Camping may not be for everyone, but fresh air and Alberta’s landscape sure is. That’s why glamping – glamorous camping – is such a hit. The trend of yurts, walled tents, and cabins is a growing one across the province. Check it out for yourself at one of the glamping campgrounds in Alberta below.
Comfort Camping & Glamping in Northern Alberta
1. Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park
Alberta’s only island provincial park doesn’t skimp on comfort camping. Their lakefront cabins on Lac La Biche are close to hiking trails, making it easy for everyone to get close to nature. They sleep eight people (no more than six adults) and are open year round – but make sure you book in advance as they are very popular.
2. Kikino Silver Birch Resort
Gather family and friends at Kikino Silver Birch Resort and rent a cabin to stay in. On the west shores of White Fish Lake, the cabins all offer air conditioning, full kitchen, BBQ, fire pit, and a deck with a front-facing view of the lake. Each cabin has its own characteristics, with options such as wheelchair accessible and open concept.
3. Canadian Bighorn Resort
Nestled in Northern Alberta, Canadian Bighorn Resort gets you off the grid, without skimping on getting you back to nature. Their luxury glamping domes make sure you’re comfortable and warm, so you’re rested up for a day of adventure. They focus on sustainability, so you know a visit to the resort is a good choice for both you and the environment.
Address: La Corey
Comfort Camping & Glamping in Central/Edmonton Area
1. Pigeon Lake Provincial Park
Pigeon Lake Provincial Park’s yurts – round, insulated tents on wooden decks – are a perfect combination of luxury and the great outdoors. The eight yurts are wheelchair and stroller accessible, close to washrooms, making them great for everyone to visit. They stay cool in summer and warm in winter and are equipped with many essential amenities.
2. Astonin Lake Campground
Camp with the comfort of a cozy bed. Elk Island National Park’s Astonin Lake Campground has five oTENTik tents, blending comfort with the great outdoors. Sleeping area for up to six, electric lights, BBQ, even a USB charging port are all available. Open year round!
Address: Elk Island National Park
3. Elk Island RetreatElk Island Retreat is a private campground that shows off the beauty just east of Edmonton. Glamp in yurts and trapper cabins, or even a tipi – the next best thing to sleeping under an open sky. Next door to Elk Island National Park, there are lots of hiking trails to explore. Find luxury mixed with nature, from the glam found in yurts to the traditional found in tipis.
Address: Fort Saskatchewan
4. Miquelon Lake Provincial Park
Not far from Edmonton, Miquelon Lake Provincial Park is perfect for weekend camping. The yurts in loop B, open May-September, are perfect for those who want to get away without getting too rustic. They’re 20 feet in diameter, with a vented skylight and windows, close to hiking trails and showers, and let up to six people enjoy the great outdoors in comfort.
Comfort Camping & Glamping in Southern Alberta
1. Wyndham-Carseland Provincial Park
Just 30 minutes south east of Calgary, the comfort camping at Wyndham-Carseland is unforgettable. The landscaped sites along the Bow River are home to canvas-walled tents with wooden floors, complete with private decks and comfortable beds – no sleeping on the ground here! They book up fast, so make your reservation early.
2. Buffalo Rock Tipi Camp
Immerse yourself in a First Nation cultural experience. Discover the Blackfoot traditional ways and culture with traditional ceremonies and storytellers sharing their stories and those of their people. Then, spend the night in one of six tipis. Use bedrolls and sleeping bags or cots, depending on how rustic you want to get.
3. Castle Provincial Park
Castle River Bridge Cabins at Castle Provincial Park offer comfortable lodgings to call home while exploring the great outdoors. With beds, mini fridge, power, electric heaters, and a fire pit and picnic table outside, each cabin sleeps four and can be found in the A loop of the campground.
4. Chief Crowfoot’s Tipi VillageAt just $35/night, Chief Crowfoot’s Tipi Village makes it easy to get a taste of Blackfoot culture. Learn from local interpreters who will demonstrate craft and survival skills, watch a dance performance, and then spend the night in one of the tipis. Last minute rentals, from cots to buffalo rugs, are available at extra cost.
Address: Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Siksika
5. Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park
Comfort camping at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park means luxury camping. They have three cottonwood canvas walled tents with wooden floors that are close to playgrounds, camping trails, a natural sand beach, and the Milk River. Each includes a private deck, perfect for watching the sunset.
6. Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
Cypress Hills is beautiful year-round, and comfort camping is the perfect way to experience it no matter the season. Stay in huts or cabins of varying sizes throughout the park, so you can get the style and seclusion you’re looking for. Visit the website to check out all the different options, from Elkwater Cabins to Aspen Ridge Cabins.
7. Good Knights Medieval Encampment
For a truly unique glamping experience, head to The Encampment! Seven lavish Medieval tents will transport you through time – even providing period costumes and a warm cloak to wear so you can embrace the theme. There’s even a yurt for larger families to stay in. Reserve your stay early as they can book up fast for the season.
Address: Three Hills
Comfort Camping & Glamping Canadian Rockies
1. Sundance Lodges
Spend the night – or more – in a beautiful Sioux canvas tipi or trappers cabin. Tipis are hand-painted with native-style designs and have a raised wood floor and kerosene heater. Trappers cabins are a little more rustic, but offer comfort camping with canvas walls and your personal wooden deck with awning. Tucked away in Rockies amongst the forest, you’ll want to book a reservation.
City/Town: Kananaskis Country
2. Rocky Mountain House National Historic SiteTry out Heritage Camping at Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site to discover the lifestyle of the fur trade. Spend the night Metis trapper tents, tipis, or trapline cabins – whichever fits the experience you and your group are looking for. Plus, your camping fee includes a fur trade camp kit with bannock mix, bison hide, period cooking kit, and more.
3. Old Entrance B ‘n B Cabins
Old Entrance welcomes you to the Rockies on a private 60 acre property with a Rocky Mountain view. From cabins to teepees, they have a variety of ways to spend the night in comfort, without skimping on the outdoor experience. Note that there is a two night minimum during peak season.
Address: 26118 Old Entrance Rd Hinton
4. Mount Engadine Lodge
Get the camping experience…without roughing it. Yurts are tucked away from the main lodge, but offer all-inclusive dining and full access to the lodge common areas at a budget friendly price. The new glamping tents elevate the experience with hardwood floors, chandelier, inclusive dining, and creature comforts from home.
Address: 1 Shark Road
5. Cougar Creek Cabins
Cougar Creek is more than just a campground and RV site – they have a variety of cabins and cottages you can rent. Three sizes of full service cabins sleep up to seven; one or two room cottages sleep up to six. They require a two-night minimum, but come with complete bedding and towels, potable water, large deck with patio table, and more.
Address: 240227A Highway 16
6. U Bar RanchComfort camping and trail rides come together at U Bar Ranch! Carpeted wall tents have a queen bed with bedding, fitted with luxury and warmth. When you’re not inside, go horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, or hiking on the edge of the Rocky Mountains.
Address: Highway 40, Grande Cache
7. Two Jack Lakeside Campground
Take a step up from the regular camping experience with oTENTik. Banff National Park has 10 sites with these A-frame cabins on a raised wooden floor along Two Jack Lake. There is plenty of room for the whole family, plus lighting and electricity, outdoor fire pit, hot showers, and more. It’s just 15 minutes from the town of Banff, making it a perfect location.
Address: Lake Minnewanka Road, Banff National Park