Listen to the birdsong and the gurgling of a nearby stream as you awaken from a restful sleep in the great outdoors. Poke your sleepy head out and breathe in the fresh scent of the forest. There’s something else on the breeze – pancakes, coffee and campfire.

Camping is a quintessential Canadian tradition. You can camp almost anywhere, from tenting in the backcountry to full-service RV campsites. Stay in a tipi or a trapper’s tent. Rent a recreational vehicle and make it your home on wheels. Explore your surroundings by hiking, cycling and horseback riding. This is as close to nature as it gets.

An alternative to tenting is called comfort camping. Parks Canada has “oTENTik” sites in the national parks and sites are springing up in many of the provincial parks. Imagine settling into a structure with canvas walls, a wood floor, basic furnishings, heat, lights and your own private deck, complete with barbecue.


"Camping in Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, along the lazy Milk River, with the setting sun glazing the hoodoos orange and gold - pure magic!" ~ J. Usher, Alberta

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