All three Prairie Provinces’ national parks contain some of their finest landscapes and have their own regulations but all also have worthwhile provincial parks, with thousands of acres of wilderness, lakes, rivers and forests, great hikes and hundreds of kilometres of canoe routes. Many tend to draw local campers in droves on summer weekends.

Manitoba

Entry to Manitoba’s provincial parks (w gov.mb.ca/conservation/parks) costs $4/vehicle/day (multi-day passes available), while entry by boat, foot or bike is free. Park campsites ($10.50–26.25) can be reserved from April to September by calling the Parks Reservation Service (t 204 948 3333 or t 1 888 482 2267, w prspub.gov.mb.ca; $9/reservation).

Saskatchewan

Entry to Saskatchewan’s provincial parks is $7/vehicle/day, $17 for three days, $25 weekly and $50 annually. Information is on t 306 787 8676, t 1 800 205 7070 or w saskparks.net. Between mid-May and August you can reserve all park campsites ($13–26) online (w saskparks.goingtocamp.com) for a $10 fee; so it’s wise to check availability first, if you intend to simply turn up – particularly weekends.

Alberta

Entry to Alberta’s provincial parks is free, but camping costs $5–23. At peak times the most popular campsites are largely reservation-only ($12/reservation); many can be reserved at w albertaparks.ca, where you’ll also find the individual phone numbers for others that need to be called direct.