Let me paint you a picture. After a long day building sandcastles on the beach and burying dad in the sand, you return to your campsite in the trees, watch mom light a monster campfire (she was a girl guide), roast wienies, toast marshmallows and swap spooky stories under the sparkling stars.
Since there are a whopping 35 campgrounds in and around Red Deer, you can take your pick of city or lakeside, with lots of family activities or lots of wilderness (for you adventurous types). Here are five great campgrounds for you to try this summer in the Red Deer region.
One of Alberta’s first parks
One of the best features of the Aspen Beach Provincial Park is the shallow and sandy beach on Gull Lake. It’s a perfect spot for little ones and is very popular on a hot summer day.
There are two campgrounds within walking distance of the beach both with playgrounds and showers. Lakeview has lots of power sites for RVs and campers, access to water and sewer facilities and is close to the beach. And Brewers has 300 unserviced sites, lots of trees for privacy, big campsites and walking trails. You can make reservations online for both.
Camp in the city
Even though you’re camping in the middle of the city at the Lions Campground, all those trees will make it feel like you’re far away. The campground is right on the river in Red Deer’s huge Waskasoo Park, with access to 100 km of trails and the nearby Kerry Wood Nature Centre.
Lions has full-service sites for your RV and some partially serviced sites, if you prefer to rough it in a tent. The campground has washrooms, showers, laundry facilities, playgrounds and horseshoe pits.
Fun for the kiddies
Summerland Leisure Park offers a full service RV park and lots of activities to keep the whole family entertained. The kids will love the playground and mini golf course while Mom and Dad can hone their skills at the driving range.
A place for friends to meet
The campground at Jarvis Bay Provincial Park is a great place for friends to meet and have a fun weekend together. You can play mini-golf, eat ice cream and catch up around a roaring fire.
You’ll also want to drive 10 mins into the Town of Sylvan Lake to cruise the busy sandy beach, kamikaze the huge waterslides, grab some grub on Lakeshore and have more ice cream at the Big Moo (Sylvan is a two-cone-a-day kind of place).
Backcountry feel in Central Alberta
Three km north of Blackfalds, Watipi Campground is an affordable wilderness campground for families and groups. All campsites have fire pits and access to washrooms and coin showers, and although a few have power and water, there are no hook-ups or sewer facilities. You can also rent the banquet hall or gazebo for big events and reunions.
This a great place to have an outdoor adventure – you are right along several km of hiking trails and have access to Lacombe Lake for rafting or canoeing.