N and I are planning to spend some time wandering around the Canadian Rockies in July and August. Neither of us have been there before. We would appreciate any help that those of you familiar with the area can give us in getting a grasp of the camping possibilities in Alberta and B.C.
We have found a lot of information about the national parks and will plan to spend a few nights in their campgrounds seeing the famous sights. But information about the provincial parks and dispersed camping possibilities is harder to find. Some specific questions:
-What maps are helpful? (show campgrounds, provincial parks, smaller roads) Is there a map atlas?
-Does Canada have something similar to National Forests or Bureau of Land Management lands in the U.S. where dispersed camping is allowed?
- Do the National Park campgrounds have "drop-in" campsites? Are these usually available on weekdays during the summer or do we absolutely have to reserve campsites ahead of time if we wish to camp in the National Parks?
-Do you have recommendations for places to visit that are off the Banff - Lake Louise - Jasper corridor? Our preference is for less-crowded areas, smaller campgrounds, and dispersed camping.
-We are enamored of ruins where I do most of my photography, old mining areas, abandoned mills, abandoned industrial sites, old homesteads, etc. Any suggestions?
-Any other resources you would recommend?