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Campgrounds & Camping Areas

Spend the night under the stars

Camping is the perfect way to slow down and explore the region during the summer months.

Camping is one of the best options to immerse yourself in the region’s stunning landscape. Wake up looking at Mount Peskett from the Two O’Clock Creek Campground, get an early start by spending the night close to your next adventure or enjoy a quiet night stargazing from your tent.

There are many options to camp throughout the region. Upper Shunda Campground is right in Nordegg, making it the easiest option if you’re planning to spend some time in town. Fish Lake Campground offers powered sites while David Thompson Resort is the only full-service campground in the region.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, check out Alberta Parks campgrounds like Thompson Creek or take it a step further at one of the rustic campsites like Preacher’s Point, Wildhorse Creek or Allstones.

Regardless of how you choose to experience the region, remember that we all have our part to play to keep this a special place to enjoy.

Different Styles of Camping

There are a few options when you are trying to decide what type of campgrounds best suit your style. You’ll also find additional services in Nordegg, like an RV dump station available at the Nordegg Lodge and public showers at the Shell.


Most of the campgrounds in the region are classic mountain campsites with somewhat smaller sites set a little further apart in some gorgeous settings. Most have options to accommodate a wide range of accommodations, from RVs to tents, but keep in mind that you’re not likely to find pull-through sites at most of these campgrounds. Typical amenities are gravel pads, picnic tables, fire pits and pit toilets. Firewood and water are not available at most of these campgrounds.

David Thompson Resort (power, water and sewer) and Fish Lake (power only) are the only campgrounds in the region with serviced sites.

Most of these are first come first served with self-registration (cash only) while reservations are required at Fish Lake and available at Ram Falls, Upper Shunda Creek and David Thompson Resort.

Camping Areas

These are new additions to the region that are designed to address issues from overuse at popular random camping locations. Only basic amenities like improved access roads and dry toilets and bear-proof food lockers are available. These sites are included in the Public Lands Camping Pass and all sites are available on a first come first served basis.

Group Campgrounds

Some of these, like Cavalcade, were designed as group sites while most of the other ones are smaller campgrounds that Alberta Parks converted to group camps only a few years ago.

All group campgrounds are managed by Alberta Parks and reservations are required. The minimum number of units is typically 5 for those sites.

Random Camping

Also known as dispersed camping, crown land camping or boondocking, random camping is allowed throughout the region with a few exceptions. A Public Lands Camping Pass is required throughout the region.

Backcountry Camping

Most backcountry campsites in the region have little to no development, except for pit toilets at some locations like Landslide Lake, Pinto Lake and Lake of the Falls. Random camping is generally permitted, except in the Kootenay Plains Ecological Reserve. A Public Lands Camping Pass is required but all sites are available on a first come first served basis.


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We acknowledge that the land on which we gather, explore and adventure is home to the Îyârhe Nakoda First Nation and the Smallboy Mountain Cree, part of the Treaty 6 and Treaty 8 Territories, part of the Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3, and has been the traditional meeting ground for many Indigenous Peoples since time immemorial. We are grateful for the stewardship of these lands along with the knowledge, traditions, and teachings that have been passed down through generations.

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