Camping in one of Banff National Park’s campgrounds provides visitors with an opportunity to enjoy Alberta, Canada’s Rocky Mountain world renowned scenery and prolific wildlife from the comfort of their own RV.
While many of Banff’s visitors choose one of Banff’s fine hotels during their stay, camping in one Alberta’s Banff National Park campgrounds is an experience you won’t soon forget.
The hustle and bustle of the Banff townsite can be left behind by settling into one of the area’s many campgrounds, allowing you to enjoy the park’s animals, scenery and of course the company of visitors from all over the world that share your interest in camping in the great outdoors.
Why not rent an RV on your way into the park and spend a few quiet nights with Mother Nature?
Located at the top of Tunnel Mountain a short distance from downtown Banff, Alberta, Tunnel Mountain Campground is the ideal choice if you would like to stay within close proximty to the excellent restaurants, shopping and nightlife Banff has to offer.
Bus service to town from Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court campground is available although it is only a short walk to town or nearby laundy, grocery store or waterslide at a nearby hotel for the kids to enjoy. And of course, as with all campgrounds located in Banff National Park, there are always 360 degrees of stunning views to enjoy.
This campground has three distinct areas:
is the furthest away from the town of Banff. Although there is no electricity we often choose to camp here rather than the other two campgrounds due to its charm. The campsites are nicely spaced from one another, the foliage is varied and on the whole provides good privacy.
Tunnel Mountain Village II is open year round. We love this campground during the Winter since its the only one in the area that is open, but during the summer its “parking lot” like nature keeps us away. With its lack of trees and pavement throughout its far better to choose one of the other Tunnel Mountain campgrounds if you can.
Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court campground is by far the most expensive of the three campgrounds in the area since it provides full hookups (water, sewer and electricity). It is also much nicer than Village II since the campsites are within a forested area providing a nicer mountain camping experience.
Located approximately 12 km from the Banff townsite, this campground will appeal to those wishing to get a little closer to nature. There is abundant wildlife in the area so you are likely to see many animals on the roadway….keep an eye out.
Located across the road from the Two Jack Main Campground, this campground will also appeal to those wishing to get a little closer to nature, but within closer proximity to the lake.
Located alongside Johnson Creek 25 km from the Banff townsite and just a short walk from two spectacular waterfalls, this campground is located approximately half way between the towns of Lake Louise and Banff. An excellent campground to get some pictures of wildlife as well as spectacular scenery. This campground offers 132 non-serviced sites and flush toilets and showers.
Close to a small store, gas bar and restaurant, this campground is also located approximatly half way between the towns of Banff and Lake Louise. Situated in a beautifully wooded area, wildlife is sure to be near. This campground offers 43 sites with flush toilets.
Protection Mountain Campground
Only 17 km from Lake Louise and 48 km from Banff, this campground is situated along the Bow Valley Parkway, a low speed highway that offers an excellent alternative route to the high speed Trans Canada Highway. Wildlife and hiking trails throughout. This campground offers 89 sites with flush toilets.
Lake Louise Campgrounds
Located within the town of Lake Louise and along the Bow River, this campground is nicely forested and adjacent to some hiking and biking trails. Bears can be an issue in the town of Lake Louise so special precautions have been take and rules have been implemented to protect visitors and animals alike.
There are two distinct campgrounds in the Lake Louise area:
Lake Louise Trailer Campground
189 drive through sites in the summer and 30 sites in the winter including power, flush toilets and showers
Lake Louise Tent Campground
210 unserviced sites with flush toilets and showers
Open all year and located 24 north of Lake Louise on the gorgeous Icefields Parkway, the rugged cliffs of Mount Hector dominates the southeastern skyline. This campsite offers 32 unserviced sites with hand pumped water and dry toilets
Waterfowl Lakes Campground
Approximately 57 km from Lake Louise on the Icefield Parkway lies this campground where Mistaya River flows into Waterfowl Lake. There are nearby hiking trails into Cirque Lake and Chephren Lake. This campground offers 116 unserviced sites with flush toilets
Rampart Creek Campground
Located 88 km from Lake Louise, this is a small campground that is closest to the Columbia Icefields, a must see if you’re visiting Banff National Park. The campground provides many opportunities to view wildlife as well as the spectacular scenery.
Parks Canada operates all 13 campgrounds in Banff National Park. Please visit their website for complete details.
Information on Banff National Park’s Reservation Service can be found here. Most campgrounds in Banff National Park are available on a first come first served basis, however those that will accept reservations are listed, as well as the dates you can begin making them.