Imagine a campfire crackling cheerfully away in the background while you and your loved ones relax and enjoy quality time together. Perhaps you’re teaching your kids the fine art of roasting marshmallows. Maybe you’re playing a game of cards. Maybe you’re simply snuggled together on a camp chair (have you seen the amazing camping chair options out there lately?!) or in a hammock enjoying unplugged time and letting the evening flow without worrying about bedtimes or the hustle of work and school tomorrow. We all need more days like these in our lives. Fortunately, this is what camping around the Drayton Valley area is all about!

We invite you to return to a simpler time out here. Camping creates the space we need to feel close to each other and to our surroundings in that way only uninterrupted outdoor time does. And outdoor time is something the Drayton Valley lifestyle offers in spades. Aside from several excellent camping options, outdoor recreation opportunities are everywhere. Hiking, biking, quadding, horseback riding, floating down the river, fishing, kayaking, good food and so much more—there’s something for everyone.

Here are a few tried and true camping options:

Drayton Valley RV Park

If you want to stay right in town, this is the place. It offers a variety of full service and tenting spots, a convenience store, restrooms with showers and a playground to keep the kids entertained. And then there’s the industrial slip ‘n slide on site plus Western Canada’s largest pump track right next door. You can also have pizza delivered right to you, and Sunday pancake breakfast is $5. Camping here just makes sense!

Willey West Campground

Situated 6 kilometres east of Drayton Valley is this gem right on the North Saskatchewan river. That makes it easy for canoeing, kayaking, boating (there’s a boat launch on site) or fishing. There’s also a trail system, a playground for the kids and a convenience store. Late night pizza deliveries, Sunday morning pancake breakfasts, bike and kayak rentals, board game rentals, a 9-hole mini golf course, pop-up ice cream services—it’s an amazing array of things sure to keep everyone entertained!

Bearpaw Ranch

There are so many ways to stay at this ranch—a campground, a timber lodge with 4 bedrooms, 2 rustic cabins, a trailer—that it’s almost hard to choose just one! Add a petting zoo and a spa (yes, a spa!), 5 kilometres of hiking trails, close access to the Pembina River and the Drayton Valley Horse Trails, and it’s sure to win over people who aren’t sure yet if camping is quite for them.

Easyford Park Campground

Looking for a great place to camp with your group? Easyford Park is it! With 7 camping spots, a cook house, playground and ball diamond, this pretty spot right next to the Pembina River will be a hit with everybody.