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Embrace the Beauty of Winter at these Year-Round Campgrounds

There are so many options for winter camping around Alberta. There’s nothing quite like experiencing a popular summer campground when it is blanketed in snow and the sounds of nature are the only things you hear.
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Embrace everything that winter has to offer at these three spectacular campgrounds:

Dinosaur Campground at Dinosaur Provincial Park

Dinosaur Campground at Dinosaur Provincial Park can be a little difficult to get a reservation at in the summer, but in the winter you will practically have the place to yourself. Winter camping at this UNESCO World Heritage Site allows you to experience the uniquely beautiful views of snow-covered hoodoos and possibly catch a photo of the elusive snowy owls that migrate to the area.

Winter rates at this campground come into effect in early October and last until early May. Sites are $34 per night for power only and are non-reservable. Keep in mind that water is shut off in the entire campground in early October so be sure to bring plenty of your own. Firewood sales are also not available at the campground during the off-season. The sani-dump station is available, but there is no water to rinse your tanks.

Dinosaur Provincial Park is located 48 kilometres northeast of Brooks and 165 kilometres southeast of Drumheller.

Gregg Lake Campground at William A. Switzer Provincial Park

Gregg Lake Campground is a popular winter campground for those who enjoy cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and snowshoeing. William A. Switzer Provincial Park is home to Hinton Nordic Centre, which is a world-class cross-country skiing venue that features over 35 kilometres of trails, a day lodge, and even a biathlon range.

The campground does not offer any services in the winter so be sure to bring your own water and firewood. There is a handpump on site, but the water quality is not guaranteed to be drinkable. Sites are $31 per night and available first come, first served. Payment in the off-season is by cash or cheque only.

You can find Gregg Lake Campground 3 kilometres west of Hinton on Highway 16 and 19 kilometres north on Highway 40.

Vermilion Campground at Vermilion Provincial Park

Vermilion Campground, which is located right beside the Town of Vermilion along the Vermilion River Reservoir, is another great destination for cross-country skiers and ice fishing enthusiasts. There are extensive groomed ski trails, plowed trails, and multi-user trails that extend from the east end of the town and along the reservoir to the west. For current trail conditions, visit Vermilion Nordic.

This campground only has three sites available in the winter and they are self-registration. There are no services or firewood available in the off-season, but there is a sani-dump at the Shell station in the town. Sites cost $30 per night. The campground is conveniently located very close to all of the amenities in the Town of Vermilion.

Vermilion Campground is located 190 kilometres east of Edmonton and 65 kilometres west of Lloydminster.

Wherever you take your RV this winter, make sure you are always prepared for the worst weather conditions. Take plenty of water, wood, and warm clothes so you can thoroughly enjoy the serene winter wonderland of cold weather camping in Alberta.  

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