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Location: West side of the Icefields Parkway 57kms north of Lake Louise. Banff National Park.
Description: Waterfowl Lakes Campground contains 116 campsites with picnic tables and fire pits, fire wood is available when purchasing a fire permit. The campground is split into three sections, RV’s, tents near the lower lake plus walk in tent sites. Amenities include piped water stations, flush toilets, sheltered camp kitchens with wood burning cook stoves, recycling bins, amphitheater, sani dump and food storage lockers.
Upper Waterfowl and Lower Waterfowl lake are fed by the Mistaya River. The Icefields Parkway runs along the lower lake. The upper lake is the prettier of the two and a short walk from the south end of the campground. Waterfall Lakes beautiful turquoise color is created from Glacial silt coming from the Peyto Glacier. I did see small fish jumping in the upper lake, you’ll need a National Park fishing license to try your luck.
This campground is centrally located in the best of what Banff National Park has to offer. Peyto Lake, Bow Lake and Saskatchewan Crossing are located near here. There are plenty of beautiful hikes in this area. Trailhead to Cirque Lake and Chephren Lake is located at the south west end of the Campground. Both are easy hikes and worth the effort. Cirque Lake is higher in elevation but more rewarding. The trail to Chephren Lake offers outstanding views of Howes Peak and Mount Chephren however the trail requires good footwear as it winds through a lot of wet and muddy bogs. Night skies here rank #3 on the Bortle Scale. This is bear country, food and food related items must be stored properly.