A beautiful mountain town, Golden in British Columbia offers lots of accommodation in cabins, chalets, and lodges. But one of the best accommodations is boutique glamping in the woods at Camp Moose Trail.

Camp Moose Trail is located in the Blaeberry Valley, a 20-minute drive from Golden, and offers six glamping tents with big queen-size beds, and wood stoves, and they’re open year-round.

I visited with my sister in July when the mosquitoes were fierce, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying the campground’s unique experience to the fullest.

hot tub at Camp Moose Trail

This blog post is my honest review of Camp Moose Trail, including amenities, overall experience and tips for visiting. You can watch the quick video recap here.

Camp Moose Trail experience

Driving to Camp Moose Trail

We drove from Calgary and, after about 3 hours, reached Golden. Later, we stopped in town to buy drinks to enjoy in the outdoor hot tub and continued west. After about 10 minutes on the highway, we turned onto the dirt road Bleaberry School Road.

road to Camp Moose Trail

When we reached the crossroad and saw the mountain in front of us glowing in sunset colours with nothing but trees around, it made me even more excited to spend time fully immersed in nature.

After parking the car at the wooden carved ‘Camp Moose Trail’ sign, we walked down the forest path to the fire pit area where the owner Mike awaited us.

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Camp Moose Trail

Camp Moose Trail campground

Our tent had a wood stove, a queen bed with bedside tables and plenty of room for our stuff. The best part, though, was the mattress and blankets. If you have ever slept in a hotel, you know mattresses are usually not the room’s best feature. In Camp Moose Trail, they’re incredibly comfortable with lots of cozy warm blankets and I wouldn’t mind sleeping here in winter.

Camp Moose Trail

After a long day of travel, we hopped into the wood-burning hot tub surrounded by amazingly smelling pine trees.

Waking up to the sounds of nature is the best. And it’s even better when you don’t have to worry about breakfast and morning tea/coffee – they’re included!

hot tub at Camp Moose Trail

All you have to take care of is your dinner (bear-proof bins for storage are provided). The big tent serves as a communal space where you have breakfast, can cook dinner in a fully equipped kitchen for cooking and utensils, read one of the many inspiring adventure books available, or talk to fellow travellers.

Camp Moose Trail

Another great option for dinner is making a pizza in the outdoor wood-fired pizza oven. And while you wait for your pizza, sit by the fire pit and enjoy the atmosphere.

Camp Moose Trail

Summer & winter amenities

Hands down, the best part about staying year-round at Camp Moose Trail is the outdoor hot tub.

There’s a seasonal solar-powered hot shower with biodegradable soap and shampoo. And in winter, there’s a sauna. A sauna in the woods, how awesome is that!

Camp Moose Trail

While mosquitoes can be annoying in summer, the owner always ensures mosquito repellent burns in the kitchen area and by the fire pit.

Check out the availability of tents here.

What to pack

  • Bear spray

When you’re in the Rockies, you’re in a bear country. Make sure you carry bear spray around the campground; they like to visit sometimes.

  • Mosquito repellent

Mosquito repellent made our summer visit much more bearable, and I can’t imagine those bloodsuckers attacking me constantly while at the campground.

  • Headlamp

There are string lights near the kitchen area, but if you’d like to go to the hot tub or the outhouse, it’s necessary to light your way.

  • Backpack

Leave the airport wheel luggage at home and instead pack a backpack. You walk on uneven forest paths throughout the camp.

  • Swimsuits

The hot tub is shared; enough said.

  • Food & drinks

As mentioned above, dinner is up to you. You’re in the woods, and there’s no shop nearby, so you better pack some food and drinks.

  • Layers

Whether you’re visiting in summer or winter, pack a down or fleece jacket and some other clothes to be comfortable at the campground. The shorts are fine on a summer day, but the night requires a fleece. I wore sandals throughout the camp but wear winter boots and pack some slippers for inside the tent when visiting in winter.

Overall we had a fantastic stay, and the campground surpassed my expectations. You can’t beat the amenities hidden in the forest and the calming sounds of nature.

Are you ready to visit Camp Moose Trail? Read our 3-day itinerary for Golden, and you’re ready for an adventure-filled getaway!

In the spirit of full disclosure: Our stay was hosted by Camp Moose Trail, but as always, the opinions expressed above are my own.

 

About Maya Steiningerova

Heyo, I’m Maya! An adventure athlete currently living near the Canadian Rockies with my partner in crime Michal. I love running in the mountains, jumping in the ice cold lakes, mountain biking and trying not so common activities, such as mountaineering. By showing that an ordinary person can live an extraordinary life, my hope is to inspire you to live an adventurous life and provide you with tips and tools for your own adventure.

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