"Adventure Tourism Information About Places Ya'Gotta Go To!"
The four western provinces in Canada (Alberta, British Coumbia (BC), Manitoba, Saskatchewan) all have excellent opportunities for camping and have very good provincially run campgrounds as well as those in National Parks. There are also amazing opporunities for back country trekking and camping in the mountainous areas of Alberta, BC and the northern parts of all four provinces. For trekkers that venture into these regions, they should be trained in maps and compass use and proper gear, clothing, food storage/disposal and bear avoidance skills are mandatory! When in the back country, in regards to bears and any of the wildlife, trekkers must be aware that they are the intruders and must have respect for all wildlife.
The three northern territories Yukon, Northwest Territories (NWT) and Nunavut also have amazing opportunities for camping and more so than the southern provinces potentially extreme isolation. This is particularilly true for those wishing to travel the Dempster Highway (671 kilo/417 miles) that runs from near Dawson City, in the Yukon, across the Arctic Circle to Innuvik, NWT. For Nunavut, which is in the eastern Arctic it is recommended that even experienced campers hire a guide or outfitter. There is also no access to this territory by road.
The summer camping season in the southern provinces runs from aproximately the Victoria Day long weekend in late May, till the Labour Day weeknd in early September. The season varies with it being shorter in the northern territories to longer on the the west coast, Vancouver Island and the southern parts of all four provinces.
Weather conditions can vary with daytime extremes reach +30 C and night (particularily in the mountains) it can going down to freezing levels. With climat change heavy rains can occur even in semi-arrid areas of the prairies. Prepare for both extremes, although winter wear is not required, clothing should be planned for layers and have outerwear that is waterproof.
During the peak season reservations are suggested. There are also specialyy designated sites for group excursions. For backcountry travel, in the National Parks, permits are required. The following are links to sites about campgrounds in western Canadian provinces and territories:
National Park (Parks Canada) campgrounds can be booked online or by phone. Travellers also require access fees to the parks. For more information about fees in the parks click here.
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