Best Camping in Banff

Looking for the best camping in Banff? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Banff. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the incredible Outbound community.

  • Kayak Two Jack Lake

    Of all the lakes in the Banff area, this was one of my favorites to get out on the water. Don't expect the bright blue glacial waters of some of the other lakes in the Canadian Rockies, but the water is pristine and it was one of the few places I...

  • Hike Mount Bourgeau

    Taking Hwy 1 West of Banff for approximately 8 miles you'll come to the Bourgeau Lake Trailhead. This trail starts with a 4.5 mile, 2460ft elevation through the forest to the beautiful Bourgeau Lake. This glacial tarn signals the start of the alpi...

    12 miles 2460 ft gain

  • Backpack Mount Assiniboine: Sunshine Village to Mount Shark

    This trek specifically covers the distance from Sunshine Village to Mount Shark. You will need a car at Mt. Shark, as there are no shuttles from that location to Canomre or any local areas. Otherwise, you can try to hitch a ride back – your best b...

    34.6 miles 3494.1 ft gain

  • Hike to Nub Peak

    Starting right at Mt. Assiniboine Lodge, there is very clear signage for this hike. The arrows will lead you over a wooden walkway right before you begin a gentle assent through the woods,gaining elevation the further you go, and then arrive at Th...

    7.3 miles 2789 ft gain

  • Explore Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park

    Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site sequestered 27 km from the nearest road. We took a helicopter in, and hiked out . You can also hike both ways, but the hiking once you are there is more amazing than on the way in. ...

  • Hike to Boom Lake

    Boom Lake offers amazing views of Boom Mountain and the ridge separating Alberta and British Columbia. It is not as popular as many other hikes in the area, which means exclusion for anyone willing to explore the lake. The abundant wildlife in t...

    6.2 miles

  • Hike The Floe Lake Trail

    Kootenay National Park is one of the lesser visited parks in a chain of spectacular parks in the Canadian Rockies between Banff and Jasper. Straddling the Trans-Canadian Highway, the park offers hot springs, awesome mountain views, and glaciers. A...

    13 miles 2350 ft gain

  • Backpack the Kananaskis Backcountry

    This moderate graded backcountry hike or ski in the winter can take 5-8 hours (one way). Most people hike or ski in from the Mt. Shark parking lot in Kananaskis Country, a 30 min. drive from Canmore, Alberta. From Mt. Shark Parking Lot (off the Sm...

  • Hike to Ribbon Falls

    Ribbon Creek trail is accessible via Highway 40 at the turn off for Nakiska Mountain Resort. From there take a left at Centennial Drive and then a right onto Ribbon Creek Road. The hike begins at the far end of the Ribbon Creek Trailhead parking ...

    12.4 miles 1148.3 ft gain

  • Backpack the Rockwall Trail

    The Rockwall trail is a famous 3-5 day trek in Kootenay National Park.We started from the North and camped at Helmet Falls our first night, and then continued south and exited out Floe Lake. I would recommend this direction for a backpack, and the...

    68 miles 8530 ft gain

  • Trek the Valley of Ten Peaks to Eiffel Lake

    From the lake, the trail is quite easy to follow, and clearly marked with signs and maps. Follow the lakeshore west 0.1 km (300 ft), then head up the Larch Valley Trail, which switchbacks 2.3 km (1.5 miles). At the top there is an option to contin...

    7.1 miles 1213.9 ft gain

  • Backpack the Fortress Cirque

    No better way to watch the stars with friends than huddled up in your sleeping bag on top of a 3000m summit. This describes the bivy at The Fortress.Starting at the Chester Lake Trailhead, take the unmarked trail on the right side of the parking l...

    12 miles