My son had been away visiting my family, so I loaded up the new rig and headed south to Calgary to pick him up from the airport. He was excited to see the 'new' trailer at the airport!
We headed west toward the Rockies, destination unknown. I decided to let my son pick between Kananaskis Country or Banff/Lake Louise area. He chose the later as he hadn't camped in that area before, so we ended up on the old highway, the 'Bow Valley Parkway'. We were taking our chances, with it being a long weekend coming up and having no campground reservations.
We headed into Johnston Canyon Campground, about half way between Banff and Lake Louise. There were TWO sites left to chose from. We chose the lesser of the two evils and left the trailer hooked up for the night, hoping to switch sites in the morning. (NOTE TO SELF: when switching sites in the future, make sure to crank that new roof vent shut BEFORE hitting the tree with it!
Discovered that running the fridge
on 12v while driving had all but killed the battery
on the way there and we didn't have enough juice to do anything but run the lights
for the weekend (ah, just like old times in the Boler!
) Another shake down trip is going to be necessary before long to try out a new battery
About the campground.
I found that most of the sites were very close together, especially for a park in the Rockies. Many of the sites, like the one we had the first night, are geared towards tents not trailers. Due to the small sites and locations of trees and permanent fire pits, many sites do not allow you to put your trailer in so that it opens facing the site, which to me is a necessity for convenience. They had hot and cold running water in the bathrooms and showers in two of the bathroom buildings as well. For some reason firewood was not available, although fires were allowed.
The campground is bordered by the creek that runs through the Johnston Canyon. The canyon is right across the main road from the campground, and within easy walking distance.
I would stay there again, but I would go during a less busy time for more site selection. There are also two or three other campgrounds along this road between Banff and Lake Louise, so we would probably try one of those first, just to see if the sites are more secluded.
The first night's 'campsite':