This article originally appeared on the Travel Alberta website.
Love camping, but don’t like packing all the gear and setting up the tent? Well you’re in luck, as there are much easier and comfier ways to camp in Alberta.
Have you ever stayed in a tent that was already pitched, had a wood floor, heating, real beds, not to mention a barbecue and pots, pans and dishes? Throw in a private deck and welcome to Alberta Parks’ comfort camping. Some of these provincial park campgrounds even include the pillows and bedding, creating more room in your car for the important supplies like top-grade Alberta steak for the barbecue, marshmallows for roasting, and hot chocolate to sip on while stargazing.
Yurts at Pigeon Lake
Gaze up at the star-filled sky from the comfort of your cozy queen size bed. A vented skylight is just one of the perks of a yurt. Your own private wooden deck with covered barbecue and lounge chairs is another. The yurts at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park are insulated, round, canvas tent-like structures, furnished with beds, a couch, table and chairs. The kitchen is also stocked with all the utensils and dishes you’ll need to barbecue. Remember the ice cream, as there’s a fridge and freezer for keeping your perishables cool. How perfect is that?
Parks Canada brings the comfort of home to the great outdoors. oTENTiks are the perfect combination of tent and A-frame cabin. Constructed with wooden frames and hardwood floors, they feature canvas-covered walls that enclose a sleeping and living area complete with two queen size beds, a double bed, and separate eating area with a table and chairs. Just toss the sleeping bags on the beds – no more sleeping on the ground – and spend your time exploring and enjoying the campfire.
Tipi camping is a fun and unique Alberta experience that allows you to sleep under the stars. It’s also an amazing way to get back to nature and experience some cultural history. The tipi’s large center opening lets the fresh air in and is ideal for gazing up at the expansive night sky. Some sites provide beds, cots or sleeping mats for comfort. You’ll need to bring all of the camping gear, supplies and bedding. Indigenous programming is offered at some campgrounds.
Camp Gear Rental
For a more traditional experience, Bactrax makes camping in the Canadian Rockies simple with full-service custom camp gear rentals. Rent a tent with a car camping package and you’ll have everything you need for six people to enjoy the great outdoors, including sleeping bags, lantern, cooler, dishes, chairs, and a kettle and coffee press. Items can be rented individually as well. Add on delivery and even campground set up for a small fee.
Ready to venture into the wilderness? Discover more tips on the Travel Alberta website.