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Onespot Crossing Campgrounds

46 sites · RVs, Tents57 acres · Calgary, AB
Learn more about this land:OPEN ALL YEAR!Our campsite is the perfect city escape. We’re 40 minutes away from downtown Calgary but completely surrounded by nature.With over 50 acres, we offer very large, open, and spacious campsites to accommodate all. If you want a group gathering or a quiet secluded weekend, we are here to accommodate everyone and are very flexible with our customers' needs - feel free to message me with any questions. Picnic tables and firepits are provided in all of our unserviced natural sites. There is a toilet available.Onespot Campground is all-natural and has no power or water campground. Generators are permitted. Trailers need to fill water and dump trailer before arriving (we have no water and no dump site yet).Close to West Bragg Creek Provincial for hiking and mountain biking in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter.We are a family-friendly and pet-friendly campground. To ensure that we respect all guests, we have an 11 pm curfew. We look forward to hosting you!
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Cattle Ranch in the Foothills

6 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents320 acres · AB
We are a working cattle ranch about 10 minutes drive off of HiWay #1. You’re surrounded by wildlife and outdoor activities just as you step out of the door. We offer lots of privacy. During most of your stay, you will think there’s no one on the ranch but you! We’re close to a golf course, about 40 minutes to Canmore, one hour to Banff, and 40 minutes to Downtown Calgary. Perfect for day trips for activities other than camping. Our cows are tame, but not house pets, especially when they have their calves near by! They’ll be curious, but then go back to munching on grass.
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The Point At Alborak

4 sites · RVs160 acres · Canmore, AB
Experience a tranquil retreat in the foothills of the Rockies at The Point at Alborak, offering stunning views of sweeping valleys and mountains. Our secluded getaway features four full hook-ups with 20-amp and 30-amp power, sewer, and water connections. The Point at Alborak RV site features a shared flat gravel space enclosed by fencing and cattleguard to ensure vehicle safety. Situated near our Equine facility, the Point at Alborak provides glimpses of wildlife, including deer, moose, bear, and elk. Right outside your door, enjoy hiking and mountain biking adventures. Conveniently located just 10 minutes off Hwy 1, we serve as the halfway point between Banff and Calgary and are only minutes away from the Livingstone Golf Course. Please be aware that we operate as a working cattle ranch and equestrian center. We kindly request due care and caution around livestock, and exercise caution when near electric fencing. For the safety of all, please keep dogs on a leash when livestock is present. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of our surroundings while respecting the coexistence of our working ranch and your peaceful retreat.
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Rough Diamond Ranch

5 sites · RVs, Tents80 acres · Calgary, AB
Quiet, majestic back to nature spot! This is a place to get away from a busy life. With close proximity to Winchell Lake, this land is ideal for fishing, hiking or simply enjoying the breathtaking scenery. We have 4 campsites available for tent or RV/trailer campers. If you're bringing an RV, we have two power outlets and water available. You will be parking on a field and the site requires levelling. Electricity and firewood are both available for purchase (see extras below). Please add this to your reservation at the time of booking. Campfires are permitted, pets are welcome. Potable water, picnic table, and outhouse are all available. We have cows, goats horses and dogs on the property that generally love people. :) Lots of treed areas for private camping, horseback riding hiking and walking! Bird watching is big around here as we are on a bird migratory path. We are just above Winchell Lake and less than 10 km from Water Valley Golf Course and Saloon.
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Wheatland Shores Campground

51 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · Calgary, AB
Explore the great outdoors with Wheatland Shores Campground. Offering trailer and tent camping options for short or seasonal stays, our picturesque campground is located on Eagle Lake in Southern Alberta. Enjoy fishing, water sports, and kayak rentals in the summer. Then in the winter season enjoy skating on the lake, snowshoeing and access to the lake for ice fishing. Find all your camping essentials at our onsite store. Group sites available. Make memories that last at Wheatland Shores Campground.
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Rocky View

2 sites · RVs3 acres · Rocky View County, AB
Our small acreage is only a few meters outside of the city limits, where you can enjoy views of the mountains while relaxing under the trees. Experience the romance of the railroad as trains whistle by, and watch the farmers in the field across the road. We're close to Ralph Klein park, minutes to Stony Trail, Highway 22X, and Deerfoot Trail.
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Rustic Riverside Camping

5 sites · Lodging50 acres · Bragg Creek, AB
Camp riverside at the gateway to Kananaskis! Onespot Crossing Campground is a family owned Indigenous campground that hosts powows and other cultural events on site. Revenue from your booking will go towards supporting Indigenous programming at the campground.Please be mindful that the roads at this campground are bumpy dirt roads.
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Bragg Creek Glamping

2 sites · Lodging2 acres · Calgary, AB
Located on 2,5 acres of forest in Wintergreen Bragg Creek, the land offers access to nearby trails at West Bragg Creek day-use area, golf, horseback riding, Elbow Falls, Forget-me-Not pond, and 11 awesome places to dine in Bragg Creek. We have 2 amenities: Shanti Yurt and Rustic Cozy Cabin with hot tubs.
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Sundance By Basecamp

5 sites · Lodging5 acres · Canmore, AB
Sundance By Basecamp offers a glamping experience in trapper’s tents and tipis in the heart of Kananaskis Country overlooking the Kananaskis river. A true wilderness getaway for families, friends, and couples, surrounded by Canada’s Rocky Mountains and endless opportunities for outdoor adventures.
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Painted Warriors Ranch

6 sites · Lodging82 acres · Calgary, AB
Indigenous land based tourism operation set up in the boreal forests in the Rocky mountian foothills. Campers can book indigenous experiences during the day all based on traditional living skills. Camp area features indoor washrooms and an outdoor shelter area. Campers can book a stay in a wall tent or set up a tent. *Please note that this is a booking for a campsite and is not the same as our website glamping experience.
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Cork and Crate farms / Estates

40 sites · RVs, Tents28 acres · Red Deer, AB
Absolutely stunning private property completely fenced and gated farm. Often we host weddings and events and we have a campground and bathrooms with showers. We do not offer RV hook ups but we have water and power should you need support in this area. Located 45 minutes north of Calgary you have easy access into the west forestry reserve. In the heart of ranch country and where the real cowboys live.
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Park Setting Ranch Venue Retreat with Private Camping Area

21 sites · RVs, Tents30 acres · Calgary, AB
Learn more about this land:Welcome to The Gathering Ranch Event Venue. 30 acres of birds, trees, open fields, sunrises and sunsets on a park like setting. Our venue hosts weddings, retreats, birthdays, showers, music shows, and we are just getting started. We have big pond with bridge and waterfall. Eagle Lake access is 5 mins from the property and nothing beats the quiet when we are not having an event!
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Camping near Calgary guide

Overview

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.

Where to go

Kananaskis

"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

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.

Drumheller Area

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.

When to go

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.

Know before you go

  • Being so close to the city is convenient, but this also means that weekends in the mountains (particularly long weekends) pretty consistently face a large influx of visitors. If you are hoping to snag a campsite during high season, book as soon as reservations open for the season. 
  • If you don't own all the gear you need for your adventure, the Outdoor Centre at the University of Calgary offers equipment rentals available to the public. They have canoes, kayaks, and rafts, plus winter sports equipment, boots, and safety gear. 
  • Provincial parks in Alberta are free and don't require an entry permit. Campsite fees vary, and booking fees may apply. Make your reservation at the Alberta Parks website or by phone.

Nearby attractions

  • Delve into the Canadian wilderness by camping near Johnston Canyon. Its roaring waterfalls and lush forest trails create a captivating backdrop for your Johnston Canyon camping adventure.
  • Experience the magic of camping at Abraham Lake, where pristine waters meet majestic mountains. With wild winds creating beautiful ice bubbles in winter, Abraham Lake is truly an unforgettable camping experience.
  • Offering an extraordinary blend of history, wildlife, and majestic scenery, camping near Lake Minnewanka is a true Canadian wilderness adventure. Explore its beautiful trails by day and indulge in star-gazing by night for a profound Lake Minnewanka camping experience.
  • Unwind to the soothing sound of cascading waters while camping near Bow Falls. The Bow Falls camping experience combines the invigorating rush of the falls with serene woodland trails, creating a picture-perfect outdoor retreat.

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