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Old 09-20-2015, 08:51 PM   #1
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Banff national

Went to glacier and Waterton lakes last summer. Looking to go a tad farther next summer. I have a 37' 5er. Does anyone have experience on Banff? Looking for ideal places to stay, things to do, wildlife spotting and photography. Any information you have on the park is greatly appreciated. Probably looking to go in early to mid July.

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Old 02-11-2016, 05:35 PM   #2
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I have similar questions. We are considering a trip that would include Banff this year, but in September. Would love to have suggestions on best places to camp. What we shouldn't miss and general suggestions and recommendations.
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Old 02-11-2016, 06:32 PM   #3
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We went to Banff area last year for 9 days in August. We camped in the Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court campground (Parks Canada - Banff National Park - Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court) using it as our base to explore the area. There are so many things to see and do in the area that it's hard to cover them all but the Icefields Parkway was one of the most spectacular drives we've been on.

I wish we had towed on up to the Jasper area for a few days too, but we instead stayed in an O'Tentik there in Jasper National Park. Whistler's campground (Parks Canada - Jasper National Park - Camping Information) was beautiful.

The boat ride at Maligne Valley was simply awesome and it's the one thing we would say not to miss.

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Old 02-11-2016, 07:55 PM   #4
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I'd be glad to help with anything I can, I'm in Calgary about an hour away from Banff and I lived in Jasper for 6 years previously.
It sounds like your coming during the Calgary Stampede July 8-17 so that is probably not going to help with campground vacancies.
Tunnel Mountain is the big campground in Banff but there are two sites, Village l and 2. Village l is the upper one and is far nicer IMO.
Banff can get pretty busy in the summer but there are provincial sites like Mt. Kidd and other Bow Valley campgrounds in Kananaskis. (Between Calgary and Banff)
Alberta parks (not National parks) has a newish reservation system that will be taking reservations Feb.22.
http://www.albertaparks.ca/albertapa...-reservations/
Campgrounds in the area do fill up quickly.
For some deluxe camping check out the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in B.C. I'd say it's about an hour away from Banff.
https://www.fairmonthotsprings.com

For photography I would definitely say the Ice Fields Parkway up to Jasper is second to none. If you do make it to Jasper and like to fly fish, Maligne and Medicine Lakes are my all time favourite spots.
There's a few off the top of my head but glad to help.



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I suggest the horse back ride through the golf course and around Lake Louise if you go that way. The wildlife just did not seem to notice you on a horse. You get so close to the elk, you could touch them.
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Thank you

Thank you to each of you who made suggestions and gave background.
That was very helpful.
I welcome more input.

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Have not been to Banff for years. We always go to Jasper and stay at Whistler campground (National). We go to Maligne Lake, up the sky tram, Athabasca falls, Pyramid lake, Meite hot springs. Mount Edith Cavel. Lots of sites to see. We usually bring a picnic kit with us just in case. The old back road to Athabasca falls from Jasper is a nice little drive. Lots of wildlife most of the time. September is the rutting season for the elk and they can be very pesty in the parks. We got charges by a bull while parking our truck at our camp site.
Either way book now. Happy camping
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Banff is on our list, likely by June 4th or 5th. Do campsites fill up that early in the season? Trying to figure out what grocery list should look like, how likely bears are (I'm a city girl), that sort of thing. Then Jasper perhaps for two nights, before heading further north. Any hints appreciated. I'm also the appointed worrier.
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Banff is on our list, likely by June 4th or 5th. Do campsites fill up that early in the season? Trying to figure out what grocery list should look like, how likely bears are (I'm a city girl), that sort of thing. Then Jasper perhaps for two nights, before heading further north. Any hints appreciated. I'm also the appointed worrier.
Never camped in either spot but have gone horse back riding through both Banff and Lake Loiise). You are going to love the areas. Just beautiful. The Northern Rockies are a site to behold, winter, spring, or summer. I have been during them all and I still do not have a favorite time. Its all good.

Maybe I will camp there the next time. Just a long haul from Houston.

Have fun and let us know what you discover and feedback on your stay.
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I think camping really gets underway here around our May long weekend ( 21-23). It's usually when tenters and people without a furnace venture out. I would try to get online and book, the provincial campsites started taking reservations this month, l'm not sure about the National parks but the big ones, Tunnel mountain in Banff and Whistler in Jasper should be available to book.


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