By Ray Lumfardo
Banff may have some of the sweetest hotels in the world, for someone who truly wants to experience the outdoors, nothing beats the natural accomodations of the Canadian Rockies’s Banff National Park.
When you camp in Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies, all of the activities of the Rockies are literally on your doorstep. Below you’ll find helpful information on where to camp in Banff.
Banff Area Campgrounds
Tunnel Mountain Campground
Situated 2.4 km from Banff on Tunnel Mountain, within walking distance (or trolley distance) of downtown Banff. Services, such as food, laundry and a waterslide are close by. There are 320 full service sites in the Trailer Court, 188 power only sites in Village II, plus 619 non-serviced sites in Village I. There is an unbelievable view of the valley, the Hoodoos, and the Banff Springs Golf course. Tunnel Mountain Village II is open year round.
Two Jack Main Campground
Camp in the wilderness, beautiful wooded area, secluded campsites (381), lots of wildlife. Situated on the scenic Minnewanka Lake loop drive. Explore the ruins of Bankhead, sheep in the area may be on the roadways, so drive with care. Flush toilets, no showers. Kitchen shelters available. Only 12 km from Banff.
Two Jack Lakeside Campground
Right across the road from the main camp is a small (77) site campground. Awake to the sound of water flowing and birds cooing. Showers available.
Johnston Canyon Campground
Across from Johnston Canyon is a picturesque campground with 132 sites. A creek flows nearby and the scenery is awesome. Take a walk up Johnston Canyon and view the two waterfalls. There is also a lot of wildlife in the area. Take the scenic route from Banff for wildlife sightings. Showers available. This campground is 25 km from Banff.
Protection Mountain Campground
Protection Mountain Campground has 89 sites, in a great area for hiking, lots of wildlife. No showers. Flush toilets. This campground is 48 km from Banff.
Lake Louise Campground
Lake Louise Campground has 189 trailer sites and 216 tenting sites next to the jewel of the Rockies, Lake Louise. Take the scenic route from Banff, which includes a drive by Johnston Canyon. No showers. The campground is 58 km from Banff.
Mosquito Creek Campground
From the 32 sites of Mosquito Creek Campground, you can see the sandstone cliffs of Bow Peak. The rugged cliffs of Mount Hector dominate the southeast skyline. Flush toilets, no showers. Open all year. The campground is 83 km from Banff.
Waterfowl Lake Campground
Near the Waterfowl Lake Campground’s 116 sites, the bubbling Mistaya River enters Waterfowl Lake. A trail leads to Cirque and Chephren lakes for great hiking. Flush toilets, no showers. A 73 km drive from Banff.
A small campground with 50 sites, on the way to the Columbia Icefield. Great area for viewing wildlife and scenic grandeur. Flush toilets, no showers. A 147 km drive from Banff.
|Campground||# Sites||Full H-U||Elec Only||Flush Toilet||Showers||Sani Dump||Dis Acc||Fire Pits $8.80||Interp Prog||Fee|
|Tunnel Mt Village IMay 2 – Oct 1||618||X||X||X||X||X||X||$27.40|
|Tunnel Mt Village IIOpen Year Round||188||all||X||X||X||X||X||$32.30|
Tunnel Mt TrailerMay 2 – Oct 1
|Two Jack MainMay 16 – Sept 2||380||X||X||X||$21.50|
|Two Jack LakesideMay 16 – Sept 16||74||X||
Johnton CanyonMay 30 – Sept 16
|Castle MountainMay 16 – Sept 2||43||X||X||$21.50|
|Protection MountainJune 27 – Sept 1||89||X||X||X||$21.50|
|Lake Louise Trailer*Year Round||189||all||X||X||X||X||X||$32.30|
|Lake Louise TentMay 15 – Sept 28||206||X||X||X||X||X||X||$27.70|
|Mosquito CreekYear Round||32||Dry Toilet||X||X||$15.70|
|Waterfowl LakesJune 20 – Sept 8||116||X||X||X||X||$21.50|
|Rampart CreekJune 27 – Sept 1||50||Dry Toilet||X||X||$15.70|
|* Soft-sided camping in winter only (mid-November to mid-April)|
Open dates are weather dependent. Arrive early – sites assigned on a
first-come, first-served basis.
Note: Campground opening and closing dates may vary as National Park Campgrounds operate depending on the weather. Fees may increase without notice.
* FULL H-U = full hook-up
* DIS ACC = disabled access
* INTERP PROG = Interpretive program
* FIRE PERMIT REQUIRED where fireboxes and firewood are provided.
* Boil water advisories may be posted.
For More Information
General camping information contact:
Banff National Park
Canada, T1L 1K2
Phone: (403) 762-1550
Other campgrounds in the National Parks are on a first come, first serve basis. Check out time is 11 a.m., which is a good time to stop by and get a site. Overnight camping of any type (tent, vehicle, or RV) outside designated campgrounds is not permitted.
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