We live in Calgary, so this is our favorite weekend getaway in spirng/summer. Tunnel Mountain Village 1 is a huge campground. Of course, our favorite sites are always in the A and B section because you have a wonderful view of Mount Rundle. This campground has all services, and what is best, you only pay a small fee for Fire permit and you get all the wood that you want. Banff townsite is really close and accesible. But it also has that wilderness feel that i love. You can see wildlife and enjoy some quiet time, unless you get a really noisy neighbor; unfortunately with this noisy visitors, there is not much you can do about.
That would be my only minus. But because it is such a popular campground a lot of young/teenagers come a get crazy. In my 4 years camping (at least 10 times per year), ive only had 2 bad experiences with noisy neighbors, this happened 2 nights in a row (2 different groups) in the may long weekend last year (2011). There was no park ranger at night shift, so these kids came back from town around 2 am and continued their party there, drinking (when there was a alcohol ban in place). The first night wasnt bad with this group and the next morning the Park Rangers were there around 7 am to kick them out. The second night, another group came by, even louder and crazier. They had their fire going all night long and kept their music really loud until early morning. Again, the park rangers came by around 8 and kicked them out, but of course it was a night from hell. Our mistake was not having the Park rangers phone at hand, which now i dont forget, so as soon as we hear someone having a party/being loud (during quiet hours) we know we can call them and they will come (hopefuly). Ive heard people complain about this, and i would really hope Canada Parks get stricter with people like this.
Anyway, i highly recommend this campground, this is the perfect place to stay if you want to drive around the park/ go hiking / or just sit in front of the fire and read.
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