You haven't experienced Albertan summers until you've camped out by a beautiful spot in the heart of nature. But since everyone also wants to discover the thrill of camping this time of the year, spots are booking up fast. That's why we've gathered up a list of campsites near Edmonton that you can still reserve for a summer outing this year.
There were so many people that raced to book their spots this year that the provincial booking site actually crashed. But worry not, Alberta is blessed with more than enough campgrounds for your next getaway.
There are between 30 and 40 campgrounds within three hours of Edmonton that have spots available at the time of writing.
So we've gone ahead and picked out some of the best of the bunch for you.
All these campgrounds are available at various windows throughout the summer.
There are a lot of options out there for you. To book reservations, you can go to the Alberta Parks reservation website or call their Contact Centre.
There are a couple of rules, though. Only one household is allowed on each campsite, with no more than six on the site. You can't camp for longer than 16 consecutive nights.
In terms of price, it'll cost you $12 for making a reservation. The camping fees vary by the campsite. Other than that, there's nothing stopping you from an awesome summer adventure.
Cross Lake Provincial Park
Price Per Night: $30+
Address: Lesser Slave River, No.124, AB
Why You Need To Go: This lovely oasis just two hours away from Edmonton will treat you to calming views of the water and the surrounding boreal forest. It's the perfect place to get away from the noise and lose yourself in nature.
Miquelon Lake Provincial Park
Price Per Night: $30+ night
Address: Camrose County, AB
Why You Need To Go: This area is massive and filled with stunning hiking trails through the woods. It's also just the spot to be if you want a good old stargazing session.
Beaver Lake Provincial Park
Address: Lac La Biche, Alberta
Why You Need To Go: There's nothing quite like taking a cool dip into this lake. Fresh, calm and endlessly exciting, this spot is the ultimate must for summer camping.
Brazeau Reservoir Provincial Recreational Area
Price Per Night: $26+
Address: Brazeau Dam, AB
Why You Need To Go: This beachy escape has two oases on-site to keep you feel serene and peaceful the whole way through. It's also a fantastic spot to view some of the diverse wildlife Alberta has to offer.
North Buck Lake Provincial Park
Price Per Night: $25+
Address: Athabasca County No. 12, AB
Why You Need To Go: This spacious campsite by the deep-blue waters of North Buck Lake has got a proper remote feel to it. So when you're longing for the ultimate nature escape, you know exactly where to go.
Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park
Price Per Night: $38+
Address: Woodlands County, AB
Why You Need To Go: This picturesque spot has sparkling crystal-clear waters that will keep you enchanted your entire stay. Whether you're swimming, boating or just trying to catch glimpses of exotic birds, it'll be a camp trip to remember.
Wabamun Lake Provincial Park
Price Per Night: $35+
Address: Wabamun Lake, Parkland County, AB
Why You Need To Go: This camping hotspot is just the place to be if you want to hang out with both other people and wildlife. Plus, it's just under 50 minutes away from Edmonton, so you can head out anytime.
Thunder Lake Provincial Park
Price Per Night: $26+
Address: County of Barrhead No. 11, AB
Why You Need To Go: This campground comes with a massive sandy beach that'll make you feel like you're in Cabo in the middle of the Alberta. Boating, kayaking, sailing are some of the many water-based activities you can do. Just chilling on the shores and appreciating the water is also an option.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.