Off the beaten path: Try camping in the Crowsnest this Labour Day weekend
Campsites south of Calgary offer mountain views, hiking and day-trip destinations
As the summer camping season winds down, there is still time to squeeze in some camping in the Crowsnest Pass.
Parks and campgrounds in the province have been slammed this camping season, but Karen Ung — the Calgary Eyeopener's family road trip columnist — says the Crowsnest Pass area south of Calgary is still a well-kept secret destination.
"This area, it's known as the 'Crown of the Continent' and it has got some really neat geography," Ung said.
"So you're kind of in the Foothills, you've got these beautiful mountain views, lots of wildlife, great fishing. It's just somewhere different to go and it seems a little quieter."
Ung said campgrounds in the Castle Wilderness area haven't been swarmed by guests like they have in Kananaskis, and many spots are available, even on long weekends.
Campsites less visited
With the Labour Day weekend fast approaching, Ung recommended staying at Beauvais Lake Provincial Park, about two and a half hours from Calgary.
The campground features 30 kilometres of trails, a boat launch and more than 80 campsites — 50 of which are powered.
It's also close to Turtle Mountain and the Frank Slide Historic Site, where the town of Frank was buried by a rock slide in 1903.
"So this is kind of a place you can sort of settle in for several days. But I would still recommend heading over to Frank Slide because it is so interesting," Ung said.
Lundbreck Falls Campground is another option for campers looking to escape to the Foothills, with about 60 campsites, access to fishing and a walking trail to Lundbreck Falls.
Ung said there are lots of family-friendly activities to take in when camping in the Foothills.
"You can go to special presentations…. They're having a thee-hour presentation [this weekend] on buffalo hunting if you really want to know how that was done."
Castle Mountain will host the 22nd-annual Huckleberry Festival this weekend. Ung said visitors can ride the chairlift up the mountain to pick berries and take in some live music.
For more camping suggestions on where to visit this summer, head to Ung's website at playoutsideguide.com.
With files from the Calgary Eyeopener
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