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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Camping At Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

There are 13 campgrounds in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, with over 2,400 sites to choose from.

The services vary per campground and most of them are open during the summer months of May through June, while others are available later in the year for winter camping. Reservations are not needed; the sites go on a first come-first serve basis and arriving early to ensure a site is recommendable.

Different services require different fees and per night you would pay $38.20 for water, sewer and electricity for RV hook-ups at Tunnel Mountain, or $32.30 for just electricity at Tunnel Mountain and Lake Louise.

Pitching a tent at Tunnel Mountain, Lake Louise (both open during winter season), Johnston Canyon and Two Jack Lakeside costs $27.40 for one night. These campgrounds are not serviced but offer washroom buildings with toilets and showers.

Castle Mountain, Protection Mountain, Two Jack Main and Waterfowl are not serviced with washroom buildings with only toilets which cost $21.50 per night and primitive camping can be done at Mosquito Creek, Rampart Creek, Silverhorn Creek and Coleman for $15.70 per night. Cheapest are Banff and Tunnel Mountain with $10.80 for overflow.

A valid Park Pass is needed for camping and so is a Campsite Day Use Permit which costs $8.80 and can be obtained at the campground kiosk or the self-registration kiosk. Fire permits are optional and so are permits for using the dump stations and for both you would have to pay an additional $8.80 each.

Some more permits you may need are a fishing permit ($9.80 per day), grazing permits for horses ($1.90 daily) and permits for backcountry camping which is $9.80 per night per person.

In case you have a generator and like to run it then keep in mind that is only allowed between 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. each day. This rule is established to ensure everyone can and will be able to enjoy the peace and quiet this beautiful national park has to offer!

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