The campdown is over – the May long weekend is finally here!

Albertans are eager to get outside and shake off the memory of a long, cold winter. But before you pack up the tent, load the kids and dog into your family vehicle and hit the road for a memorable long weekend adventure, here are a few friendly tips and reminders to keep in mind.

Nature is unpredictable, and your equipment can unexpectedly fail, so planning ahead is the key to an enjoyable and memorable experience.

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Gobble up your turkey and pie at an Alberta Provincial Park

For many Albertans, Thanksgiving weekend is a time to get together with family and friends to enjoy one another’s company and a hearty meal! This year, why not escape to a provincial park and have your Thanksgiving dinner surrounded by Alberta’s autumn splendor?IMG_5447

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All for fun and fun for all – a 2014 Alberta camping retrospective

A beautiful view at Phyllis Lake

As we bid a fond farewell to the Alberta summer with a frozen tear in our eye, we take a moment to reflect on another excellent summer camping season in Alberta’s provincial parks. Despite a wet start it’s safe to say campgrounds around the province saw lots of happy campers.

We aren’t just telling campfire stories:

  • More than 130,000 reservations of regular, comfort, and group campsites were made, and more than 410,000 campsites occupied.
  • The online reservation system surpassed a half a million registrations this season, an amazing feat considering it was only introduced in 2009 and only about 30% of Alberta’s campgrounds are on the system.
  • The number of online reservation subscribers increased almost 50,000 this year alone.

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