Fishing Cove Backcountry Campground | Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Fishing Cove is a 12km out and back trail on the western shore of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. This well-maintained trail descends to the shoreline where you’ll find the only 8 backcountry campsites in the entire national park. The trail is mostly wooded and follows the stream toward the ocean. This is one of the most peaceful and secluded campsites in Cape Breton. If you can get passed the chilly nights, camping Fishing Cove in the fall might just be the retreat you’ve been longing for.

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Read about my fall overnighter in Fishing Cove.

MacIntosh Brook Campground | Cape Breton Highlands National Park

If the Cabot Trail is one of the most scenic routes in the world, then MacIntosh Brook Campground is one of the most scenic campgrounds along one of the most scenic routes in the world! This campground is conveniently located at about the halfway point. This campground has some nice amenities and is very close to the renowned Skyline Trail. It’s also within an hours drive to White Point Beach (with incredible views!) and the most northern community in Nova Scotia: Meat Cove. You can do what I did: hike the relatively short Meat Cove Mountain Trail to gain some breathtaking mountain and ocean views. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world.

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Read more about MacIntosh Brook and my fall trip around the Cape Breton Highlands.

Broad Cove Campground | Cape Breton Highlands National Park

There are a number of provincial and national campgrounds to choose from when traveling the Cabot Trail.

Mira River Provincial Park | Cape Breton Island

Smileys Provincial Park |


Neys Provincial Park | Terrace Bay

Have you ever driven across Canada? Living in Alberta with family in the Maritimes means yearly (or bi-yearly) trips to the East Coast. We’ve driven across country a few times and have discovered some gorgeous gems along the way. Neys Provincial Park is nestled beside Lake Superior and is a great place to stay in northern Ontario. I only wish we spent more time in this beautiful place.


Quaite Valley Backcountry | Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park

For backcountry camping beginners, Quaite Valley Campground is a solid choice. The hike is about 5 kms from the trails at Heart Creek parking lot and there are a variety of campsites to choose from. If you’re new to backpacking in the Rockies, this is a good first step.

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Check out these 5 Easy Hikes Rocky Mountain Rookies to learn more about easing into hiking and camping in these magnificent (and sometimes intimidating) mountains.

Glacier Lake Backcountry Campground | Banff National Park

I haven’t done a tonne of backcountry camping, but Glacier Lake is by far one of my favourites. This 17 km out and back trail helped build my confidence in hiking and camping in the backcountry. I loved pitching my tent near the water and hiking along the lakeshore trail.

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Nairn Falls Provincial Park | Whistler

If you’re travelling in northern BC, then check out Nairn Falls Provincial Park. This campground is conveniently close to trails for all skill levels. You can pull of the road to check out the Brandwine Falls or hike the Ancient Cedars Trail to see some HUGE cedar trees.

Shuswap Lake Provincial Park | Scotch Creek

Paul Lake Provincial Park

Moyie Lake Provincial Park | Moyie

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