Luxury camping near Banff and Canmore is a great way to experience the outdoors this summer! Banff camping rentals can be a pain (who wants to haul 25 pieces of individual equipment?). However, luxury camping makes it easy because everything is set up for you when you arrive! And when you leave, you can really just leave—no need to spend your time putting that huge tent in a tiny bag (yes, we’ve been there).
Put away that Banff camping list! Glamping Banff only requires showing up with a smile and some warm pajamas. When it comes to yurt camping near Banff, you have some great options.
(1) PARK'S CANADA O'TENTIKS
The first option (for those that like simple) is Banff National Park Comfort Camping. While less extravagant than other luxury camping in Banff, comfort camping is still a wonderful, affordable option for families. oTENTiks are exclusive to Parks Canada and are a cross between a cabin and a prospector tent mounted on a raised wooden floor. These accomodations are comfortable and require NO set up by campers. The units come with beds but you’ll have to bring your own sleeping gear (or go to a Banff camping equipment rentals store to get some sleeping bags). If you can get an O’TENTIK at Two Jake Lake, then we recommend booking here! This campground is beside some pretty lakes near Banff (Two Jack and Lake Minnewanka) and offers some of the best camping within Banff Kananaskis. Keep in mind, you’ll have to book months in advance, because these units fill up fast. Overall, Banff comfort camping is highly recommended! For those that are camping from Jasper to Banff, it’s a great, easy, and relaxing way to end your journey.
(2)ELEVATED ESCAPES BANFF TENTS
(2)Another way to go glamping Banff Alberta is with Elevated Escapes tents. We may be biased, but we think Banff Kananasksis camping is done best in comfort AND luxury! The con to glamping with Elevated Escapes compared to Banff National Park Comfort Camping is that it is more expensive (approx. $185 a night vs.$120 a night). However, the pro is that the tents are more equipped—you’ll get all the bedding, sheetings and cooking equipment you need (meaning no need to stop at the Banff camping store)! It’s also a more romantic set-up for couples looking for an extra special getaway!
Want to camp in Canmore? We highly recommend it! The area is generally underrated by tourists who are eager to be as close to Banff as possible. Banff is great, but we think Canmore campsites are actually more private and have a less ‘touristy’ feel. Canmore camping reservations are also generally easier to get last minute as not all the campgrounds are available to book ahead of time (many are first come, first serve, so if you arrive in the morning you have a good chance of getting a spot)
Most Canmore tenting campgrounds are great if you’re just looking for traditional camping… with the exception of Lac De Arcs—you’ll have a lovely view of a powerplant if you choose to stay here. (Pssst. best campgrounds Canmore for normal tent camping are Bow River and Bow Valley). But if you’re looking to go glamping in Canmore and the surrounding area there’s also some great options.
(1) SUNDANCE LODGES
The first option isn’t technically in Canmore, but it’s still within the Kananaskis region, with town being about 25 minutes away. Sundance Lodges offer family run comfort camping in both beautiful canvas tipis and comfortable trapper’s tents. They are very simple on the inside, but staying in them is still a super cool experience. Guests bring their own bedding and camping supplies or they can rent from Sundance. Prices are as follows (does not include bedding and other supplies):
Small Tipi (two single beds) $69.50/night
Note that their website states that they are not suitable for most family reunions, stags, stagettes, weddings, corporate get togethers or teen parties (as they emphasize tranquility) and that they do not have a kitchen shelter or a separate group area. Still, if you’re a couple or family looking for peace and relaxation, this may be the spot for you!
(2)ELEVATED ESCAPES CANMORE TENTS
There are very few private campgrounds near Canmore, but Rafter’s Six is an exception. Again, we may be biased, but we think glamping Canmore has never been more comfortable than Rafter Six glamping tents by Elevated Escapes. The location puts you only about 15 minutes from downtown which is great if you’re a foodie like us and want to check out Canmore places to eat. But of course, camping wouldn’t be camping without cooking some meals in the great outdoors. That’s why Elevated Escapes glamping package includes a cooler, propane stove and all the cooking supplies you’ll need to make some great outdoor meals!