Lake Louisa – Campsite #19

Lake Louisa – Campsite #19

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Lake Louisa – Campsite #19 From the water, this site looks pretty unappealing with a not-so-great canoe landing and large incline up to the main site. But as I spent some time at the site, my opinion quickly changed. It’s got a large chunk of rock that’s great for swimming, which also faces west for the afternoon sun and sunset views. It’s got unique split-log seating in front of the fire pit, with a flat rock kitchen table off to the side. And it’s got some large, flat tent spots throughout the spacious interior of the site. If you don’t mind the minor inconvenience of unloading your gear on the sloped rock and carrying it up to the main area, then this site might be a hidden gem available when…
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Lake Louisa – Campsite #15

Lake Louisa – Campsite #15

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Lake Louisa – Campsite #15 The island campsites on Lake Louisa seem to be a popular choice for many. One of the islands has two campsites, and this is the western of the two. It’s a great site with a large chunk of elevated rock at the front of the site to enjoy the afternoon sun before watching the sunset and stargazing. There’s a rocky ‘driveway’ to park the canoe making it really easy to unload, although you still need to get your gear up the incline into the main site. The interior of the site has a well-built fire pit with one flat bench beside it. There are three good tent spots surrounding the fire pit, one of which is a bit more off to the side and sheltered…
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Lake Louisa – Campsite #14

Lake Louisa – Campsite #14

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Lake Louisa – Campsite #14 This is the eastern campsite on the small double-campsite island. It’s not as big and spacious as its western counterpart, but it’s still a nice site with some good tent spots and a couple benches of seating around the fire pit. Behind the site is an incline, helping to protect from westerly winds while also helping to block noise from the western campsite. There’s a small beach landing making it very easy to access and unload your gear, with a large rock jutting out to watch the sunrise and enjoy the morning sunshine. It’s not a bad campsite by any means, but if the western site on this island is available that would easily be my first choice. (Click on the images to view larger)…
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Lake Louisa – Campsite #10

Lake Louisa – Campsite #10

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Lake Louisa – Campsite #10 On a lake with plenty of beautiful campsites, this site is pretty undesirable. It’s very small, with a simple fire pit / cooking area, two tent spots nearby, and that’s pretty much it. The sloping rocky shoreline will make unloading gear a bit of a challenge, and it’s not a great site for swimming either. It also doesn’t get too much afternoon sun since it’s an east-facing site. Even if the lake is fully booked, the park leaves a handful of buffer sites on Louisa (booking less permits than sites on the lake), so I can’t see any reason why I would ever choose to camp here. (Click on the images to view larger) Map of campsites * Images and information taken August 2020 *…
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Lake Louisa – Campsite #7

Lake Louisa – Campsite #7

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Lake Louisa – Campsite #7 Like most other sites on Louisa, this campsite has a slab of open rock by the shoreline. The rocky landing isn’t the most accessible, and on top of that, there’s a bit of a trail to get from the landing to the main area of the site. But the campsite itself is well sheltered, has plenty of seating around the fire pit, and has a few different tent spots to choose from. It’s not the most aesthetic site and lacks the beauty that many other Louisa sites offer. The inaccessible landing and poor access to the water are the big downsides; there are plenty of other sites on the lake I would choose instead of this one. (Click on the images to view larger) Map…
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Lake Louisa – Campsite #6

Lake Louisa – Campsite #6

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Lake Louisa – Campsite #6 I’ve paddled through Louisa several times and I’ve never seen this site occupied before. Understandably, many people don’t want to camp on a site nearby a portage, with lots of traffic coming through, without seeing everything else the lake has to offer (assuming you’re entering Louisa from the east). The site isn’t very exciting, but it’s really not all that bad. It has a chunk of open rock by the water, typical of sites on Louisa, with a handful of flat tent spots in its sheltered interior. It’s not ideal for swimming, but you'll get to enjoy some sun on the open rock at the front of the site. If you arrive on the lake late in the evening or want to shorten your next…
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Lake Louisa – Campsite #5

Lake Louisa – Campsite #5

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Lake Louisa – Campsite #5 For a lake where every campsite seems to have large slabs of open rock by the water for swimming and sunbathing, this site offers a slightly different experience. It’s tucked away on the shore and doesn’t jump out as an overly aesthetic site. The interior is pretty small but it does have a very nice fire pit with plenty of flat seating surrounding it. The fire pit is right at the edge of the site overlooking the water, which makes it a scenic spot to cook and sit by the fire, especially during sunset. It may not be the flashiest site, but it gets the job done and it’s a good option if you’re looking for a bit more shelter. (Click on the images to…
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Lake Louisa – Campsite #4

Lake Louisa – Campsite #4

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Lake Louisa – Campsite #4 I have a feeling that this site doesn’t get used too frequently. Not only is it beside the much more appealing Site #3, but it doesn’t offer much shelter from the elements and other than one large flat grassy area, there aren’t many places to pitch a tent. In good weather, I actually wouldn't mind camping here, especially because it has the private beach just a couple meters beside the site. But in poor weather or if the lake isn’t super busy, I’d probably move onwards and choose a different site. (Click on the images to view larger) Map of campsites View from the water Interior looking east Interior looking west Fire pit and seating Tent spot Private beach Private beach Rocky shoreline Canoe landing…
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Lake Louisa – Campsite #3

Lake Louisa – Campsite #3

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Lake Louisa – Campsite #3 Every time I’ve paddled by this site I’ve always thought to myself that it looks like a really nice site, but I’ve never gotten the chance to go on shore to check it out. It was pretty much what I expected, plus more. I didn’t realize the extent of the long rocky shoreline on the west side of the site, or the number of tent spots available, or the several benches and stumps available to accommodate a large group. Most of the tent spots are in the main exposed area of the site, but there are a few sheltered options tucked away among the trees as well. Plus, the landing is super accessible, and there’s a short trail leading to a private little beach cove…
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Harry Lake – Campsite #3

Harry Lake – Campsite #3

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Harry Lake – Campsite #3 Similar to Campsite #1, this site is right at the entrance/exit of a river, just on the opposite side of the lake. It also offers a beachfront, though it faces east for the sunrise and isn’t as large. The interior is well sheltered, especially the fire pit that’s tucked away among the surrounding trees (that also offer a perfect place for a tarp setup). You won’t have a problem pitching your tent, or multiple tents if you’re with a large group. It was disappointing to see the fire pit completely full of uneaten food, garbage, and face masks when I was there, but obviously this doesn’t have anything to do with the campsite itself. Campsite #1 would still be my first choice, but this site…
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