Townsite Campground, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada is a spectacular place to find scenic views! Chances are, you've seen some pictures of Waterton Lake without even knowing it! Waterton was our first Canadian National Park, and we found the experience unexpectedly delightful! The Village of Waterton is a quaint little place where you will find everything including shopping, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, walking trails, hotels and lodges, and even a small movie theater! Adjacent to this village you will find Townsite Campground. Although it's called a campground, it felt more like an RV park to us with paved roads, gravel pads and little privacy. Sites are nicely paved however, and offer picnic tables. Common kitchen areas and bath houses are available. Only propane fueled fires were allowed during our trip-bring your own firepit. A few tent only, no service sites are available, but the rest of the sites (about 90 sites) are RV friendly with electric hookups. An additional 45 sites offer full
hookups. During our summer 2018 visit, we were saddened to arrive and discover that the previous fall a fire tore through the park and came right to the edge of the Village and the Townsite Campground. The park's Visitor's Center was burned down and during our stay all hiking trails and roads into the park, except the paved lake shore path were closed. This made our three night stay a bit too long, especially with almost continuous rain. Fortunately, the Village was in full swing and we spent quite a bit of time on the lake's edge and exploring shops and eateries, all a two minute walk from camp. Boat tours of the lake are available, but do not begin until late June. Afternoon tea is available at The Prince of Wales Hotel. Even if you don't enjoy a formal tea service, a visit to the hotel is a must, as it offers STUNNING views down the lake. Free wi-fi is available throughout the Village.

Best Sites:
Loop B: 1, 7, 15, 22, 30, 38, 52
Loop D: All
Loop E: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14-17
Loop G: 25-27, 31-32, 36, 38

Poor Sites:
Loop A: 1-6
Loop F: All
Loop G: 1-3, 7, 9, 11

Hookups: Electric, Water, Sewer
Potable Water: Yes
Dump Within Facility: Yes