Campground Profiles in Banff National Park

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Pitch a tent in Banff National Park to get up close and personal with nature.

Pitch a tent in Banff National Park to get up close and personal with nature.

Your Camping Options in Banff National Park

BANFF, Alberta – Here at CanadianRockies.org we have compiled a list of the best campgrounds that Banff National Park has to offer and some pointers on how to maximize your enjoyment at each one.
Tunnel Mountain Campground in Banff National Park
Tunnel Mountain Campground is 2.4 kilometers from Banff, Alberta. Situated close to Banff on the Canadian Rocky’s Tunnel Mountain, within walking distance (or trolley distance) of downtown Banff. Services, such as food, laundry and a waterslide are close by.
Services include:
321 full service sites are available in the Trailer Court, open from May – October.
188 power-only sites are available in Village II, open year-round.
618 non-serviced sites are available in Village I, open from May – October.
Interpretive programs are offered at the campground theatre throughout the summer
Banff Springs Golf course.
Tunnel Mountain Village II is open year round.
Two Jack Main Campground
Two Jack Main Campground in Alberta, the larger of the Two Jack campgrounds, is just 12 kilometers from Banff. Camp in the Canadian wilderness in a beautiful wooded area with 380 secluded campsites.
One is surrounded by Canadian Rocky Mountain wildlife at Two Jack Main campground. This campground is situated on the scenic Minnewanka Lake loop drive and you can explore the ruins of Bankhead. Sheep in the area may be on the roadways, so drive with care.
Services include:
Kitchen shelters
Flush toilets
There are no showers available.
The main campground is open from mid-May through mid-September.
Two Jack Lakeside Campground
The smaller and more intimate of the two “Two Jack” campgrounds, Two Jack Lakeside sits across the road from Two Jack Main. It is a smaller campground with 77 spaces where you can awake to the sound of water flowing and birds cooing.
Services include:
74 wooded secluded campsites
Kitchen shelters and dishwashing stations
Flush toilets
Heated showers
The Two Jack campgrounds are available on a first come, first serve basis, so arriving early is recommended. Check-out time is 11 a.m.
Johnston’s Canyon Campground

Strap on your hiking boots and set up camp in Banff National Park to take in some of the best scenery in the world.

Strap on your hiking boots and set up camp in Banff National Park to take in some of the best scenery in the world.


This mid-sized campground is located 25 kilometers from Banff, if you are traveling west along the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A). Johnston’s Canyon Campground is open from early June through mid-September and offers 132 sites and heated showers. All sites are available on a first come, first serve basis.
This campground features a creek flowing nearby and the Canadian scenery is awe-inspiring. Take a walk up Johnston Canyon and view the two waterfalls. There is a lot of Canadian wildlife in the area, so bring your camera. Take the scenic route from Banff for wildlife sightings.
Protection Mountain Campground
Protection Mountain Campground is 48 kilometers from Banff and has 89 sites. This is a great area for Canadian Rocky Mountain hiking and viewing of Canadian wildlife.
Features and services include:
89 sites
Flush toilets
Piped cold water
Kitchen shelters
Fire rings and firewood
Recycling bins
Food storage
Protection Mountain Campground also features the Campground Host volunteer program. The campground operates from late June through early September, with sites available on a first come, first served basis.
Lake Louise Campgrounds
Banff National Park’s Lake Louise campgrounds lie in a wooded site along the Bow River, one kilometer from the village of Lake Louise and four kilometers from Lake Louise itself. Several hiking and biking trails are accessible from these campgrounds.
Because the Lake Louise campgrounds are located within Canadian protected wildlife habits, several initiatives are in place to protect both people and animals. To educate campers, Parks Canada presents interpretive programs at campground theatres throughout the summer.
Lake Louise Trailer Campground
The trailer campground is open year round and offers:
189 drive-thru sites in the summer, 30 in the winter
Power hook-ups
Flush toilets
Piped hot and cold water
Showers
Recycling bins
Sanitation station
Lake Louise Tent Campground
In the backcountry or at the campground, camping is a great way to experience the Canadian Rockies.

In the backcountry or at the campground, camping is a great way to experience the Canadian Rockies.


In early spring (April/May) and late fall (October/November), tents and soft-sided trailers are not permitted in the Lake Louise Campground to help protect both people and bears. During these shoulder seasons, tenting is available at Mosquito Creek, Tunnel Mountain Campground and Kicking Horse (closes October 6, 23 kilometers west on the Trans-Canada Highway).
From May – October, the Lake Louise Tent Campground offers:
210 unserviced sites
Flush toilets
Piped hot and cold water
Showers
Kitchen shelters
Fire rings and firewood
Recycling bins
Food storage
Mosquito Creek Campground
Mosquito Creek Campground, in Banff National Park, is 83 kilometers from Banff. This campground sits underneath the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountain cliffs of Mount Hector, 24 kilometers north of Lake Louise along the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 north).
There are 32 non-serviced sites in this park, each offering breathtaking views of the sandstone cliffs of Bow Peak. The beautiful, rugged cliffs of Mount Hector dominate the southeast skyline. Flush toilets are available, but there are no showers. Open all year.
Basic amenities include:
Well water (hand pump)
Dry privies
Kitchen shelter with wood cook stove
Fire rings and firewood
Waterfowl Lake Campground
Waterfowl Lake Campground, in Banff National Park, is 73 kilometers from Banff. With 116 sites, Waterfowl Lake Campground is the perfect escape into the Canadian Rocky Mountain wilderness. Enjoy such staples as the bubbling Mistaya River entering Waterfowl Lake. For the more adventurous, a trail leads to Cirque and Chephren lakes for great hiking.
There are no showers here. Open from late June through early September.
Basic features include:
Flush toilets
Piped water
Kitchen shelters with wood cook stoves
Fire rings and firewood
Food storage
Recycling bins
Sanitation station
Rampart Creek
Located near the Columbia Icefield, Rampart Creek Campground, in Banff National Park, is 147 kilometers from Banff. This is a campground where you can enjoy some of the most divine views in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
A small campground with 50 non-serviced sites, Rampart Creek is a great area for viewing wildlife and experiencing vast and grand Canadian vistas.
Features include:
Flush toilets, but no showers
Well water (hand pump)
Dry privies
Kitchen shelters with wood cook stove
Fire rings and firewood
Smoke-free loop
Recycling bins
Food storage
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