounds will open on June 1st. This is great (I feared we wouldn’t be camping this year at all), but sadly that means no May Long Weekend camping. Check Alberta Parks on June 1st for more campgrounds opening on June 15th. Tent and RV sites will be available.
Alberta Parks campgrounds will operate at 50% capacity until June 12, 2020. By July 1st, all campgrounds that are open will be at 100% capacity.
Only Alberta residents may reserve campsites at Alberta Parks.
100% First come first served (FCFS) Campgrounds will remain so, but campgrounds that had reservable and FCFS sites will now be 100% reservable. For more information, visit http://www.albertaparks.ca/fcfsd.
Shower buildings may be closed at some campgrounds. Check before you reserve!
There will be no comfort camping or group camping this year.
Second RV units will not be permitted on campsites. (May 21, 2020 Update: “1 household per campsite only, no second RV units will be permitted and (like other seasons) 6 people max per site. One additional tent may be permitted at the campground’s discretion.”
As of June 10, 2020, there is no longer a province-wide fire ban. Check https://www.albertafirebans.ca/ for updates.
Playgrounds are closed, and there are no bicycle / canoe rentals until further notice.
Which Alberta Parks Campgrounds are Open?
Visit https://albertaparks.ca/rap/ to see the complete list of campgrounds that will be opening on June 1st. Check back on June 1st for more campgrounds opening on June 15th.
Where can I get more information on camping in Alberta Parks?
Visit albertaparks.ca and check out our detailed trip reports below:
Camping in Kananaskis
- Bow Valley Campground
- Camping in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
- 5 Fun Things to Do in Spray Valley Provincial Park (camp at Spray Lakes West – FCFS)
- The Point Backcountry Campground
- Elbow Lake Backcountry Campground
Camping in NE Alberta
Camping in Central Alberta
- Aspen Beach Provincial Park
- Crimson Lake Provincial Park
- Camping in David Thompson Country
- Red Lodge Provincial Park
- William A. Switzer Provincial Park
Camping in Southern Alberta
- Beauvais Lake Provincial Park
- Castle Provincial Park
- Chain Lakes Provincial Park
- Cypress Hills Provincial Park
- Dinosaur Provincial Park
- Kinbrook Island Provincial Park
- Little Bow Provincial Park
- Lundbreck Falls
- Park Lake
- Writing on Stone
Will you be camping this summer or staying close to home?