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Best Campgrounds in Banff
Parks Canada operates 13 campgrounds in Banff National Park (not including backcountry sites for backpackers and climbers). The camping season generally runs from mid-May through October, although the Tunnel Mountain and Lake Louise campgrounds remain open year-round. Hookups are available at most of the campgrounds and at four of the 31 Kananaskis Country campgrounds. In 2013, Parks Canada built a new type of camping facility known as an oTENTik. A cross between a cabin and a tent, each oTENTik can sleep up to six people on foam mattresses. Each unit has a heater inside, a fire pit, a bear locker, a picnic table, and a barbecue. Prices for a one-night stay range from C$16 to C$28 for a tent site or C$120 for an oTENTik.
If you want to experience camping without the hassle of bringing sleeping bags and other supplies, try the BacTrax rental service (www.campingbanff.com). For $50 per day, you can rent camping equipment for up to six people. They also offer a setup and pack down service, so you can arrive at your campsite to find everything already set up.
Castle Mountain Campground. This campground is in a beautiful wooded area close to a small store, a gas bar, and a restaurant. 34 km (21 miles) from Banff on Bow Valley Pkwy. 403/762–1550 or 877/737–3783 www.pccamping.ca .
Johnston Canyon Campground. The scenery is spectacular and the wildlife abundant in and around this campground, which is across from Johnston Canyon. A small creek flows right by the camping area. 25 km (15½ miles) from Banff on Bow Valley Pkwy. 403/762–1550 or 877/737–3783 www.pccamping.ca .
Lake Louise Campground. This forested area next to the Bow River is open year-round, but in early spring and late fall tents and soft-sided trailers are not permitted in order to protect both people and bears. 1 km (½ mile) from Lake Louise Village and 4 km (2½ miles) from the lake 905/566–4321 or 877/737–3783 www.pccamping.ca .
Tunnel Mountain Campground. Situated close to the townsite, this campground has a great view of the valley, hoodoos, and the Banff Springs golf course. 2½ km (1½ miles) from Banff Townsite on Tunnel Mountain 905/566–4321 or 877/737–3783 www.pccamping.ca .
Two Jack Lakeside Campground. This secluded campground is on the shores of beautiful Two Jack Lake—one of the most scenic areas in the park. There are on-site interpretive programs, and Parks Canada recently built 10 new lakefront oTENTiks that visitors can also rent. 12 km (7½ miles) from Banff on the Minnewanka Loop 403/762–1550 or 877/737–3783 www.pccamping.ca .Updated: 03-2014
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