It’s no secret: Canada is home to some stunning nature. So it’s basically our national duty to get out and explore it in the summer months. Thankfully, the entire country is full of awesome campsites that rest on mountains, in valleys, on open plains, alongside craggy cliffs and on the shores of oceans, lakes and rivers.
While the summer sun is beating down, take the opportunity to discover some of the best waterfront campsites Canada has to offer. Here are 11 that are begging for a visit.
11 of the most incredible waterfront camping spots in Canada
Waterton Lakes National Park, Waterton, ABTucked in the Rockies is the tiny town of Waterton, which has some fantastic camping areas within city limits. You'll be rewarded by being walking distance to the shops and restaurants as well as having mind-blowing views of the surrounding Waterton Lakes and mountains. Plus, intermediate and advanced hiking routes like the Cryptic Lake Trail offer excellent waterfall views.Shutterstock
Living Forest Oceanside Campground, Nanaimo, B.C.Arriving at the Living Forest feels like you're miles away from humanity, when in fact, you're just six kilometres from downtown Nanaimo. Big and small rigs as well as tents are all welcome at this 53-acre property. Direct waterfront sites mean you're literally camping feet from the ocean, while other spots that sit staggered along the shoreline offer equally unspoiled views from different vantage points.@lietco/Instagram
Killbear Provincial Park, Parry Sound, ONJust because Ontario doesn't have access to an ocean doesn't mean it's a write-off when it comes to waterfront camping. Far from it. There's an abundance of lakefront camping spots, including at Killbear Provincial Park near Parry Sound. Smooth rock formations and pointy pine trees will make you feel like you're camping in a Group of Seven painting.Shutterstock
Meat Cove Campground, Cape Breton, N.S.Want to feel like you're on the edge of the earth? Visit Meat Cove, a teensy village on the most northern point of Cape Breton. Large RVs be warned: once you veer off the Cabot Trail, the road becomes unpaved and rugged. But the views are outrageously stunning and there's an onsite chowder hut that dishes bowls of fresh seafood and bottles of beer, so if you can get there, it's well worth the effort. @lietco/Instagram
Bella Pacifica, Tofino, B.C.Tofino is wildly beautiful, and while there are loads of seaside motels and inns catering to visitors in town, pitching a tent will make you feel truly at one with Ms. Mother Nature. If you're heading to Bella Pacifica, it will rain, so pack accordingly, but know that you can literally walk out onto the ocean floor during low tide from some of the prime sites. Book in advance to avoid beach-site envy. @lietco/Instagram
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Kananaskis, ABBe prepared to swap your camper van for a canoe and tent if you want to camp at Peter Loughheed Provincial Park. The spots are just as beautiful as in Banff, but aren't as tricky to secure -- it requires a three-kilometre paddle in, which few are willing to commit to. But those views of Upper Kananaskis Lake! They're as pristine and Insta-ready as they get.Shutterstock
Whiteshell Provincial Park, Eastern Manitoba, MBWhiteshell Provincial Park is located in the southeastern part of the province near the Ontario-Manitoba border on the Canadian Shield. If you want to get away from it all, this is the place. There are ten different camping locations within the park, many with lakefront spots, including Nutimik Lake, Betula Lake and Otter Falls. A word to the wise: bring bug spray.Shutterstock
Torngat Mountains National Park, NFLDThe North Arm at Torngat Mountains National Park feels like another world. This isn't the kind of place you just sporadically up and visit -- it requires planning and submitting a medical form and waiver to the region's base camp prior to arrival. But, simply put, the experience is spectacular. Visitors will discover an ancient Inuit village, once-in-a-life-time hiking and unspoiled beaches and waterfalls. Yurts and tent camping are both an option.@mhaist78/Instagram
Aventure Aux 4 Vents, Gaspé, QCNone of these previous listed locations feel like they're on the water enough? Fine, why not camp ON the water in a floating yurt in Gaspé, Quebec. There are just three units available, so you'll want to reserve your spot if you're serious. No boat license required.Aux 4 Vents/Facebook
King Neptune Campground, Peggy's Cove, N.S.Just five-kilometres from the iconic craggy rocks of Peggy's Cove is family-run King Neptune Campground. It's the closest camping spot to the lighthouse and other tourist must-see spots, plus the ground's summer rates are surprisingly affordable with plenty of sites that back up right onto the ocean.@lietco/Instagram
Bruce Peninsula National Park, Tobermory, ONBruce Peninsula National Park and its picturesque views are around four hours from Toronto in the city of Tobermory. Let's just say it's worth the drive. The park offers sites that overlook Georgian Bay, and range from rugged walking terrain to car and group camping.Shutterstock