Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts

Starting June 22, Banff National Park will be opening backcountry camping and select front country sites, with some restrictions.

  • Showers and kitchen shelters are closed
  • All backcountry shelter bookings are cancelled for the season.

Visit the Banff National Park COVID-19 page for updates on park services and sites.

Camping in Banff National Park

Camping is permitted in designated areas only with a valid national park camping permit and a national park entry pass.

Note: Visitors are required to have a reservation in order to camp at a Parks Canada places.

Where to camp
  • Check in time: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • After hours, please refer to signage in kiosk window.
  • There is no Internet/Wi-Fi Access.
  • All campgrounds have disabled access except for Two Jack Main and Castle Mountain.
  • The maximum number of vehicles and tents per site varies by campground. Select your campground below for details.

Campground locations (map)

Camping in the Banff area (PDF)

What to bring

The weather in Banff National Park is pleasant, but unpredictable. The average high temperature during the day in spring and summer ranges from 10° to 18° Celsius, though temperatures at night can drop below zero. It can also rain, snow or hail any time of year! In order to be prepared for your camping experience, ensure you have:

  • warm clothes (bring various layers to help you dress for the weather)
  • waterproof clothing (jackets and pants)
  • hats and mitts
  • umbrellas
  • a groundsheet for your tent
  • sleeping mat
  • warm sleeping bag
  • extra blankets
  • camera (no drones)

In Canada, national parks enjoy special protections that may differ from other protected places. Please know “what not to bring” to a national park.


Reserve your campsite here

Bow Valley Campgrounds

Reservable
First-come, first-served
Closed for 2020

Campgrounds 2020 Reservation dates Services Sani dump Fire pits Fee
Tunnel Mtn. Village I June 26 - Oct. 4 $8.80 $28.00
Tunnel Mtn. Village II Open (reservable) Open Year Round $8.80 $33.01
Tunnel Mtn. Village II oTENTik May 7 - Oct. 13 $8.80 $122.64
Tunnel Mtn. Trailer May 7 - Oct. 5 $39.04
Two Jack Main July 6 - Sept 7. $8.80 $21.97
Two Jack Main Equipped Campsites July 6 - Sept 7. $71.54
Two Jack Lakeside June 26 - Oct. 4 $8.80 $28.00
Two Jack Lakeside oTENTik May 7 - Oct. 5 $8.80 $122.64
Johnston Canyon June 25 - Sept. 21 $8.80 $28.00
Castle Mountain First come first served $8.80 $21.97
Protection Mountain First come first served $8.80 $21.97
Lake Louise Trailer Open (first come first served) Open Year Round $33.01
Lake Louise Tent June 26 - Sept. 24 $8.80 $28.00

Table legend

Services:

  • - Electricity
  • - Drinking water
  • - Flush toilet
  • - Dry toilet
  • - Showers (Note: showers are closed for the 2020 season)

Sani Dump: Sewage disposal

Fire Pits: Fire pits suitable for cooking. Fire permits (including firewood) are available for purchase on site.

Icefields Parkway (93N) Campgrounds

Reservable
First-come, first-served
Closed for 2020

Campgrounds 2020 Reservation dates Services Sani dump Fire pits Fee
Mosquito Creek First come first served $8.80 $17.99
Rampart Creek July 6 - Sept. 13 $8.80 $17.99
Silverhorn Creek First come first served $8.80 $16.05
Waterfowl Lakes First come first served $8.80 $21.97

Table legend

Services:

  • - Electricity
  • - Drinking water
  • - Flush toilet
  • - Dry toilet
  • - Showers (Note: showers are closed for the 2020 season)

Sani Dump: Sewage disposal

Fire Pits: Fire pits suitable for cooking. Fire permits (including firewood) are available for purchase on site.