Thousands of Albertans enjoy camping in the summer, but there are also opportunities available in the winter. Alberta’s Crown lands provide many options to choose from, including provincial campgrounds, random camping on public and vacant land and, for those who would prefer to hibernate, comfort camping in Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park and Cypress Hills Provincial Park. Winter camping is available at 26 frontcountry campgrounds and 45 backcountry sites in provincial parks and recreation areas across the province.
“We are fortunate to have access to so many winter playgrounds across the province. I encourage every Albertan to spend as much time as possible outdoors this season. From camping with loved ones in a provincial park to adventuring down your favourite trail, Alberta’s Crown lands offer many opportunities to make memories that will last a lifetime.”
In addition to camping, Alberta’s Crown lands offer numerous winter recreation opportunities like cross-country skiing, skating and trails for winter walks through the woods. Through Budget 2023, the Alberta government is investing $211.3 million over three years to improve and expand recreation and amenities so that domestic and international visitors alike can enjoy the outdoors year-round.
“Alberta is the best destination for winter recreation and tourism. From cross-country skiing to winter hiking in one of our many world-renowned parks, opportunities for fun and adventure live around every corner of our province. This investment to promote our beautiful winters will show the world that Alberta is the best place to live, visit and play."
Eligible visitors can also reserve a winter getaway at William Watson Lodge in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. William Watson Lodge provides barrier-free wilderness lodging for persons with disabilities and seniors and their families.
It is important for Albertans to take precautions while recreating during winter, including:
- Checking local weather reports to plan accordingly.
- Monitoring advisories and trail reports before finalizing plans.
- Leaving an itinerary with a trusted contact that states one’s destination and return date.
- Checking for trail restrictions online and on signs at trailheads.
Albertans recreating in avalanche territory should remember that avalanches are more likely when there has been a heavy snowfall, wind or warming temperatures. Backcountry users must carry and know how to use safety equipment. In addition, Albertans should remember that cellular service is limited in many areas and consider carrying a satellite GPS device.
- Winter camping in provincial parks
- Winter safety
- Advisories and public safety
- Camping on public land
- Public Lands Camping Pass
- Public land recreation maps