Rocky Mountain House National Park, Alberta

Travel Diary

After making it through Banff National Park which was incredible we made it to Rocky Mountain House National Park. We stopped there to check it out before it closed and ask if they knew of any good camping in the area.
We saw some Bison in the field. It's pretty hard to see them because they were a bit too far away.
It turned out that there was camping at the park and it was reasonably priced as well. Only $15.70!
We took a walk around the park. The park is the sight of a fort used back in the day of the early settlers and fur traders. There were some different trails to take and see what life was like for the Metis settlers and fur traders.
There was a historical interpreter that told us a little about Metis life and talked to us a little bit about our road trip.
The trapper tents were replicas of what the tents looked like for the early settlers to give you an idea of how they lived.
There were signs everywhere giving more information on the site.
Rocky Mountain House is full of the remnants of the fur traders and settlers of Canada.

They had a set up showing the blacksmith and other things that where used.
There was remains of the chimneys that they used to use.
After a rough night of camping where a storm rolled in and poured rain the whole night we explored the park some more. The weather was so nice you would never have guessed it was a thunder storm the night before with pouring rain. Luckily there was an undercover shelter for cooking or we would have had a lot of problems making dinner.
There was a frame set up in one of the old locations of the fort to give you an idea about what it would have looked like.
There were even some teepees set up. They are available to rent for the night. If you want to camp at the park you can choose from using your own tent, RV or renting a teepee or a trapper tent.
The teepees look like a lot of fun to stay in.
We made sure to stop at the famous red chairs that Parks Canada has placed at National Parks all over the country.

The campground was right by the Saskatchewan River.
That is the undercover cooking shelter that helped us out in the rain storm.
We had a good visit to Rocky Mountain House but after our stuff dried out nicely it was time to hit the road. Thanks to the free parks pass for the Canada 150 we got to see this all for free aside from the cost of camping.

Stay tuned for more on our cross Canada road trip.

Comments

  1. Wow! I loved reading anout yohr trip, and the photos are amazing as well!!

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  2. Camping on the Rocky Mountain looks awesome. I'm a big fan of camping and being out in nature. Would love to try this spot, thanks for sharing!

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  3. The Rocky Mountain House looks like an awesome place to camp. The bear skin is incredible! Canada certainly is a picturesque country.

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    1. It was a fun place to camp. We're not a fan of seeing dead things but the campground was great.

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  4. This looks sooooo cool! I love all the history that's so well preserved here, the details are incredible! What a great place to camp!

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    1. It is and so cheap too. $15.70 a night.

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  5. I just love learning about the different cultures and histories of the places I've visited, and it sounds like you do too! I had no idea that there are tons of locations that Canada has placed those red chairs. Such a fun idea!

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    1. We love the red chairs. Gives us something to search for.

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  6. This looks like a beautiful trip! I've never camped, I have a husband with bad associations involving food poisoning and camping and refuses to camp now. But I'd love to try it. And I love combining that with an educational location. Very nice!

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    1. Thats too bad. In Canada they take away your citizenship if you don't camp at least once a year.

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  7. Camping is always an adventure but I have not had the time nor the courage to try it. Anyway, this location is also a trip back to history. Does it become creepy at night?

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    1. It wasn't creepy at night but we don't believe in ghosts or anything. There wasn't really anyone around except other campers. Camping doesn't take that much courage. It's not like we were in the real wilderness, there was a town nearby.

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  8. Canada is such a loving historical place. I've been to Alberta once but not for traveling sakes. And looks like you had a lot of fun at the camp ground of Rocky Mountain House.

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    1. It was great. Alberta has a lot of cool stuff to see. It might be possible to see some cool stuff even if you're just there for work.

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  9. This is awesome! I just came back from a third trip to the Rockies few weeks ago and yet I've still never heard of or visited this park! Will def have to check it out next time!!

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  10. Love the design of the tents and the surrounding nature :)

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  11. I wish the images were bigger for effect. I like the bisons. In India we have their cousins called -gaurs. Lions and tiger often kill gaurs for lunch or dinner.

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    1. That's interesting I've never heard of Gaurs before. Very cool.

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