In the summertime, Canadians and visitors from around the world are exploring our great country, taking in our unforgettable scenery, wildlife and campgrounds. With so much to see, finding the most memorable places can be overwhelming. So, we’ve assembled our picks for the very best spots. We may be a bit biased, but we’re fine with that. Whether you take a camper, RV, tent or rent a cabin nearby, we know you’ll enjoy any and all of these beautiful places.
Carrot’s Camping Picks: Alberta
Waterton Lakes can’t be ignored for its views, hikes and abundant wildlife. It is the location of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, about an hour from the National Park, where you can see wildlife, like coyotes, buffalo, and traditional hoop dancing. Get the full experience and stay in a traditional teepee.
Icefield Tent Campground
Have you heard of the Columbia Icefields in Jasper? Well, just down the road from them is this perfect spot for unforgettable glacier views, and scenic hikes like the Nigel Pass, Wilcox Pass Trail, and Parker Ride. The campground is conveniently located just down the road from the Columbia Icefields in Jasper National Park. where you can wake up to glacier views every morning.
Crimson Lake Campground
With 170 powered sites and quick access to Crimson Lake and local amenities, your family will love this peaceful campground. When you're not swimming or enjoying the sunshine on the beach, you can take the 10 kilometre trail that loops Crimson Lake. Oh and there’s an amphitheatre that features all kinds of entertainment events!.
Open: May until October.
Learn More about Crimson Lake.
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Carrot’s Camping Picks: Ontario
Ontario has several hidden gems for camping that can’t go without us bringing them up to inspire your summer this year.
Bigger than life views of Lake Superior and catching wildlife make Sleeping Giant a must-see camping destination. Near North Western Ontario, just east of Thunder Bay, it has 80 kilometers of hiking trails and plenty of campsites. Day and overnight hikes, and biking trails give plenty of ways to see hidden coves and views of Lake Superior’s shoreline that can’t be beat.
See a few photos on Instagram of what to expect.
Getting stir-crazy driving around in the city? With 2,400 kilometres of interweaving forests and lakes, Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park has lots to offer for campers. It’s so wild that you’ll need to pack reusable food containers because cans and bottles are prohibited. There will be some warm nights and cold nights, so pack a sleeping bag and some coffee for those brisk mornings.
Check out the guide from Ontario Parks to camping at Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater park (and maybe make a road trip out of it).
Sauble Falls Provincial Park
Swimming, picnicking, and an adventure playground make this a notable stopover for camping. You’ll see spawning Chinook Salmon and Rainbow Trout as they wrestle their way up the cascading waterfall. If you and your family love to fish, this will not disappoint. A timber mill and station used to be powered by these falls and even connect with a peaceful canoe route.
Here's a handy dandy map to these gems:
Bonus Round: Algonquin Park
Another spot we couldn’t help but share with you is Algonquin Park - Canada’s oldest national park and a treasure in Ontario. Moose, loons, and bears all inhabit the park and it has many options for campgrounds, so we hope you can spend a week or two exploring it.
A Healthy Road Trip Buddy
If you or your new driver are road tripping together, here are some other destinations you might like. If you’re curious about Telematic technology for the trip, Carrot gives your new driver some pointers along the way! Instead of you yelling instructions, it gives your voice a break by showing your new driver a scorecard that improves driving behaviour and dishes out rewards every 3 months for when they do.
Before you set off on your summer adventure, you can learn more on how it works here.
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