The ideal spot to start your mountain—or dinosaur—adventure.
The foothills of Canada's Rocky Mountains are home to Calgary, Alberta's largest city. The vibrant city holds a wealth of places to explore, but if you want to spend your time in the great outdoors, Calgary is the gateway to alpine adventures. Hiking, mountain biking, boating, and lakeside getaways are among the chief activities in Kananaskis Country, Banff, and Canmore, or you can also head east for more great campgrounds in and around Drumheller.
"K-country" is sometimes overlooked as people dash along the Trans-Canada to Banff. That’s good news for you if you'd like your plans to include backcountry hiking and camping, biking, trail rides, and generally less crowded camping experiences. Bow Valley Provincial Park is one of the protected parks in the area with several serviced and unserviced campsite options.
Banff National Park is popular for a reason. It is full of awe-inspiring views of the Canadian Rockies, wildlife, a charming townsite along the Bow River, and plenty of camping options, from glamping and full-service RV parks with hookups to basic hike-in sites.
Mountains aren’t all that are on Calgary’s doorstep. Less than a 90-minute drive east of the city brings you to the dinosaur capital of Alberta, Drumheller. Home to the renowned Tyrrell Museum, even those who aren’t obsessed with dinosaurs and fossils will find themselves fascinated. Family-friendly RV parks and tenting options are all found within easy reach of town.
Year-round camping can be found near Calgary. The ski hills in the area are a popular wintertime draw, and you’ll also find skating, crosscountry and nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and even dog-sledding opportunities. It snows early and stays chilly late into the spring in the mountains, so always make sure you are prepared for the weather. Maenwhile, Drumheller has an arid climate and gets very hot in the summer. Look for a site with some shade if you can—you will need it.