Nature's Hideaway Family Campground

Nature's Hideaway Family Campground

144192 2253 Dr East, De Winton, Foothills County, Alberta T0L 0X0 Canada
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144192 2253 Dr East, De Winton, Foothills County, Alberta T0L 0X0 Canada
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KFF wrote a review Aug 2020
Airdrie, Canada
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This is our second time to Nature’s Hideaway and our last. From the time we made the reservation to the time we left; the facility and overall service was flat and under whelming. The grounds are dessert like- dry, no upkeep, rocky terrain, garbage on the grounds (plastic bags floating around etc.), vehicles kicking up dry dirt etc. The service is non existent, no one checking in on you, and although there’s a fire ban; multiple campers lighting fires every night with no oversight. Wasps everywhere. Here’s some advice if the owners/management read this: clean the sites up, tidy the grounds, cut dead limbs from those beautiful trees, check in on your guests, control fire bans, ask your guests where they would like to camp when they make a reservation and don’t just stick them in a crappy location. This place needs love and general attention; it has a lot of potential but unfortunately the owners have given up. Last time we were here there was a wonderful man who was an asset to this place and who lived on the grounds; haven’t seen him.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tony D wrote a review Jul 2022
Livingston, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Some 50 km from Calgary, set in a rural location, the last part of the journey is across an unpaved road. The sites are roomy, fully serviced, (you might need to borrow an extension cable). There is a laundry and children's play area. The site is slightly rustic but the welcome warm.

Swimming in the river is possible in the summer but the current was too strong at the time of our visit.
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Date of stay: June 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Guy C wrote a review Aug 2016
Calgary, Canada
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Was looking for a place to camp in the area but everything I tried was full until I stumbled across this one and to my surprise it had room for my trailer. It didn't take long to realize why this facility wasn't full, the place is rough and the bath/shower room was not clean at all, I was afraid to touch anything, I wanted to wash after I washed plus the overwelming smell of cinnamon and urine made my want to vomit.
Now to be fair, the place was flooded out in 2013 which would take some time to repair and the roughness is acceptable. The sewer lines are above ground which isn't great but like I said, it takes time. My only concern was that there was no maintainence going on while we were there.
On the plus side, the river going through is great, it's slow moving and okay for kids and lots were out there floating down on their tubes, The place is quiet after hours and the best part is the staff, they're awesome.
I don't know what there future plans are for fixing the place but I probably won't come back till it's in better shape.
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Date of stay: August 2016
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: It's not a hotel it's a campground
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Kath-ann T wrote a review Jul 2022
North Vancouver
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dusty Washboard gravel roads for 2.5 km to get into campground. Promised a shady site - 10 “ ‘trees’ could not hold a tarp let alone shade. Quiet times not enforced - loud music playing until 0300. No water available for unserviced campsites. Yahoos driving by right outside out campsite all day and into the late evening - sending clouds of dust. Overflowing pit toilets. Refused to refund when we complained about no water. It’s a campsite from Hell
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Andrea W wrote a review Apr 2020
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The campground itself is decent. They have a playground and a horseshoe pit. There is a small area to swim but also a strong current that made me nervous with my small kids.

A number of the “long term seasonal crowd” are a sight to see for sure. It felt like I was in an actual trailer park. Loud, rude and trashy.

For a weekend getaway close to the city, it’s does the trick but I personally wouldn’t make a habit of going there.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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worldparrot wrote a review Aug 2017
Calgary, Canada
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We went there for the August long weekend and I know they are still in someway recovering from the 2013 flood, 4 years ago. However proper cleaning of the sites after people leave there is disgusting. Our fire pit was filled with diapers, cans and the whole site was filled with beer caps, rusty nails and screws. It is a very rocky Campground and it does need some TLC and I think proper management which the current owners or not. The beach bathrooms one day the ladies 1 was plugged and they were told about it and did nothing and until the other toilet plugged as well and then they finally did something. Just shows me what kind of care goes in the place. It is very nice our spot was awesome the live entertainment was great and again the people are friendly so that makes it hard not to go back, however when I think of how dirty the sites are and the facilities it kind of makes me just maybe want to go somewhere else for 45 a night.
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Date of stay: August 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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vstad wrote a review Jul 2017
Calgary,AB
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
We've been here on a cpl occasions now, have been happy every time.
It has water and power hook-ups... true in group sites you may need extensions,that should be expected. Good size fire pits as well. We fit 3 trailers and a tent in out spot the first visit and the second I was happy as well met some very nice neighbors.
My son and his friends love the new playground sets. The store has all the goodies we all love of course plus the things you may have forgotten. The staff drop off ice and wood for you as well, which if you have a broken ankle is such a plus. I can't say enough about how helpful they all are.
This location was hit very hard by the floods in 2013, you can see the staff have been doing a lot to rebuild the campground ,not everything can be done overnight. The river is great for floating and nice and shallow for the children to play.
We look forward to returning, lets remember we're camping.
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Blair S wrote a review Jul 2017
Calgary, Canada
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I don't like writing negative reviews but other camper should be aware. Came here with my family and was dissapointed from the start. We knew the power had restrictions so we brought our own generator to run the ac to read on the door when registering that generators were not allowed....not impressed especially as it was 30+ on this particular weekend. The roads were rough and the sites themselves needed a lot of work. The Sheep river was closed and helped cool off the dogs but super rocky and not easy to walk on. I understand that this area was hit by the floods a few years back but this is one campground I will not be rebooking ever again.
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Date of stay: July 2017
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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carlaneburto wrote a review May 2016
Calgary, Canada
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I am not one to complain, I really like to talk about good experiences. I would like to think we just went at the wrong time a year.
This place was flooded out 4 years ago and it just reopened why is not fixed yet. We paid almost 200 dollars for full service for the long weekend and left a day early. It rained the whole time that we were there, almost all of Alberta the fire band was lifted except the MD of foothills. It was a mud pit! Huge puddles of mud you could not walk any where. Why have you not graveled and leveled yet? The showers were all out of service. We could not even have a hot shower in the freezing cold muddy mess. The sitems were tiny and some spots lost power in the night.
That will be our first and last time, and everyone that spoke to us too were very disappointed.
If they put some money into it and have friendlier staff that would help and maybe they have a chance because it is in a good location.
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Date of stay: May 2016
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from nhc1232016, Front Office Manager at Nature's Hideaway Family Campground
Responded Aug 2, 2016
Hello Carlaneburto, Thank you for taking your time to write a review. I would like to apologize for your experience here at Nature's Hideaway. In 2013 we were badly effected by the flood, so much so that we were unable to provide camping sites until 2015. Thousands of hours of work have gone into the campground and we are proud to say that our sites are 90% functional. As we speak we are still making changes to the campground to bring it back to where it was before the flood, we just added new playground equipment last week! As we are set along a river, we do get a lot of mud and pot holes when it rains, but quickly take action to pump out the water. I apologize that the showers were not working, I assume that it was a water issue which we have now corrected. Should you wish to return in the future we would be more than happy to offer you one night for free. Have a great summer! -Megan
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David G wrote a review Sep 2018
Calgary, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
With GPS and google, we found it. It is not easy to find which makes it really a hideaway. Close to the city but so secluded. It was wonderful. Just south east of Calgary, nestled in a loop of the Highwood River, this is a lovely, natural campground.
Spacious lots, lots of hundred year old cottonwood trees with infilling of underbrush. Saskatoons galore if in season. The river banks are flat and easily accessible for fishing or children swimming. (please supervise your children in the water.) A corner store, office, washrooms and showers complete this “Natural Hideaway”. About twenty-five minutes from the city. Wonderful.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Melissa B wrote a tip Jul 2023
8 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't go!"
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David G wrote a tip Sep 2018
Calgary, Canada21 contributions46 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This is a campground and the management allowed us to check it all out and pick any available spot we wanted."
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Guy C wrote a tip Aug 2016
Calgary, Canada74 contributions20 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"It's not a hotel it's a campground"
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RCATU wrote a tip Jul 2016
Calgary, Canada17 contributions7 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"this is a campground and not a hotel"
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