Public campgrounds near theme parks are not easy to come by, not even in Canada. Most of Canada's theme parks are either seasonal, or indoors. Keep that in mind when planning a trip in that latitude that involves an RV. Also keep in mind that very few of the campsites are closer than 25 miles from the park. However, the parks don't seem to charge for parking as often as US parks. A few, like Calgary's park, have their own campground/RV parks. So do the Math to see if it's less expensive to stay at a municipal, provincial or national park and drive in to the theme park.
We'll start with the parks in the western part of Canada.
VANCOUVER, BC (Playland)
Note: Playland is an outdoor park, only open May to September. The provincial parks are also open during those months.
Golden Ears Provincial Park
Note: Three large campgrounds. These are 35 miles (57 km) from Playland.
Alice Lake Provincial Park Campground, Squamish
Note: For your own safety, please heed the warnings about bears. Also note this is an hour out of Vancouver – 80 km (50 mi).
CALGARY, AB (Calaway Park – outdoor)
Note: Calaway Park is open summer months only. They do not charge for parking a vehicle, but will not allow you to park overnight except in their campground.
Gooseberry Provincial Recreation Area Campground, Bragg Creek
Note: About 22.5 mi (36 km) from Calaway Park.
Sibbald Lake Provincial Recreation Area Campground, Bragg Creek
Note: About 30 miles (49 km) from Calaway Park.
EDMONTON, AB (Galaxyland)
Note: Galaxyland is an indoor amusement theme park located inside a mall, so it's open year-round. There is not a mention of a charge for parking for any type of vehicle. The nearest public campsites are at least a 40-minute drive away, however, and not open year-round.
Elk Island National Park, Astotian Campground, Edmonton
Note: About 36 miles (58 km) from Galaxyland.
Miquelon Lake Provincial Park Campground, Camrose County
Note: Ouch. About 50 miles (81 km) from Galaxyland.
In the next post, we'll venture further east in Canada....