Photo: Comfort camping oTENTik in Jasper National Park - Credit: Parks Canada
Whether you call it comfort camping or glamping, luxury outdoor accommodation is available throughout Alberta. Here are some unique experiences that help connect tenderfoot campers to nature:
- There are a variety of heritage camping experiences to be had at Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site. Choose to stay overnight in either a First Nations Tipi, Métis Trappers Tent or a Voyageurs Wedge Tent. Test your survival skills by taking advantage of the period cooking and fire starting kits offered.
- Insulated yurts are mounted on a wooden deck on the shores of Pigeon Lake, in central Alberta. Accessible by wheelchair, these round tent-like structures are set up with most of the comforts of home. All you need to bring is food!
- Safari-like tents are kitted out with mini-fridges, coffee makers, a proper bed and bedding and an electric fireplace in Dinosaur Provincial Park, one of the world’s most prolific fossil beds.
- Comfort Camping at Writing on Stone Provincial Park takes place near a natural sand beach alongside stately cottonwood trees in the Milk River valley. Each canvas tent has its own private deck, fire pit and barbecue.
- Banff National Park, Jasper National Park and Elk Island National Park offer Equipped Campsites with a six-person tent and sleeping bags set up for you. Or try an oTENTik, a tent-cabin combo equipped with bunk beds and electric plug-ins.
- Five traditional tipis are set up at Crandell Mountain Campground in Waterton Lakes National Park each July and August. While tipis were traditionally made out of animal skins and lodge pole pines by Indigenous peoples, canvas became available through trade with Europeans, and is what you’ll be sleeping under.
- Not convinced? Tent haters can rest their heads within four solid walls at The Nest, a timber frame lodge set within the Boreal forest at Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park.