If you haven’t heard alrin 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. As much as I love Banff National Park I know that the town of Banff and many of the campsites are going to be crazy busy this summer.
Fortunately there are excellent alternatives to Banff National Park. Try some of the following.
Kootenay National Park
If you’re driving to Kootenay National Park from Calgary you’ll still end up going through the gates of Banff National Park. If you don’t have a pass already you can get one in person at the gate. But if it’s a weekend you can expect seriously long line-ups so get there early. (You can also order your pass from Parks Canada ahead of time.)
It’s about a 40 minute drive to the boundary of Kootenay National Park from the Banff gates. Kootenay National Park doesn’t see nearly the number of visitors that Banff does – in large part because it’s not nearly as developed. But it’s equally beautiful.
Beautiful Floe Lake on the Rockwall Trail