Banff National Park was founded in 1885 and was Canada’s first national park. The park provides hundreds of miles of hiking trails, high mountain passes with plenty of birdseye views, crystal glacial lakes, unique waterfalls, bubbling hot springs, and breathtaking canyon views. The park is also home to a vast array of wildlife from bighorn sheep to grizzly bears.
Camping in Banff
When you arrive at Banff National Park, it’s hard to find a campsite that doesn’t sport breathtaking views. The park has 2,462 sites in 14 campgrounds, but in the summer it can be tough to grab a spot during peak season. Most sites in the park provide waste disposal, showers, and toilets, but there are other options for those who want to be more off-the-grid. The park does require camping permits, and BLM lands are patrolled, so make sure to stay in permitted grounds.
Take in the views
When deciding where to camp in Banff, consider which views you would like to wake-up and fall asleep to each night. One of the most popular grounds is the Lake Louise campground, where you can have full lake views from many sites. If you’re camping in a rooftop tent, like our Sparrow, you can align your tent to have a wide angle view to take in the mountain lake fresh-air every morning as you wake up to the sound of wildlife and a crisp sunrise.
Get the full Banff experience
Staying in Banff National Park provides endless opportunities to get out there and really take it all in. Activities in the park range from hikes of all skill level, backcountry trails, visiting the hot springs and cave basin, fishing, climbing, tons of photo viewpoints, seeing the Bison and big horned sheep, and of course lake-side hikes for those famous instagrammable views, just make sure to tag @roofnest.
One of the must-see views in the park is Moraine Lake, though it can get heavily populated in the summer season, you don’t want to miss out. Visitors come from all over the world to experience the vast, breathtaking views in Banff, so be sure to reserve your site as soon as you start to plan your trip, and of course, make sure to have a Roofnest Sparrow for the trip.