A private campground is one run as a business or service organization rather than by a government department or agency. It generally has on-site management.
Each year, RV West magazine polls their readership for their favorite RV spots. The 3rd Annual Reader’s Choice awards, presented in the March/April edition, included a list of favorite private RV parks and campgrounds in Alberta, Canada.
Alberta is Canada’s second most westerly province, with geography ranging from the soaring Rocky Mountains in the west, descending through the foothills and the prairie steppes to the semi-arid and almost desert regions in the southeast. This wide variety of terrain, studded with lakes and strung with rivers, provides a diversity of scenery and activities for the RV traveler.
Bronze Award for Favorite Private RV Park or Campground in Alberta
Calaway RV Park & Campground – This amusement park in Calgary, Alberta took the bronze spot. Billing itself as “Western Canada’s largest outdoor family amusement park,” Alberta’s version of Disneyland or Magic Mountain is one of the most popular kids’ parks in the province.
The campground itself offers 104 sites, from non-serviced tent spots to full-service drive-through sites for the big rigs. On-site sanitary dump, coin-operated showers and laundry. “Park & Play” packages offer a combination of RV stays and park attendance.
Many RVers make a stop at Calaway Park part of a visit to the world-famous Calgary Stampede. Reserve well in advance for this!
Silver Award for Favorite Private RV Park or Campground in Alberta
Devon Lions Campground – Nestled in a curve of the North Saskatchewan River, the Devon Lions Park is one of a series of campgrounds throughout the province run by local chapters of Lions International, a fraternal and service organization.
Near-by places of interest and the river access make this a great RV stop, but the park is also a terrific place for a family reunion, a corporate day outing, or an after-tournament celebration (or consolation) wiener roast.
- Devon Golf Course & Conference Centre
- Devonian Botanic Gardens
- Leduc #1 Historic Interpretive Center (history of the Alberta oil patch)
- Near-by West Edmonton Mall
Gold Award for Favorite Private RV Park or Campground in Albert
Glowing Embers RV Park & Travel Center – Self-described as “one of the more classy R.V. parks” in the area, it lives up to its billing. Just west of Edmonton, Alberta off Highway 16, Glowing Embers is the largest RV park in the Edmonton Region.
- 288 full-hookup sites, many drive-throughs
- Fitness center
- Convenience store
- Recreation Hall
- Banquet facility with kitchen
- RV parts and on-site technician
Only ten minutes or so from West Edmonton Mall and within driving range of ten different golf courses (pun intended). A Good Sam affiliated park.
Platinum Award for Favorite Private RV Park or Campground in Alberta
Ol’ MacDonald’s Resort – For family fun, this family-run RV campground on Buffalo Lake fills the bill. Located east of Lacombe and north of Stettler in south-central Alberta, the lake is also home to Rochon Sands Provincial Park and the Buffalo Lake Recreation Area.
Ol’ MacDonald’s offers a wide range of activities and amenities for both children and adults
- Restaurant, coffee shop, store
- Hay rides; train rides
- Petting zoo
- Bike & Cart rentals
- Water rentals, boat launch
With eight group sites, cabins, a motel, and tent sites, obviously there’s lots of room. But what makes Ol’ MacDonald’s a favorite is the sandy beach, with next-to-the-beach RV sites, treed for privacy.
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