Camping...where you spend a lot of money to live like a homeless person.
Camping, Cabins & Teepees
- Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area - Three group tenting sites available for educational youth groups only.
- Elk Island National Park – Astotin Lake Campground - Elk Island is about ½ hour from Sherwood Park or Fort Saskatchewan. Camp among the bison! 64 unserviced sites, with free firewood, washrooms with hot showers and flush toilets. Group camping, teepee camping and oTentiks are all available. There is a nearby playground, golf course, lots of great trails, a lake (not suitable for swimming) and lots of exploring to do in the park. The lake features beautiful sunsets and is popular for canoeing and kayaking. *Note that it is a National Park, so there are liquor bans every long weekend.
- Elk Island National Park – Oster Lake Backcountry Camping - Hike in tenting sites only, a beautiful spot along Oster Lake, a waterfowl sanctuary. Great wildlife viewing opportunities. *Note that water is not available, campers will need to bring in their own water.
- Elk Island Retreat & Tipi Camping - Located just 3 km from Elk Island National Park, about 20 minutes from Fort Saskatchewan, this campground features RV sites, tenting, Tipis, and Trappers Cabins. Amenities include showers, laundry facilities, outhouses, horse shoes and trails.
- Fort Lions Campground (Turner Park) - Small 24 site campground located right in Fort Saskatchewan. Some tenting sites are available. There are washrooms, showers and the campground is located next to Turner Park, a popular river valley park among the locals. The playground is in Turner Park and there is a great trail system located through the river valley.
- Half Moon Lake Resort - Located about 15 minutes south-east of Sherwood Park, we’ve recently heard that the new owners have cleaned it up quite a bit. It is a great place for kids with lots to do (paddle boat, mini-golf, playground, horse shoes and fishing). Lots of amenities, including hot showers, flush toilets and a store on site. Day use passes are available, as well as group camping sites, daily, weekly and seasonal sites. There is a beach, but it is not ideal for swimming. Half Moon Lake is a small shallow lake in Central Alberta, so algae blooms are frequent and leeches not uncommon. Boats are allowed on the lake and fishing is available, but multiple attempts to stock the lake have failed because the lake becomes anoxic (no oxygen) through the winter.
- Kawtihk RV Retreat - This small RV resort has 58 treed and private sites, located about 20 minutes southwest of Sherwood Park, on the shores of Hastings Lake. The resort has had some mixed reviews over the years, and some changes in ownership. There are some amenities, a playground, flush toilets, hot showers and an onsite store. Daily and seasonal sites are available, as well at two cottages undergoing renovations. There is a small beach, but Hastings Lake is a small lake in Central Alberta and not ideal for swimming or fishing. Algae blooms are frequent and leeches are not uncommon but it is a popular area for bird watching and canoeing.
- Lindbrook Stargazer Campground - Located about 30 minutes from Sherwood Park, this great little campground is actually in Beaver County, closer to Tofield than Sherwood Park, but it’s a great spot for a quick retreat from the city. 30 sites, 3 group sites, flush toilets, showers and outhouses. Amenities include a pool, volleyball area, playground and sani-dump. The campground is popular among families, so book early.
- Strathcona County Wilderness Centre - Walk-in camping only, for individuals and groups, some sites with bunk houses. The lodge itself is also available for rental with 41 beds in dorm-type accommodation. The area is popular for its interpretive trails, cross country skiing and the recent addition of Disc Golf.