Banff and Jasper National Parks in Canada
I thank others that posted their Banff-Jasper observations. I too wish to post the highlights of my very recent Banff-Jasper camping trip for other travelers to consider.
Canada’s Glacier NP: Illecillewaet campground, small campground, small campsites, but beautiful rushing stream alongside the campground.
Jasper NP: Maligne Lake was not as interesting as we expected. But the view from the north shore of Pyramid Lake/Island just 4km. north of Jasper was fantastic.
Banff NP: Waterfowl Lakes campground is dirty due to poor gravel interior road and high speed of the campers, but the stream at the back of the campground is heaven as is the lake on the north edge of the campground. Lake Louise is a must, but be prepared for the hoards of people. Lake Moraine is a must and with far fewer people. Be sure to take the south trail up into the rocks overlooking the lake. At Lake Louise consider camping in the tent campground if you pull 25 feet or less. It is the prettiest of the Lake Louise campgrounds and the farthest from the numerous trains that come thru during the night. Between the trailer and tent campgrounds runs Bow River, a beautiful sight to hike along. Also a must see is Johnston Canyon between Lake Louise and Banff. Campground is nice, paved interior roads. Johnston Canyon is eye-poppin…….
The jewel of Canada…..Not much publicity, but well known and recommended by the locals: Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. As beautiful as Banff or Jasper NP. Very few people. Located down Route 40 about 2 hours southeast of Banff. Camp at the Interlakes campground, in the back, on the edge of the lake, looking eastward across lake, valley, and up into the tall 9-10,000 foot mountains. Hike along the edge of the other large lake in the park. We were told the drive up gravel road to Canmore is fantastic but we did not take this side trip.
Neil Ervin, Sequim, Washington (on the north edge of the beautiful Olympic Peninsula)