Golden Eco Adventure Ranch (GEAR) has amazing potential. It's location, nestled amidst picturesque mountains, is close to Banff, Radium Hot Springs, Yoho and Kootenay. GEAR also has a super friendly staff.
GEAR describes itself as "luxury" camping. Save for the beautiful shower/washing facilities, GEAR is far from luxury.
The tent sites are very small. A medium-sized tent would not fit. Compared to Provincial, National and KOA-type sites, GEAR's sites are roughly 1/3 to 1/4 the size.
What made our visit the most unpleasant was the over-abundance of mosquitos. No amount of insect repellent, campfire smoke or citronella would keep them from feasting on campers. I have camped in every Canadian province and have NEVER encountered mosquitos to this magnitude!
A quick survey of the grounds revealed many avoidable mosquito habitats. There was a pile of garbage in standing water adjacent to the camping area and the bear-proof garbage bins were overflowing. Also, the sites had poor drainage and thus had a great deal of standing water.
The mosquitos made outdoor activities at GEAR unbearable.
Mosquitos are unavoidable when camping, its part of the territory. GEAR has amazing potential but has been negligent in maintaining their grounds.
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