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Waterton Springs Campground
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Janzen S”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

This is one of my favorite places to camp, always clean, friendly staff, and I always look forward to my next visit. I stay at least 6 or 7 times a year. I prefer the personable treatment we have received over the convenience of staying in townsite campground where you are just a number. On our second time staying there they remembered us by name and welcomed us back, that was three years ago and we will always stay there when we are in Waterton. I recommend this place to everyone that asks me about Waterton and places to stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2012

We like camping in the Waterton Park area in the summer. Usually we try to stay at Crandell Mountain Campground in the park. However, it is difficult to get a site in the busy high season. This summer, we tried this location. It turned out to be a very good alternative to camping in the park. This is a large camping facility. We take the unserviced tenting sites. There are many sites with small trees (this is the prairies!) or other with wide open views on the prairies and mountain. We camped there 3 times this summer. This is a good family campground. It is been quiet every time. The showers and washroom facilities are very clean. Very well priced.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2012

Grounds are a bit unkempt. We booked 3 weeks in advance and ended up double booked on a site. When we arrived, there was a family already set up on our site, so they had to find somewhere else to put us. The sites they found were nice enough. Well treed and reasonably private. (We were in tents). Sites were clean. Showers and firewood were a bit expensive. Firewood is actually the cheapest in the area, though. We looked around in Waterton Village and found the cheapest to be $8.40, whereas it is $6 at the campground. Only recreation for kids is a set of swings. They do buy back unused shower tokens, and when one of them got eaten by the machine in the men's shower, they reimbursed us with 2. We also decided to leave a night early as it was a cold weekend and the area is known for being extremely windy, and they reimbursed us for the night. It is acceptable, but not really exceptional.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2012

Recently I had the pleasure of camping at Waterton Springs Campground for several nights. The tenting sites are well-treed & organized in such a manner that there is shelter from the ongoing winds, as well as privacy from neighbours. Because the tent sites are separate from the RV sites, campers don't have the noise of generators, which is a relaxing relief. The campground is a good blend of manicured and wild landscaping, supporting the relaxed, family atmosphere. On the one occasion when a group of campers were noisy & unruly late at night, the efficient, capable staff settled the situation quickly & quietly. The washrooms & showers were clean & relatively large, providing basic comfort for the numerous people using the facilities. My thanks also to the staff who showed patience, knowledge & humour in dealing with the numerous questions campers seem to have; at the end of the day the staff were still smiling! I will definitely by back again. Thanks!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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2 Thank swadl
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Crowley, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

On arrival at Waterton Springs, we were shocked that it looked so unkempt; weeds growing everywhere and dirt blowing from the interior roads. We ended up in a long tent site with no hookups in our 5th wheel, which was the best looking spot in the park. Trailer Life says that this park has a dump station, but it was not working and looked like it had been a long time since it had. It also advertises a wi-fi- hotspot, but it was a joke. Got on a few times only to be kicked off very quickly. The young people in the office were friendly, but they could never help with any problem, from bad wi-fi ("there is no upgrade available here") to finding a stopper for the laundry sink. When I asked about the weeds, I was told that the place was owned by a nature conservancy and they preferred it to look "natural". The location was very handy to Waterton N.P., but we would not recommend this park.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Donna O
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alvomedia, Manager at Waterton Springs Campground, responded to this review, 23 August 2012
Thank you for your review! Waterton Springs Campground is indeed owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The property is essentially a nature reserve, so mowing anything other than campsites is discouraged from the Nature Conservancy. What a great place to enjoy the true natural beauty of this area! New development of any kind is also prohibited.

Unfortunately, our dump station has been in disrepair since the beginning of the 2012 season.

Internet in this part of the country is very un-reliable, as most people who live in the area year round would tell you. That is why we offer it as a free service!

For more information on the Nature Conservancy of Canada please visit:

www.natureconservancy.ca
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Lethbridge, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2012

We have been going to Waterton Springs for the past three years and have loved it. It is a very quiet campground bordering Waterton National Park which in my experience i have never heard any party or music after 10 pm. It is well away from the highway so you do not have vehicles driving by all day and night. They have been steadily improving the campground and it is being very well maintained. This spring they put in a new water system and there has been no issues. It is not a 5 star luxury campground. They have basic flush toilets and cold water taps in the sinks all over the campground which are kept very clean. The showers are token operated , $1 gets you four minutes -plenty of time. For the showers take a shopping bag or tote bag with you to put your clothes and things into as there is no bench or stool in the shower just two hooks. The playground equipment is old fashioned swings, slide, and teeter totter but I see a lot of kids playing on them and having fun, if they have to have waterslides and the hi priced equipment this is not the place for them. Remember this is camping. You are supposed to be enjoying the simpler things in life and nature. There is an interpretive trail you can walk lots of bird life, and bring a star chart for the evenings as this is a wonderful place to lie back and find constellations. There are is wildlife around the campground at times so ensure you camp 'Bear Smart' ensuring your food is put away and your site kept clean.
There are great views in every direction from the campground which never fails to impress people staying here.
We dry camp here so have not parked where the serviced sites are. Most all these sites are on the open grass area with little or no shade and can get windy at times. I don't know of any fully serviced campsites near Waterton that are any better as all of them are in the open with few or no trees. Wind can be a problem anywhere in southern Alberta so you have to always keep things tied down because you never know when. For those that are tenting or have smaller units without hookups they have wonderful sites. They have fire pits which is a must for camping (not provided in the Waterton Townsite Campground). Roads are all gravel but in good shape and it can get a little dusty at times but has not been a big issue. When people travel into or out of the campground doing 20 or 30 kmph they raise a lot of dust so slow down be considerate of others
The staff here have always been very helpful and friendly. Too bad about the people who had their reservation messed up i am sure they staff felt bad but you can see they are concerned about their guests as many places would not give you a refund if they had another site for them. The main office has a only few items for sale so if you need something you pretty much have to bring it with you or get it when in the Waterton townsite. The campground is only a three minute drive to the Waterton Park entrance and you pass by the turn to the buffalo paddock which is well worth a quick tour.
Overall a very good campground, quiet, great location and some of the best dry camp and tenting sites around. The fully serviced sites are out in the open but they are as good as any other in the area. When you call to book your site tell them what you want and I am sure they will do their best to find a site that meets your needs. Waterton Springs is extremely quiet after the Sept. long weekend and is a great location to go viewing elk from. We can go to any campground around Waterton National Park but we continue to choose this one.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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country roads
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2012

this so called campground is a disrace to a beautiful area. i cant imagine what visitors think when they see this dump. camping spots are hard to find in waterton area. aviod this campground even if you have to travel a few more miles. country roads

Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Waterton Springs Campground
Address: Waterton Park | Box 97, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta T0K 2M0, Canada
Region: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Waterton Lakes National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Waterton Lakes National Park
Number of rooms: 166
Also Known As:
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Waterton Springs Campground Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada - Alberta

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