If you are a camping enthusiast then you know that finding great camping locations can be incredibly rewarding; however, sometimes it is a trial and error effort. Especially if you are looking for locations that can be accessed but are remote enough to actually feel like you and nature are alone. Tired of reaching your ‘remote’ camping or hiking trail only to find that there are 6 other groups or hikers already setting out? Your trip of solitude, or primal hunting adventure just took a terribly bad turn. This article will point to some of the least traveled nature reserves, parks or trails where you can truly get a sense of nature with only your group.
True remote camping should be done in areas that are obviously remote. One of the best places in North America to accomplish this is to start visiting Canada. Canada is the 3rd largest country in the world, with a small population of only 34 million people in that territory. Here are a couple camping opportunities in Canada that the faint of heart should not even attempt.
Terra Nova National Park of Canada, Newfoundland
This area of the ‘the rock’ as Newfoundland is affectionately known to most islanders is a fairly remote national park with long inlets of water that separate the park into different areas. These rocky headlands provide shelter from the open ocean. You can fly into an international airport and drive to the gates of the park. Although camping is restricted to designated sites the Lion’s Den South campsites part of the Outport Trail is very remote. This area only has 3 campsites and includes a 22 km (14 mile) hike into the camping areas. Fires are not permitted and the sites are also accessible by kayak. If you want a truly solitary experience you can also make this same camping trip in the winter when there is no park service onsite and campers throughout the entire park is very minimal.
Willmore Wilderness Park, Alberta
When looking for a hiking trail near Banff or Jasper it is sometimes hard to find something that is not full of tourists, especially if you are not sure where to go. The Rocky Mountain range is huge with tons of opportunities. Willmore is often suggested by park rangers for the more adventurous that require more solitude. A note of caution: make sure that you by-pass the regular hiking trails as there are a lot of outfitters that take regular horse trips into this area. You are better off to follow these trails in (usually as they are the only trails) and when they end your true trip begins. There are no campsites beyond these early trails; you simply need to pick a site as your base camp. The best advice is to then hike out of your base camp for daily hikes to the ridgelines or basins that dot the landscape, often into unspoilt wilderness with no hiking trails, horse trails and sometimes not even a game trail.
These two backcountry camping spots are accessible by air and road; travel to the gates of wilderness paradise. However, there are even more remote areas in Canada that require special permits and are fly-in only. These parks include Polar Bear Provincial Park in Ontario and Torngat Mountains National Park in northern Quebec and Labrador. These places make remote backcountry camping look like a stroll through your local park.