Despite having enough hotel rooms to rival a town three times its size, finding a place to sleep in Banff Town can be tricky. Demand is huge, and rates are notoriously expensive, especially in peak season. Many visitors choose to cut costs by camping, hosteling, hiring recreation vehicles or staying in nearby Canmore. Regardless of where you stay, book well ahead, especially if you're coming in June, July or August.

Banff National Park Campgrounds

Location

Banff Town

Description

Dedicated RV and trailer site with full hookups

No of Sites

322

Elevation

1440m (4725ft)

Open

early May-early Oct

Reservation required?

yes

Daily Fee ($)

38.20

Facilities

Drinking Water; Flush Toilets; Grocery Store Nearby; Restaurant Nearby; Payphone; Summertime Campfire Program; RV Dump Station

Location

Banff Town

Description

Large, forested, tent-only campground, popular with families, but can get overcrowded

No of Sites

618

Elevation

1440m (4725ft)

Open

Jun-early Oct

Reservation required?

yes

Daily Fee ($)

27.40

Facilities

Drinking Water; Flush Toilets; Grocery Store Nearby; Restaurant Nearby; Payphone; Summertime Campfire Program

Location

Banff Town

Description

Mixed-use campground that’s handy for Banff Town, but feels a little exposed to the elements

No of Sites

188

Elevation

1450m (4760ft)

Open

year-round

Reservation required?

yes

Daily Fee ($)

32.30

Facilities

Drinking Water; Flush Toilets; Great for Families; Grocery Store Nearby; Restaurant Nearby; Payphone; Summertime Campfire Program

Location

Bow Valley Pkwy

Description

Small woodland campground that’s handily located near a grocery store

No of Sites

43

Elevation

1450m (4760ft)

Open

late May–mid-Sep

Reservation required?

no

Daily Fee ($)

21.50

Facilities

Drinking Water; Flush Toilets; Grocery Store Nearby

Location

Bow Valley Pkwy

Description

One of the park’s most scenic and best-equipped campgrounds, with lots of day hikes on its doorstep

No of Sites

132

Elevation

1430m (4700ft)

Open

May-Sep

Reservation required?

yes

Daily Fee ($)

27.40

Facilities

Drinking Water; Flush Toilets; Great for Families; Restaurant Nearby; Payphone; RV Dump Station

Location

Bow Valley Pkwy

Description

Popular with hikers thanks to its proximity to trailheads; amenities include recycling and kitchen shelters

No of Sites

72

Elevation

1450m (4760ft)

Open

late Jun-early Sep

Reservation required?

no

Daily Fee ($)

21.50

Facilities

Drinking Water; Flush Toilets; Grocery Store Nearby

Location

Icefields Pkwy

Description

Very basic, tree-lined campground in the shadow of Mt Hector, at the southern end of the Icefields Pkwy

No of Sites

32

Elevation

1850m (6070ft)

Open

Jun–mid-Oct

Reservation required?

no

Daily Fee ($)

17.60

Facilities

Drinking Water

Location

Icefields Pkwy

Description

The last frontcountry campground south of the Jasper border; rudimentary, but peaceful

No of Sites

51

Elevation

1450m (4760ft)

Open

Jun–mid-Oct

Reservation required?

some sites reservable

Daily Fee ($)

17.60

Facilities

Drinking Water

Location

Icefields Pkwy

Description

Basic sites with no shade surrounding a parking loop

No of Sites

45

Elevation

1650m (5410ft)

Open

mid-Jun–Sep

Reservation required?

no

Daily Fee ($)

15.70

Facilities

Pit toilets only; no drinking water

Location

Icefields Pkwy

Description

The best equipped of the Icefields Pkwy campgrounds, with recycling bins, piped water and food storage

No of Sites

116

Elevation

1650m (5410ft)

Open

late Jun-early Sep

Reservation required?

no

Daily Fee ($)

21.50

Facilities

Drinking Water; Flush Toilets; RV Dump Station;Summertime Campfire Program

Location

Lake Louise

Description

Tent campground next door to the RV campground, protected by an electric bear-proof fence

No of Sites

206

Elevation

1540m (5050ft)

Open

Jun-Sep

Reservation required?

yes

Daily Fee ($)

27.40

Facilities

Drinking Water; Flush Toilets; Great for Families; Grocery Store Nearby; Summertime Campfire Program

Location

Lake Louise

Description

RV-friendly campground that keeps 30 sites open in winter

No of Sites

189

Elevation

1540m (5050ft)

Open

year-round

Reservation required?

yes

Daily Fee ($)

32.30

Facilities

Drinking Water; Flush Toilets; Grocery Store Nearby; Summertime Campfire Program; RV Dump Station

Location

Lake Minnewanka

Description

Beautiful and very popular lakeside campground with private, secluded sites

No of Sites

74

Elevation

1460m (4790ft)

Open

early May-early Oct

Reservation required?

yes

Daily Fee ($)

27.40

Facilities

Drinking Water; Flush Toilets; Great for Families; Payphone

Location

Lake Minnewanka

Description

Scattered pleasantly under the trees, but the lack of shower facilities is a drawback

No of Sites

380

Elevation

1460m (4790ft)

Open

late Jun-early Sep

Reservation required?

yes

Daily Fee ($)

21.50

Facilities

Drinking Water; Flush Toilets; Great for Families; Payphone; RV Dump Station