If you really want to get back to nature and ditch those electronic devices, camping is the perfect road trip getaway. Canada is full of wilderness adventures just waiting to be explored and these destinations each offer something unique in the great outdoors. So make room in the trunk for sleeping bags, a tent, flashlights, coolers, cooking supplies, food, water, and everything else you will need for your camping getaway.
Many eons ago I went on a road trip from Toronto to Wawa in a small Toyota Tercel hatchback. We packed our adorable gold-ish coloured car with camping supplies and drove off to explore a part of Ontario we had never seen. The shores of Great Lake Superior are the perfect place to chill out and discover parks and waterfalls. Within the provincial park you can camp at Rabbit Blanket Lake or Agawa Bay campgrounds. There are electrical and non-electrical sites and comfort stations. They offer fun water based activities such as canoeing and paddling and land activities including hiking the coastal trail and exploring magnificent waterfalls. Lake Superior Provincial Park is located on the beautiful eastern shore of Lake Superior and is accessible by the Trans-Canada Highway.
This family campground occupies over 200 acres of natural wonders for you to explore. It borders the charming Black River and there are forest and river trails to walk along. You can choose a true under the stars experience with their un-serviced site in a tent, or if you have young children and prefer a cottage that is also an option. However, their other popular option is to sleep in a tree house, where grownups can pretend to be kids again! There are ten tree houses to choose from, so if you like sleeping with the birds this is a great and unique choice. There is also an outdoor swimming pool and laundry facilities. They are located on North Black River Rd off Highway 11, 10 km south of Chatham, Miramichi.
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If you are looking for a natural prairie setting Frenchman Valley Campground located in Grasslands National Park’s West Block is the perfect choice and ideal for families. You will have a gorgeous view of the Frenchman River, hills, hiking trails, and you may even see a bison or antelope in the wild. There are 20 electrical camping sites, picnic tables, fire pits, and even four tee-pee accommodations should you choose to stay in one. There is a center nearby where you can cook and eat if you want, and they also have park programs. It’s the perfect location to discover and experience Saskatchewan’s great southwest! Grasslands National Park’s West Block is located near the town of Val Marie, driving along Highway 4 and Highway 18 will get you there.
British Columbia has so many wonderful places to camp and Alice Lake is one of the most popular for families. It’s recommended to make reservations in advance during summer months. The park is situated on 411 hectares and it’s a great location for canoeing, biking, hiking, and swimming. There are 55 vehicle accessible campsites and quiet hours start at 10pm. While camping you will be surrounded by mountains, forests and four fresh water lakes. The views of Squamish River are spectacular, so bring your camera. Alice Lake is located off Highway 99, 13 km north of Squamish and 71 km north of Lions Gate Bridge in North Vancouver.
What kid wouldn’t love to sleep at a campsite named Dinosaur? Of course it only makes sense there are authentic dinosaur digs and other family programs for kids. You can check out the fossils, dinosaur bone deposits, roaming wildlife and beautiful scenery. They also have guided hikes and tours, including a photography tour. There is tent camping and comfort camping, depending on what is right for your family. There is also a café and a convenience store in case you run out of supplies. Dinosaur Provincial Park is located 18 km from the village of Patricia, or 48 km northeast of Brooks, in Alberta.
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Grand Beach is located on Lake Winnipeg, which happens to be the sixth largest lake in Canada. There are magnificent Dunes that are 12 meters high and the sandy beaches are great for kids to play in with the waves coming in from the great prairie sea. The amazing beach attracts thousands of people in the summer from all over the province. Grand Beach campground has basic and electrically serviced sites. If you don’t want to rough it, you can always rent a cottage next to the park. From Winnipeg, take PTH 59 north, 80 km to the Grand Beach turnoff.
Vacationland is five minutes away from gorgeous Brackley Beach. The RV Park has many sites so you can choose what works best for your family. Some lots have water, electricity, picnic tables and a campfire ring. You can choose to camp in a more wooded area or with a view of Brackley Bay. There is a convenience store, a heated pool, playgrounds, a volleyball net, skateboards, and fields. If you decide to extend your stay, as many families do, there is even a Laundromat. They are located on Vacationland Lane, less than half an hour drive from Charlottetown.
With a name like this you can probably tell some pretty good ghost stories around the campfire at night! They are located next to a sandy beach and walking trails and it’s a great location to stop for the night when touring the scenic Coast of Bays. Harbour Breton is situated on the south coast of Newfoundland, 12 miles east of Grand Falls-Windsor. A drive across the province will allow you to be close to nature and enjoy the scenery and activities. There are 5 RV sites and 10 tent sites and water hook up and electrical is available. Showers and a Laundromat are on site. They are located at Deadman’s Cove Road in Harbour Breton, just look for the signs!
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