Winter campers are a tough breed. While most of us enjoy the warmth of summer, when we can pitch our tent on the comfy ground, and then head for a swim, winter campers smile at the thought of venturing out into temperatures below freezing, and sleeping in the frosty air. Well, for those people, here is a list of provincial parks in Alberta that offer winter camping. BRRR...
Beauvais Lake Provincial Park
The campground's availability depends on the weather, which could end up closing the access roads. There are 13 kilometres of ski trails for cross-country enthusiasts.
Location: Located west at Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada. Check the website for exact coordinates.
Campground: Beauvais Lake campground has 15 winter sites for campers.
Winter activities: Cross-country skiing; ice fishing; snowshoeing.
Winter Amenities: Firewood; fire pits; cook shelters; pay phone; pit privies; warm-up shelter; water tap; food storage pole; fish cleaning station.
Coordinates: Lat: 49.409159889 Long: -114.116039408
Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park
The park is popular for the abundance of mule deer, white-tailed deer, moose, black bear, weasel, mink, muskrat, beaver, snowshoe hare, chipmunk, red squirrel, porcupine, coyote and lynx. There are 6.5 kilometres of groomed trails for skiers.
Location: Located in central Alberta, Canada within Woodlands County, around McLeod Lake and Little McLeod Lake, approximately 23 kilometres north of Whitecourt. It is accessed by Highway 32. Check the website for exact coordinates.
Campground: Carson-Pegasus campground has 6 winter campsites available.
Winter activities: Bird watching; cross-country skiing; ice fishing; snowmobiling (off site); wildlife viewing.
Winter Amenities: Firepits; firewood; picnic shelter; pay phone; pit privies; warm up shelter.
Coordinates: Lat: 54.297304712 Long: -115.643440917
Chain Lakes Provincial Park
Chain Lakes Provincial Park is located in a region that is often extremely dry. For this reason, only communal fire pits are provided in the park's campground. Chain Lakes Day Use area is open year-round.
Location: Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Nanton. Check the website for exact coordinates.
Campground: Chain Lakes campground has 92 winter camping spots available.
Winter activities: Ice fishing.
Winter Amenities: cook shelters; communal firepits; firewood; fish cleaning stations; pay phone; pit privies; water (pump or tap).
Coordinates: Lat: 50.2165056171 Long: -114.193984807
Cypress Hills Provincial Park
Cypress Hills is an inter-provincial park that spans the southern Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary. It is Canada's first and only inter-provincial park, and is home to a number of diverse plants and animals. Hunting is available at the park - winter campers should check with park officials for rules and regulations regarding hunting.
Location: Located southeast of Medicine Hat. Check the website for exact coordinates.
Campground: There are three campgrounds at the park that offer winter camping. Two campgrounds are open for winter camping at Cypress Hills. Elk Lake has 7 campsites for winter use. Spruce Coulee has 9 winter camping sites.
Winter activities: Cross-country skiing; downhill skiing; ice fishing; skating; snowshoeing; tobogganing.
Winter Amenities: Cabin/lodge rentals; cook shelters; firepits; firewood; pay phone; picnic shelter; pit privies; warm up shelter.
Coordinates: Lat: 49.6398151268 Long: -110.178133847
Dawson Provincial Recreation Area
Noted as a spot for horseback riders, the park also welcomes campers and day users who would rather not get on to one of those beautiful beasts.
Location: Check the website for exact coordinates.
Campground: Dawson Equestrian campground has 10 sites for winter campers, even the campers who did not come in on horseback.
Winter activities: Horseback riding; snowmobiling (off-site).
Winter Amenities: Firepits; hitching rails; pit privies.
Coordinates: Lat: 51.0229342701 Long: -114.882393639
Dinosaur Provincial Park
Dinosaur Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, nad fossils and sp[ecies found here are on display in museums all over the world.
Location: 48 kilometres northeast of Brooks, Alberta, and a two and a half hours drive southeast of Calgary.
Campground: Dinosaur Campground has 65 spots available for winter camping.
Winter activities: Bird watching; wildlife viewing.
Winter Amenities: Cook shelters; firepits; firewood; pay phone; pit privies; picnic area.
Coordinates: Lat: 50.760095 Long: -111.519734
Contact: 403-378-4342 ext. 235