Hi Dforce! Are you planning on tenting or RVing? What do you consider to be basic facilities? Flush toilets & showers? Electrical/water hookups? Pit / vault toilets and well water?
Banff and Jasper are quite comparable in terms of landscape and basic infrastructure, but Banff National Park gets many more visitors and has some additional services (everything from museums and concerts to many more restaurants and shops) as a result.
For views at campgrounds, it really depends on the site that you get. There are some sites at Tunnel Mountain Village I in Banff that have views that are as good as the views you can get from a four-figure suite at the Fairmont Banff SpringsBanff Springs; but the views from other sites in the same campground are not nearly as nice. Two Jack Lakeshore would be awesome - if you could get one of the few lakeshore sites. (And all sites at Two Jack Lake are first-come, first-served.) Which reminds me - if you will be camping in the Rockies during one of the summer long weekends, you must have a reservation or be in your campsite for that weekend by the preceding Thursday. On the long weekends, every campsite and room is full. There are also restrictions on alcohol consumption in Jasper NP campgrounds all summer, and in Banff NP campgrounds during the summer long weekends.
Hi Country Wife!
I am going to be tenting with some friends for 2 to 3 nights. A facility with flush toilets and showers would be nice.
It sounds like from what you are saying that there is more to do in Banff but would it also be more crowded and too touristy? Regarding Tunnel mountain Village I....how can I ensure that we get a site with a good view? Can I reserve a specific site and which site is it? I believe we will likely be camping from July 14 to 17.
Hi dforce - I just responded to a similar question on another thread. We stayed at Tunnel Mountain in Banff because I was concerned about being able to reserve a spot. We were in a tent trailer. We checked out I, II and III, and we thought all three were pretty terrible. I think we had TM2 and it was literally a parking lot.
By contrast, we stayed at Wapiti in Jasper last summer. IMO, a much nicer campground. No power, centralized washroom blocks and a main shower building back down at the entrance that we drove to. A few minutes outside of town.
Both Parks have a lot to offer, and with only three days, you won't tap out your options in either location.
Tunnel Mountain did have an amazing view, and it was very convenient to town and some walking trails. It all depends on what you want I guess.Edited: 21 June 2011, 07:30
Thanks for the feedback. We definitely don`t want a parking lot atmosphere. I`d like to feel like I`m out in the wilderness and somewhat isolated for privacy. Hopefully some others can make other recommendations of good camp sites in the area that offer showers, toilets, some kind of privacy and good views.
My fav is staying at Johnston Canyon campground.You can do the hike up to 2 different waterfalls. It is one of the most awesome places you will ever see.Great place for a couple of days.
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