Alberta Parks Extends 2017 Camping Season

Alberta Parks Extends 2017 Camping Season

Alberta Parks has extended the 2017 camping season by an additional month. For the 8th year in a row Alberta Parks has seen an increase in campers, including a 5% growth in 2017 (158 890 reservations as of August 30th).

Most of the 274 provincial campgrounds have a staggered closing date with most ending in mid-October, however this year 259 campgrounds will stay open past the end of September and 82 will remain open until at least October 31st (37 provincial campgrounds remain open year-round).

We’ve had another great summer, but Albertans are still eager to get out and explore our wild spaces. That’s why we’re making life better by extending the camping season and upgrading provincial parks that previous governments neglected.
— Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks

Select redevelopments between fall 2017 and spring 2018:


  • Gregoire Lake Provincial Park – continued reconstruction will include upgrades to campsites, day-use area and new shower facilities. Electrical upgrades will improve RV access.
  • Beaver Lake Public Recreation Area – revitalization
  • Ross Lake Campground, Whitney Lakes Provincial Parks – electrification


  • Young’s Point Provincial Park and Williamson Provincial Parks – boat launch maintenance


  • Jarvis Bay Provincial Park – campground redevelopment
  • Fish Lake Provincial Recreation Area – multi-year campground redevelopment, including expansions to accommodate RVs


  • Expansions of Boulton Creek Campground, Bow River Campground (including 30 new serviced RV sites)
  • Tombstone Backcountry Campground refurbishment


  • Writing on Stone Provincial Park – trail improvements, shower building renovations, water treatment upgrades

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Photo by Amanda McNally.