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Calgarian
Aug 24, 2009, 6:26 PM
I am planning a camping trip for September long, and I am wondering if anyone here has even been to Writing on Stone? My friend wants to go there and I want to go to Cypress Hills. I've never been to or know anyone that has been to Writing on Stone, what is it like? are there trees? can I bring copious quantities of beer? is there a beach?

Thanks

lubicon
Aug 24, 2009, 7:23 PM
Funny you should ask. We just got back from a week long trip to both Cypress and Writing on Stone. WOS was fantastic in my opinion. The scenery is stunning and the park is very nice. Well treed, interesting Interpretive Centre, nice beach on the Milk River, and great for tubing or rafting. Well worth it in my opinion. The only drawback is that the closest town is Milk River (about 40 km away) so if you need supplies it is a long run to get them although there is store at the park with basic supplies available.

Cypress was nice too. Both Cypress and W.O.S. are stunning in the fact that they appear virtually out of nowhere on the prairie. Cypress is more developed than WOS but as a result it draws more people (ie is more crowded). The lake is OK and the beach is so so I would say. Most of the campgrounds (there are 6 I think) are a long walk from the lake, and more likely a car ride away. The small town of Elkwater has more services as well. However I get the impression that Cypress is 'colder' than WOS due to it being much higher in elevation.

If I had a choice I would go to Writing on Stone, but if you don't have reservation sat either place you might be out of luck anyhow.

Calgarian
Aug 24, 2009, 8:10 PM
I've been to Elkwater a few times back when I lived in Medicine Hat. WOS sounds great, I may have to go there. Both should be a warm place for Sept long, I've camped in foothills or the Rockies a few times and had snow on sept long.

Thanks

Spoolmak
Aug 24, 2009, 10:43 PM
Shuswap!

Calgarian
Aug 24, 2009, 11:04 PM
Shuswap is a little further that I was planning on going, though it is awesome there.

Is WOS a bandlands type area? I googled and it looked to have Hoodoos.

0773|=\
Aug 24, 2009, 11:37 PM
Yeah, there's some badlands, but it's rockier than the ones by Drumheller or Brooks. I 100% recommend WOS. That park is one of the most scenic places in Alberta that nobody seems to notice. Bring inner tubes or air mattresses if you have 'em, floating down the Milk River is an awesome way to relax during the heat of the day!

Calgarian
Aug 27, 2009, 12:43 AM
Turns out Writing on Stone is booked so Elkwater it is.

Where does everyone else like to go on a long weekend? Shuswap was already mentioned, that's probably the best place to go camping or better yet, houseboating.

0773|=\
Aug 27, 2009, 4:56 AM
Well speaking from an Edmontonian's perspective...

The most popular place to go is obviously Jasper, but you're probably wondering about places that someone from Southern Alberta might not know about:

Within an hour's drive:

-Wabamun Lake (better than people would lead you to believe, especially around Fallis)
-Pembina River -- awesome place to go tubing, paddling, or rafting
-Thunder Lake
-Alberta Beach (not as nice as it used to be)
-Hubbles Lake (private now...b@stards)
-Pigeon Lake

1-2 hours away:

-Sylvan Lake -- you know this one
-Long Lake -- small, but deep and clean water, nice golfing and paintballing in the area
-Hanmore Lake -- nice because it's got a good beach, good swimming, hardly anyone knows about it, and the wardens let a lot go in the evenings...
-Smoky Lake -- been a while since I've been here, but from what i remember, it wasn't a bad lake
-Churchill Island (Lac La Biche) -- AWESOME. How cool is camping on an island in the middle of a lake accessed by a 2.5 km causeway. Beautiful sandy beaches everywhere. Extremely pristine.
-Slave Lake -- Best lake in Alberta IMO. Huge, awesome beaches, awesome hiking, 'nuff said.
-Crimson Lake -- Rocky Mountain House has a gem with this one. Not nearly as crowded as the lakes closer to Red Deer either.

2-3 hours away:

-Whitney Lakes -- near Elk Point. Way hillier than one would expect. Awesome hiking and swimming.
-Dillberry Lake -- right on the AB/SK border, very nice quiet lake and the campground has lots of amenities.
-Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park -- Near Whitecourt. Another great place to camp/relax.

Beyond these places, I like to get a couple people and a canoe, and do a weekend run down one of Alberta's many rivers. I've done a fair bit of the North Saskatchewan, but I also really enjoy the Pembina River, the Athabasca (nice and fast current), Red Deer (slow, but scenic), and the McLeod.

I've heard the Brazeau has some wicked rapids if one paddles from the dam, and one of these days I want to paddle the Milk River (with a stop in Writing on Stone might I add)

How about in Southern Alberta? The two lakes I've discovered and really enjoy are Travers Reservoir (Little Bow Provincial Park) and Lake Newell (Kinbrook Island Provincial Park). Are there any other good lakes close to Calgary (aside from Sylvan)?

b31den
Aug 29, 2009, 9:34 PM
Just got back from camping near Sweetgrass, Montana. Found a spot a couple km out of town by a gravel road. It was likely on private land. Did not get much sleep due to worries of getting shot or driven over by a pickup while in my tent.

Only a few cars went past the whole night, one drove by at like 10km/h with country music twanging.

That area of montana is fairly scenic but I won't stop there again due to extreme redneckness.

amaruk
Aug 29, 2009, 9:55 PM
I spent a night camping in Elkwater last year, and it was all right...the second and third nights though we went to the Saskatchewan side and there is a little campground with maybe 10 sites on it. We were the only people there and it was nice and secluded and very much not like the main campgrounds, it was fantastic. The landscape around Cypress is pretty awesome, but make sure you've got a full tank of gas if you're planning on doing a lot of running around on the roads...

If you're willing to go further, I went to Sandpoint, Idaho for the August long weekend and absolutely loved it. The people are super friendly, and everything is so bloody cheap there (the drive is about 7 hrs). We ended up staying at the Mirror Lake campground just south of Sandpoint, definitely one of the best places I've stayed. If anyone has watched Dante's Peak, the Mirror Lake campground is grandma's house in the movie (of course the lake isn't actually acidic and it's really warm). I'll definitely be returning there. Oh, and if you're not too fond of bears, they don't really get them there at all (same with Cypress).

mersar
Aug 30, 2009, 5:47 AM
One place not too far from Calgary that my family likes to go is just out at Sibbald Flats, usually pretty quiet and good for the 'just want to hang around doing as little as possible' type of trip. For a bit further we've also frequented Gull Lake (west of Lacombe).

Personally this long weekend I'll be working my way back from Vancouver (leaving there on the 4th after a trip to Portland and Seattle via Amtrak), I'm actually in Kelowna tonight on my way to Vancouver. Was going to throw up my tent at a campground but decided to go with a motel with A/C instead.

Calgarian
Aug 30, 2009, 8:15 PM
I usually go camping around Sylvan Lake, Gull Lake Pigeon Lake, Ghost Lake oir somewhere in the BC Interior. I've been to Elkwater a few times, but next weekend will be my first time there in 10 years.

Calgarian
Sep 3, 2009, 2:08 AM
wow, I guess camping isn't a popular discussion among the skyscraper crowd, even before the last camping long weekend of the year.

ExcaliburKid
Sep 3, 2009, 3:00 PM
Camping is great, finally bought a new tent and used it out in BC over the last couple weeks. Stayed at a small campground up near Silver Star outside of Vernon called Cedar Falls Campground. Most sites are small, but well treed. Showers were clean and free, also had laundry. Cant recall the exact number of sites but wouldnt put it over 35-40. Best part was the creek and waterfall, got some great pics and it helped us cool down in the heat. *Added Bonus* being so close to Kalamalka Lake. Kal Beach was really nice, great sand, 20min drive from the campground, good concession....I would go back in a heartbeat.
From there went to Scotch Creek campground on Shuswap Lake, north of Sorrento and Salmon Arm. Nice but massive. Full of families, which sucks for a young non-family man who wants to party, but had great facilities. Apparently the campground used to have tons of giant pines, but the pine beetle killed every single one of them. Shame. Didn't really give a good first impression unfortunately. *Recommended* Adams Lake Provincial Park campground - 10.00/night, beautiful beaches, calm quiet lake with great fishing. Have to drive down FSR's to get there so if you have a car make sure you have a spare tire (or two).
That was the only trip I did this summer, oddly I don't do much camping in AB, likely because our family has a cabin at Wabamun Lake, but it's good to see the options that others have posted just in case.

Calgarian
Sep 3, 2009, 6:27 PM
You found the sand at Kal beach to be really nice? I find the sand around the Okanagan and Kalamalka to have the consistency of gravel.

BC camping is much better than AB if you ask me, better lakes, bigger trees etc. Though there are some great locations in Alberta too.

ExcaliburKid
Sep 3, 2009, 6:49 PM
I had actually been warned to stay away from Kal Beach, I guess its had problems in the past, but I was pleasantly surprised. I don't know if there's been some sand trucked in or not, but it was better than what I was used to out there.

Has anyone been up camping in the Boyle area? Amisk, Chump, North Buck lakes? I haven't been that way in a few years and was thinking of checking it out (likely next season now).

0773|=\
Sep 3, 2009, 10:52 PM
Has anyone been up camping in the Boyle area? Amisk, Chump, North Buck lakes? I haven't been that way in a few years and was thinking of checking it out (likely next season now).

I've only been to Long Lake, not too far south of Boyle. I'm guessing you've been there too (if not, it's quite a popular choice with people from Edmonton). As mentioned above there's a nice little 9-hole golf course and a paintball area right next door to the park, not to mention Long Lake itself is great for boating because it's so deep.

I'd love to go a little further north to Lac La Biche again. It's been a while, but that lake really stood out to me because its beaches had such nice sand and the lake itself was very clean as well.

Calgarian
Sep 3, 2009, 11:06 PM
I had actually been warned to stay away from Kal Beach, I guess its had problems in the past, but I was pleasantly surprised. I don't know if there's been some sand trucked in or not, but it was better than what I was used to out there.

What kind of problems?

Hardhatdan
Sep 4, 2009, 1:18 AM
I've only been to Long Lake, not too far south of Boyle. I'm guessing you've been there too (if not, it's quite a popular choice with people from Edmonton). As mentioned above there's a nice little 9-hole golf course and a paintball area right next door to the park, not to mention Long Lake itself is great for boating because it's so deep.

I'd love to go a little further north to Lac La Biche again. It's been a while, but that lake really stood out to me because its beaches had such nice sand and the lake itself was very clean as well.
Long Lake is great, but getting a camping spot is very difficult.

Calgarian
Sep 4, 2009, 3:18 AM
I like campgrounds that have a first come first serve policy, I get off work @ noon on Fridays so I'm pretty much guaranteed a spot. I went to Brewers @ Gull Lake a few years back and really enjoyed it.

0773|=\
Sep 4, 2009, 5:33 AM
^Yeah that one's nice, especially since everyone knows if your going to party, you go to Brewer's, but if you want peace and quiet, go just up the road to Lakeview instead. The officers seem to let a lot slide @ Brewer's (from my experience, anyways)

ExcaliburKid
Sep 4, 2009, 5:30 PM
What kind of problems?

Garbage it sounds like. People being careless and just leaving or tossing their trash onto the beach which then blows into the water. I had mentioned to a former local that I had a great time at Kal beach and the response went something like "Kal beach?! Really? Wow they must have really cleaned it up"

Calgarian
Sep 7, 2009, 11:42 PM
Just got back from camping and I can say I will never even consider going to Elkwater again. The sites are very small, are extremely close together and the Conservation Officers are a bunch of power tripping assholes. They saw a bunch of guys in their mid 20s pull in and started plotting how to get us to leave, we were booked in for 3 nights but got kicked out after the first for being too loud, this is after we got harassed all night by those pricks. We were standing on the road @ about 11 talking to a couple girls and watch their dog play with our friends puppy and these 2 COs come walking up to us, blinding us with their flashlights and tell us to pour out our beers, we then ask why we need to pour them out and ask if beer is allowed in Elkwater, they then reply very rudely that we are indeed allowed to drink, but only on our site, now pour out the beer, so I take one step back onto my site and say is that better, then the guy shines his flashlight right in my eyes again and tells me to pour out my beer, so I do, my friends do and we go back to our site. About a half hour later the neighbours come and ask if we are going to be staying up late, we say we are but we will keep it down and he leaves, we then decide to go for a walk so as not to be too noisy, in an attempt to avoid the Gestapo we go into the woods, find a path and walk for a bit, we end up back on the road after a bit and sure enough, the 2 Cos were hiding in the bush waiting for us, they then call in backup and take our information and issue us $115 tickets for having alcohol in a public space, we are very annoyed and frustrated so we start giving them some shit back which Im sure didn't help our case but at least made us feel better. After all this we are walking back to our site when we run into the girls on their site so we stop and talk about our encounter and within 5 minutes the COs show up again and tell us that we are too loud (which we weren't we were talking at a reasonable volume) and that we have to go to sleep now or we will be forced to leave (its about 12:30 by this time, 3 encounters with the COs in an hour and a half), so we go back to our site and turn in. We are woken up by 4 more COs at 8 the next morning and are told that we were too loud and we have to leave, turns out there was some ornery old guy across the road that decided we were trouble and started calling the COs pretty much the minute we showed up, and that was enough to get us kicked out. As we are packing up the guy who was at the site beside us asks us why we have to leave and we say apparently there were a bunch of noise complaints, the guy said that's bull and went and talked to the COs telling them he was less than 20' from us all night and didn't hear a thing, the guy across the road was easily 2x as far and complained several times. After this we went back to Medicine Hat, decided that since we had all of our stuff in the car we should at least try to find another campground, we made a few phone calls and found a place near Maple Creek called Eagle Valley that had a few spots left so we went there. This time we were really nervous pulling in since we already got the boot from one place, bit we met the neighbours, they were pretty chill so we partied with them all weekend, this place turned out to be great and we had a blast with no problems from anyone, and by the second night there we were actually getting pretty loud, but no one bothered us. Getting booted on Saturday morning with everyone watching was extremely embarrassing and I wouldn't wish for that to happen to anyone. I advise very strongly against going to Elkwater unless you are a 65 year old woman or if you are a family, and even then I advise against it based on the way they treated me and my friends.

ExcaliburKid
Sep 8, 2009, 3:54 PM
Sorry to hear about the BS you had to go through there. I've had similar scenarios at a campground south east of Edmonton at Miquelon Lake. We've been kicked out of there on more than one occasion, but it didnt help that the CO's there were douchey pricks. Always coming by, asking how many of us were in the site, how long we planned on staying, if we were aware that it's a family campground etc. I dont get why some of these campgrounds and other campers automatically assume that a group of 20 somethings are always bad news. We carry on the same way at every campground we go to so I never quite understood the treatment we got a Miquelon. Oh well. I will be adding Elkwater to my list of "must avoid" for camping.

MichaelS
Apr 7, 2010, 7:09 PM
Bumping this thread up as summer is fast approaching. A question for all of you, would Waterton Park be worth visiting during the May long weekend, or should I wait until later in the summer? I have never been there, but definitely want to make it down there this summer at some point.

Thanks.

0773|=\
Apr 7, 2010, 8:11 PM
I've never been in May, but I understand that it's windy anytime of year, so you might want to wait until the thermometer's a little warmer. Then again, if you hate crowds, you should probably come before they all arrive.

IMHO, the Waterton townsite is an infinitely nicer experience than Banff or Jasper, because it's smaller, more compact, and less touristy. On the other hand, if you prefer the outdoors and you have a day to kill, you should make sure to hike the Crypt Lake Trail. It's a full-day hike (a little under 20 kms), but it's probably one of the funnest day-hikes I've done in the Canadian Rockies, granted you aren't competing with crowds (and it is a popular hike). I don't want to give any of it away, just take my word for it... DO IT.

240glt
Apr 7, 2010, 8:18 PM
We've just renewed our lease on the lot at Pigeon Lake, going out this weekend to open the trailer and hopefully get a round or two of golf in.

MichaelS
Apr 7, 2010, 10:09 PM
I've never been in May, but I understand that it's windy anytime of year, so you might want to wait until the thermometer's a little warmer. Then again, if you hate crowds, you should probably come before they all arrive.

IMHO, the Waterton townsite is an infinitely nicer experience than Banff or Jasper, because it's smaller, more compact, and less touristy. On the other hand, if you prefer the outdoors and you have a day to kill, you should make sure to hike the Crypt Lake Trail. It's a full-day hike (a little under 20 kms), but it's probably one of the funnest day-hikes I've done in the Canadian Rockies, granted you aren't competing with crowds (and it is a popular hike). I don't want to give any of it away, just take my word for it... DO IT.

Thanks for the tips. I will have to talk it over with the GF to see if we go in May, but we both want to go at some point. That hike sounds great, we will definitely check it out.

Thanks again.

freeweed
May 17, 2010, 3:13 PM
*bump*

Anyone having fun trying to find a place to camp on the long weekend that allows adults to have a beer in front of the campfire? :hell:

Phil McAvity
May 23, 2010, 7:54 PM
Calgarian, I think I would have tried to get the names of those conservation officers and complained to someone about the way you guys were treated.

You were at a campground not a library.

freeweed
May 26, 2010, 2:34 PM
Calgarian, I think I would have tried to get the names of those conservation officers and complained to someone about the way you guys were treated.

You were at a campground not a library.

Sadly, national and many provincial campgrounds in Canada ARE being turned into libraries. Here are some of the recent (or recently heavily enforced) rules of note:

1. Long weekend liquor bans. Vehicle searches included. No exceptions.

2. "Quiet time" after 11pm - complete zero tolerance including NO alcohol whatsoever, and NO campfires allowed. That's right, a single person sitting by themselves at midnight sipping a beer will get a massive fine. I've personally been warned (nicely, but still...) in this exact scenario.

3. No alcohol off your site - and as Calgarian points out, this is a bit of a nebulous definition. Hell, I've been in trouble for not having my tent "on the gravel pad". Sure felt like gravel under my tent, and there were only 2 of us. This "on your site" rule was originally intended to stop people from packing 10 tents on a site and having a wild party zone, but now it's just gotten stupid.


Personally, if the gov't would just make some campgrounds for 25+ (like some bars in Calgary have) and enforce the hell out of the others, I bet this could all be a non-issue. It's an incredibly small demographic that ever causes problems, but because we have to treat everyone fairly, we end up with this ridiculous zero tolerance nonsense.

Phil McAvity
May 29, 2010, 8:02 PM
^I'm always happy to see the further encroachment of big brother into what few freedoms and liberties we have left in this country. :rolleyes:

The problem with your idea is that many people would be pissed off about it because they wouldn't fit the age category so the campgrounds they have always loved would now be off-limits. How it works in bars in Calgary is a mystery to me but i'll bet it pisses a lot of people off there too.

Xelebes
May 29, 2010, 9:19 PM
There are such things as private campgrounds. A bit more expensive but eh.

Phil McAvity
May 30, 2010, 5:19 PM
^In my experience they are not only more expensive but they also aren't nearly as good as provincial campgrounds. Campgrounds are one thing that for some reason, the private sector does not do well.

240glt
May 30, 2010, 7:17 PM
I find BC provincial campgrounds much better than AB ones, Sites & facilities are nicer, There are still some of the same rules regarding noise etc- which is fine by me... who wants to camp next to some jackass running a generator 'till 3 am or a bunch of beer filled mooks screaming & hollering all night... A buddy & I camp at Kokanee creek about three times a year, we keep it low key, keep the fire a little lower past 11 and pick a site that's out of the way a bit & we've never had any trouble. The one time a warden came & asked us to turn our music off he was very cordial about it.

You want to act like a buffoon ? Go to Waiprous.

Calgarian
Jun 3, 2010, 5:01 PM
Anyone ever been camping in Whitefish MT? I've been there snowboarding, but not in the summer. Just wondering if it will be busy, if the drinking rules are different in the states, if Flathead Lake is nice, etc.

Denscity
Jun 15, 2010, 6:02 AM
I can camp across the street if i want to.

Calgarian
Jun 18, 2010, 6:06 PM
I'm going camping in the Shuswap on Aug. long in a place called Cinnemousun Narrows (where the 4 arms of the lake meet), but I've never been there before, anyone familiar with it?

0773|=\
Jun 19, 2010, 7:24 PM
I've only landed there from a houseboat, and then spent the afternoon hiking in the area. From that perspective it's very beautiful. Not sure about the camping though.

Calgarian
Jun 25, 2010, 8:23 PM
I'm sure it will be nice, I just have to find out how to get there. I'm pretty sure I have to take a boat.

ExcaliburKid
Jun 28, 2010, 7:59 PM
I'm sure it will be nice, I just have to find out how to get there. I'm pretty sure I have to take a boat.

I'm pretty sure you can get there by vehicle. I camped at Scotch Creek last year and I'm almost positive I saw a road into Cinnemousin campground on our map.

Calgarian
Jul 5, 2010, 2:17 AM
Just got back from 4 days in Glacier National Park in Montana, and I recommend it to everyone, gorgeous place and very natural. If you are going to party, it's not the best place as there are mostly families there, but we didn't have any issues except for our music being too loud one night. It gets really dark there at night, so I would recommend having headband LED lights, those were really handy. The weather was crap though, it was overcast and raining all weekend, but it wasn't too bad.

freeweed
Jul 5, 2010, 6:21 PM
:previous: Sounds like most campgrounds in Banff, except for stiffer alcohol rules here.

Calgarian
Jul 5, 2010, 11:24 PM
:previous: Sounds like most campgrounds in Banff, except for stiffer alcohol rules here.

Yeah, a lot like Banff, just less busy, and harder to get to, Glacier has a more rustic feel than Banff, not surprisingly a lot like Waterton. Ironically yesterday was crazy busy though, but Americans done mess around on the 4th of July.

mersar
Jul 7, 2010, 6:17 AM
I'm going camping at Kinbrook Island (Lake Newell, near Brooks) next week. Will let everyone know how it is when I get back

SHOFEAR
Jul 7, 2010, 8:16 PM
the greatest place to camp on earth...

about 10km upstream of fort Smith NWT on the slave river, canada day

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Midnight
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mersar
Jul 19, 2010, 6:40 PM
I'm going camping at Kinbrook Island (Lake Newell, near Brooks) next week. Will let everyone know how it is when I get back

Well I got back last night and must say its a great provincial park and campground down there. Its about 10 minutes south of Brooks and we ended up wandering back to Brooks a couple times just to check out the area and the inevitable "oops we forgot to pack something" shopping trip.

Most of the stalls were large and almost all (except our stall of course) were treed enough that there was a lot of shade and sun. Lots of grass area for tents, well maintained and despite being completely booked no loud parties or anything that we noticed. Plus the lake is actually quite swimmable, though its a bit cold. Saturday there were at least a couple hundred people on the beach all afternoon. Lots of birds and a lot of gophers, but not really enough to be a problem around the camp sites.

Definitely on my list of places to camp again in the future.

Calgarian
Jul 20, 2010, 11:24 PM
Well I got back last night and must say its a great provincial park and campground down there. Its about 10 minutes south of Brooks and we ended up wandering back to Brooks a couple times just to check out the area and the inevitable "oops we forgot to pack something" shopping trip.

Most of the stalls were large and almost all (except our stall of course) were treed enough that there was a lot of shade and sun. Lots of grass area for tents, well maintained and despite being completely booked no loud parties or anything that we noticed. Plus the lake is actually quite swimmable, though its a bit cold. Saturday there were at least a couple hundred people on the beach all afternoon. Lots of birds and a lot of gophers, but not really enough to be a problem around the camp sites.

Definitely on my list of places to camp again in the future.


Never even heard of it. lol

Did you make a trek to Dinosaur? it looks pretty close.

ExcaliburKid
Jul 21, 2010, 3:41 PM
Can anyone recommend a campground near Rocky Mountain House/Nordegg? Looking to plan a trip toward the end of August in that area.

MichaelS
Jul 21, 2010, 8:11 PM
I went here last August Long weekend:
http://www.davidthompsonresort.com/

We were able to book last minute, and there were still a few empty spots, but still quite full. It is not as wooded as provincial or federal park campgrounds, but the sites are still reasonable. We had two tents, and two cars fit comfortably, and still a few trees between us and our neighbours.

And, there is a "pub" at the campground, with a large roof so if the weather turns bad (which it did) you could hide out in there for the evening.

shreddog
Jul 21, 2010, 10:49 PM
Can anyone recommend a campground near Rocky Mountain House/Nordegg? Looking to plan a trip toward the end of August in that area.
Depending on what you're looking for, Crimson lake is nice. Here (http://www.albertaparks.ca/searchparks.aspx) is the provincal rec area locator tool from the Gov of Alberta.

Regarding the previous discussion on Kinbrook Island ... been there a number of times and it's a great family campground. Do not go there with the intent to party as I have seen them kick groups out for just bending the rules. (makes sense as it is very family oriented)

Also, it tends to get real busy most weekends (Mersar - did you have reservations??) so either book ahead, arrive on Thursday night or pray to the gods.

SHOFEAR
Jul 21, 2010, 10:51 PM
Can anyone recommend a campground near Rocky Mountain House/Nordegg? Looking to plan a trip toward the end of August in that area.

There is a shit load of crown land along lake abraham that is partially cleared for camping. Some fantastic spots.

ExcaliburKid
Jul 27, 2010, 4:45 PM
Thanks guys, I'll look into those options.

mersar
Aug 2, 2010, 5:59 AM
Never even heard of it. lol

Did you make a trek to Dinosaur? it looks pretty close.

Nope. We took in a few of the tourist sites around there (the Brooks Aqueduct is cool if you're into architecture, should find and post the photos I took of it), but didn't wander too far from there.

Calgarian
Aug 4, 2010, 4:57 PM
Just got back from camping in the Shuswap. I was at Cinemousun Narrows Provincial Park, right where all 4 arms of the lake meet. We went from Thursday night to Monday morning. We drove to Sicamous, parked our car there, then rented a party pontoon boat and sailed on up the Salmon Arm to the narrows (30 minute boat ride). Our sites were right on the beach (which sadly was very rocky) so I woke up every morning to the sound of waves and boats. Here are some shots of the lake and our site. The weather was gorgeous, low 30's every day. The wind picked up and it thunder-stormed a bit on Sunday night, but is was pretty good all in all.

We were on the west edge of the Narrows on the main arm of the lake. Here are the western 2 arms of the lake from NE to SW.
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Our site.
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Trail up to the outhouses behind us.
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View from one hiking trail through the trees. About 50m above the lake.
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View from the higher trail, about 150m above the lake.
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My tent roasting in the evening sun. It was scorching hot in there.
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Sun setting on the lake.
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The Sea Store.
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The other floating store. This one has a bar on the second floor.
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LEaving Monday
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NutZero
Apr 10, 2011, 8:59 AM
Can't wait to get camping this year...it's been a long, long winter.

Calgarian
May 31, 2011, 3:36 AM
Anyone know of some good campgrounds in the Okanagan / Shuswap area?

ExcaliburKid
May 31, 2011, 5:09 PM
I can recommend Scotch Creek (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/shu_lk/) in the Shuswap area. Provincial campground so all amenities are there. Plus there's an awesome mini-golf place at the entrance. Large campsites, tents or trailers welcome. Very large campground.
A little further off Shuswap is Adams Lake P.P. (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/adams_lk_bush_crk/), which is less crowded but equally beautiful. They have a great beach and good fishing.

Stayed at a small place called Cedar Falls (http://web.me.com/cedar_falls/cedar_falls/Welcome.html) near Vernon a couple years ago, nice hiking trails and an awesome waterfall. Tents and trailers, showers, laundry and flush toilets. Was something like $30 a night for 1 site, 2 tents.

Hope this is helpful :cheers:

240glt
May 31, 2011, 8:10 PM
^ heh... Cedar Falls campground is about 30 seconds down the road from my beautiful old Steiner Arch "A" frame house in the woods over looking the Tillicum valley. I miss it up there a lot.. what a great place to live

Calgarian
May 31, 2011, 9:20 PM
I can recommend Scotch Creek (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/shu_lk/) in the Shuswap area. Provincial campground so all amenities are there. Plus there's an awesome mini-golf place at the entrance. Large campsites, tents or trailers welcome. Very large campground.
A little further off Shuswap is Adams Lake P.P. (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/adams_lk_bush_crk/), which is less crowded but equally beautiful. They have a great beach and good fishing.

Stayed at a small place called Cedar Falls (http://web.me.com/cedar_falls/cedar_falls/Welcome.html) near Vernon a couple years ago, nice hiking trails and an awesome waterfall. Tents and trailers, showers, laundry and flush toilets. Was something like $30 a night for 1 site, 2 tents.

Hope this is helpful :cheers:

Thanks Excalibur

All those look pretty good. I was considering going back to the Narrows (pictures I posted above) but the boat rental to get out there and stay for a few days is extremely expensive.

ExcaliburKid
May 31, 2011, 9:58 PM
No problem!
Heading back down that way in early August on my way to Parksville so we're doing a few days in Cedar Falls again. I'm glad we found that place, the valley really is a gem.

Calgarian
Aug 23, 2011, 9:06 PM
Anyone been camping in Buffalo lake by Lacombe? It's either that or Writing on Stone, and I haven't had the best of luck in Alberta provincial parks. WoS would be much warmer I imagine, that's why I'm leaning that way.

Metro-One
Aug 24, 2011, 12:53 AM
:previous:You should come to the Okanagan or some other southern BC valleys, weather is suppose to be mainly sunny and between 27 to 32 the next 7 days in the forecast. (I am guessing warmer in the southern Okanagan).

Haynes Point is the best for heat, rate on Osoyoos lake, also there are some great campgrounds just north of Penticton along the 97 on Okanagan lake.

That is where I go every year. In fact was in the Okanagan 3 times this summer, this is why I love living in Vancouver, it is only a 3.5 hour drive away on freeway.

Calgarian
Aug 24, 2011, 9:55 PM
:previous:You should come to the Okanagan or some other southern BC valleys, weather is suppose to be mainly sunny and between 27 to 32 the next 7 days in the forecast. (I am guessing warmer in the southern Okanagan).

Haynes Point is the best for heat, rate on Osoyoos lake, also there are some great campgrounds just north of Penticton along the 97 on Okanagan lake.

That is where I go every year. In fact was in the Okanagan 3 times this summer, this is why I love living in Vancouver, it is only a 3.5 hour drive away on freeway.

I drove from Calgary to Kelowna, to Langley, to Seattle, To Vancouver, To Kelowna, to Lec Le Jeune (Kamloops) then back home again (2900km) over the 2 weeks around August long. So I don't really want to drive for 7+ hours again for a very long time. lol

I think we're going to go to Buffalo Lake, Gull Lake or Pigeon Lake, WoS was fully booked.

Metro-One
Aug 24, 2011, 10:38 PM
:previous:That is one sweet road trip my friend ;)

Calgarian
Aug 24, 2011, 11:21 PM
:previous:That is one sweet road trip my friend ;)

It was a blast! Stayed at my grandparents house, a hostel in Seatte, the 27th floor of the Empire Landmark in Van, and in a tent! Lots of driving, lots of beer and lots of gorgeous scenery.

Mazrim
Sep 1, 2011, 5:56 PM
I highly recommend checking out the Kootenays for camping. Less crowded and busy then the Okanagan or Rockies. We camped along the Arrow Lakes about 30mins from Nakusp and it was amazing! Huge campsites, great rates, dead quiet and pitch black at night since so few people live in that valley.

Ayreonaut
Sep 10, 2011, 8:44 PM
Nakusp is great. I've been there a few times before, but haven't been back for about 5 years now I think.

Calgarian
Jun 18, 2012, 6:43 PM
Anyone have a suggested campgrounds for July long in the southern Kootenays? maybe Nelson or Castlegar, something not too far off the #3. Looking at going to Osoyoos for a couple days, but am thinking of stopping for the night along the way, preferably in or around Nelson.

itom 987
Jun 19, 2012, 3:02 AM
Nelson, Nelson, Nelson!

Nelson will satisfy you!

Denscity
Jun 30, 2012, 4:32 AM
Only Monday will be sunny this long weekend in either Castlegar or Nelson.
Castlegar is warmer drier cheaper and less packed than Nelson. And Nelson is only a half an hours drive from here so you can easily go to Nelson for the day and come back to Castlegar headquarters. In fact you can easily do day trips in all directions from here. :tup:

Denscity
Jun 30, 2012, 4:35 AM
Check out Syringa Provincial Park, Pass Creek Regional Park, or Kootenay River Campground all here in Castlegar.

240glt
Jul 27, 2012, 2:35 PM
Off to BC for two weeks, Way to busy @ work the past few months so it's time to get out of Dodge for a while... going to spend a few nights camped at Kokanee Creek outside Nelson, then to Vernon for a few days to visit the folks, then off to Bridge Lake in the Chilcotin for a week and the family cabin.

Hoping for no mudslides or wildfires

SHOFEAR
Sep 6, 2012, 10:54 PM
Camped at Spray lakes a few weeks ago. Fantastic setting. No cell reception and the sketchy drive to it from Canmore keeps all people with huge trailers and RV's away.

Anybody have a good suggestion for winter camping?