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Q&A: Where can you RV camp in Banff National Park?

by K Gordon Schultz

Camping in Rampart Creek in Banff National Park, Canada

Could you tell me if Rampart Creek campsite will take RVs?
Many thanks,
Andrew W.

Yes! Rampart Creek Campground is one of the sites that allows RVs in Banff National Park. That being said, they can only accommodate small RVs. The campsites are all back-in and have lots of shade from the surrounding trees. There are no hookups, but they have well water (hand-pumped), pit toilets, fire rings, recycling bins and food storage containers.

About Rampart Creek Campground
Rampart Creek is a small, basic campground with 50 sites. It is located near the Columbia Icefields (28 km away) along the Icefields Highway. It is 147 km from the town of Banff and 88 km from the town of Lake Louise.

Reservations are not accepted for this campsite. Most sites in Banff National Park are first-come, first served. Check out time is at 11 a.m., and is the best time to arrive to secure your site. Check here for reservable campsites.

Some of the sites have the privilege to overlook the North Saskatchewan River and the valley. The site is open from June 25-September 6, 2010 (weather dependent).

The campground consists of 4 loops including a walk-in tent section with dry toilets, water stations, sheltered camp kitchens with wood burning cook stoves, garbage containers and recycling bins. Remember: this is bear country, so all food items must be stored properly. Read all advisories when you arrive, as they may have information about dangerous wildlife and/or inform you if you need to boil the water.

Campground Services
-Dry toilets
-Well water (hand pump)
-Kitchen shelters with wood cook stove
-Fire pits and firewood (available when you get the fire permit)
-Smoke-free loop
-Recycling bins
-Food storage
-Disabled access

$15.70 for the site and an additional $8.80 for use of the fire pit. Note: Parks Canada reserves the right to change the fees without notice.

Banff Activities

Visit the Columbia Icefields, go hiking and try ice climbing in nearby famous spots in the winter.

Rampart Creek Campground
Icefields Highway
Banff National Park
Banff, AB T1L 1K2
(403) 762-1550

For general information contact
Banff National Park
Box 900
Banff, AB
Canada, T1L 1K2
Phone: (403) 762-1550

To see all other national park campsites in Canada, visit Parks Canada.

Other RV sites in Banff National Park

Contact:(403) 762-1550

Tunnel Mountain Village II
-open year-round
-188 sites
-15 and 30-amp electric hookups at each site
-can accommodate vehicles up to 50 feet long
-flush toilets
-hot showers
-fire pits and picnic tables at each site
-kitchen shelters located on grounds
-pets allowed
-some sites available by reservation, others first-come, first served

Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court
-biggest campground in area with 320 sites
-only campground with full RV hookups
(15 and 30-amp electrical hookups, water and sewer)
-can accommodate vehicles up to 50 feet long
-sites are pull-through (not just back-in)
-flush toilets
-hot showers
-pets allowed
-each site has a picnic table
-open early May – early October
-some sites available by reservation, others first-come, first-served

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