This is to share a great itinerary through areas that are not too touristy, yet beautiful. Six years ago, we met friends Tony and Jenny in Newfoundland. Since then, we have met up with them about 16 times camping all over Canada and the USA. This summer, they were on their way from Nova Scotia (their home) across Canada to Vancouver Island. We joined them for this segment of the trip. Tony had done all the great planning. We met up with them in Winnipeg, Manitoba after the Airstream Alumapalooza in Ohio. If anyone is looking for a great trip, check this out….
1. Arrowhead R/V Park about 10 miles south of Winnipeg. We stayed there 3 nights. It is a lovely commercial park with super friendly owners. It is a great location from which to explore the vibrant city of Winnipeg.
2. 268 kms (162 miles) to Riding Mountain National Park, northwest of Winnipeg. We stayed in Wasagaming Campground 3 nights. Great hikes. Cute town within the park.
3. 282 kms (176 miles) to Moose Mountain Provincial Park. We stayed 3 nights at Fish Creek Campground. Located in SE Saskatchewan, it is a very popular park in the summer, but not too crowded in June. There is a golf course in the park.
4. 251 kms (156 miles) to Bengough, also in SE Saskatchwan. We stayed 2 nights in the small, municipal campground there. It is a cute, small town from which to make day trips to the Big Muddy area.
5. 154 kms (96 miles) to Grasslands National Park. We stayed in the newer, more primitive East Block side in Rock Creek Campground. Really, really remote. Gravel road to get to the park. We stayed 4 glorious nights there – great night sky and hikes in the Canadian Badlands.
6. 44 kms (276 miles) to Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. We stayed on the Alberta side, rather than the more developed eastern Saskatchewan side in Elkwater Campground. Beautiful, wooded area – quite a contrast to the grasslands surrounding it. We stayed 3 nights. Unfortunately the rainy weather limited hikes, but they would have been fabulous in sunnier times. Not too far from Medicine Hat, for a nice day trip.
7. 155 kms (96 miles) to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park in South Central Alberta. Terrific park with guided tours to see the rock art. Great hikes around the hoodoos. We stayed there 4 nights. Not too far into Lethridge for a day trip to get more metropolitan vibes, including brewpubs. 🙂
8. 439 kms (273 miles) to Bow Valley Provincial Park. Definitely recommend scenic Highway 40 most of the way. We stayed 2 nights in Bow Valley Campground. Located about an hour east of Calgary, Alberta, it is a great starting point up to visit Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper.
From Bow Valley, we headed north to visit family. If you are doing this trip, I would recommend doing it in early June. School in Canada gets out June 26, so for the most part, the campgrounds were not crowded. Reservations are recommended, though, except for Bengough.
We will continue our trip in a few weeks, and I will update readers with a new route.