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Travelling through Pincher Creek and Fort Macleod this summer? Make plans to stop and enjoy the local waterways

Castle River near Pincher Creek, Alberta.
Castle River near Pincher Creek, Alberta. — Photo courtesy Kim Siever/Flickr Creative Commons

Thousands of RVers come to Alberta each year, and there's a particularly scenic part of the province that you might not have seen yet. The area between Fort Macleod and Pincher Creek  is home to a number of crystal-clear bodies of water that aquatic-minded campers will be excited to learn about. 

Castle Provincial Park

Pack up your RV and book a stay at Castle River Bridge Campground, located 20 kilometres west of Pincher Creek in Castle Provincial Park. There are 30 unserviced tent and RV sites, positioned conveniently right beside the water. The area is prime for fishing, and experienced paddlers can have a lot of fun playing on the river. There are firepits, firewood for sale, pit toilets and a water pump on site. Bring your own drinking water.

Beauvais Lake Provincial Park

Camping at Beauvais Lake Provincial Park near Pincher Creek is another desirable option. The campground has spacious, well-treed sites that are suited to RVs and tents alike - and there are hook-ups available in some of them. You can relax with the foothills in the background and birds and other wildlife making regular appearances.

Of course, the lake is the biggest selling point. With the proper licence you can fish for brown and rainbow trout, and the park has a boat launch and fish cleaning station near the campground. Set out in a canoe, kayak or power boat, but mind the 12-kilometre-per-hour speed limit for motorized vessels. You can even rent a lifejacket if you forgot yours. 

You can reserve your spot online, or arrive early and try to get one of the unreserved sites. Some are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but be aware that the camping fee for these sites must be paid via cash or personal cheque. 

Please respect seasonal closures if you should encounter them. This is a measure taken to protect nesting birds, some of which are protected species. 

Oldman River Valley Wilderness Park

Located near Fort Macleod, the Oldman River Valley Wilderness Park is another must-see. There are numerous interconnected hiking trails, and if you take your camera on a stroll along the banks of the Oldman River, you might get the perfect photo of local wildlife. To access the park, follow Sixth Avenue North over the green Mackenzie Bridge.

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