Parks Canada campgrounds near you

With National Parks in every province and territory, there is bound to be a Parks Canada campground within reach.

Alberta
Banff National Park
Banff National Park

Banff National Park is a world-class destination and Canada’s first national park. Relax in the hot springs after hiking in dense conifer forests or climbing the mountain peaks of the Great Divide. See the awesome glaciers and turquoise lakes, and enjoy the amenities that are available year round in the town of Banff.

1.5 hour drive from Calgary

4 hour drive from Edmonton

Must do:

Hike, bike or walk on the Banff Legacy Trail, a paved multi-use trail that takes you from Banff Town to Cascade Ponds or even all the way to Canmore. Check out the Tunnel Mountain Bench Trails, which offer mountain bikers breathtaking views and hours of fun!

When camping in Lake Louise bring your bike to ride the beautiful Bow River Loop. If you’re staying at Waterfowl Lake Campground, paddle the majestic upper or lower lakes or take a hike to Chephren and Cirque Lakes.

Wildlife you might see:

  • Columbian Ground Squirrel
  • Grey Jay
  • Elk
  • Robin
  • Red Squirrel

Insider’s tip

Be sure to attend one of our evening presentations by "The Singing Wardens" at Tunnel Mountain Village 1 Campground Outdoor Theatre. You’ll enjoy songs, stories and poetry about the history of the park’s warden service.

For more information on camping and other experiences available, visit the Banff National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Elk Island National Park
Elk Island National Park

Elk Island National Park is home to herds of free roaming plains bison, wood bison, moose, deer, and elk, and over 250 species of birds. Whether you visit for wildlife viewing, hiking, cross-country skiing, picnicking, or overnight camping, this beautiful oasis a short one-hour drive from Edmonton will amaze you.

1 hour drive from Edmonton

Don’t miss:

Wake up to song birds singing you good morning after a cozy night’s sleep in Sandy Beach Campground. Take a stroll out onto the Living Waters boardwalk and watch the sunrise over the islands of Astotin Lake.

Wildlife you might see:

  • Bison (Wood and Plains)
  • Moose
  • Elk
  • Coyote
  • Beaver

Insider’s tip

Lace up your hiking shoes and go geocaching! It's a fun high-tech adventure where you use a GPS (Global Positioning System) to hunt for containers called caches. They range from quick grabs to challenging half-day finds. Locate all 8, crack the code, and receive a collector's coin. Don't have your own GPS? Borrow one from the Astotin Theatre.

For more information on camping and other experiences available, visit the Elk Island National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park is the perfect place to experience nature while avoiding the crowds. Climb some of its spectacular mountains and gaze in awe at the icefields, glaciers, waterfalls and wildlife.

4 hour drive from either Edmonton or Calgary

Must do:

The trip can sometimes be more important than the destination. Jasper’s Icefields Parkway is known as the most spectacular road in the world. Take a day trip down this glacier-lined road. Bring a picnic and stop at the roadside picnic areas.

Wildlife you might see:

  • Elk
  • Bighorn Sheep
  • Mule Deer
  • Black Bear
  • Grizzly Bear

Insider’s tip

Pick up a copy of the day-hiking map when you arrive. There are over 300 km of multi-use trails that are ideal for biking, hiking, horseback riding and Nordic skiing.

For more information on camping and other experiences available, visit the Jasper National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Waterton Lakes National Park
Waterton Lakes National Park

Rugged, windswept mountains rise abruptly out of a gentle prairie grassland in spectacular Waterton Lakes National Park. Let the park fill you with wonder as you ski, horseback, canoe or hike in a landscape shaped by wind, fire, flooding, and abundant plants and wildlife.

3 hour drive from Calgary

Must do:

Explore the Akamina or Red Rock Canyon Parkways in the early morning or evening. Wild animals are more active at this time, and the sunlight on the mountains is stunning.

Wildlife you might see:

  • Ground Squirrels
  • Deer
  • Magpies, crows and ravens
  • Bears – black and grizzly
  • Bighorn Sheep

Insider’s tip

Don’t miss the free evening theatre performances at Townsite and Crandell campgrounds! Ensure your belongings are secured at Townsite Campground, especially if it’s windy!

For more information on camping and other experiences available, visit the Waterton Lakes National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Wood Buffalo National Park
Wood Buffalo National Park

Wood Buffalo National Park is Canada’s largest national park. Look for free-roaming wood bison herds, feel the salty clay of the landscape with your bare feet, or go boating and birdwatching in the Peace-Athabasca Delta, the nesting site of the only naturally migrating Whooping Cranes.

Must do:

Wood Buffalo National Park was created in 1922 to protect one of the last free-roaming herds of wood bison in the world. Bison, or buffalo, are common visitors to the Pine Lake campground. Enjoy camping at this lakeside haven. If you are lucky, you may see Canada’s largest mammal!

Wildlife you might see:

  • Wood Bison
  • Black Bear
  • Wolf
  • Moose
  • Sandhill cranes

Insider’s tip

During weekdays in summer, Pine Lake campground is a great place to find some peace and quiet. Canoe on the serene lake, go for a midnight sun swim or hike along kart topography into Lane Lake. You may even have the place to yourself... with the Wood Bison!

For more information on camping and other experiences available, visit the Wood Buffalo National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

British Columbia
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park

With more than 400 glaciers and some of Canada’s most active avalanche areas, snow is serious business in Glacier National Park! Connect with the park’s gentler side in the summer months, when quiet campgrounds and interpretive trails await you. Explore an amazing trail system and climbing routes originally laid out by Canada’s first guides and mountaineers and ski some of the deepest powder in North America.

6.5 hour drive from Vancouver

3.5 hour drive from Calgary

Must do:

Wake up in the shadow of glacier-clad peaks. Stroll over an abandoned railway bridge to the ruins of Glacier House, a Victorian-age luxury hotel.

Wildlife you might see:

  • Pika
  • American Dipper
  • Grizzly and Black Bears
  • Mountain Goat
  • Marmot

Insider’s tip

Bring a pair of binoculars and watch for dippers, amphibious birds who spend their time "dipping" into icy-cold rivers in search of food. Keep an eye out for pikas, high-elevation cousins of rabbits who spend their time in boulder fields, collecting and drying grasses for winter.

For more information on camping and other experiences available, visit the Glacier National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is a peaceful refuge that is easily accessible from Victoria and Vancouver. Enjoy a mosaic of open meadows, forested hills, rocky headlands, quiet coves and sandy beaches, and use your kayak to explore the fascinating shorelines and sheltered bays.

Must do:

Sit around a crackling campfire at your forest campsite. Bring a picnic and explore the white sandy beaches of Sidney Spit or visit East Point for your best chance to see whales. Go on a treasure hunt! Download the Parks Canada geocache and embark on a self-guided trail of discovery.

Wildlife you might see:

  • Bald Eagle
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Banana Slug
  • Seal
  • Orca Whale (Killer Whale)

Insider’s tip

Campgrounds in the Gulf Islands National Reserve are unstaffed, but friendly park personnel do conduct daily rounds. Bring cash to pay for your camping fees (no credit cards or debit cards are accepted). We strongly recommended that you have a reservation before going.

For more information on camping and other experiences available, visit the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Kootenay National Park
Kootenay National Park

Enter into a world of amazing contrasts at Kootenay National Park, from glacier-clad peaks along the Continental Divide to semi-arid grasslands of the Rocky Mountain Trench, where cacti grow. After a day of adventure, relax in the natural mineral waters of Radium Hot Springs and enjoy a campfire under the stars.

2 hour drive from Calgary

Must do:

Explore the park by foot or on your bike. Discover the dramatic colours, sights and sounds of Marble Canyon and Numa Falls. Learn about historic aboriginal cultural through interpretive walks and see the effects of major fires across the park. Watch for towering mountains, turquoise rivers, bighorn sheep, and iron red cliffs.

Wildlife you might see:

  • Bighorn Sheep
  • Black Bear
  • White Tailed Deer
  • Mule Deer
  • Moose

Insider’s tip

Discover trails that take you below glacier-clad peaks and beside a deep, narrow limestone gorge at Marble Canyon Campground. Relax in the heart of the Kootenay Valley at McLeod Meadows, and balance modern conveniences with the great outdoors at Kootenay’s only full service campground, Redstreak.

For more information on camping and other experiences available, visit the Kootenay National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Mount Revelstoke National Park
Mount Revelstoke National Park

Rainforest, "snow-forest", and then no forest! Explore the Columbia Mountains from top to bottom in a single day at Mount Revelstoke National Park!

6 hour drive from Calgary

9 hour drive from Vancouver

Must do:

Enjoy an easy drive to a mountain summit with spectacular subalpine wildflower meadows, or wander up a trail to the treeline. In the valleys below, stroll through a towering grove of ancient red cedars, or walk through wetlands of strange skunk cabbage plants.

Insider’s tip

There is no front-country camping in this national park. However, you can camp in nearby Glacier National Park and spend a full day here!

For more information on the experiences available, visit the Mount Revelstoke National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Stimulate your senses and refresh your spirit in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Discover a rainforest that drips with water and teems with life. Explore the wind and water sculpted landscape that is home to the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations.

3.5 hour drive from Nanaimo

0.5 hour drive from Victoria

Must do:

Wander the rocky shores, tidal pools and wind-swept dunes of Long Beach. Glide in your kayak amongst the hundred islands, sheltered coves and bays in the Broken Group Islands. Hike the beaches and forests that stretch along the West Coast Trail.

Wildlife you might see:

  • Black Bears
  • Bald Eagles
  • Banana Slugs
  • Humpback and/or Gray Whales
  • Stellar Sea Lions

Insider’s tip

Pack raingear and tarps! With the west coast’s annual rainfall of 3 metres, you need to be prepared!

For more information on camping and other experiences available, visit the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park

Named after the Cree word for awe and wonder, Yoho National Park will take your breath away! Enjoy the splendour of great rock walls, spectacular waterfalls and soaring peaks. Discover the secrets of ancient ocean life, the power of ice and water, and unique plant and animal communities.

2 hour drive from Calgary

Must do:

Discover amazing mountains, incredible waterfalls, pristine glacier-fed lakes, abundant wildlife, and first-rate camping, biking and hiking. Visit one of the planet’s most significant fossil beds and the historic town of Field.

Wildlife you might see:

  • Elk
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Black Bear
  • Moose
  • Mountain Goat

Insider’s tip

Visit the Spiral Tunnels near Kicking Horse Campground, enjoy the sounds of water tumbling over one of the highest falls in Canada at Takakkaw Falls Campground, or relax on the banks of the Kicking Horse River at Chancellor Peak Campground.

For more information on camping and other experiences available, visit the Yoho National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve is a place where time stands still. Wander through century-old totem poles at SGang Gwaay UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of five Haida Gwaii Watchmen village sites in the Park Reserve. Explore long stretches of beach or relax in peaceful oceanside natural hot pools.

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve is for experienced campers only.

For more information, visit the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Manitoba
Riding Mountain National Park
Riding Mountain National Park

Riding Mountain National Park has something for everyone! Watch for bison, elk, moose, bear and wolves as you explore the unique prairie grasslands, boreal forest and aspen parkland on over 400 km of trails! Enjoy the resort atmosphere complete with English flower gardens, sandy beaches, rustic log architecture, restaurants, accommodation and shopping.

3-hour drive from Winnipeg

Must do:

Sunsets, smiles, and S'mores! Be sure to add chocolate, marshmallows, and graham wafers to your camping essentials list to perfect the fine art of S'more making. Combine this with a day of hiking and exploring, a prairie sunset and the smiles of friends and family, and you have all the ingredients for a perfect camping experience.

Wildlife you might see:

  • Black Bear
  • Bison
  • Elk
  • Moose
  • White-tailed Deer

Insider’s tip

Don’t miss Whirlpool Lake Campground. While it is easily accessible by car, you will feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Secluded lakeside campsites are only a short walk to a trail, where you can enjoy a leisurely hike, go birdwatching and soak up the sun.

For more information on the experiences available, visit the Riding Mountain National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Wapusk National Park
Wapusk National Park

Wapusk is a remote subarctic wilderness that protects one of the world’s largest known polar bear denning areas. Wapusk is Cree for "White Bear," and there are approximately 900 polar bears in this huge park.

Wildlife you might see:

  • Arctic foxes
  • Arctic hares
  • Caribou
  • Wolverines
  • 250 bird species

Wapusk National Park is for experienced campers only.

For more information, visit the Wapusk National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Newfoundland and Labrador
Gros Morne National Park
Gros Morne National Park

Gros Morne National Park is more than a national park, more than a UNESCO World Heritage Site, more than waterfalls, marine inlets, sea stacks, majestic fjords, sandy beaches, and colourful fishing villages overflowing with colourful people; it’s a state of mind that will change the way you think.

30 minute drive from Deer Lake

Must do:

Camp in one of our walk-in sites just minutes from your car. Leave behind the hustle and bustle of daily life and immerse yourself in the incredible natural beauty of the landscape. Breathe the fresh air and become relaxed and awakened at the same time.

Wildlife you might see:

  • Moose
  • Snowshoe Hare
  • Squirrels
  • Caribou
  • Fox

Insider’s tip

Don’t forget to look up! Without the lights of the city, discover the natural lights of the stars and planets. The twinkling lights above cannot be switched off, so lie back and reconnect with nature.

For more information on camping and the other experiences available, visit the Gros Morne National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Terra Nova National Park
Terra Nova National Park

Terra Nova National Park provides a tranquil refuge from the concerns of daily life. Discover the sheltered shorelines and inlets of Bonavista Bay and enjoy the powerful landscape of Canada’s easternmost national park.

2.5 hour drive from St. John’s

Must do:

Kayak through Newman Sound to the coves, cliffs and caves of this glacial sculpted fjord. Arrive at Minchins Cove, where remnants of historic settlements slowly reveal stories of past lives tied to land and sea.

Wildlife you might see:

  • Bald Eagle
  • Moose
  • Black Bear
  • Fox
  • River Otter

For more information on camping and the other experiences available, visit the Terra Nova National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Torngat Mountains National Park
Torngat Mountains National Park

Torngat Mountains National Park, a place of magical fjords and fog-shrouded peaks, protects a spectacular landscape that has been home to the Inuit for centuries. Their stories and language speak of this land and its wildlife, and it is said that the powerful spirit Torngak dwells here.

Torngat Mountains National Park is for experienced campers only.

For more information, visit the Torngat Mountains National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

New Brunswick
Fundy National Park
Fundy National Park

The movement of water, and the movement of the human spirit, is what Fundy National Park is all about. Walk along one of the many trails that lead through the forest and listen for the sound of falling water. Be amazed by the world’s highest tides and canoe the tranquil surface of a lake.

1.5 hour drive from either Moncton or Saint John

Must do:

Take a canoe out on Bennett Lake for an evening paddle. It’s a great way to see wildlife like beaver, moose and deer and hear the symphony of frogs as the sun sets. For something a little more daring, grab your bathing suit and hike out to Laverty Falls. The 2.5 km hike is a bit tricky, but you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful waterfall and a swim in the river just below the falls.

Wildlife you might see:

  • Red Squirrel
  • Red Fox
  • Snowshoe Hare
  • White Tailed Deer
  • Coyote

Insider’s tip

Pack rubber boots or water shoes. Exploring the ocean floor while the tide is out is one of the most popular activities here in Fundy.

For more information on camping and other experiences available, visit the Fundy National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Kouchibouguac National Park
Kouchibouguac National Park

At Kouchibouguac National Park, the sweeping vistas will take your breath away. Birds dance over sand dunes that reach as far as the eye can see, while the movement of the marram grass follows the rhythm of the breeze. Children and shorebirds share the warm waters of the lagoon, each on their own adventure.

1 hour drive from Moncton

Must do:

The voyageur canoe adventure is a must-do! Paddle to the sand dunes with other adventurous visitors and visit a colony of grey seals. Keep an eye out for terns, osprey, bald eagles and more. This could be the highlight of your visit!

Wildlife you might see:

  • Common Tern
  • Black Bear
  • Grey Seal
  • Marmot
  • Great Blue Heron

Insider’s tip

Visit the Kellys Beach sector, even if you aren’t a fan of beaches. In one very small area you will find 4 different habitats, each one featuring several species of birds and spectacular scenery.

For more information on camping and other experiences available, visit the Kouchibouguac National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Northwest Territories
Aulavik National Park
Aulavik National Park

Aulavik National Park bears witness to 3,500 years of arctic people's history. While there are no designated routes or trails within the park, the gentle terrain offers endless hiking possibilities, and the Thomsen River is perfect for wilderness paddling. See herds of muskox grazing on the softly rolling hills, visit thousand-year old cultural sites and experience the vastness of an arctic landscape.

Aulavik National Park is for experienced campers only.

For more information, visit the Aulavik National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Nahanni National Park Reserve
Nahanni National Park Reserve

Nahanni National Park Reserve offers visitors the opportunity to explore the natural and cultural heritage of NahÆą Dehé. Flying into the park, you will witness range after range of rocky peaks, vast plateaux and canyons hundreds of meters deep.

Wildlife you might see:

  • bears
  • moose
  • Dall’s sheep

Nahanni National Park Reserve is for experienced campers only.

For more information, visit the Nahanni National Park Reserve website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Tuktut Nogait National Park
Tuktut Nogait National Park

The world of Tuktut Nogait National Park, "home of the young caribou," is a place where the sun never sets, the sky is immense, and the land is limitless. Walk in a world of rolling hills, multicoloured tundra and deeply cut canyons and gorges, or paddle down pristine arctic watercourses rich with birdlife, scenic canyons and waterfalls.

Tuktut Nogait National Park is for experienced campers only.

For more information, visit the Tuktut Nogait National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Nova Scotia
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Known for its spectacular highlands, Cape Breton Highlands National Park protects steep cliffs and deep river canyons that carve into the park’s forested plateau. Feel the pounding of your heart as you reach the top of the Franey Trail, and gaze out over the landscape, where you feel that you can see all the way into the last ice age.

5.5 hour drive from Halifax

Must do:

Before you get cosy in your tent, peek under the cover of night! Soak up the splendour of our signature trail during the "Skyline Sunset Hike" or join "Seeing in the Dark" at Warren Lake, where you will discover tips to help launch your journey into the vibrant nocturnal world!

Wildlife you might see:

  • Moose
  • Bald Eagle
  • Pilot Whale
  • Black Bear
  • Barred Owl

Insider’s tip

Before breakfast, put on your swimsuit, grab your towel and head to the ocean. Take a plunge! Not only will you have the beach to yourself, you will start your day completely refreshed and ready to explore.

For more information on camping and other experiences available, visit the Cape Breton Highlands National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Kejimkujik National Park

Take the time to explore the tranquil forests, flowing rivers and interconnected lakes of Kejimkujik National Park. Discover the rich biodiversity of this region, home to the largest protected wilderness area in the Maritime Provinces. Experience a cultural and natural landscape inhabited by the Mi’kmaq and their ancestors for more than four thousand years.

2 hour drive from Halifax

Must do:

Kejimkujik offers you the unique opportunity to experience tranquility in a wilderness that is the ancestral home of the Mi’kmaq. Relax by a crackling campfire in the forest or sit by a still lake and bask in the glory of a starry sky in silence and solitude.

Wildlife you might see:

  • White-tailed Deer
  • Red Squirrel
  • Chipmunk
  • Porcupine
  • Common Raven

Insider’s tip

Jeremy’s Bay Campground offers over 300 sites with access to clean washrooms, hot showers, outdoor sinks, playgrounds, internet service, trails, and beaches, all within a lush Acadian forest near the shoreline of Kejimkujik Lake.

Over 80% of Kejimkujik is accessible by canoe or hiking only. Situated in beautiful wilderness settings, 46 backcountry campsites are scattered along hiking trails and canoe routes. Each site has two tent pads, a fire box, a picnic table, a pit privy, firewood, and a food storage device.

For more information on camping and other experiences available, visit the Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Nunavut
Auyuittuq National Park
Auyuittuq National Park

Sweeping glaciers and polar ice meet jagged granite mountains in Auyuittuq National Park. Known as "The Land that Never Melts" to the Inuit who remain an integral part of this landscape, Auyuittuq’s glaciers, rock cliffs and mountains provide world-class opportunities for spring ski touring and ski mountaineering. In the summer months, climbing, hiking, backpacking and camping in the spectacular wilderness are popular visitor activities.

Auyuittuq National Park is for experienced campers only.

For more information, visit the Auyuittuq National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Quttinirpaaq National Park
Quttinirpaaq National Park

Quttinirpaaq National Park encompasses one of the most northern points of land on our planet. Its world-class features include: ice caps up to 900 metres thick, the lush Lake Hazen ecosystem and a rich diversity of arctic wildlife.

Quttinirpaaq National Park and its surrounding region have a rich cultural history that tells the story of human occupation of the area – a legacy that dates back thousands of years.

Quittinirpaaq National Park is for experienced campers only.

For more information, visit the Quttinirpaaq National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Sirmilik National Park
Sirmilik National Park

Sirmilik National Park offers visitors a surprising collection of adventure experience options including glaciers spilling into the sea, icebergs afloat, unexpected geological formations, sea ice fractured by the open water of the floe edge, and one of the most diverse bird communities in the High Arctic.

Sirmilik National Park is for experienced campers only.

For more information, visit the Sirmilik National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Ukkusiksalik National Park
Ukkusiksalik National Park

Ukkusiksalik National Park is "the place where stone can be used to carve pots and oil lamps." Ukkusiksalik surrounds Wager Bay, a 100 km long saltwater inlet on the northwest coast of Hudson Bay, a rich arctic location that supports high densities of polar bears and an array of other wildlife such as caribou, muskox, wolf, seal, golden eagle and peregrine falcon.

Ukkusiksalik National Park is for experienced campers only.

For more information, visit the Ukkusiksalik National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Ontario
Bruce Peninsula National Park
Bruce Peninsula National Park

At the heart of a world biosphere reserve, where the Niagara Escarpment meets the Great Lake waters, Bruce Peninsula National Park protects one of the largest pockets of wilderness remaining in Southern Ontario. Treasures of "the Bruce" include spectacular shoreline cliffs lining Georgian Bay, crystal clear turquoise water, sinkholes, ancient coral reefs and sea caves.

4 hour drive from the Greater Toronto Area

Must do:

Lace up your hiking boots and follow the trails out to the Georgian Bay shoreline where you’ll be inspired by the scenery - cliffs, caves and overhangs plunging into clear, blue water. Bring your binoculars and camera to see some of the park’s diversity of wild orchids, ferns and birds.

Wildlife you might see:

  • Red Squirrel
  • Eastern Chipmunk
  • American Redstart
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Common Merganser

Insider’s tip

The park is busy during summer and fills up most days, so make sure you reserve early. Autumn is the best time of year to come to camp and hike!

For more information on camping and the other experiences available, visit the Bruce Peninsula National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Fathom Five National Marine Conservation Area
Fathom Five National Marine Conservation Area

You will find some of the best freshwater diving opportunities in the world in Fathom Five Marine Park. The deep and sparkling waters at the mouth of Georgian Bay are home to a rich cultural legacy that includes 22 shipwrecks and two historic light stations. At Flowerpot Island, marvel at the stunning rock formations that are among Canada’s most recognized and popular natural attractions.

5 hour drive from Greater Toronto Area

Must do:

Your camping adventure begins with the boat ride to Flowerpot Island. Set up camp at one of six tent sites located along the shoreline, and fall asleep to the tranquil sounds of lapping waves. Wake up early in the morning to watch the sun rise over the famous flowerpot rock stacks!

Wildlife you might see:

  • Red Squirrel
  • American Redstart
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Common Merganser
  • Northern Watersnake

Insider’s tip

Book your campsite and boat passage well in advance to make sure you get a spot. Bring everything you need with you since you’ll be on an island in a wilderness setting!

For more information on camping and the other experiences available, visit the Fathom Five National Marine Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Georgian Bay Islands National Park
Georgian Bay Islands National Park

Lying on the edge of the Canadian Shield, Georgian Bay Islands National Park offers outstanding hiking, camping and boating opportunities. This "edge-effect" is evident in the breathtaking park landscape of barren, glacier-scraped rock and windswept pines.

2 hour drive from the Greater Toronto area

Must do:

Swim, hike, bike, canoe or kayak in the landscape that inspired the famous Group of Seven artists. We invite you to take a shuttle across the water to explore this natural playground. Fall asleep under the star-lit sky, listening to the calming sounds of the Georgian Bay waves lapping at the shoreline.

Wildlife you might see:

  • Raccoon
  • Common Loon
  • Mink
  • Northern Map Turtle
  • Osprey

Insider’s tip

If you camp on one of the wooden tent platforms rather than on the soil, you will reduce the amount of dirt you track into your tent on rainy days. Georgian Bay Islands National Park has great waterfront campsites with tent platforms waiting for you!

Island Safari Tents provide the opportunity to go camping even if you don’t have camping equipment or simply want to avoid the hassle of organizing and packing everything for your camping trip.

For more information on camping and the other experiences available, visit the Georgian Bay Islands National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Point Pelee National Park
Point Pelee National Park

Canada’s southernmost point can be found at the tip of Point Pelee National Park, extending far into Lake Erie. A lush Carolinian forest oasis, the park resounds with migrating bird songs in the spring, hums with cicadas in the summer, flutters with Monarch butterflies in the fall, and is a peaceful place of reflection in the winter.

4.5 hour drive from Greater Toronto Area

Must do:

There is no camping at Point Pelee National Park but it is an outstanding place for a day trip including a picnic.

For more information on the experiences available, visit the Point Pelee National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Pukaskwa National Park
Pukaskwa National Park

The hidden gem of Lake Superior’s north shore, Pukaskwa National Park will enchant you. Rugged coastlines, serene sunsets and dramatic vistas await.

3 hour drive from Thunder Bay

Must do:

Home to Ontario’s premier wilderness hiking experience - the Coastal Hiking Trail.

Insider’s tip

Pukaskwa also offers car campers unparalleled solitude and privacy at Hattie Cove Campground. In the Anishinaabe Camp, visitors can immerse themselves in local aboriginal culture through ceremonies and workshops.

For more information on camping and the other experiences available, visit the Pukaskwa National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Thousand Islands National Park
Thousand Islands National Park

Located in the UNESCO Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, Thousand Islands National Park is a small protected area that works to promote sustainable recreation while protecting the land and wildlife that make the Thousand Islands region a popular tourist destination.

4 hour drive from Toronto

2 hour drive from Ottawa

Must do:

Rent a motorboat, canoe, or kayak and explore the rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and diverse forests of the islands. Getting there is half of the adventure when you kayak to your island campsite. En route you’ll see the rugged landscape and impressive summer estates that make the Thousand Islands famous. Guided excursions with local outfitters give you the best of both worlds – an island escape with a bit of luxury.

Wildlife you might see:

  • Osprey
  • Map Turtle
  • Mink
  • Great Blue Heron
  • White-tailed Deer

Insider’s tip

Don’t forget your bathing suit. From smooth rock shorelines to sandy bays, park islands offer some spectacular swimming.

Cook up a traditional Thousand Islands "shore lunch," a favourite with local fishermen. On the menu: fried fish, boiled potatoes, coffee, and French toast for dessert.

For more information on camping and the other experiences available, visit the Thousand Islands National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island National Park

At Prince Edward Island National Park you will be enchanted by the miles of unspoiled beach, the beautiful landscapes and the playful shorebirds flitting along the water’s edge. Enjoy an early morning stroll down one of the many picturesque beaches.

30 minute drive from Charlottetown

4 hour drive from Halifax

Prince Edward Island National Park

Must do:

Wake to the sound of waves washing against the shore just beyond your tent. Zip open the door to reveal the sun rising over the spectacular red cliffs of Cavendish. The day is yours; take a moment and savour the light scent of the sea, the sound and the colour that surrounds you.

Wildlife you might see:

  • Red Fox
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Snowshoe Hare
  • Bald Eagle
  • Red Squirrel

Insider’s tip

No camping trip to Prince Edward Island National Park is complete without a scrumptious seafood feast! Be sure to bring along a big pot for steaming lobster, and don’t forget a fork and nutcracker for digging out those last few delicious morsels.

For more information on camping and the other experiences available, visit the Prince Eward Island National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Quebec
Forillon National Park

With sheer cliffs plunging into the sea, pebble beaches lining small coves, and a backdrop of mountains and forests, Forillon National Park is home to spectacular landscapes and a multitude of species. The native species include black bear, moose, marine mammals and colonies of sea birds. The park also has a rich and fascinating human history.

9.5 hour drive from Quebec City

Forillon National Park

Must do:

Don't miss the spectacular view of the ocean and cliffs from the Cap-Bon-Ami lookout,. Get there early to enjoy the magic of a sunrise on the ocean! Look for seabirds and seals... and you might even see whales!

Wildlife you might see:

  • Porcupine
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Kittiwake
  • Minke Whale
  • Harbour Seal

Insider’s tip

Be sure to bring your binoculars. The seaside landscapes of Forillon are ideal for seeing wildlife.

For more information on camping and the other experiences available, visit the Forillon National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

La Mauricie National Park

At La Mauricie National Park you will discover a landscape of lakes and forests that is home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Canoe on one of the 120 lakes and use the same portages that the Aboriginals and coureurs des bois did many years ago.

1.5 hour drive from either Montreal or Quebec City

La Mauricie National Park

Must do:

An excursion to Waber Falls is a must! This unique experience combines canoeing, hiking, picnicking and swimming as well as breathtaking panoramas. When you reach your destination, relax with a dip in the park's most beautiful waterfalls!

Wildlife you might see:

  • Beaver
  • Common Loon
  • Moose
  • Black Bear
  • Fox

Insider’s tip

Summer is an ideal time to take part in the various naturalist activities scheduled during your stay. Our varied program of events gives both younger and older visitors a chance to have fun while learning more about our natural treasures.

For more information on camping and the other experiences available, visit the La Mauricie National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve

With thousands of islands and islets spread over 152 kilometres, Mingan Archipelago National Park is truly unique. Admire the grandiose landscapes of this extraordinary place and discover striking natural sculptures and amazing plant and bird life.

9 hour drive from Quebec City

Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve

Must do:

Dreaming of a place that is both calm and invigorating, with plenty of fresh air and time to relax? Then the Mingan Archipelago is for you! During your excursions, discover intriguing natural sculptures. Live with the rhythm of this hidden nature.

Wildlife you might see:

  • Sea mammals
  • Seabirds
  • Red Fox
  • Spruce Grouse
  • American Hare

Insider’s tip

Warm clothes, a pair of binoculars, hiking boots, a small hatchet and sunscreen: these are essentials for a camping trip in the Mingan Archipelago. Nights are cool, so be sure to bring a solid three-season tent, a tarpaulin in case of rain, and a three-season sleeping bag.

For more information on camping and the other experiences available, visit the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Saskatchewan
Grasslands National Park
Grasslands National Park

Visit Grasslands National Park, the native prairie in south-western Saskatchewan, and wander where the buffalo roam - through miles of rolling hills and hidden coulees. Discover astonishing geological formations and rock fossil beds, and take the opportunity to catch a glimpse of a burrowing owl or black-footed ferret.

5 hour drive from either Regina or Saskatoon

Must do:

From May 1st to September 30th, Grasslands National Park offers guided hikes, astronomy programs and special events. Hike to the top of the famous 70 Mile Butte, discover a dinosaur fossil or learn how to make traditional cowboy coffee. There is something here for everyone!

Wildlife you might see:

  • Black-tailed Prairie Dog
  • Plains Bison
  • Pronghorn Antelope
  • Sage Grouse
  • Ferruginous

Insider’s tip

There are two parts to Grasslands National Park; be sure to visit both. The West Block will amaze you with its rolling hills and the chance to see bison; the East Block has a landscape with unusual drumlin-like formations where many dinosaur fossils have been found. Don’t miss the visitor centre, located in Val Marie in the West Block.

For more information on camping and the other experiences available, visit the Grasslands National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Prince Albert National Park
Prince Albert National Park

With spectacular views, a charming village, and wild animals all around, Prince Albert National Park is sure to offer something for everyone. Camp in deep forests, paddle on pristine waters, or journey on horseback through the Westside to see free-ranging bison on their historical home range.

2.5 hour drive from Saskatoon

Must do:

Gather at one of the lakeside campgrounds or stay close to the charming village of Waskesiu. At night, listen for the chorus of frogs and the call of the loons and enjoy a dazzling display of the northern lights. Explore the park for opportunities to see white-tailed deer grazing, otters swimming, and fox at play. If luck is on your side you may even catch a glimpse of a black bear or the ever-elusive moose!

Wildlife you might see:

  • Elk
  • Black bear
  • White tailed deer
  • Pelican
  • Eagle

Insider’s tip

Challenge yourself! Paddle, boat or walk to where Grey Owl, one of Canada’s great conservationists, once lived. This overnight trip can be done on your own or with a guided group. The trip to Grey Owl’s Cabin is much more than a backcountry adventure; it is a pilgrimage that will help bring you closer to Grey Owl’s message of conservation, giving you an opportunity to reflect on his words, "Remember you belong to Nature, not it to you."

For more information on camping and the other experiences available, visit the Prince Albert National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Yukon
Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site
Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site

Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site is the historic gateway to the Yukon. In the past, it was tread by Tlingit First Nation traders and Klondike gold rush prospectors. Today, you can follow on the footsteps of the stampeders who dreamed of grand adventures and riches by hiking this legendary trail.

Half-day drive from both Skagway and Whitehorse

Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site is for experienced campers only.

For more information, visit the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Ivvavik National Park
Ivvavik National Park

The gentle mountains of Ivvavik National Park offer infinite hiking possibilities. During the short explosive summers, wildflowers carpet the landscape and wildlife viewing opportunities abound. Rafting on the Firth's world-class white water is the most sought-after recreational activity in Ivvavik.

Ivvavik National Park is for experienced campers only.

For more information, visit the Ivvavik National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Kluane National Park and Reserve
Kluane National Park and Reserve

At Kluane National Park and Reserve, visitors can soar over Canada’s highest mountains and largest icefield, raft a Canadian Heritage River, hike deep into the mountainous back-country, or camp in a forested campground in the glow of the midnight sun.

Kluane National Park and Reserve is for experienced campers only.

For more information, visit the Kluane National Park and Reserve website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.

Vuntut National Park
Vuntut National Park

Feel the spirit of Vuntut National Park as you immerse yourself in a prehistoric landscape that predates the last Ice Age. Witness the spectacular migration of the Porcupine caribou herd, one of the largest in North America, numbering approximately 130,000 animals. Stand in the warm golden light of the midnight sun and witness the explosion of arctic wildflowers and rare plants on the summer tundra.

Vuntut National Park is for experienced campers only.

For more information, visit the Vuntut National Park website or call our National Information Service toll-free at 1-888-773-8888.