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Cool-weather camping is heating up

Cool-weather camping? Why not?
A s'more in the fall is as tasty as in summer...just saying! Photo supplied.

Camping after Labour Day might be seen as a special type of adventure for those who really enjoy roughing it – often with specialized gear. But recently, many campgrounds have expanded offerings for all-season camping, making fall and winter escapes easier and more comfortable for recreational campers.

Camping into late fall offers some amazing sights you won’t see during the heat of summer – campgrounds quiet down, fall colours are on display and wildlife sightings are more common without the summer crowds.In Alberta, fall camping is possible at many campgrounds, offering elk sightings, trees turning colour--many beautiful moments even as the weather turns chilly. Watch for the golden larche in the Banff area, for example, and the multitude of elk around Jasper.

“It’s also not unusual for campers to see white-tailed deer, caribou or moose during the fall season,” said Rafael Gonzales, a regional manager with Parkbridge campgrounds and rv resorts in eastern Canada.“As campgrounds become less busy, and the temperatures fall, late-season campers get treated to some unique sights and experiences.”

Many campgrounds now offer RV and trailer sites, or cabins and yurts where you can give cool-weather camping a try without totally abandoning the comforts of home. Or, if you’re ready to try a more rustic experience, book a tent site at a campground close to home so you can test the waters (and your gear) before trekking too far away from civilization.