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Canmore, Alberta

Bow Valley Provincial Park - Bow Valley Campground

Canmore, Alberta


Bow Valley Park Rd, Exit 114 TCH 1
Canmore, Alberta T0L 2C0
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Latitude: 51.078723872141
Longitude: -115.09320259094

Elevation: 4280' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $2.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 2.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment yes
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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13 Reviews

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

The park staff were friendly, helpful but not intrusive. Firewood was not available at the campsite, but was available at the store. We camped at Bow Valley Provincial Park - Bow Valley Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
E41
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Large and private spots with 30 amp power and water. I use a filter though I am sure it is good water. Lots of space for chairs, mat, awning out and still lots of room. Great fun for family and kids. Nearby playground, paved pathways for biking and walking. Paved campground access roads. On the banks of the Bow River with great mountain views. Great hiking paths which are easy for kids. Bears (every time we have been there a sighting anyways) squirrels and woodpeckers around. Great fishing. Good places for kids to ride bikes. We camped at Bow Valley Provincial Park - Bow Valley Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
E-6
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Amphitheater for some funny interpretive plays. Great for kids and families.

Good little hikes.

Slightly tight on some of the turns with the bigger trailers.

Bring hiking shoes and noise makers.

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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed for two nights and took advantage of the trails and access to the lake and river. We have a small rig and had no problems with roads or parking but could be tight for some larger rigs to maneuver. We camped at Bow Valley Provincial Park - Bow Valley Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

No cellular coverage with our carrier (Virgin).

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for 2 nights. We stayed in a non-serviced site and I was pleasantly surprised. The site was treed, private and quiet for such a large and busy campground. The place was child and pet friendly, good for walking with a stroller. Had we stayed longer there would have been a lot more we would have checked out. I would return again. We camped at Bow Valley Provincial Park - Bow Valley Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 90
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Excellent 30 amp power. The water pressure was good. There are trains every so often, but they are not loud enough to bother me. The sites are close together, but still left a feeling of privacy. We camped at Bow Valley Provincial Park - Bow Valley Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Very calm campground (we heard only the train but very far away). Fire pit. Very kind people at the desk. Store with lot of stuff. On the less good side : there is NO LAUNDRY in the campground and no sewer connection for the RV, so you need to go to the other RV campground which is about 10 minute drive (but too far to go there by foot). The sites are nice but the roads are very narrow which makes it a challenge to back into with larger units. Also a little bit too far to visit Banff. We camped at Bow Valley Provincial Park - Bow Valley Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

This is our favorite park in Alberta. The sites are private, the playground is a great spot. There are several hiking trails in the campground and along the river. The showers are clean. The loops D & E are best to stay in for privacy / shade. There is a active amphitheater and children's program here during the week / on weekends. I highly recommend this park. We camped at Bow Valley Provincial Park - Bow Valley Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Unfortunately, you must reserve to come here now. That is often difficult. The campground is right on the river. Some of the best tenting spots are river side. The setting is breathtaking! Located not far from Canmore and Banff. Sometimes there are weekend parties which is loud. The washrooms are clean and you must pay with tokens to use the showers. Often you line up. Go early. The hand dryers in the ladies washrooms never seem to work. Great spot with lots of great hiking trails and bike trails. We camped at Bow Valley Provincial Park - Bow Valley Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice campground. Our site was furthest from the Bow River, but closest to the shower house and store. Sites are fairly close together but private enough. We camped at Bow Valley Provincial Park - Bow Valley Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

A nice campground with beautiful views of the mountains and lots of mature trees. The sites are nice but the roads are very narrow which makes it a challenge to back into with larger units. We would stay here again. We camped at Bow Valley Provincial Park - Bow Valley Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

Although the campsites where very nice, we were disappointed in the washroom facilities or lack thereof. There is only one shower house with a total of 6 showers, 3 for women, 3 for men for the entire campground. While we were visiting the women's showers were down to 2 working and no attempt in the week we stayed to repair the broken one. Also disappointed that a provincial park would charge to shower. It was $2.00 for 5 minutes and this required tokens only sold at the park office. This got expensive with a family of 4 showering everyday. Lastly, flush toilets exist only at the front entrance of the campground, very far from the majority of sites, not within walking distance and there is only one outhouse located at the back of the campground. Staff were not very knowledgeable and misleading when we booked. There were 3 families, one of which was tenting and we were advised that the sites were suitable for ground tents: not so. Every site is covered in gravel and you were not allowed to place your tent in the grass. If your planning on touring Banff, this campground is quite far, at least 40 minutes depending on traffic. Sites were private and treed which we liked. We camped at Bow Valley Provincial Park - Bow Valley Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

This was our second stay in the past three years. Aside from a lack of even 30 amp power and sewer, this place has us returning. The sites are treed and mature in a breathtaking Rocky Mountain setting. There are miles of paved pathways through the forest to walk or bike on. Park staff are very amiable and for the most part younger summer workers. We switched sites twice to get out of the wind and it was no problem at all. Ahh yes, the wind. I think the park is in some sort of wind tunnel coming off of the mountains and onto the prairies. The wind does seem to abate later on in the summer, but make sure you get yourself a site deep in the trees to avoid the brunt of it. The park is situated a half hour drive from Banff and all the touristy activities and money pits inherent to them. If you've never been to Banff it is worth the day trip. The best Sunday brunch we have ever had was at the Banff Springs Resort in Banff. We camped at Bow Valley Provincial Park - Bow Valley Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 90
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice park but the sites are small and the roads are somewhat difficult to navigate with bigger units. We have stayed here numerous times and will be back. We camped at Bow Valley Provincial Park - Bow Valley Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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