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Townsite Campground at 90

Setting up camp in Townsite Campground, 1934
Waterton's Townsite Campground is 90 years old this year
Photo: Glenbow Archives NA-1234-5

Photo gallery: Townsite Campground at 90 

If you camped in Townsite Campground in the summer of 1931, you might have purchased fresh-baked goods offered by two young girls carrying baskets from the Rose Tea Room.

If you camped there on June 15 1975, you may have been evacuated by harried park wardens in the midnight hours as floods hit Waterton. 

If you tented in H Section in June 1999, you may have had your tent pounced on by a confused black bear.

And we can't remember the year (perhaps it happened more than once) but we saw several tents leave Townsite Campground and roll down the street like colourful tumbleweeds.

Camping started early in Waterton, but our first "auto campground" wasn't laid out in 1924. Then, at the south end of town, where local aboriginal tribes, early ranchers, farmers, and adventurous National Park visitors often set up camp, the Townsite Campground was created.

It is unique in the mountain parks in being integrated into the townsite.

Today, Townsite Campground is one of the oldest surviving campgrounds in the National Park system.

Some of the buildings within the campground are the oldest campground buildings still in existence in the Canadian national parks. They demonstrate the different phases of campground development in the national park system, and have been well used by four generations of park visitors.

Are you or your family one of those generations of visitors? If you have photos or stories of the Townsite Campgound to share, please join with us in celebrating this milestone by sharing on our Facebook page.