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Feb 12th, 2007, 11:43 PM
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Questions regarding traveling in an RV in and around Banff and Jasper

Has anyone driven an RV to Banff and jasper?
Did you encounter any challenges in terms of accessibility to the picturesque beauty and hotel grounds?
Were there stop areas for the RV for picture taking?
How much were the daily fees on average for the campgrounds?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 08:16 AM
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Camping_Girl, who lives in Alberta, has created a wonderful website about RVing. I recommend that you read not only her main page but also her subsidiary pages (tips, equipment list, cooking, renting an RV, etc.):

http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/adecc/

Country_Wife, a regular poster at TripAdvisor, created a page entitled Inside Canada : RVing the Trans-Canada Highway. It too has lots of useful information about RVing, regardless of whether or not you'll be travelling on the TransCanada Highway:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g153339-c5325/

Here are a couple of official national park camping websites:

Camping in Banff National Park:

http://tinyurl.com/yqufkc

Camping in Jasper National Park:

http://tinyurl.com/236rs6

I strongly recommend that you make reservations.

I've heard that Tunnel Mountain Campground, on the outskirts of Banff townsite, is better than Lake Louise Campground, from the point of view that noisy trains pass right by Lake Louise Campground at night.

There is a forum called the Open Roads Forum that is dedicated to RVing. The people who post there really know RVs and they really know the campgrounds:

http://www.rv.net/forum/

If cost is a motivating factor, I've heard that renting an RV is no less expensive than renting a car and staying in hotels. An RV is more expensive to rent than a car, and it consumes much more gas than a car, so what you lose on the swings you make up on the merry-go-rounds. It's just a different way of vacationing.

From what I've seen, RVs can access most of the scenic lookout points that cars can access. Depending on the size of the RV, the two exceptions I can think of are the side road to Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park and the road to Mount Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park.

Hope that helps.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 09:49 AM
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We have taken our RV to Banff and Jasper a few times. In general, most of the roads are accessible for RV's. In the townsites themselves, there are RV parking areas where you can park and then explore on foot. However, there are some roads and areas difficult to access with an RV. We usually rent a car for a day or two and use that for visiting Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, and any other areas where an RV would be difficult to manouver. In Jasper, we found it took more gas in the RV to get to Miette Hot Springs than it would have cost us to rent a car (some quite steep grades).
The campground fees range from $25-$35 depending on what services you want. In Banff you can usually get a spot at Tunnel Mountain as long as you arrive by mid-afternoon. In Jasper we usually stay at Whistler's campground. It is quite difficult to get a spot with full service at Whistler's unless you make a reservation. We took an unserviced spot the first night and then waited in line the next morning for about an hour to get a spot with power.
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