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Rocky Mountain National Historic Site


First Nation Tipis

Heritage Camping | Enhanced Heritage Camping Kit | Campground Regulations |

Equipped Campsites

Heritage Camping

Camp in comfort with an overnight stay in a First Nations Tipi, Métis Trappers Tent, or Voyageurs Wedge Tent. Experience Aboriginal cultures through family friendly programs. Step back in time to the Canadian fur trade era and enjoy a unique camping experience at Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site.

First Nation Tipis

Our site has three large 20-foot painted Tipis with wooden flooring. This size of tipi can easily sleep up to 6 people. Traditionally the Plains First Nation people would use Tipis made out of animal skins and lodge pole pines. As canvas became available through trade with Europeans, it replaced the labour intensive leather Tipis. We provide sleeping mats, a period table and period camp chairs.

Métis Trappers Tents

Trapper’s tents were commonly used in expeditions and hunting parties by the Métis and Europeans. Choose from either one double bed or two twin beds. These tents have wooden platforms, a period table and period camp chairs. Our double door tents provide plenty of airflow on a hot day and ample protection against the elements.

Enhanced Heritage Camping Kit

Complete your camping experience with our Enhanced Heritage Camping Kit! You will receive a Buffalo hide to furnish your tent, a Period cooking kit, a Blow tube, and a Fire starting kit. Test your survival skills and have the thrill of starting your own fire with flint and steel! Delight your senses by cooking bannock and bush tea over a fire with traditional pots, pans, kettles, and utensils. Immerse yourself and your loved ones in the lifestyle of the fur trade while taking in the breathtaking beauty of our remote National Historic Site.

Modern Camping

Unserviced RV and tent campsites are available for visitors, with campground host services provided by Métis Local 845. This primitive site has a kitchen shelter, two outhouses, and fire pits. Firewood is available for purchase. Campsites are available on a first come first serve basis only. We do not take reservations.

Campground Regulations

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site of Canada is a protected place where special rules apply. Be sure to:

  • Register and pay at the Self-Registration Station or Visitor Centre.
    Your fees help us operate the facilities.
  • Leave it for others to enjoy.
    Whatever treasure you find – be it a rock, a flower, or an arrowhead – it belongs where it is.
  • Keep pets on a leash.
    Unrestrained pets may provoke wildlife attacks, harass wildlife, and endanger people.
  • Respect wildlife.
    It is against the law to feed, touch, disturb or otherwise harass any wild animals – big or small.
  • Store all food and food-related items in a vehicle (not a tent).
    This applies whenever these items are not in use, at night while you are sleeping, or when your site is unattended for any length of time. Anything that has an odour or could be considered food may attract bears and other wildlife to your site.
  • Light fires only in designated pits.
    By using fire rings provided, you reduce the risk of wild fires and minimize damage to vegetation.
  • Use only firewood provided.
    It is illegal to collect or burn any wood from the forest. Even twigs and deadwood play an important role in the forest ecosystem!
  • Leave your ATV at home.
    Off-highway and snow vehicles are not permitted.
  • Alcohol is prohibited except at your registered campsite.