Campgrounds & Camping Areas

Spend the night under the stars

Camping is the perfect way to slow down and explore the region during the summer months.

Camping is one of the best options to immerse yourself in the region’s stunning landscape. Wake up looking at Mount Peskett from the Two O’Clock Creek Campground, get an early start by spending the night close to your next adventure or enjoy a quiet night stargazing from your tent.

There are many options to camp throughout the region. Upper Shunda Campground is right in Nordegg, making it the easiest option if you’re planning to spend some time in town. Fish Lake Campground offers powered sites while David Thompson Resort is the only full-service campground in the region.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, check out Alberta Parks campgrounds like Thompson Creek or take it a step further at one of the rustic campsites like Preacher’s Point, Wildhorse Creek or Allstones.

Regardless of how you choose to experience the region, remember that we all have our part to play to keep this a special place to enjoy.

Different Styles of Camping

There are a few options when you are trying to decide what type of campgrounds best suit your style. You’ll also find additional services in Nordegg, like an RV dump station available at the Nordegg Lodge and public showers at the Shell.

Campgrounds

Most of the campgrounds in the region are classic mountain campsites with somewhat smaller sites set a little further apart in some gorgeous settings. Most have options to accommodate a wide range of accommodations, from RVs to tents, but keep in mind that you’re not likely to find pull-through sites at most of these campgrounds. Typical amenities are gravel pads, picnic tables, fire pits and pit toilets. Firewood and water are not available at most of these campgrounds.

David Thompson Resort (power, water and sewer) and Fish Lake (power only) are the only campgrounds in the region with serviced sites.

Most of these are first come first served with self-registration (cash only) while reservations are required at Fish Lake and available at Ram Falls, Upper Shunda Creek and David Thompson Resort.

Camping Areas

These are new additions to the region that are designed to address issues from overuse at popular random camping locations. Only basic amenities like improved access roads and dry toilets and bear-proof food lockers are available. These sites are included in the Public Lands Camping Pass and all sites are available on a first come first served basis.

Group Campgrounds

Some of these, like Cavalcade, were designed as group sites while most of the other ones are smaller campgrounds that Alberta Parks converted to group camps only a few years ago.

All group campgrounds are managed by Alberta Parks and reservations are required. The minimum number of units is typically 5 for those sites.

Random Camping

Also known as dispersed camping, crown land camping or boondocking, random camping is allowed throughout the region with a few exceptions. A Public Lands Camping Pass is required throughout the region.

Backcountry Camping

Most backcountry campsites in the region have little to no development, except for pit toilets at some locations like Landslide Lake, Pinto Lake and Lake of the Falls. Random camping is generally permitted, except in the Kootenay Plains Ecological Reserve. A Public Lands Camping Pass is required but all sites are available on a first come first served basis.

FIND YOUR CAMPSITE


Upper Shunda Creek Campground

A great option if you’re planning to explore the area and enjoy some of the nearby hikes (Baldy, Coliseum Mountain and Eagle Mountain are all nearby).

David Thompson Resort

Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a family vacation, David Thompson Resort has something for everyone. The resort includes a hotel, campground, RV trailers, and cabins.

Goldeye Lake Campground

Goldeye Lake is a popular family campground along the David Thompson Highway. Located near the lake, the sites are secluded and offer a great experience.

Two O’Clock Creek Campground

The Two O’Clock Creek Campground is one of the most scenic and the nearby trails offer excellent hiking opportunities.

Fish Lake Campground

One of the region’s largest campgrounds, set on the shores of Shunda Lake and a short distance from Nordegg.

Thompson Creek Campground

The best option for those looking to explore Banff National Parks and the Kootenay Plains.

Ram Falls Campground

This remote campground has amazing views and is your base to explore the south end of the region.

Crescent Falls Campground

A small secluded campground along the Bighorn River, next to the popular Crescent Falls. Closed for 2023 due to construction.

Wildhorse Creek Camping Area

Rustic camping along the upper North Saskatchewan River with great mountain views.

Allstones Camping Area

Located on the shore of Abraham Lake, this rustic camping area provides easy access to hiking trails and cliff jumping opportunities.

Abraham Slabs Camping Area

Located on the shore of Abraham Lake, this rustic camping area offers great hiking opportunities just a short drive away.

Preachers Point North Camping Area

A popular rustic camping option where the North Saskatchewan River enters Abraham Lake.

Preachers Point South Camping Area

Rustic camping at the mouth of the North Saskatchewan River, with fall paddling opportunities.

Bighorn Dam Camping Area

A rustic camping area popular with OHV users. Currently undergoing a phased construction process. Visitors should refer to on-site signage regarding areas open for camping.

Beaverdam Campground

This small, rustic campground has access to canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking and fishing.

Harlech Campground

Small campground located in Harlech Provincial Recreation Area, 13 km east of Nordegg on the David Thompson Highway. Fishing and OHV trails nearby.

Dry Haven Campground

Dry Haven is one of the most rustic campgrounds along the David Thompson Highway. Amenities are few, sites are open but the shelter is welcome on rainy days.

Saunders Campground

A small campground found in Saunders Provincial Recreation area, most suited for canoers and boaters launching or exiting the North Saskatchewan River.

Shunda Viewpoint Group Campground

Located near the old Shunda Ranger Station, the viewpoint provides a panoramic view of the Brazeau Range and North Saskatchewan River valley.

Aylmer Group Campground

Scenic campground located on the shore of the North Saskatchewan River, 11 km south of Nordegg on the Forestry Trunk Road.

Blackstone Group Campground

Scenic campground in Blackstone Provincial Recreation Area, with river access and OHV trails in the vicinity.

Cavalcade Group Campground

Cavalcade is one of the most scenic group campgrounds around and a great basecamp to explore the west end of the region with lots of trails nearby.

Snow Creek Group Campground

Snow Creek Group Campground provides a secluded camping experience close to Nordegg and Abraham Lake.

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