What a beautiful stay we had here! Banff National Park is one of Canada's most popular parks, but this campground allows you to have a more rustic camping experience than some of the other busier campgrounds in the park. Located in Johnston Canyon, which is between the village of Banff and Lake Louise, this campground is off the main highway that traverses through the park. Train tracks are adjacent to camp, so you will hear the occasional train and whistle blow. Heavily wooded, sites are mostly large and private here and you can't go wrong in picking one. Interior roads are paved, but pads are packed dirt. Our site was one of the best as it was private, large, and backed up to the river, so we had easy river access. Sites all have picnic tables and fire pits. Firewood is provided by the park-and I must say I have never seen
such a pile of wood! The campground is within walking distance to the Johnston Canyon trailhead, which is a popular hiking trail. At the base of the trail you will find an excellent gift shop, ice cream stand, restaurant and cottages. This parking lot and area can get quite crowded by mid-day, however being a quick walk away from camp, you don't have to worry about finding a parking spot. The trailhead is a must-do. You will find yourself winding along the river and have the opportunity to view some excellent waterfalls, one of which you can even go behind! Back at camp you will find bathhouses, kitchen shelters, and interpretive programs. Mosquitoes can be abundant here, so pack that bug spray!
Best Sites: All
Poor Sites: 76
Potable Water: Yes
Dump Within Facility: Yes