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Old 08-01-2013, 10:53 PM   #1
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Campgrounds in Jasper and Banff

Here is a list of campsites in the Jasper and Banff area I ran across.
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Anyone have any hidden gems that they would suggest. We will probably be spending 5-6 days there after picking up our Escape in September. Jim Bennett already suggested Wilcox creek so that is on our list.

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Old 08-01-2013, 11:18 PM   #2
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When I go to the parks it's with a specific adventure in mind. I then pick the campground closest to where I'll be. I don't tend to spend a lot of time in the campgrounds. That said they're all beautiful with a lot of space for each camping site. The ones nearest Banff and Jasper townsites tend to be the noisiest but not bad. The ones along Hwy 1 can be noisy with a lot of trains passing by in the night. Also note that some are not serviced but do allow trailers less than 23' (I think, double check to be sure). If you do want a serviced site you'd best reserve ahead of time as they're usually fully booked.

If you want more specific recommendations it would be helpful to know:
- do you plan to stay in the parks or are you looking for recommendations outside the parks too?
- serviced or not?
- what are you planning to do/see?
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This will be our first time in the Canadian Rockies and we know there is so much to see and do. In revisiting out trip itinerary we may actually have 6-7 days in the area. We plan to do some hiking, photography, general site seeing and R&R. For those of you that have been there what are some of your favorite things to see, trails to hike, etc? What would be some things for first timers to do and see in addition to Lake Louise and Icefields highway? We were thinking about setting up camp a few nights in the Jasper area and then a few nights in the Banff area, rather than one base camp somewhere in between and making longer day trips. Does this make sense? We would prefer camping further out of town for the solitude, preferably in a serviced site but could manage without services for part of the time.

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Old 08-02-2013, 10:30 AM   #4
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My wife and I hike in the Icefields and Jasper area and plan to take our new trailer there in September. We like to hike Parker Ridge near the Icefields, Edith Cavell meadows and plan to hike Mt Wilcox. These are popular hikes in the area requiring some fitness to get up and down. Kenny Lake trail at Mt Robson is nice as well and can be done in a day up to the campground at the lake and back.
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... We were thinking about setting up camp a few nights in the Jasper area and then a few nights in the Banff area, rather than one base camp somewhere in between and making longer day trips. Does this make sense? ...
It is actually quite a long drive from town of Banff to town of Jasper and the Icefields Parkway can get quite busy with traffic at some times during the year. Your idea of staying a few nights near each (Banff/Jasper) is probably best as it will significantly reduce your commuting times each day and allow you more time to enjoy the attractions of each area.

I personally love the Icefields Parkway area and could spend a whole vacation along this section just soaking up the views. Keep in mind that even if you go in summer, the high mountain parks can have quite unpredictable weather and you should be prepared for a range of conditions (hot, cold, wet, dry).

Enjoy your trip.

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Icefields parkway is fantastic. I posted a grizzly picture a few weeks ago: that was taken roadside on the parkway. Hmmm... might have been fiberglassrv.com where I posted the picture.

A favourite hike of mine is Johnson Canyon up to the paint pots, out of Banff.
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I second Wilcox Campground on the Icefields Parkway. Spectacular with some great hiking and lots of wildlife..
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Thanks for all the tips and suggestions! I'm researching, bookmarking and getting excited!

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Icefields parkway is fantastic. I posted a grizzly picture a few weeks ago: that was taken roadside on the parkway. Hmmm... might have been fiberglassrv.com where I posted the picture.

A favourite hike of mine is Johnson Canyon up to the paint pots, out of Banff.
One of my favorite places in the Rockies is Moraine Lake/ Valley of the Ten Peaks, just about 14 km outside Lake Louise Village. The famous view really is spectacular!

I'd also recommend taking the Columbia Icefield tour (http://www.explorerockies.com/columbia-icefield/); it can be a bit chilly up there on the glacier, even in the summer, but it's well worth it.
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(btw, Edith Cavell, as in Edith Cavell meadows mentioned by gharper, was cathyb's first cousin 3 times removed...)
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