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hi planing a trip to the rockies in september 12 any tips on rv s or web sites for camp grounds sites to see would be a help thanks

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1. Re: canadian rockies

Welcome to TripAdvisor, Graham!

All campgrounds in the Canadian Rocky Mountain national parks are operated by the parks service - for Jasper National Park, you can find a list of the campgrounds, with their amenties and seasonal dates (2012 will be similar to 2011) here: pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/jasper/visit/camping.aspx

This TA Travellers' Article will also be helpful:

tripadvisor.ca/Travel-g659487-c139435/Canadi…

A good source of introductory information on RVing is this Travellers' Article:

tripadvisor.ca/Travel-g659487-c104900/Canadi…

These articles are written and compiled by TA users like you and me and can be accessed from the menu at the left side of the page (specific to any destination). You have posted in the "Jasper" forum; these were up a couple of levels at the "Canadian Rockies" level, where you will find information for both Banff and Jasper National Parks.

Edited: 3:41 pm, December 20, 2011
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Its worth noting that, in the National Parks, there are a few reservable campgrounds in the towns, and then several that are first-come, first-served only. We went through in August a couple of years ago and spend one night in an unreserved site. There are several campgrounds and they are quite nice, and if they are completely filled up, there is also an overflow lot which we ended up in and I thought was also fine for the night.

I was very concerned about being caught out without a place for the night, but it all worked out just fine. I think that if you plan to use one of the unreserved sites, it's wise to plan to start looking for your site in the late afternoon. We didn't get to our campground of choice until about 5 pm and JUST missed getting the last open spot, so we ended up 5 km down the road at the overflow lot.

The overflow lot only had pit toilets and no potable water, so we drove back up the road to the other site to use the flush toilets and fill up the water jug.

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Note that in September, outside of the long weekend (Labour Day, first Monday of September, which is a busy time), it's not as likely that campgrounds will be full (although some of them start to close for the season, so there are fewer sites overall). However, there are limited campsites with full services for RVs - only one campground in each park (Whistler CG in Jasper, Tunnel Mtn in Banff) with some sites with full hook-ups - and these do sell out. If you absolutely must have a serviced site, reservations would be recommended.

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There's some great advice being offered to you here. Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper are unique in that they are towns located in National Park(s). As such, the National Parks campsites are going to be your ONLY choices for camping. You'll have no problem finding a campsite in any of these places, but do note that many of the smaller campgrounds throughout the National Park close on the September long weekend.

When you purchase your National Park Pass, you receive a publication called the "Mountain Guide." This is one of the best resources for you to help you plan your camping vacation in the National Park(s).

One of my favorite maps is Gem Trek Publishing's "Banff and Jasper Map". It's a great purchase. It gives you a great visual of all of the Canadian Rockies, including Banff and Lake Louise - but also including Yoho, Kootenay and Jasper National Parks. Great for planning your vacation in advance.

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