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Visited Banff 2 days before August Long weekend started for most Canadians and understandably the campsites where you could reserve were all fully booked. The only places that were available are the "First come, First Serve" sites, which this is. It's approx 25Kms NNW from Lake Louise, along Highway 93. Important note is that there is no cellular/wifi service at all in this area if you're camping.
The campsite entrance is across the small bridge and sits next to a small glacial river. There is also a mountain backdrop too for those hoping to get some sneaky camera shots.
Facilities included to toilets and large sink where you can collect water for washing and cooking.
In terms of location to attractions it depends on what your here for. It was a bit of a pain travelling back into Banff on a number of occassions so you can certainly chew through fuel. If you are going to camp out here ideally try and do everything south of this place first (then your not going back and fourth).
If you are staying here, check out the Saskatchewan River Crossing north of the site. There's also Bow Lake which is very near by and worth a stop off to snap some pictures.
This is a little gem along the parkway. We simply pulled off to the use the rest room and borrow a picnic table by the beautiful creek. Mountains on all sides, rushing water, just doesn't get any better than that. Not a lot of camp spaces that we could see and just a few campers mid-week. If I was local, i'd be camping there!
Great place to stop between Jasper and Banff. We got there very early afternoon to get a nice spot on the stream. It was a beautiful evening with mountain views and all of our neighbours were lovely. Would definitely recommend a peaceful evening here.
our favorite campground hands down as we camped both nights right beside the river. loved the campground monitor who helped us and was very friendly and accommodating. WE thought it would be quiet in September but it was not and unless you book a campsite by 730 am you likely wont get a river spot and if you are not there by 4 pm or earlier you might not get a spot at all ...the view is beautiful and you can have meals with your lawn chair right on the river ...so nice ..no amenities here but thats ok ..it is 17.00 a night here ...on the second night we noticed people camped on the river left early so we right away self reserved the spot for the day and no one else tried to park there
We wanted to be away from all the tourist traffic so we opted to go about 20 miles north on hwy 93 to the Mosquito Creek Campground and we were very please with this site except for the mosquito's. I think anywhere in Canada during the summer you had better bring plenty of bug spray. This campground was small and there weren't a lot of people that wanted to be that far from the action but in fit us perfectly.
This is a first come, first served campground, no reservations. There's no power and no real amenities whatsoever. Tunnel Mountain Campground in Banff would be a better fit for you. If you go to the Parks Canada website, it... More
This is a first come, first served campground, no reservations. There's no power and no real amenities whatsoever. Tunnel Mountain Campground in Banff would be a better fit for you. If you go to the Parks Canada website, it will help you find a site that has what you need. Cheers!