Tunnel Mountain in Banff National Park is home to three campgrounds providing campers with easy access to the Banff townsite as well as spectacular views of the surrounding mountain scenery.
These campgrounds offer convenient access to the Trans Canada Highway, can accommodate larger RV’s and provide some awesome tent camping opportunities.
As with most campgrounds in the Park, these three fill up quickly in the afternoon and empty out in the morning.
Although all of the 1,127 campsites on Tunnel Mountain are available by reservation those not reserved for the evening are available on a first come first served basis. Keep in mind that late arrivals may be disappointed to find no campsites available especially in July and August.
Tunnel Mountain Village I
Tunnel Mountain Village I is the furthest away from the town of Banff. Although there are no services in the campsites we often choose to camp here rather than the other two campgrounds since its 618 campsites are located within 10 “loops” providing visitors with a bit more privacy than the other two Tunnel Mountain campgrounds.
Campers should keep in mind that some areas of the campground allow fires and others don’t. Each of the washrooms have showers, hot and cold running water as well as flush toilets.
Tunnel Mountain Village II
Tunnel Mountain Village II is open year round. We often stay at 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.
That being said, this is the campground nearest the Town of Banff, has convenient access to Banff’s transit system and all of its 188 campsites are serviced with electricity.
Some of the campsites within this area have fire pits while others don’t. All washrooms have showers, hot and running water as well as flush toilets. There are camp kitchens located throughout the campground which provide a great opportunity to cook a meal and socialize.
Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court
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.
The washrooms provide showers, hot and cold running water as well as flush toilets.
This campground can accommodate units up to 50 feet, but fires are not permitted here.
Gorgeous Scenery Everywhere!
All three campgrounds have a 360 degree view (albeit through the trees from many campsites) of the surrounding mountains. Their majestic limestone peaks shine almost as brightly by moon light as they do on a sunny day.
Hiking is our favourite activity while camping here. We often hike Tunnel Mountain Road into Banff but for a treat we head downhill (South) from the campgrounds and hike alongside the Bow River toward the Banff Town site emerging just South of the Banff Center for a spectacular view of the famous Banff Springs Hotel.
Recently, a pathway was installed leading from Banff to Canmore which has generated alot of traffic between the two communities. The 20 km pathway is a great way to explore the area.
Some of the other attractions that are a must see while in the area are the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, which is the location of the original hot springs pools, the Sulphur Mountain Gondola, the drive up Mt. Norquay Road for a great view of the townsite and of course Bow Falls.
Whether you’re just passing through or planning on spending some time exploring the east end of Banff National Park, camping in the Tunnel Mountain Campgrounds is sure to be one of the family favourites.