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Banff National Park immerses you in a wonderland of rugged mountains, lush forests, and turquoise glacier lakes. It traces its history to 1885, making it one of the oldest national parks in North America after Yellowstone and Mackinac. Every year, more than three million visitors flock to hike, bike, and camp among some of the most awe-inspiring mountain scenery on the planet. Things don't slow down in the winter, when Banff National Park transforms into a snow-covered playground. With so much history, heritage, and unparalleled beauty to behold, it's no surprise Banff National Park is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dreaming of a getaway to the Canadian Rockies? Book an RV in Alberta and you'll enjoy the freedom to explore Banff National Park at your own pace. You'll love waking up to stunning mountain scenery, roasting s'mores around the fire, and spotting iconic Canadian wildlife. If you're lucky, you could see the Northern Lights dancing in the sky. With a home on wheels, you can also visit other iconic Canadian national parks like Jasper, Yoho, and Waterton Lakes.
Banff National Park is home to a cast of tooth-and-claw wildlife who aren't afraid to steal the spotlight. Whether you're cruising along the TransCanada in your rental RV or hiking in the backcountry, the chances of spotting grizzly bear, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, bald eagle, and other local wildlife are high. Throughout Banff National Park, you'll find incredible sites and attractions within a stone's throw of the highway. If turquoise lakes are on your bucket list, you'll love Lake Louise, a glacier-fed lake hemmed in by soaring peaks. Be sure to peer into the stately Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Nearby Moraine Lake is less famous but equally as beautiful. Both lakes offer canoe rentals for a quintessential Canadian experience. You can even throw on your swimsuit and take a dip in the crystalline water if you dare. Peyto Lake is another gem you won't want to miss. It's easy to escape the crowds, with more than 1,000 miles of maintained trails to explore in Banff National Park.
At the heart of the park is Banff Town, a postcard-perfect mountain town with cozy cafes, boutique shops, and outdoor outfitters. Don't leave without devouring local delicacies like bison burgers, elk tartare, and beavertail pastries. For an introduction to the unique history and heritage of the park, don't miss the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site. It's housed in a handsome log building and filled with taxidermy bears, moose, and bighorn sheep. Head up the Banff Gondola for sweeping views over the town and Canadian Rockies.
RV camping at Banff National Park offers a unique chance to sleep under the stars in one of the oldest and most famous parks in North America. In peak season, the park maintains around 2,500 sites located within 14 campgrounds. Tunnel Mountain Village is the largest campground, with more than 600 sites to choose from. You'll have access to showers and toilets, as well as a sanitation station for RVs with services onboard. If you need electric hookups, the Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court campground offers 15 and 30-amp connections.
Two Jack Main is another popular campground, with 380 sites set in an alpine forest. Both Tunnel Mountain and Two Jack are served by local shuttles that allow you to leave your RV rental behind for the day and explore the park by bus. The Lake Louise Trailer Campground is another good option for motorhome camping and can accommodate rigs of up to 50 feet. Throughout the year, many of the campgrounds host ranger-led walks, campfire programs, and other events run by Parks Canada.
Camping at Banff National Park puts you in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. While you could easily spend a lifetime exploring Banff National Park, you'll also be tempted to visit nearby Jasper National Park. It occupies more than 11,000 square kilometers, making it the biggest park in the Canadian Rockies. Like Banff, Jasper National Park offers incredible hiking, excellent wildlife watching, and hundreds of RV-friendly campsites. As you explore the park and its various attractions and lookouts, you'll see bright red, oversized Adirondack chairs that make for a perfect photo opportunity.
Within Jasper National Park, the Columbia Icefields Discovery Centre offers a unique chance to get up close with the Athabasca Glacier. It's accessed via the legendary Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic drives in the world. Other eye-popping scenic drives include Maligne Lake Road, which traces the path of an ancient glacier valley. For a unique experience, launch a canoe or kayak and paddle around gorgeous Maligne Lake. For the largest selection of RV rentals near Banff, start your trip in Calgary, an hour and a half from the park.