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Camping in Alberta Parks in 2020

by Karen Ung

What you need to know before booking campsites at Alberta Parks this year.

I am excited to announce that camping reservations in Alberta Parks will re-launch on May 14, 2020! Reservation booking times will start at 9 am and will be staggered by region to allow you to book sites in different parts of the province on the same day. Please see the interactive map with regions and reservable campgrounds at https://albertaparks.ca/rap/

Alberta Parks Regions & May 14 Camping Reservation Times | Image credit: Alberta Parks

What’s new this year in Alberta Parks Campgrounds

Elkwater Lake, Cypress Hills Provincial Park
Elkwater Lake, Cypress Hills Provincial Park

Select reservable, first come first served, and backcountry campgrounds will open on June 1st. This is great (I feared we wouldn’t be camping this year at all), but sadly that means no May Long Weekend camping. Check Alberta Parks on June 1st for more campgrounds opening on June 15th. Tent and RV sites will be available.

Alberta Parks campgrounds will operate at 50% capacity until June 12, 2020. By July 1st, all campgrounds that are open will be at 100% capacity.

Only Alberta residents may reserve campsites at Alberta Parks.

100% First come first served (FCFS) Campgrounds will remain so, but campgrounds that had reservable and FCFS sites will now be 100% reservable. For more information, visit http://www.albertaparks.ca/fcfsd.

Shower buildings may be closed at some campgrounds. Check before you reserve!

There will be no comfort camping or group camping this year.

Second RV units will not be permitted on campsites. (May 21, 2020 Update: “1 household per campsite only, no second RV units will be permitted and (like other seasons) 6 people max per site. One additional tent may be permitted at the campground’s discretion.”

As of June 10, 2020, there is no longer a province-wide fire ban. Check https://www.albertafirebans.ca/ for updates.

Playgrounds are closed, and there are no bicycle / canoe rentals until further notice.

Which Alberta Parks Campgrounds are Open?

Dinosaur Provincial Park
Dinosaur Provincial Park

Visit https://albertaparks.ca/rap/ to see the complete list of campgrounds that will be opening on June 1st. Check back on June 1st for more campgrounds opening on June 15th.

Where can I get more information on camping in Alberta Parks?

Bow Valley Provincial Park
Bow Valley Provincial Park

Visit albertaparks.ca and check out our detailed trip reports below:

Camping in Kananaskis

Camping in NE Alberta

Camping in Central Alberta

Camping in Southern Alberta

Will you be camping this summer or staying close to home?

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