Located deep within Banff National Park’s mountainous terrain, Mosquito Creek campground is a great little campground from which to explore the area.
The Icefields Parkway
Banff National Park boasts one of the most spectacular highways anywhere and camping along it has been enjoyed by generations of campers the world over. The Icefields Parkway, located deep in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, winding through two of Canada’s treasured national parks (Banff & Jasper), provides its visitor with stunning views at every turn. Speckled with glaciers, mountain streams and too many animals to count, it’s a must see for any visitor to Alberta.
Also known as highway #93, the Icefields Parkway parallels the stretch of Rocky Mountains as well as the Alberta – British Columbia border, from just west of Lake Louise, 233 km north to Jasper. Along the way you appreciate the feat it was for crews to build this road through some of the most rugged country imaginable.
Located 24 km north of Lake Louise, Mosquito Creek campground is the first campground you will encounter as you travel North up the Icefields Parkway. This year round campground is in the perfect location for those wishing to stay close to the Trans Canada highway, which stretches east/west through Banff National Park, providing them with easy access to Lake Louise or the Banff Townsite (83 km).
Mosquito Creek Campground
Mosquito Creek campground consists of 32 un-serviced campsites, each with a firepit and picnic table and while the name would suggest otherwise, you won’t encounter anymore mosquitoes here than you would at any campground in the park. Firewood is available with the purchase of a permit and there are dry toilets, potable water that has been solar treated and a grey water sink.
The campsites are varied, some will accommodate only small tents and others will accommodate the larger units. Some of the campsites are located in an open “parking lot” style area with a cook kitchen, complete with wood burning stove and tables, centrally located while others are in thick stands of trees. There are some gorgeous campsites located along the creek that are hotly contested and snapped up quickly.
As with most in the park, Mosquito Creek campground fills up quickly and by late afternoon it’s often difficult to find a spot. Plan your trip and arrive early if you can.
Bears in Banff National Park
Bears frequent many areas in Banff National Park including this one. Always keep your campsite clean and store your food in your vehicle when the campsite is unattended. There are storage lockers available for walk in campers.
There are many activities that can be enjoyed in the area.
Since the campground is open in the winter and with an abundance of snow and frozen waterfalls, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and ice climbing are favourite activities for campers during that time.
Summer visitors will find glorious hikes in the area. Graeme Pole, in his book “Classic Hikes in the Canadian Rockies” says “With its high starting elevation, Mosquito Creek Trail grants quick access to one of the loftiest and most sublime camping alpine environments described in Classic Hikes.” Sounds like a great place to stop, camp and explore!