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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-31-2017, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Default Best campsites for families in Banff


So I camp with my family all the time here in BC, but we want to take advantage of the free pass this year to the national parks, and we were thinking of making a trip to Banff. I'm just trying to narrow things down for myself, but since I've never camped there, and there are many different sites, I just thought I'd get a bit of feedback. We're a family of four - me, my wife, my 4 year old and a 3 month old. The places we normally like to camp in BC, are places like Alice Lake, Golden Ears, Manning Park, etc. That said, we don't need to have comforts like a playground or showers, but it does have to have at least pit toilets, easy access to hiking, ideally fishing if its hear a lake - just lots of stuff to do with a young family.

On initial glance, Two Jack Lakeside looks ideal and similar to what we normally do, but I know sites there are pretty limited. Another option looks like Tunnel Mountain Village, but there are a couple campgrounds there and they're pretty big so I'm a bit confused with where I should be focusing. Just trying to mostly avoid a site where it's mostly a parking lot for trailers, you know? We just have a family sized tent and a Prius, so we don't need electricity. Just your typical car camping experience. Any and all suggestions are appreciated.


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Originally Posted by pud333 View Post
On initial glance, Two Jack Lakeside looks ideal and similar to what we normally do, but I know sites there are pretty limited.
I stayed there but didn't like it because the campsites are too open and close together; no privacy. I was unlucky to get someone who decided to camp next door with a dog who barked constantly.
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Tunnel Mtn is like dumping site for campers; likely to be at its worse this summer. 2 Jack Lakeside is by far the best option, but gets booked/full easily. Two Jack main (across the road) is bigger, has flush toilets and running water but is pretty lame; will be busy as well. For comparison -- camping by Alouette lake in Golden Ears is considerably nicer.

Have you considered other options? Bow Valley Provincial Park 30 min east in the foothills is right by Bow River and won't be as busy as Banff; plenty to do for kids, nice walking trails around, amphitheater, some very nice lakes, there is campers store etc. You are still at doorstep to National Park
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