06/17/2016 04:24 EDT | Updated 07/08/2016 03:59 EDT

15 Of The Most Stunning Camping Sites In Alberta

We can stare at these mountains forever!

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A woman standing on a scenic lookout overlooking Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada.

There's nothing like camping among Alberta's ancient mountain tops and breathtaking blue lakes — you truly feel like you're one with nature.

With five major national parks including Banff (Canada's first national park) and Jasper (submerged within the Canadian Rockies), the province's camping sites have everything from challenging trails to beautiful sunsets and activities perfect for the lake.

If you're looking for a new spot in Alberta to try out, we suggest staying as close to the lake as possible. With options like sailing, wind surfing and even tanning on a sandy beach, the best way to spend summer is near a body of water.

(One of these sites includes the Lake Louise Campground in Lake Louise. Photo: Getty)

Before you choose a camp site or national/provincial park, Alberta Parks has several rules for most major sites. Check-in time is 4 p.m.; back-country and car camping options are available; and for some sites, fires may not be allowed on site. Check in with Alberta Parks before you head out on your adventure.

Below, we've rounded up 15 of our favourite camping sites from family-friendly beaches to sites that offer wildlife watching to campgrounds perfect for a weekend getaway. Let us know: where do you love to camp in Alberta?

Some sites operate on a first-come first-serve basis, while others need reservations in advance. So what are you waiting for? Start planning!

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