- Reviews: 540
Crimson Lake: ~ Crimson Lake Campgroud ~
Crimson Lake Campground is located 10km W on Hwy 11, 6km N on Hwy 756 and follow signs. They have 172 sites, 106 with power, and 10 unit group sites. They are open year round although in the winter you have to do self registration.
What do they have there to do?
They have a beach, swimming, boating (no restrictions), volley ball courts, horse shoe pits, store, concession, amphitheatre, library, laundry, showers, picnic tables, fire pits, firewood (you have to pay for it. You can either go to the store or there is a staff who drives to each campsite every night to check to see if you need any.), dump station and water, pay phone, drinking water, two picnic shelters (one in day use area), and two creative play areas. Golf course near by. Some amenities are not available in the winter. There are over 20km of graveled trails for biking, hiking and cross country skiing close by. Interpretive programs (children’s and evening events) are regularly scheduled during the summer months.
It is recommended that you make reservations to camp here. They will accept up to 50% of their campsites for reservations.
There is lots of wildlife around - some birds you may see there are sandhill cranes, boreal owls, northern pygmy owls, greater yellowlegs, western tanagers and solitary sandpipers. I have seen deer that come right up to the campsites. There is also a possibility that cougars and black bears will come into the camp.
There are 66 unserviced campsites for $23/night 107 power campsites for $29/night and 1 power and water for $29/night.
When I reserve my weekend at Crimson Lake I always ask for Loop D and try for campsite # 10, 13 or 14. They are the bigger sites and I need a big site for the large tent I have. Also they are close to the bathrooms and the trails to get to the beach.
The sunsets over Crimson Lake are stunning! Also the sounds of the animals and the crackling of the fire at night make for a relaxing serene time. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
- Reviews: 57
Just find a spot: Under the bridge
The north Saskatchewan river runs along the edge of town. Highway 11 crosses it on the north west side of town. Right before the bridge, you can drive off the road down a steep bank to the river bed. All along here are 4X4 trails littered with campsites, or more appropriately, places you could pitch a tent and have a fire. Close to town, beside a river and free. Not bad as long as the boys don't have the 4x4s out all night.
same as above description. Little note, across the river is a good place for people with big RV's, although they do charge there, but it's pretty minor.
- Reviews: 57
Shunda Creek Youth Hostel: youth hostel
Really nice place, but way out in the middle of nowhere. Dorm style rooms, 6 bunks to a room if i remember right. Outdoor hot tub, kitchen facilities downstairs. Kinda hard to get to though unless you've got your own transportation.
Located in the forrests of the Canadian Rockies at least 100km from anything bigger than a village of 100 people. Beautiful scenery, nice digs. Accross the highway from an old mining town called Nordegg. Town used to be huge, now virtually a ghost town.
- Reviews: 57
Crimson Lake Campground: Listen to the loons
Really nice campground in local provincial park. Around the lake, quite a few sites, but usually packed during summer so call ahead. Nice sandy beach, lots of open grass for volley ball and stuff. great for water skiing, wake boarding, things like that.
Beautiful scenery and the loon calls in early evening are really beautiful. Nice walking path around the lake too. No fish in this lake though and check for leeches.
- Reviews: 57
Twin Lakes Camping: Sleep under starry skies
Pretty nice campground around the lake, not too many sites so it's not overly packed with people. The lake is also stocked with rainbow trout, they're small, but their fun to catch, especially for kids.
Usually pretty peaceful, lake is great for skinny dipping! no leeches!
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