Aspen Beach Provincial Park has one of the best beaches near Calgary. It is a huge campground next to the long beach with a sloping shoreline. The beach is perfect, but the campground is different. The weekend we went it was filled with partiers. That's fine, if you like to do that, but when I go camping with the kids I look for something more low key.
Lake Louise is a great jumping off point for exploring Yoho National Park, the Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, or just staying within walking distance.
[twitter]Waterton Lakes National Park
Driving Distance from Calgary: 3 hours [google map directions]
Number of Sites: 238
Facilities: Toilets, Showers, Store, Amphitheatre, Bike and boat rentals,
[twitter]A trip to Dinosaur Provincial Park is quickly becoming an annual Father's Day trip. It is a beautiful place for families to go camping as it features playgrounds, hiking trails, and dinosaurs.
If you want to reserve a campsite in Alberta, you need to plan ahead. Reservations for Alberta's Provincial Parks open 90 days early. Here's a look at some of the places I've camped with the kids, and how to get your account to reserve a spot ahead of time.
The best closest place to camp near Calgary is Bow Valley Provincial Park. It's less than an hour, it's filled with trees, playgrounds, and water.
While the Johnston Canyon trail is a popular family hike, the campground across the highway will guarantee you a good parking spot to explore the waterfalls and ink pots.