Looking for campgrounds in the Banff National Park area of Alberta, Canada. I know there is a nice one at Tunnel Mountain, but Parks Canada says no reservations this summer due to construction. Anyone know what the story is?
They must be doing some renos this season so that is why they are not taking reservations. We went to Banff last year and stayed at Two Jack Lake. It was great. We didnt have reservations, we just turned up at about 9.30 -10am and waited until there was a site, or in our case we had two sites. No problem just be patient.
We too stayed at Two Jack Main because Two Jack Lake was full - one is down the road from the other. Dry camping at both but we were able to get a spot by a bathroom and the sites were roomy. Here's a link to my pictures of some of the campgrounds that we stayed at in B.C. and the first one listed is Two Jack Main.
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If you can not get a spot in Banff at Tunnel or Two Jack Lake, try going up the road 1/2 hour to Lake Louise. You will avoid some of the crowds of Banff townsite and its nicer the further north you go. If you don't mind dry camping, 20 mins north of Lake Louise is Mosquito Creek campground, which is a local gem.
If this doesn't work you can try staying about a 1/2 hour east of Banff at Bow Valley campground just off Highway 1.
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Tunnel mountain is huge, I would try to get a spot there, if not go west of Banff and go down the Bow valley park way (the old highway 1) and go to Johnston Canyon campground, it is pretty roomy and I believe they take reservations there. From there you can walk accross the road and hike the canyon it is a easy hike and all paved trails it is very beautyfull. or like other posters mentioned try Lake louise, but Then I would go furthere west and go to Yoho national park and stay at Takakakaw falls very stunning.
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