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“Suprisingly good for so close to townsite” 4 of 5 stars
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Tunnel Mountain Village 1 Campground
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300 Tunnel Mountain Road | 8km from Banff Townsite, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada   |  
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Ranked #9 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Banff
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“Suprisingly good for so close to townsite”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

I camped in Tunnel Mtn 1 for six nights at the beginning of August. It's much more developed than I'm used to. Generally it was clean, well maintained and comfortable. The view of mountains was great, and in loop C, the sites weren't overly close together. There were mosquitos, but that's just nature.

Most of the other campers for the first five nights seemed to be family groups. They were quiet and took pretty good care to keep their sites clean. Final night there was a group of noisy kids--to my amazement, despite the alcohol after 11 pm ban, it appeared that a taxi delivered them a supply of booze at 11. As noted elsewhere, there wasn't any onsite supervision. I think they were thrown out the next morning, but I was on the road that day.

Still, for the most part, the campground is very pleasant. I was tent camping, and thought the sites were quite fine for tenting.

Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

This was our first visit to Banff and I had assumed that the campground would be along the lines of what you seen in many US National parks with so-so campsites, scarce and not that clean bathrooms etc...

We were really pleasantly surprised to find clean, well maintained campsites (we were in a tent) easy access to bathrooms which were not only clean but also had hot showers. I had made our reservation online through the Parks Canada website so check in was a breeze.

Would agree with some others comments about noise. The area we were in had lots of 5th wheels and it seemed like all of them were constantly running generators which would have been a bigger deal had we not been so tired from hiking all day. In any case the park rangers came around to remind people of quiet hours every night.

Location wise it's good, easy access to downtown Banff and the highway.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

We stayed for 4 nights at this campground this past weekend. We were glad that we had a site on the outskirts of the particular section we were in as the other sites in the interior were literally on top of each other. With so many loud and obnoxious campers that weekend I don't know how anyone that needed sleep in those other sites got any. The bathrooms were disgusting. The shower stalls were full of hair clumps and discarded hair elastics and bars of soap. These bars of soap remained in the same corner of the shower stall the entire weekend so it's pretty clear that the showers aren't cleaned regularly or very well. There was toilet paper strewn about the stall floors which remained there the whole weekend too. I think a bathroom "cleaning" consisted of replacing the toilet paper. I'm certain I will not be going back there again.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Innisfail, Alberta, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

We went to this campground last year and had a negative experience. Thought we would give it another chance.
We have done a lot of tenting in our camping experiences, back woods and suburbia camping and have found that this campground is the WORST for accomodating tenters. I am giving it a rank of 2 as it is so close to the banff town site and has full amenities. However, our experience here was terrible two years in a row.
-made reservations over the phone for 6 nights as tenters to camp with family using a 5th wheel. Arrived and was told we shouldn't even be allowed to camp in the same "loop" as them as we have a tent and there are trailers that might want that spot for the weekend. FYI: We paid the same amount to camp there as the trailers do. They claimed to make an exception(even though we seen 3 other tents right next door to sister's 5th wheel) and gave us a site. The site we were given was soo small we couldn't park the car, put up our 6 man tent, and our screen tent without giving up the "luxury" of cooking over the fire. There were no trees to put up tarps, and we jammed between the bathroom, streetlight and garbage cans. We tried to explain to the staff that our site was not what was best suited for us but they were not willing to accomodate us at all. We spent that night down the street in my sister's 5th wheel and both us and them pulled out the next day.
One more thing. Last year they cleaned the bathrooms at 10:30 when everyone was trying to leave. You can't go in while they are getting cleaned. This year the bathrooms were cleaned at 8am when EVERYONE was trying to get their days started. I seen a lot of unhappy people.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

I was hesitant to stay at this mega campground near busy Banff, but I was completely wrong. There are about 800 sites here, but you won't even know it. The grounds are heavily forested and surprisingly quiet. And really, you won't be hanging out much around camp anyway with all of the awesome hiking around. Super clean and hot showers are also nice. I will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

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.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011 via mobile

Camped here Sept long weekend with my husband, sister, and brother in law. Bathrooms were relatively clean, free showers were a bonus, site was roomy and clean. During the long weekend, there was a alcohol ban which was fine b/c partiers stayed away! At night, it was quieter than some campsites I've previously been to (perhaps b/c alcohol ban?). Staff is really friendly! Would stay again.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 300 Tunnel Mountain Road | 8km from Banff Townsite, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
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Ranked #9 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Banff
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