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Top 10 campsites in Western Canada

A trail through old growth forest at Camp Fife, Haida Gwaii, BC.
A trail through old growth forest at Camp Fife, Haida Gwaii, BC. — Photo courtesy Cyclingdutchgirl.com

Explore magazine, which bills itself as Canada's outdoor adventure magazine, is celebrating 35 years of publishing. In their most recent issue they have selected the 35 best campsites in Canada.  These are, by and large, remote and somewhat rugged sites—your typical hike-into-campsites, not your cozy RV campgrounds.

Here is a list of the Top 10 Campsites in Western Canada (BC and Alberta - listed in alternating order) as selected by Explore magazine:

1. Cape Fife—Haida Gwaii, British Columbia
Sand, rainforest and ocean and local first nation's culture.

2. Sulphur Gates—Grand Cache, Alberta
On edge of the Willmore Wilderness, best done on horseback.

3. Rebecca Spit—Quadra Island, British Columbia
Rebecca Spit Provincial Park, great for mountain biking.

4. Whistler's Basin—Jasper, Alberta
A beautiful alpine valley tucked behind Marmot Basin ski area in Jasper National Park.

5. Taylor Basin—South Chilcotin Mountains, British Columbia
Alpine meadows, soaring ridge lines and field of wildflowers.

6. Dinosaur Provincial Park—near Brooks, Alberta
On the banks of the Red Deer river, hoodoos and dinosaur bones grace the landscape.

Two people sitting on rock formations at Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta.
Taking a break at Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta. — Photo courtesy Travel Alberta

7. Bugle Basin, Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Provincial Park—north of Kimberley, British Columbia
Snow-capped peaks, grizzly bears and hot springs.

8. Ribbon Creek Upper Campground—Kananaskis Country, west of Calgary, Alberta
Water falls, billy goats, hanging valley and sparkling alpine lakes.

9. Mount Terry Fox—near Valemount, British Columbia
Interconnecting ridge lines and craggy summits and alpine tarns, all above the tree line.

10. Crandell Mountain, Waterton Lakes National Park—Waterton, Alberta
Red rock canyons, black bears, blue lakes and Crypt Lake.

Read more at www.explore-mag.com

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