• General camping information

    Operating season (nights):
    • Lake Louise Hard-Sided Campground: (Open year-round)
    • Lake Louise Soft-Sided Trailer/Tent Campground: May 30 to September 30, 2019; Weather permitting.
    • Rampart Creek Campground: May 31 to October 14, 2019
    Reservable period (nights):
    • Lake Louise Hard-Sided Campground: June 20 to September 24, 2019
    • Lake Louise Soft-Sided Trailer/Tent Campground: June 20 to September 24, 2019
    • Rampart Creek Campground: June 19 to September 29, 2019
    Reservable percentage:
    • Hard-Sided Campground: 100% reservable
    • Soft-Sided Trailer/Tent Campground: 100% reservable
    • Rampart Creek Campground: 70% reservable
    Kiosk hours:
    • Lake Louise Campgrounds (Hard-sided and Soft-sided):7:30 am to 10 pm.
    • Rampart Creek Campground: Has no manned kiosk
    After hours registration:
    • Lake Louise Campgrounds: In kiosk window, locate name or confirmation # and proceed to designated campsite. Register in the morning at the kiosk by 9 am.
    • Rampart Creek: Same as regular check in
    Check in time:
    • Any time after 2 pm.
    • Visitors who would like to arrive at the campground earlier may enjoy the rest of the park while waiting for their campsite to become vacant (a valid national park entry pass is required).
    Check out time:
    • Before 11 am.
    Quiet hours:
    • 11 pm to 7 am.
    Maximum length of stay:
    • 14 nights
    Maximum persons per site:
    • 6 people (exceptions may be possible for 2 adults with their dependent children to a maximum of 7 people)
    Maximum vehicles per site:
    • Hard-Sided Campground: 2 vehicles: 1 **completely hard-sided camping unit** and 1 regular vehicle. We do not permit 2 wheeled camping units on the same site.
    • Soft-Sided Trailer/Tent Campground: 1 or 2 vehicles depending on number of tents. 2 vehicles and 1 tent or 2 tents and one vehicle. All vehicles must fit on driveway.
    • Rampart Creek: 2 vehicles
    Maximum camping units per site:
    • Hard-Sided Campground: 1 **completely hard-sided camping unit** - No tent trailers or tents.
    • Soft-Sided Trailer/Tent Campground: 2 tents or 1 RV/camper and 1 tent. 2 tents are only allowed with a maximum of one vehicle. All tents must be on the campsite.
    • Rampart Creek: 2 tents and 1 RV/camper
    Generator policy:
    • 9 am to 10:30 am and 5 pm to 7 pm.
    Amperage of electrical service:
    • Lake Louise Campgrounds: 15 and 30 Amp service in all serviced campsites.
    • Rampart Creek is unserviced
    Fire policy:
    • In these campgrounds all guests require a valid fire permit to have a campfire. Firewood is sold on a fire permit system. A valid fire permit allows guests access to unlimited firewood.
    • Hard-Sided Campground: Limited number of firepits available.
    • Soft-Sided Trailer/Tent Campground: Kitchen shelters with cook stoves. Campfires allowed in designated areas only. A fire permit can be purchased on arrival. Fire wood is available at the campground woodpile.
    • Rampart Creek: Campfires allowed in designated areas only. A fire permit can be purchased on arrival. Fire wood is available at the campground woodpile. All sites contain a fire pit. Kitchen shelters contain cook stoves. Campfires are allowed in designated areas only.
    Alcohol policy:
    • There is an alcohol ban on all long weekends: Victoria Day, May 19-22; Canada Day, June 30 – July 3; Civic Holiday, August 4 - August 7; and Labour Day, September 1-4).
    Pet policy:
    • Pets must be kept on a leash at all times. They must not be left unattended. Please keep all pet food stored inside the vehicle. See Bare Campsite Program brochure on the web site or upon arrival for more information.
    Internet/Wi-Fi access:
    • None. Wi-Fi is available in Lake Louise Village at The Depot, Javalanche, and Hostel/ Alpine Centre.
    Important Notices:
    • No soft-sided tents, tent trailers or units with soft -sided pop-outs are allowed in the hard-sided campground due to seasonal bear activity.
    • While hard-sided units may choose to stay in the soft-sided campground, all soft-sided units MUST stay in Lake Louise Soft-Sided Trailer/Tent campground, without services.
    • Rampart Creek Campground is a remote campground (90 km north of Lake Louise) without a manned kiosk. Find the campsite number that corresponds to your reservation and occupy the site.

    Campground locations:

    • Lake Louise campgrounds are located 1 km from the Village of Lake Louise, 4 km from the lake itself, off Trans-Canada Highway (Route 1).**Lake Louise is 60 km northwest of the town of Banff.
    • Directions:
    • From the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy#1) exit at Lake Louise: Straight through 4-way stop, turn left at 2nd 4-way stop. Follow road all the way to Lake Louise Campground entrance.

    • Lake Louise Hard-Sided Campground geographic coordinates:
      • Latitude: 51.4176354
      • Longitude: -116.1733952
    • Lake Louise Soft-Sided Campground geographic coordinates:
      • Latitude: 51.4176354
      • Longitude: -116.1733952

      • Rampart Creek Campground is located 90 km from the Village of Lake Louise on the Icefields Parkway, 40 km south of the Columbia Icefields.
      • Directions:
      • From Banff take the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy#1) west and exit onto the Icefields Parkway. Travel 88 km north from the start of the Icefields Parkway. Rampart Creek Campground is located on the west side of the Icefields Parkway.
      • From Jasper travel south on the Icefields Parkway. Travel 142 km south from Jasper. Rampart Creek Campground is located on the west side of the Icefields Parkway.
      • Rampart Creek Campground geographic coordinates:
        • Latitude: 52.0420576
        • Longitude: -116.8677597

    Campground descriptions:

    • ***While completely hard-sided units may choose to stay in the soft-sided campground, all soft-sided units MUST stay in Lake Louise Soft-Sided Trailer/Tent campground, without services.
    • Hard-Sided campground (189 sites, all reservable):
      • All sites with electricity.
      • 20 sites available with fire pits.
      • All drive-through sites, most sites are double (shared) sites - side by side. Washrooms with hot/cold running water, shower building & flush toilets.
      • Access to nearby hiking paths.
      • Accessible sites available upon request.
      • Communal water taps and a dump station are available.

    • Soft-Sided Trailer/Tent campground (206 sites, all reservable):
      • ***All soft-sided sites are within an enclosed electric fence due to seasonal bear activity.
      • Unserviced with firepits or unserviced without firepits.
      • Washrooms with hot/cold running water, shower building & flush toilets.
      • Kitchen shelters with cook stoves.
      • Access to nearby hiking paths.
      • Accessible sites available upon request.
      • Communal water taps and a dump station are available.

      • Rampart Creek Campground (51 sites, 35 reservable)
        • All sites with fire pits.
        • Mixture of back in sites, drive-through sites, and walk in sites. The drive through sites all have tight turning radius and most RVs and trailers will have to pull in and back out
        • Pit toilets
        • Kitchen shelters with cook stoves
        • Accessible sites available upon request.
        • Communal water tap for filling up to 20l of water. Not capable of filling RV/Trailer water systems

    Roofed accommodation description:

    • No roofed accommodations..
  • Fees

    For information regarding camping fees for Banff National Park please see our Fees web page.

  • If there is no vacancy for your dates:

    Lake Louise Campgrounds: As 100% of the sites are reservable, none are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Rampart Creek: As 70% of the sites are reservable, 16 sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    All Campgrounds: Callers may also try nearby Kootenay (250-347-9505) and/or Yoho (250-343-6783) National Parks.

  • Require additional information?

    Reservation service:

    General park information:

    • Telephone: 1-888-773-8888
      • 8 am to 8 pm Eastern Time, April to September
      • 10 am to 6 pm Eastern Time, October to March
    • banff.vrc@pc.gc.ca

    For information and reservations specifically for backcountry camping:

    • 403-522-1264

    For information and reservations for group camping:

    • Located at Crooks Meadows in Kootenay National Park (100 km from Lake Louise and 34 km from Radium Hot Springs). 20 people minimum. 60 people maximum. Pit toilets only - no showers. Minimum one week notice as potable water has to be hauled into the site. Group camping in this site has to be registered non profit groups.
    • 250-343-6102
  • Terms and definitions

    Site-specific
    Guests select the specific campsite or accommodation when they make their reservation. All front-country camping reservations made through the Parks Canada Reservation Service (PCRS) are site-specific reservations.
    Operating Season (Nights)
    The "Operating Season" is the nights that the campground is open. Sometimes the campgrounds are open for longer than the period for which they accept reservations. Any dates of the "Operating Season" outside of the "Reservable Period" are dates that the campground operates on a first come, first served basis only.
    Reservable Period (Nights)
    The "Reservable Period" is the nights for which you can make a camping or accommodation reservation. Note that many campgrounds may be open longer than this period, and operate outside of these dates on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Kiosk
    The administration/entrance booth of a particular campground, this is where you "check-in" and register your arrival.
    Vehicle
    Car, truck, motorcycle, truck-camper, motorhome, or recreational vehicle. A motor home pulling another vehicle may count as two vehicles.
    Camping Unit
    Tent, tent-trailer, truck-camper, trailer, 5th wheel, motorhome or recreational vehicle.
    Serviced Site

    Refers to a campsite offering either electrical, water, and/or sewer hook-ups or any combination of these services directly on the campsite. Fully-serviced sites offer electrical, potable water, and sewer hook-ups. "Unserviced" sites do not offer any of these hook-ups.

    The terms "serviced" and "unserviced" refer to the individual campsites; they do not refer to the washroom facilities or other amenities available at the campground.

    Drive-through Site
    Campsite where the driver does not have to reverse their vehicle to exit (there is a separate entrance and exit to the individual campsite). Ideal for larger vehicles and trailers.
    Walk-in Site
    Campsite which requires some degree of walking to access the site, and therefore requires a tent. Vehicle will be parked a short distance away.
    Overflow Site
    Overflow campsites vary from park to park, and may range from a paved area to park a camping unit (not generally suitable for tents) to a more traditional, grassy site. They are unserviced and are not reservable.
    Accessible Site
    A campsite which is accessible to guests with limited mobility.
    Firepit

    A designated structure for campfires located on a campsite. Check availability, as not all campsites offer a fire pit. In some parks, a fire permit is required to have a fire.

    In some parks, only communal firepits are available, and access is shared with other guests.

    Fire permit
    In some campgrounds, guests will require a valid fire permit to have a campfire. A fire permit may include firewood. Please refer to the ‘Fire policy’ section of the QRT for individual campground policies.
    Firewood
    In some campgrounds firewood is sold by the bundle, whereas in others a fire permit may give the holder access to the campground wood pile. Please refer to the ‘Fire policy’ section of the QRT for individual campground policies.
    First-come, First-served Site
    Campsites that are available on a first come, first served basis only. These sites are only available to guests who are physically located at the campground. These sites cannot be registered over the telephone or on-line. These campsites may be available for only 1 night or for multiple nights depending on availability.
    Shoulder Season
    Shoulder season refers to the season before and after the peak season. While many campgrounds remain open outside of their peak season, the services offered during this period may be limited (please check with the park for more details).
    Entrance Pass
    A valid National Park Entrance Pass is required for all visitors to National Parks that have entry fees.
    Daily Entrance Pass
    A daily entrance pass permits visitor’s unlimited entry to the specified park on a per day basis for the period of time indicated.
    Annual/Seasonal Entrance Pass
    An annual or seasonal entrance pass permits visitor’s unlimited entry to the specified park for the period of time indicated.
    Parks Canada Discovery Pass
    The Parks Canada Discovery Pass permits visitors unlimited entry to the participating Parks Canada national parks and national historic sites across Canada, for a period of 12 months.