Tunnel Mountain Campground Village 2 (Banff, AB)
After Glacier National Park, it was time for the 160K crew to head into international territory for the first time on the trip. One glance at a map showed us exactly where we wanted to go…Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies!
Like we’ve said before, every place is beautiful, but the Canadian Rockies are definitely in the running for the most beautiful place we’ve been. We had to search deep to find a good campground where we could take Knox and get an electric hookup. Eventually, we settled on Tunnel Mountain Campground Village 2.
Tunnel Mountain Campground is located on Tunnel Mountain just outside of Banff proper. The campground is no more than a 2 minute drive to the main city stretch where you’ll find all manner of restaurants, coffee shops, and shopping.
The city of Banff is about 45 minutes from Lake Louise, an absolute must-see when you’re in Banff National Park. While there’s hiking and skiing throughout Banff National Park, Tunnel Mountain itself has some decent hikes. This is a really nice location for doing things in and around the city of Banff and Lake Louise.
You have two options at Tunnel Mountain Village 2 Campground: electric or walk-in tent sites. With our electric cooler, we opted for the electric site. Technically, these are RV sites, but there’s enough space in most of them to pop up a tent. We certainly weren’t the only tent campers on the RV side. Community water is available no more than about 50 yards from any site.
The bathrooms and showers were both nice and clean. While the bathrooms lacked soap, they had hand sanitizer and hand driers. But for you ladies that need to dry your hair, there are no working electric outlets in the shower building. You’ll have to dry your hair at a campsite.
Laundry & Wi-Fi
Tunnel Mountain Campground has neither.
So the sites…well, basically, the campground is just a series of roads that RVs can parallel park in. There was enough flat space to put up our tent though. There is no privacy between sites. The sites themselves are plenty big and widely spaced though, so you aren’t right on top of other campers.
The tent area has far more trees and seclusion, though there are no hookups.
At $32.30 per night for electric hookups and community water, this isn’t the cheapest campground in the world. On the other hand, it’s pretty much the going rate for the area. The real “ouch!” comes in with the $9.80 per adult per day fee to stay overnight in Banff National Park. For the two of us, with the campground fee, that came to nearly $52 a night.
No matter which campground you’re in though, that $9.80 fee is going to apply if you’re inside of Banff National Park. If you want to be near the good stuff, you’ll want to be inside the Park.