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Camping in Canada with wildlife watching

Canada offers plenty of space for camping and RVing with lakes, forests, and natural wonders abound.

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Edges Sideroad Springs

6 sites 路 Lodging, Tents65 acres 路 West Grey, ON
We have owned the property for 19 years. The camping area was once a gravel pit which was rehabilitated in 2020. There is agricultural land that is farmed in the summer as well we host bees at that back of the property . A unique feature on the property is a natural spring that bubbles up and feeds the two streams on the property.
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CA$35
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The Secret Sanctuary

15 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents80 acres 路 Wetaskiwin, AB
We are passionate about nature and the environment. Living close to off-grid makes this area low in EMF, light and noise pollution. The well water is clean, pure and delicious. We are excited to share this Alberta wilderness with like-minded outdoor-type individuals who enjoy community camping. There are two beautiful lakes (Battle Lake and Pigeon Lake) within a 10-minute drive that offer boating, fishing, beaches, biking and walking trails. Our property is about 1 hour south of Edmonton, Alberta. We have 3 different listings to choose from. Our Tiny Home Cabin, Glamping tents, RVs and camping. Come enjoy this tranquil piece of nature with us - we look forward to hosting you!
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CA$30
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Boulder Mountain Resort

22 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents14 acres 路 Revelstoke, BC
Discover the year-round charm of BMR, a pet-friendly camping, glamping, and RV resort nestled in the picturesque Revelstoke, BC. Our resort offers a range of accommodation options, including fully serviced RV sites, unique glamping experiences, and a meticulously maintained forest campground with well-lit surroundings. Whether you're seeking a base for thrilling adventures in Revelstoke or a refreshing stop during your journey from Vancouver to Calgary, BMR provides the perfect setting. Embrace the beauty of the natural surroundings, enjoy the convenience of fully serviced RV sites, and explore the unique glamping options that make your stay unforgettable. At BMR, we welcome you to experience the best of Revelstoke's outdoor wonders and create lasting memories in our resort's inviting atmosphere.
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CA$50
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Cattle Ranch in the Foothills

6 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents320 acres 路 AB
We are a working cattle ranch about 10 minutes drive off of HiWay #1. You鈥檙e 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鈥檚 no one on the ranch but you! We鈥檙e 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鈥檒l be curious, but then go back to munching on grass.
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CA$40
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The Pinecone

1 site 路 Lodging40 acres 路 Simcoe, ON
Come to the Pinecone to completely relax and disconnect (seriously you will because there is no cell service!). During Summer and much of Spring and Fall, you should be able to drive up to the cabin. Unless your vehicle has especially low clearance. The road/path out to the bunkie started as a well-made tractor path that has held up well over the years but has some rocks and bumps. Once through the gate it鈥檚 only a 1-minute drive to where you will park. This road may be a bit muddy! If you are looking for a Winter Bunkie getaway, we would be happy to host you; please note the following: - If there has been a lot of snow the private road from the street to the Bunkie is not plowed. Depending on the type of vehicle you are driving, you may have to park at the gate entrance and walk in (4-5min walk) to get to the Bunkie. - There is a mini wood fireplace in the Bunkie for sleeping but depending on the temperature outside and/or the wind it still may be a little chilly. - There is lots of free wood available for an outside fire but we are sometimes low on small pieces to start fire or use for the mini fireplace. You can bring in your own extra kindling or bring own saw/axe to chop. - Bring your own extra blankets. DETAILS: Sleeping loft accessible by ladder comfortably sleeps 2. You'll have an outdoor fire pit, picnic table and 2 grills (we have lots of wood but you can bring your own charcoal for cooking). Enjoy watching the starts at night by the fire and visits from the abundant wildlife. There is 1 queen size bed in the loft for sleeping which is accessible by ladder. You will melt into the pillow-top mattress, luscious linens and don鈥檛 want to wake up heavenly pillows. There is porta potty outhouse that is cleaned, bright and easy to access. There are hanging solar lights that can be turned on as needed. There isn't running water in the bunkie but we are happy to provide you with as much well water that you would like, for cooking/cleaning. Do not drink from well unless you bring your own filtration system. No shower space but sponge/cloth bathing possible. There is a small table for 2 inside the bunkie or you can prep food and eat outside on the picnic table. A small fridge cooler is available to store any perishable food you may have. Bring your own ice. The bunkie has solar lighting for the evenings. If you don鈥檛 want to find your own firewood in the forest you can pick it up from locals on your way in for $5/bundle (see stands at the end of driveways). It is a big chunk of land but you can't really get 'lost' on it for any significant period of time. We are bounded by roads so eventually you will find your way. But, if you aren't experienced in the woods you may want to keep your wandering short, to start, as you get familiar with the land. Dog friendly!! We provide: 鈥 Bed linens and pillows 鈥 Basin for sponge/cloth baths 鈥 Toilet Paper 鈥 Small fridge to be used as cooler 鈥 Charcoal BBQ 鈥 BBQ Utensils 鈥 First Aid kit What to bring: 鈥 Drinking water 鈥 Coal (for grilling) 鈥 Food + anything required to prepare/eat your meals 鈥 Ice 鈥 Bug spray, sunscreen, etc 鈥 Garbage bags
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CA$79
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Rocky Mountains Camping

4 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents83 acres 路 AB
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Canadian Rockies Retreat

8 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents150 acres 路 BC
Experience true seclusion in a remote, picturesque setting. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to enjoy a private, nature-filled retreat in the Canadian Rockies. With access to a creek, 3 waterfalls and a surrounding forest, this is the perfect place to escape the busyness of city life. Spend your days exploring the waterfalls and the iconic Blaeberry River! Follow the Waterfall signs to get to the first waterfall then go up the canyon to see the other ones. The Blaeberry River offers gentler rafting and paddling opportunities. There are also SUP, kayak and canoe guided tours and rentals nearby. There鈥檚 plenty of hiking, fishing, paddling and biking to enjoy. We have 3 different listings available an off-grid cabin, 2 yurts or a tent site with 3 different campsites available. We look forward to hosting you!
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CA$30
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Oceans Edge Eagle Retreat

47 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents3 acres 路 Tsawwassen, BC
Welcome to Oceans Edge Eagle Retreat 鈥淚magine if you will, the setting sun, orange, huge, resting atop the Gulf Islands. The breeze is blowing inland today, bringing along scents of salt air, and all is well. A bald eagle glides overhead, nearly close enough to catch you up to soaring heights. Even before the sun falls out of the sky the luminescent moon rises opposite. Prepare to embark on a remarkable journey where nature and luxury seamlessly intertwine to create an unforgettable experience. Oceans Edge Eagle Retreat is located in sc虛蓹wa胃蓹n m蓹stey蓹x史 Tsawwassen First Nation Traditional Territory. Conveniently located just minutes from the BC Ferries, easily accessible for travelers seeking a unique stopover. Directly behind Oceans Edge Eagle Retreat is Splashdown Water Slides, Tsawwassen Springs Golf Course, Tsawwassen Mills Mall, one of the largest malls in Canada. Tsawwassen is surrounded 6 beaches, one of which you can wind surf. There are many other amenities nearby for your added convivence. Bordered by the Fraser River to the north; Boundary Bay, Roberts Bank and the United States border to the south; the Salish Sea to the west. Oceans Edge Eagle Retreat is a private intimate retreat situated on ocean front property, to gather with friends, family, groups, or a beautiful quiet getaway by yourself to recharge. Oceans Edge Eagle Retreat also offers space for *Retreats *Weddings *Festivals *Birthdays* Holiday Parties* Corporate Parties* Receptions* Business Meetings* Bridal Showers *Family Events * Engagement Parties * Anniversary's (inquire for more details, pricing etc.) The Glamping Tents are located on a large wooden deck, you'll find a sanctuary of opulence, wood burning fireplaces, plush bedding, and carefully selected decor to create an ambiance of tranquility. Each tent has a private fire pit on the back of tent. You can unwind and reconnect with nature while indulging in the modern amenities and conveniences we've thoughtfully incorporated into every aspect of your stay. We offer luxury glamping tents, that are nestled in nature underneath a eagles nests, that you can view from the luxury and privacy of your own glamping tent. There is a nearby wooden boardwalk that takes you to the beautiful beachfront where you can have picnics, bike ride, paddle board, bird watch, nature photography, and watch some breath-taking sunsets. Book your stay with us today and embark on a remarkable retreat that will leave you refreshed, renewed, and forever transformed. Welcome to Oceans Edge Eagle Retreat, your gateway to tranquility and personal growth.
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CA$75
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The Woodzzz

2 sites 路 Lodging2 acres 路 Haliburton, ON
Among the thick forest of the Haliburton highlands lies a very tranquil, quiet and still place. The area although rugged and pristine offers many activities for all to enjoy聽such as hiking/biking/boating/kayaking/beaching etc. To escape the calm environment its only 15 minutes to the quaint village of Haliburton where you can find farmers markets, shops, restaurants and art. The聽Woodzzz was made for those that enjoy the outdoors and are needing a gentle reminder of what little we need to enjoy the life we live!聽
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River Rock Farm Campbellville

7 sites 路 RVs, Tents8 acres 路 Milton, ON
Nestled conveniently between Toronto, Kitchener/Waterloo, and Hamilton on the Niagara Escarpment, visitors to River Rock Farm find joy and connection through nature and the wonders of 16 Mile Creek running through the property! The property is virtually bugless! Proud to have been voted runner up for best tenting site in Canada for 2023! There are 6 unique private campsites about an acre away from each other. All have picnic tables, seating, and a private firepit. #1 - Large site on the top of a hill, looking down onto 16 Mile Creek in a heavily forested setting, and can accommodate an RV up to 25 feet. A rustic cabin upgrade with a bed can be purchased as well. #2 - Is one acre away in the opposite secluded corner of the same field. Your group will have maximum privacy. No Hydro line but you can borrow an ac/dc adapter to hook onto your car battery or charge anything in the barn outlet. #3 Is a very large site right beside the river about a 4 minute walk down the hill from parking. No hydro. #4 - Front field on top of a hill directly overlooking 16 mile creek. Hydro available. #5 - Back field corner. This is a large site with 2 fire pits beside a storage shelter. Hydro available. #6 - Front field Shelter site. On the side of an open field. No hydro line but an AC adapter is available free to use which can be connected to your car battery, or you can charge devices in the barn outlet. There is one shared outhouse and clean potable drinking water from a hose and frost free spigot. Reasonably priced firewood can be purchased on site and a free loaner badminton and croquet set, wheelbarrow and axe is available to borrow. On our property, you鈥檒l find beautiful walking trails to enjoy throughout your stay and 16 Mile Creek that flows through the property where you can spend your days fishing and relaxing in the hammock. Kelso Lake back entrance for swimming is a 5 minute walk down the road. ATTRACTIONS near by: Hilton Falls is a 5 min. walk up the road, and Kelso Lavender Farm is directly across the road. Several Bruce Trail entrances for hiking are very close by as well. Rattlesnake Point conservation area and is a 5 minute drive south on Appleby with Rock climbing and scenic views and the legendary Crawford Lake is 10 minutes by car. Springridge Farm and Chudleighs Apple Farm are a 5 minute drive away. There are no farm animals currently - pictures posted by campers were from last year) Campbellville is a small quaint town a 5 minute drive from the farm with fantastic restaurants and a very good local grocery store. Check out all that is local and nearby at the following link: http://www.miltonweb.ca/community-services/tourist-attractions-tourism-in-and-around-milton.html Noise from a few reviews explained: Yes, the highway is close by. The range is anywhere from barely audible to very noticeable and it is generally dependent upon atmospheric conditions and wind direction on any given day. Quietest are sites are #3 and #4. Detailed information and arrival instructions are sent out 48 hours prior to arrival. Campers with dogs: I do have a very well behaved Shepherd who gets along with all dogs and is usually outside only when I am.
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Back Forty Vineyards

2 sites 路 RVs, Tents40 acres 路 Peachland, BC
Come camp on a 40-acre parcel backing onto crown land mountains and wake up in front of 10 acres of vineyard and a view of Okanagan Lake!聽Outhouse on the property and it is a working farm so will likely have various equipment around at times as well as workers at certain times of the year. You鈥檒l likely meet our very friendly and very energetic Bernedoodle, Bernie. If you prefer to keep him out of your campsite just let us know and we can keep him closer. Otherwise, he thinks he has the run of the place! Please check to see if campfires are allowed (live in a high-risk fire zone) and firewood is available with an extra charge. If you need anything to better enjoy your stay, just let us know!Our property is located in Peachland, BC. Positioned midway between Kelowna and Pentiction, it is the perfect location to draw from both population centres and is well-positioned to act as a hub for popular wine and other agri-tourism activities. Peachland is within easy reach of over 200 estate wineries and microbreweries.
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theDoighouse Earthship

6 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres 路 Qualicum Bay, BC
Have you ever imagined a house built from tires, dirt, pop cans, and concrete? Welcome to theDoighouse Earthship, an eco-retreat nestled in the forest, mere minutes from Qualicum Bay waterfront. Our location is a haven for adventurers and peace-seekers alike, offering easy access to the natural wonders of Vancouver Island. Just an hour north of Nanaimo, our property serves as an ideal base for day trips to Hornby, Denman, or Lasqueti Islands. Or don鈥檛 leave the island and spend the afternoon eating delicious fresh-made doughnuts at the famous Coombs Old Country Market, home to the iconic goats on the roof, it鈥檚 only a 20-minute drive from our doorstep. Or 10 minutes to the waterfront and delicious ice cream at the Cone Zone. Stay local and discover forest trails, a children's playground, and a bike park right in our neighbourhood. Lighthouse Country area teems with opportunities for exploration, from pristine beaches including Sunny Beach and scenic Spider and Horne Lakes to an array of hiking paths, or if you climb, consider the Horne Lake Caves! Use your All Trails App to discover the Wilson Woodlot and Lost Runners Trails. Urban legend has it that it was the running shoes that were lost, not the people wearing them! Or stop here for a night en route to and from the mainland to Ucluelet or Tofino for world-class surfing, or if skiing is your calling, Mount Washington is just a 45-minute drive away. You can pitch your tent in our gardens, park your RV on the edge of the forest, or stay in our cozy tiny cabin. You can wander in the gardens and check out a young permaculture food forest filled with fruit and hazelnut trees, berries, and all that good stuff! Our Earthship, currently under construction, is all about exploring a low-impact lifestyle, off-grid living in an energy-efficient dwelling built from recycled materials. It is love for the planet, and people and sharing of abundance that makes this project come alive. Attend a group tour, or arrange for your own private tour where Tony will spend a couple of hours with you, sharing theDoighouse project, and answering any and all questions you may have. Join us on Wednesdays in July and August for a drop-in gentle, mindful, and restorative yoga session in our beautiful gardens. Led by a wonderful yogi, a true embodiment of grace. No prior experience, you are perfect just as you are. Come and unwind in nature. We also offer workshops and other onsite activities. For more info check out our website www.thedoighouse.com/events. On arrival, you will be greeted by Bentley (our standard poodle), Mabel (mouser extraordinaire) and the 'hens' who generously gift fresh eggs daily. Come visit, tour, and stay. Susan and Tony Doig
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Overview

Though Canada is the world鈥檚 second-largest country, a staggering 80 percent of its land is uninhabited, which means there鈥檚 plenty of space for camping, glamping, and RVing. With pristine lakes, lush forests, and natural wonders just begging to be a part of your next camping trip, here are some of the best places in Canada to sleep under the stars.

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The Atlantic Region

Composed of tiny islands and peninsulas, the four Atlantic provinces form a crescent-shaped bay on Canada鈥檚 eastern coast: the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Prince Edward Island National Park faces the gulf, and with its scenic coastal landscape, charming lighthouses, and sand dunes, it鈥檚 easy to see why it inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery鈥檚 famous novel, Anne of Green Gables. Meanwhile, Gros Morne National Park, a world heritage site on the west coast of Newfoundland, is an ecological kaleidoscope of misty fjords for kayaking, sea caves, and the highest waterfall in eastern North America. New Brunswick鈥檚 Fundy National Park is all about high tides, and Nova Scotia鈥檚 Cape Breton Highlands National Park covers major landscapes鈥攖hink steep cliffs, rocky coastline hiking trails, and tundra-like plateaus, plus wildlife like moose, puffins, whales, and bald eagles.

Central Canada

The southern parts of Central Canada, bordering four of the five Great Lakes, are a camper鈥檚 dream, with green countryside, forests, and thousands of lakes and rivers. Check out the quiet coves and charming fishing villages, or find a camping spot along the rugged cliffs of Forillon National Park, set on the outer tip of Quebec鈥檚 Gasp茅 Peninsula. In Bruce Peninsula National Park in Ontario, just four hours north of Toronto, look out for limestone cliffs, dozens of orchid species, and a variety of wildlife鈥攅verything from white-tailed deer and otters to porcupines and even black bears. Plus, at the northern tip of Bruce Peninsula, you鈥檒l find underwater adventure at Fathom Five National Marine Park. Dive down to explore more than 20 shipwrecks, or view them through crystal-clear water from a glass-bottomed boat. And don鈥檛 miss the astounding flowerpot rock formations caused by tidal pool erosion.

The Prairie Provinces

Here in the south you鈥檒l find wide-open plains, but head north in the Prairie Provinces and you鈥檒l see some of the most ecologically diverse landscapes in the country. With its subarctic forest, tundra, and part of North America鈥檚 largest expanse of peat bog, Manitoba鈥檚 Wapusk National Park is a prime location to see polar bears with one of the largest known maternity denning areas for the great white bears. Grasslands, forests, and lakes all come together in聽Riding Mountain National Park, where you can watch bison munch on grass or, if you time your trip right, view the Northern Lights. Saskatchewan鈥檚 Grasslands National Park is yet another place to spot a herd of bison grazing on the endless plain. And, of course, the Alberta province shelters quite a few gorgeous parks among the world鈥檚 premier destinations. The Crypt Lake Trail in Waterton Lakes National Park is on many hiker wishlists due to its spectacular waterfall and wildflower views. See an epic sunrise over the mirror-like water of the iconic Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, one of the most photographed locations in the entire country. You can also explore the ancient Athabasca Glacier in the Columbia Icefields while visiting the southern end of Jasper National Park.

The West Coast (The Pacific Region)

This is one of the most mountainous areas in Canada鈥攖he Pacific Coast Mountains start around Vancouver and the Canadian Rocky Mountains lie to the east鈥攁nd British Columbia provincial parks and campsites are a main draw. There鈥檚 tons to do in Pacific Rim National Park: take a surf lesson at Long Beach, go canoeing through the maze of rugged Broken Group Islands, or hike the 47-mile West Coast Trail through the rainforest for backcountry camping. Road trip to Yoho National Park in the Rocky Mountains for towering waterfalls, or hike Mount Revelstoke National Park鈥檚 trails for views of wildflower meadows, 800-year-old red cedar trees, and impressive wetlands. If you鈥檙e lucky, you might catch a glimpse of mountain caribou, pine marten, or golden eagles.

Northern Canada

Most of the terrain in Northern Canada is rocky and barren with sparse vegetation. Hike through the Arctic at Auyuittuq National Park in the Nunavut territory for scenic fjords, rushing rivers, and huge glaciers, plus the chance to cross paths with lemmings or polar bears. If visiting the Northwest TerritoriesNahanni National Park, prepare yourself for camping sites near the epic Virginia Falls, known for being double the size of Niagara. You may encounter a bit more life by traveling west to the Yukon province, where Kluane National Park is a prime location to watch the grizzlies, caribou, and eagles who live among the backcountry peaks and sprawling valleys.

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