Camping is the ideal summer hobby. Campers get the chance to disappear into forests, relax away from phones and screens, and reconnect with nature. What’s better than that? If you’re wanting a chance to get away and see new views without having to deal with the risk of tourist traps and drama: nothing’s better than one of these camping spots. You’ll need bug spray and sunscreen at all of them, but they each have their personality that you can’t find elsewhere.
Yoho National Park
On the southeastern end of British Columbia is a park unlike any other. Yoho National park is home to some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls, rivers, and lakes. Although this park is known for its endless water features, the trees and mountains aren’t anything to ignore.
Camping in Yoho is fantastic because of the artsy vibes of the area and how giving and open the other campers are. As a tradition, if you have extra wood left over when you leave, you set it in the bordering camp of someone who’s staying longer than you. So the entire park feels like one extended version of paying it forward that you could never get tired of.
Banff National Park
Banff National Park is one that you’ll want to keep returning to year after year. Although it’s become a tourist trap in the winter, in the summer, camping is king. Countless green and vibrant hiking paths, beautiful clean air and atmosphere, and a fun attitude has created a camping experience that is as much about adventure as it is about camping. Don’t let the steep mountains scare you away; countless camping spots all over the park are set up for any kind of camper imaginable. So if you want to fish, hike, or enjoy ziplining above the mountain’s deep dips and craigs, this is the place for you.
Algonquin National Park
Home in southeastern Ontario, Algonquin National Park is paradise. The best time to camp is in late summer or early fall when the leaves are beginning to change, but the air is still warm enough to keep you comfortable. Wildlife like moose, bears, and loons call these woods home, and you won’t want to put your camera away in fear of missing a fantastic wildlife shot. Visitors who have stayed in this part say that the trails are well established, and they felt safe and relaxed while they started. Although there’s no fix to get rid of bugs, you won’t mind them if you get to stay here.
Whistler National Park
Because of how popular it is for camping, real estate for sale in Whistler always seems to fly off the market the moment the weather heats up. In the winter, this park may be known for being the home to Olympic athletes; this is camping territory in the summer. The high elevation, mixed with beautiful views and incredible locals, combine into a space where you’ll want to spend the rest of your life. Whistler is more than just a national park; it’s a space you’ll want to call home.