The family wants to go camping this summer. No problem – Mom, you totally got this. The Tri-region has great camping just an hour west of Edmonton – that’s two Spongebob episodes on the tablet. Totally doable. Here’s what you need to know about family camping at Wabamun Provincial Park.
Image: Marina at the Village of Wabamun from their Facebook page. The village is just seven minutes from the Provincial Park and campground. Watch their page for summer festivals coming up, like the Dragonfly Festival on June 19-21.
Wabamun Lake campground opens May 1, with 166 non-powered sites for tenting and 109 full-service RV sites, set in among the trees. It’s a very popular spot in the summer, since it’s just under an hour from Edmonton – about 70 km – so book as early as you can. Reserve online at reserve.albertaparks.ca or check Alberta Parks’ vacancy calendar to see what’s available up to 90 days in advance.
On the water
The big clear lake is famous for boating activities, like canoeing, windsurfing and sailing – and for whitefish and pike fishing – you’ll need a fishing license (buy online here). There’s a big sandy beach at Moonlight Bay, which is great for little ones, a playground at the power site area and ice cream in the village, just seven minutes away.
Explore the forest trails
There are lots of trails to explore through the boreal forest and along the boardwalks in the day use area. And keep your eyes to the skies for birds – bald eagles, herons, loons, kingfishers and sandpipers are common here, as well as grey jays and great grey owls.
Picnic on the beach
Bring a picnic, since it’s a little drive from the campground to the beach – but if you get there early, you can stake out a shady grassy spot for eating and resting. Yeah right, mom, like we’ll rest.
Family sailing excursion
For a fun family daytrip, take the whole gang on a sail around the lake with Sindbad School of Sailing. They offer three or six hour excursions onto the lake in their spiffy 28-foot cruiser. Oh yeah – dressing like a pirate would be totally acceptable, matey.