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Old 08-14-2009, 12:22 PM   #1
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Question re: Banff campgrounds

Hi everyone!

My husband and I getting ready to head into Canada this weekend and I am in the process of making reservations at the Tunnel Mountain campground in Banff. Looks like the trailer park there is not available for some of the days I'd like to be there but Village II is. Has anyone stayed at the Tunnel Mountain Village II? Also, it advertises power-only sites so am I correct in assuming there is no water??? I looked for pictures of the campsites and couldn't tell. My husband swears there must be water but I just want to confirm. Lastly, there is also a campground at Lake Louise with power-only sites. Can anyone offer any feedback on this? Will satellite internet reception be possible? (Husband works from the road and we need internet while there). Sorry for all the questions. I've tried doing some research but haven't had the best luck.

Have a great weekend!!!!!
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:05 AM   #2
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Hi Lani (we meet again!), my wife & I stayed at one of those electricity-only campsites a couple of years ago. There's water at the campground, so you can top off your tank if necessary. But only electricity at the site.

As for the campsite itself, I recall it being sort of a parking lot, but actually a pretty nice, multi-tiered parking lot with an incredible view....mountains in every direction.

I recall catching a stray wifi signal from a nearby hotel, but I'd be surprised if you cannot receive satellite internet.

We shot video in Banff, so you can see our campsite on it if you are interested:
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Old 08-17-2009, 06:18 AM   #3
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Since I am leading a caravan from WI to Banff next summer I too would be interested in knowing what camping is available in that area. I anyone has stayed in the Banff area and like it, please post!
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:13 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info Sean! We ended up at Tunnel Mountain Village II and it was a wonderful week. Amazing views! Not having a water hookup was no problem at all. Our freshwater tank was enough for the entire week.

Ed, there is a full hookup campground in Tunnel Mountain but it was completely booked. Reservations strongly recommended for that site. But, Village II had electric-only sites and we were able to get a site for the week without reservations. The two campgrounds are next to one another and just a short bus ride or 10-15 minute walk to downtown Banff. It was a great place and we had an amazing time! Highly recommend it.
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In this humble Albertan's opinion, Banff is a glorified shopping mall: overpriced, overexposed, and overrun.

True, other than the townsite, the scenery is beautiful. But if you want a more intimate, laid back mountain experience, head up the Icefields Parkway to Jasper. Or, head west to Yoho National Park.
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In this humble Albertan's opinion, Banff is a glorified shopping mall: overpriced, overexposed, and overrun.

True, other than the townsite, the scenery is beautiful. But if you want a more intimate, laid back mountain experience, head up the Icefields Parkway to Jasper. Or, head west to Yoho National Park.
I do have to agree with that opinion. We did Banff in '04 and then on to Jasper. Jasper is much more desireable with less commercial choices. However, you do need to see Banff once, at least.

We almost headed to Edmonton while in Jasper but that was the day you had the tornado. I am glad we didn't...
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Go to the Parks Canada website for campground information. I got their phone number on the site and called. They were more than helpful with our reservations. We spent 2 weeks this summer in Banff - only one word... AWESOME!
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We got back from Glacier & Waterton Lakes three weeks ago. Much of the surrounding retail community was going to shut down after the weekend of Sept 12-13. Stores were selling down their stocks. The classic lake boats were being put in boathouses. And there was still a line out the door at Serrano's restaurant in East Glacier -- food wasn't even spectacular though. Whatever... Fun place.
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The Icefields Parkway to Jasper is the way to go. A lot of wonderful things to see and do. Absolutely beautiful country. Don't forget to take the Icefields tour.
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