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Top 10 backcountry camp experiences in Canada

Canadian summers offer a wide range of outdoor activities to explore, including backcountry camping.

Thinking about mapping your route for the summer? Here are 10 of Canada’s top backcountry camp experiences.

Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia

Campers are drawn to Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park for the stunning views. Backcountry camping is available year-round at the Magog Lake and Og Lake campgrounds for a fee of $10 per adult and $5 per child. Backcountry permits must be registered through B.C. Parks.

Watersprite Lake, British Columbia

A round trip on the Watersprite Lake hiking trail is roughly 17 km. The terrain includes forests, mountain peaks, and rivers. This makes it a great backpacking experience. Tent camping is allowed on the west side of the lake and requires no reservation, but space is limited. There is a cabin that can be reserved and sleeps 10-people.

Jasper National Park, Alberta

Jasper photo: Parks Canada / Ryan Bray

 

Jasper includes over 1000 km of trails and rugged terrain. Campers can book one-night adventures or multi-day journeys with several backcountry camp stops. The most popular of these sites are:

· Maligne Lake
· Fryatt Valley
· Skyline Trail
· Tonquin Valley
· Jacques Lake

Campers require permits for the backcountry sites, and fishing permits are paid separately.

Meadow Lake Provincial Park, Saskatchewan

Meadow Lake Provincial Park is located on the Boreal Trail. It spans 1,600 sq. km of land, including 20 lakes. Backcountry campsites include bear-proof food lockers, pit toilets, and barbecues. Campers must pre-register and pay an $11 fee per tent.

Nopiming Provincial Park, Manitoba

Nopiming offers a unique backcountry experience around Tulabi Falls. Campers hike in from the Bird Lake entrance of the park to one of six backcountry yurts. The hike includes ruts and hills, before arriving at Tulabi Lake.

Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

The two backcountry experiences at Bruce Peninsula National Park are located at Storm Haven and High Dump. The nine campsites include shared composting toilets and food poles. Hiking in this area is rugged and slippery when damp, so wear appropriate footwear. You should also bring drinking water and a camp stove as no fires are allowed.

Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

Algonquin Provincial Park is a hugely popular camp destination in Ontario. There are several backcountry site options, including: Ranger cabins, paddle-in sites, and backpacking sites

Enjoy more than 2,000 km of canoe routes, or set out on a multi-day backpacking journey to your campsite. Backcountry sites fill up fast in the summer, so make your reservation early to confirm a space.

Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick

Kouchibouguac National Park is nestled on the eastern coast of New Brunswick. Choose from 16 backcountry camp locations at three park sites: Petit-Large, Pointe-à-Maxime, Sipu

The park is covered in a variety of landscapes, including salt marshes, woodland, lagoons, and sand dunes.

Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia

Camping at Keji is available from May 20 to October 30. There are 47 sites to explore, accessible by foot, kayak, or canoe. Trek across the ancestral land of the Mi'kmaq, exploring 17 lakes, and an assortment of footpaths, rivers, and streams. Book your site through Parks Canada.

Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

Gros Morne provides five backcountry camp locations. Some sites include bear-proof lockers for food, pit toilets, and wooden tent pads. Primitive campsites are available through:

· Green Gardens  
· Gros Morne Mountain at Ferry Gulch
· Stanleyville
· Snug Harbour
· Trout River Pond

The terrain includes coastland, forests, marshes, and grassy fields. Permits and reservations are required. Call 1-709-458-2417 or email pc.grosmorne.pc@canada.ca to organize your stay.

Hopefully, this guide offers some inspiration for your next backcountry excursion. Remember to check permit requirements and water availability before setting out.

If you're looking for information on starting out in backcountry camping check out this article.

Happy camping!

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