Summer camping

A family campsite just 300 m from a typical regional village
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The campsite is divided into three different sections, meaning you can choose from a slightly grassy or gravel pitch. With no trees on the campsite, setting up couldn’t be easier. It also means BBQs are permitted on campsite pitches. However, health and safety regulations must still be adhered to. As the ground can be quite hard, we advise you to bring heavy duty pegs for your tents and awnings. For the comfort of all our guests, trenches are not permitted.

The camping is open in winter (winter camp), so we have no trees here. 

The minimum surface area of our standard camping pitches is 80 m². Each pitch has its own number.

Would you like more space? Then opt for a ‘Confort’ pitch! These 100 m² pitches not only have an individual water point and electric hook up, there is also a grey water disposal drain.

All pitches have electric hook up facilities (3, 6 or 10 amps).

Some pitches have a grey water disposal drain. For electric hook ups, you’ll need a French or European plug and 30 m of cable.

At the very centre of the campsite is our aquatic area, a bar-restaurant, the reception desk as well as the activity meeting point.

Please note: We accept unaccompanied under-18s provided we have parental consent (please ask at the reception desk for the necessary paperwork).

The campsite has a 3-star classification and is classed as a “Tourism” campsite by the order of 21/09/2021.

Summer sees a variety of festivals, outdoor sports and summer holiday activities...You’ll never be short of something to do during the beautiful summer months.

Campsite summer activities

Indoor activities

A games room with table tennis table, video games, pool table and table football. If you fancy something a little quieter, then a TV room with a library/reading corner is available. You can read quietly or maybe even play a board game. To help you keep in touch with family and friends, l’Escale campsite has WiFi internet access. A computer terminal is available at reception. For some relaxation time, come and lounge by our covered swimming pool. With a surface area of 80 m², the aquatic area has a pool, paddling pool, balneotherapy and a jacuzzi.

Outdoor activities

If you prefer to make the most of the summer weather, then the outdoor swimming pool is the perfect choice. With a surface area of 160 m², it includes a swimming pool, a paddling pool, a waterfall, a balneotherapy area and a jacuzzi. A secure play area is also available for children. For the sporty amongst you, why not partake in a game of football or table tennis. Make the most of your holidays and spend some time playing petanque or enjoy a picnic around one of our communal BBQs. Relax and make new friends!

Challenge your partner to a 3-set tennis match on one of our tennis courts. With two tennis courts at your disposal, L’Escale invites you to come and try a free game of tennis. Advance reservation required. All you need to do is to come and collect your rackets and balls from the reception desk. The tennis courts are located 300 m from the campsite - a perfect pre-match warm up!

 Nearby activities: 

 Hikers have a large playground with some 150 km of marked trails on offer. Mountain lakes, snow, passes and refuges - everything you need to reach the summit!

‘La Compagnie des Guides et Accompagnateurs’ also offer year-round activities for groups and individuals.

You will also have the opportunity to appreciate some of the beautiful local flora and fauna: chamois (mountain goats), ibex, marmots and bearded vultures.

Hiking trails depart directly from L’Escale campsite as well as a few kilometres away by car.

You might also like to visit a local farm and uncover the mysteries surrounding our local cheese, Reblochon, and its manufacturing process. It is also available to buy at the market on Wednesdays, together with another local cheese, Tomme de Savoie. Why not also enjoy an afternoon snack at the farm; try the blueberry tart and the local ‘biscuit de Savoie’.

Distance from L’Escale: 15 minutes

With 93 km of marked trails, speed freaks can opt for a fun and secure mountain biking adventure.

Or why not try paragliding - le Grand-Bornand is a renowned departure point for this exhilirating sport.

Come and try a Biathlon, even in the summer, and follow in the footsteps of Martin Fourcade.

Zip lines, monkey bridge, cable crossings...Le Grand-Bornand adventure park offers a whole host of treetop activities.

Feel like some time to yourself? Then try your hand at yoga classes, the Feldenkrais Method, reflexology, tai chi - available throughout the season.

Take to the heights with no effort at all! Take the Rosay cable car and the Lachat chair lift to the starting point of numerous hiking trails or go and watch the paraglider launches.

Watch the latest films or cartoons at the cinema, just 50 m from the campsite.

Feel liking getting creative? Then register for our pottery or shingle-making tile workshops

Find out more about Le Grand-Bornand’s heritage by visiting the ‘Maison du Patrimoine’ heritage centre, which has been restored and furnished to reflect the life of local people who lived in the area around 1830.

Discover the history of ‘Art vache’ (cow art), a permanent and ephemeral exhibition of art work relating to the cow, spread around the village. While enjoying a walk around the village, you will find chapels, crosses, oratories, all of which symbolise the importance of Christian life in the village. Every building has something to share, whether it be statues, stained glass, paintings, altarpieces etc.

 The summer holidays are the perfect opportunity to introduce children to working life on a farm; at La ‘Ferme des Animaux’ they will get to meet the animals and learn about vegetable gardening and DIY!

If that isn’t enough, the Aravis Passion equestrian centre is the perfect place to spend some quality time with horses in a beautiful mountain setting.

 The 9-hole Grand-Bornand golf course and 200 metre-long, flat, 9-hole pitch and putt course is a great way to spend some time and is just 5 km from L’Escale. 

Have a relaxing time on our fitness trail, situated just 100 m from the L’Escale campsite in Le Grand-Bornand. A pathway that runs alongside the river and which is accessible to all, even pushchairs. At 1.5 km long, and with a few workout stations along the way, it is a relaxing and peaceful walk.

Summer is also market season, a wonderful opportunity to discover local aromas and produce. A meeting place for holiday makers and locals alike, Le Grand-Bornand market is one of the better-known in the Aravis mountain range. Every Wednesday morning.

 -Monday morning: La Clusaz (6 km)

-Wednesday morning: Le Grand-Bornand (300 m from L’Escale campsite)

-Saturday morning: Thônes (10 km)

-Sunday morning (July and August only): Saint Jean de Sixt (2 km) and Le Chinaillon (7 km)


 Upon your arrival at L’Escale campsite, we will let you know about all the local entertainment taking place, most of which is in the village itself. Welcome drinks, karaoke, concerts, children’s entertainment, conferences, folkloric dances ... There’s something for everyone to enjoy.

 Summer highlights in Le Grand-Bornand: 

 -14/07: Come and celebrate France’s national holiday in the village of Chinaillon: entertainment followed by fireworks and a ball.

 -La Fête de Lormay: A day for celebrating the habits and customs of yesteryear: local traditions revisited, trades of yesteryear and local crafts, folk group, traditional meal, local dance, fireworks. Organised by the ‘Animation Agricole Bornandine’.

Hay bale throwing, wood, leather and rope work, traditional laundry methods, grandmothers' coffee, bread baking in the Lormay wood oven ... guaranteed to brighten up your day. Pony rides and obstacle courses will delight youngsters and adventure-seekers alike. It is also an opportunity for visitors to (re)discover the secrets of making ancelle and tavaillon wood shingle roof tiles, synonymous with the Grand-Bornand area.

-La Fête du lac de La Cour: A late summer evening around a mountain lake. Including a country picnic, musical entertainment and torchlight parade

 -First Sunday in August: La Fête de l’Alpage: The Chinaillon festival celebrating local traditions and Alpine life: the cattle herd descent, working dog challenge, local product tasting, logging contest, float parade.

 -15th August celebrations: Blessing of the bescoin bread, activities for children: mini golf, mini biathlon and jump are available throughout the day before the famous tractor race! A one-of-a-kind and thoroughly enjoyable French event in Le Grand-Bornand, complete with an evening ball and giant tartiflette tasting in the village square.

 -International Festival: “Au Bonheur des Mômes” (Kid’s Happiness): The most moving event of the summer! The European coming together of entertainment for younger audiences with a wide array of live performances: theatre, circus, dance, music, puppet shows... 6 heavenly days to share as a family!