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Guide: 6 Camping Spots Near Edmonton To Hit Up This Summer

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Have you been feeling the call of the wild? Are you itching for a morning surrounded by nature, where the birds are chirping and the hustle & bustle of the city feel far away? Yeah, us too. But we’ve got a solution, and it comes in the form of some of the best camping spots that aren’t too far from Edmonton. So, we’ve teamed up with Mark’s to get you geared up for these six awesome places to camp this summer and fall.

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Let’s plan an adventure, shall we?


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Obviously we’re starting off this list hot with our favourite campground in the heart of Elk Island National Park. Each campsite is equipped with picnic tables and fire pits and with washrooms, showers, water taps and a shared kitchen shelter nearby. The campground overlooks a beautiful marsh, and the location serves up some seriously incredible night sky views.

Distance from Edmonton: 1 hr


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If you’re looking to get into backcountry camping, then Hidden Cove is perfect for you. Located along the shores of Maligne Lake, you’ll be able to canoe, kayak, or motorboat your way to the campground. Communal picnic tables and fire grates along with food storage lockers provides a comfortable camping experience for any level of camper.

Distance from Edmonton: 4 hrs 30 mins



Located on the south shore of Gull Lake, you’ll get access to a large sandy beach, boat launch, concession, and a playground. There are several campgrounds to choose from like Brewer’s or Lakeview campground. Heads up though, showers are closed for the 2020 season so you better bring some eco-friendly soap so you can scrub down in the lake!

Distance from Edmonton: 1 hr 30 mins


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If you’re looking for family-friendly convenience that gives you access to full amenities, Long Lake is the place for you. With nice sandy beaches, access to an onsite concession, and trails in and around the park, your fam will keep busy your whole stay.

Distance from Edmonton: 1 hr 40 mins



This picturesque provincial park provides the perfect summer escape. From hiking to fishing to motorboating, your days at this lakefront camping experience will be filled with non-stop activities. Both powered and non-powered sites are available at this 200-site campground, giving you the option to tent amongst the trees or set up your RV lakeside.

Distance from Edmonton: 2 hrs 15 mins


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Looking to stay in the city? Then Rainbow Valley is your place! With over 75 sites and located next to the Snow Valley Aerial Park, this quiet family campground is a city-limit haven. You get all the wonderful seclusion and peacefulness of being in a far-off land without even having to leave the city. Plus, you have access to hiking trails, laundry facilities, and a small convenience store, so it really is the best of both worlds.

Distance from Edmonton: 20 min from downtown


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Nearby Jasper’s townsite and along the shores of the Athabasca river, this campground gives you that secluded feeling of backcountry camping. With year-round camping available, and a ton of nearby hiking trails perfect for any season, this is one getaway that can satisfy just about any nature craving.

Distance from Edmonton: 4 hrs

Well then folks, there you have it. Get those campground resos booked and make the most out of your summer!