We drive to Canada frequently so we like to switch things up a bit and take different routes and stay at different campgrounds along the way. Driving over the Rockies at the southern most point in Canada, via Crowsnest Pass, is the easiest with respect to both traffic and with elevation gain/descent. But once in a while we like to cross via Banff and enjoy the scenery and the wildlife especially when not in peak tourist season and yet when the weather is highly doable in a motorhome.
We have visited Banff/Jasper on multiple occasions (several times with the motorhome, several times with a car, and even on a motorcycle) so this time we thought we would spend some time in Canmore, just easy of the entrance to Banff National Park.
We decided to stay right in town at an RV park which is part of the Spring Creek Village which includes not only an RV park but housing, walking paths, the Canmore Opera House, and some artists’ shops.
RV Park: Spring Creek RV Park
Location: Canmore, Alberta (less than 1/2 mile walk to old town Canmore)
Site: D4 – (pull-through)
Cost: $51 (CAD)
Services: FHU (50 AMP)
Comments: A typical RV park with fantastic views and situated right next to trail for a short, easy hike into town. WiFi really only works if you stand by the office (no where to sit in the office so if it is raining, oh well). A great location for exploring the area. Half of park is mobile homes with long-term residents, other tenants may be local workers, and others are Alaska bound!
Other sites around the campground:
Canmore is an old mining town that turned on hard economic times until the 1988 Winter Olympics were hosted by Calgary, a mere 50-60 miles away to the east. Canmore was selected for the nordic events location and since then the town has grown into a tourist destination with lots of outdoor activities year-round.
The RV park is nested in between two creeks and offers some walking trails to make the quick jaunt into town for some shopping and/or restaurants/breweries. We started on the Policemen’s Creek Trail and headed into town.
In a quick 5-10 minute walk we were right in downtown Canmore. The Canmore Hotel is right in the center of town and provides a glimpse of the history of the town.
Also along Main St is the North West Mounted Police Barracks which is now a historic resource and open to visitors.
Even though we have had lovely weather our whole trip by the time we got to Canmore we had rain and clouds. We just embraced it and out we went exploring.
The east side trail along the creek is called Boardwalk Trail and meanders through the creek and swamps and woods between town and Spring Creek. The town recommends always carrying bear spray with you even in town due to the frequent wildlife sightings. We ran into a coyote who had just been in the water going after a duck.