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Location: East side of the Banff town site next to Tunnel Mountain Road. 1.25 hours west of Calgary. Banff National Park.
Description: Tunnel Mountain Campground Village is the largest campground in Alberta, possibly in Canada. It consists of three separate campgrounds. Village 1 contains 618 campsites for both RV’s and tents. Village 2 contains 188 campsites for both RV’s and tents open year round.
Tunnel Mountain Trailer contains 321 campsites for trailers and RV’s with full services. Amenities for all sites include picnic tables, fire pits, fire wood, camp kitchens, hot showers, flush toilets, disability access, sani dumps and interpretive programs. During peak summer season over 1100 sites can fill creating a small town/village.
This campgrounds make a good base camp if you want to spend a few days exploring the Banff townsite. Public transit provides 5 minute bus rides into Banff eliminating having to drive and find parking.
There are a few small hikes located near the campgrounds and a 3.5K trail leading into Banff. A nice evening walk to the Hoodoos along the Bow Valley offers outstanding views of Mt. Rundle’s north face and the Bow River below. The trail is nicely groomed but very crowded.
If you want to get away from the crowds you can take a short drive to Lake Minnewanka and hike a portion of the west side trail. This trail loops around the shores of Lake Minnewanka all the way to it’s north east end 30kms away.
Night skies here rank #4-5 on the Bortle Scale. This is bear country, food and food related items must be stored properly.
Tunnel Mountain Village 1 Layout PDF
Tunnel Mountain Village 2 Layout PDF
Tunnel Mountain Village Trailer Layout PDF
Items Reviewed - 2
Spent a night in Village 2 just a couple of days ago, April 2, 2021. Was impressed with the heated washrooms, shower house, and wood supply. All included in the reservation cost, which is great. Not impressed by the Village 2 ‘sites’, which are basically picnic tables on the sides of roads. My site had a snow pile at the one end of it on the road, which cut my maneuvering space down by about 15 feet which was crappy. Luckily I was pulling a 27′ fifth wheel which made positioning a little simpler. For those with bigger trailers though, not so much.
The picnic table and fire pit were pretty much sitting in a pond, which is part of spring camping but the drainage obviously wasn’t what it should be.
This campground is enormous. Nicely located if you want to explore the Banff townsite.