If you’re looking for great camping in Banff National Park, Alberta – Two Jack campgrounds are sure to please.
Located 12 km NE of the Banff Townsite, Two Jack campgrounds offer an excellent base from which to launch your exploration of the area. Whether you’re exploring Banff’s wild nightlife or one of dozens of incredible hikes, bikes or climbs within the immediate area, these campgrounds will provide easy access.
Since most of the campgrounds in Banff National Park were built more than half a century ago, you will find many of them to be ill prepared for today’s larger RV’s. Of course the Parks Service does an excellent job of accommodating all visitors but Two Jack campgrounds do not provide the easiest of access.
Two Jack Main Campground
Two Jack Main campground is located in a thick blanket of trees towering skyward. It’s 380 campsites are located within a number of small loops, most of which aren’t suitable for larger RV’s. There are kitchen shelters, firepits and flush toilets. Wildlife is abundant.
This campground, while not ugly as such, might be referred to as unattractive. Deep within the trees with unimpressive views of anything but more trees, some may not enjoy this campground. Yet, with 380 first come first served campsites this is the place to go when other campgrounds are full.
Two Jack Lakeside Campground
Directly across the road is Two Jack Lakeside campground and it is gorgeous! With only 74 campsites it fills to capacity quickly. This campground offers kitchen shelters, fire-pits, flush toilets and showers.
All 74 campsites within Two Jack Lakeside are by reservation only. Twenty-three walk-in campsites are also available.
There are a number of activities in the immediate area that can keep you busy for months, but some of the more popular ones include:
A visit to Bankhead – a thriving coal mining town in the early 1900’s that once was home to a hundred families now lies empty, but visitors can enjoy a walk through history on a short interpretive trail.
Lake Minnewanka – An incredibly big lake that is a sight to behold. With daily sightseeing boat rides, great places for picnics and hiking opportunities galore this is a must on your trip to the area. Local scuba divers frequent the west end of the lake to visit the town of Minnewanka Landing which was flooded when the lake was enlarged.
“C” Level Cirque
“C” Level Cirque is a great hike that our entire family enjoyed. The trail takes you through thick forest to incredible viewpoints high above the valley and finally to the cirque which offers up close views of majestic Cascade Mountain.
If you’re looking for a campground near Banff but not too near, then one of these two campgrounds may be what you’re looking for.