Question: What disabled accessible facilities are available in Alberta's parks?
Question: How do I book a backcountry campsite?
Question: Where can I find bear-proof food lockers & poles to use while cycling or backcountry hiking?
This is the icon for secure food storage (bear-proof food lockers and poles).
Use "secure food storage" as the search term for Find A Park to see a list of campgrounds where this is available.
Question: What is a Boil Water advisory?
A boil water advisory is issued when harmful germs (e.g., E. coli bacteria, giardia parasite)
may be in a drinking water supply. Drinking water contaminated with these germs can
make people and animals very sick. Boiling will kill the germs and make the water safe to
drink. To learn more go to Alberta Health Services.
Question: How can I contact a specific campground?
Question: How much does camping cost?
Question: What are the rules about using cannabis in Alberta's provincial parks and protected areas?
More info: www.alberta.ca/cannabis-legalization/
Question: Where can I go to cut my own Christmas tree?
You can get a permit to cut your own Christmas tree at Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park. If you aren’t near to those two southern parks, you can get a tree cutting permit for many locations around the province in public lands.
With the exception of permitted cutting in Cypress Hills Provincial Park and Castle Parks, any cutting of trees or disturbing of vegetation in provincial parks and recreation areas is strictly prohibited and carries a large fine.
For any tree cutting activities, make sure you have a permit, follow the conditions provided and cut trees in the areas indicated on the map. Please report tree poaching in our provincial parks by speaking to park staff or emailing AEP.AlbertaParks@gov.ab.ca .
Question: What if I have a complaint, concern or compliment?
What if I have a complaint about another visitor?
What if I have a concern or compliment about a staff or volunteer?
What if I have a concern or compliment about a campground operator?
Question: What do I need to know about visiting Alberta Parks during COVID-19?
Most Alberta Parks are open for day use, where operationally feasible. Garbage pick-up and washroom facilities are available, and potable water is on at campgrounds that offer tap water.
Come prepared with your own hand sanitizer and toilet paper in case supplies run low before staff are able to replenish.
Provincial park boat launches will be open, except in cases where reservoir levels make the area unsafe or inaccessible.
Playgrounds will be open as operationally feasible.
While Visiting Parks:
You are still required to maintain physical distance of 2m from people you do not live with / people not in your household. Do not gather in groups >100. Please continue to follow all Alberta Health guidelines, and when visiting our parks continue to follow these guidelines to stay safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19:
✅ Be prepared – Bring your own water, snacks, hand sanitizer and toilet paper. Most campgrounds will be cashless this year.
✅ Be self-contained - Lessen the use of shared facilities if you have an RV.
✅ Physical distancing – Continue to respect physical distancing in campsites and shared spaces.
✅ Wash and Sanitize - Wash or sanitize your hands before and after using high-touch shared amenities like washrooms, playgrounds, bear bins, self check-in stations, boat launches, docks and water fill and dump stations.
✅ Stay home if you’re sick - Don’t visit if you’re sick or were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19. You must isolate for 10 days if you have symptoms, or for 14 days if you were exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case or returned from international travel.
All individual campsites (both reserve and first come, first served), and backcountry camping will be operating at 100% by July 1, opening as soon as operationally feasible. Updating the reservation system takes some time, so campers should check Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca for sites added to the system in phases.
As the guidelines for the size of family cohorts has been updated, the restriction on second RV units has been lifted. Second accommodation units may be permitted depending on size of the site, and requires campground approval. You can call the campground at the phone number listed at the top of the campground specific web page prior to your arrival.
The maximum number of people permitted per site is still 6, unless they are all members of the same "non-extended" family (i.e. parents and dependent children). All other standard operating rules regarding Equipment & People Permitted on Campsites will be followed.
Washroom/outhouse facilities and bear-proof garbage bins will be available in open campgrounds. (Be prepared for showers to be closed).
We will not offer group camping or comfort camping, at this time, based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer.
The already closed portion of double sites with shared amenities will not open. Some “double campsites” on reserve.albertaparks.ca do not have shared amenities and will open. These “double campsites” have their own picnic table, fire pit and physical distance guidelines can be maintained. If you are not comfortable keeping your reservation, you can call our contact center to receive a full refund of all fees.
Please visit our Response to COVID-19 webpage for full details on visiting Alberta Parks during COVID-19.
Question: Where can I get trail reports and other cross-country ski info?
Question: How can I get directions to a park? What about maps?
Question: Can I use my E-Bike in provincial parks?
Question: How many people and pieces of equipment are allowed on a campsite?
Question: Where can I camp in the off-season?
Question: Why are fees increasing?
Question: Where can I find out about fire bans?
We provide notification of both fire bans and fire advisories in provincial parks.
Check Fire Bans & Restrictions for details about what is prohibited and permitted under a fire ban or restriction. You can view current bans and restrictions either on a map or by "List View". A fire ban or restriction is also displayed on individual park webpages.
AlbertaFireBans.ca is the website for fire bans and advisories for the whole province.
Question: How do I get firewood at a park?
This icon means that firewood is sold. Sometimes firewood is sold from a central location, either in the park or in the area. In other locations, a contractor delivers wood at scheduled times. Authorized suppliers provide firewood at Alberta's parks. Firewood prices at parks vary due to transportation costs and the supplier's source.
This icon means that firewood is available at the campground. A surcharge is usually added to each overnight camping fee for this service. To locate parks offering firewood this way, check "Firewood Available" in the Camping list in Find a Park.
You can also bring firewood with you to use but please
Question: Where can I buy a fishing license?
Question: How can I best ensure I get a campsite?
Reservations - online or 1-877-537-2757.
First come-first served
Question: Is there a liquor ban at provincial parks?
Question: Can I use a metal detector in a provincial park?
There are no laws prohibiting the use of metal detectors in the public areas of provincial parks as long as the activity isn’t interfering with the enjoyment of the other park visitors, breaking any of our other regulations, or in any way threatening any of the wildlife in the park.
Metal detectors can be used in the province’s parks, provided that:
As in the case of other park users, a person can expect to encounter officers who will inquire about the activities being conducted and require them to identify themselves and their occupation.
In order to dig for historical resources, a person requires an excavation permit issued by the Parks Division under the Historical Resources Act; this permit is associated with archeological or paleontological research permit. In some locations the excavated items are likely to remain in the park for research and storage; in situations where an excavated item is to be removed from the park, a collection permit is required.
Question: Where can I find information on picnic sites?
Question: What are the rules around refunds?
A refund is NOT given for weather, wildlife, insects, water quality, air quality, fire bans, liquor bans, car trouble, getting lost, advisories (with the exception of a campground closure), or in the case of an eviction.
Why don't I get my reservation fee back when I cancel a reservation?
How long will it take to receive my refund?
Refunds will be made
For more information on refunds, call the Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-537-2757.
Question: What regulations apply to recreation activities in provincial parks and recreation areas?
Question: Can I scattering cremated remains / ashes in an Alberta Park?
Question: How does self-registration at a campground work?
Question: Do seniors get a discount on camping fees at provincial parks?
Question: Can I use my UAV / drone in provincial parks?
Question: Why don't all provincial campgrounds have running water, flush toilets and shower facilities? And why are outdoor toilets so smelly?!
Why don't all provincial campgrounds have running water, flush toilets and shower facilities?
Why are some toilets so smelly?
Question: Can I hold my wedding or reunion at a provincial park?