Here’s where to find Canada’s ‘most epic’ campsites


Scouts Canada surveyed its 46,704 members to name the best campsites, as well as some hidden gems

As camping experiences an all-time high in popularity as a safe option for travellers, Scouts Canada has revealed the “most epic” campsites in the country to help you narrow down the location of your vacation escape.

Based on a survey of the scouting organization’s 46,704 members, nearby Algonquin Park takes third place.

The survey also explored many “decision-making questions” that are critical to finding the best campsite for any level or type of adventure.

Jasper National Park landed at the top spot on the list, earning nearly 40 per cent of of the votes. It is the largest park in the Rocky Mountains and part of UNESCO’s Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site.

Located on Vancouver Island, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve placed second, with 34.6 per cent of the scouting community voting for the oceanside oasis. The park includes Long Beach, which was recently included in a list of the 100 best beaches in the world. It is part of three sections of the park, between Ucluelet and Tofino, and spans a whopping 10 kilometres. 

Here are the top five epic destinations, according to the Scouts Canada: 

  1. Jasper National Park, Alberta – 39.5 per cent
  2. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, British Columbia – 34.6 per cent 
  3. Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario – 32.9 per cent
  4. Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador – 27.3 per cent
  5. Fundy National Park, New Brunswick – 22.5 per cent

Scouts Canada also used its “multi-generational knowledge of conventional and unconventional” camping spots to identify the top “hidden gem” campsites across Canada, including Ontario’s Bon Echo Provincial Park, in southeastern Ontario, north of Kaladar, and about six kilometres north of Cloyne within the townships of both Addington Highlands and North Frontenac.











Campsite name Province Why is it a ‘Gem?’
Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park Alberta Straddles the milk river, nestled in hoodoos (incredible rock structures), rich history.
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve British Columbia Lush rainforest islands, rich in Haida culture (learning opportunities) and wildlife sightings.
Spruce Woods Provincial Park Manitoba Sand dunes to explore where the Assiniboine River used to flow.
Pollett’s Cove Nova Scotia Challenging coastal hikes overlooking stellar bay views
Virginia Falls, Nahanni National Park Reserve Northern Territories Mind-blowing waterfalls in the remote wilderness
Bon Echo Provincial Park Ontario Paddle beneath soaring cliffs or hike through forest.
Grassland National Park Saskatchewan Experience the Badlands with expansive skies and endangered prairie wildlife

What makes a campsite a “dream spot? 

The scouting community said: 

  1. The views (panoramic, worthy of my screensaver) – 84.8%
  2. Proximity to water – 63.9%
  3. Activity options available (fishing/paddling/hiking/biking, etc) – 57.0%
  4. The wildlife (deer are cute) – 39.3%
  5. The absolute quiet (as remote as possible) – 39.3%
  6. The washrooms (flush … need I say more?) – 26.4%

When asked what their favourite way to camp is, more than half of respondents (58.9 per cent) said they preferred “a drive-in site,” while 24.6 per cent of them prefer to access their campsites by paddling in, and 16.6 per cent of campers prefer to hike to their destination.

You can see comprehensive information on Canada’s top camping locations, pictures and booking information with Scouts Canada’s epic campsite companion at www.scouts.ca/EpicCampsites.





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