STARS: 4 of 5
BANFF NATIONAL PARK - LAKE LOUISE, ALBERTA, CANADA: GPS 51.4103° N, 116.1715° W
This campground is laid out with huge "double" pull-throughs that are designed to have one vehicle pull-in in one direction, and the other RV in the opposite direction. If people get with the program, it works well. The catch is the electric hook-ups are on the opposite side from your utility cords, so you must have a really long utility cord or an extension cord. We were okay with just our standard cord, but ours is fairly long. They have the utilities on the perimeter so that there aren't poles to navigate in the middle of the double pull-through area. By the way, all of the pull-throughs are about the same size, but if we went back we'd probably try to get one by the bathrooms because they are singles instead of doubles (i.e, you don't have a neighbor).
Unfortunately we had big rigs or inconsiderate drivers almost every night we were there, so we felt a bit claustrophobic even though it could have felt very spacious.
The bathrooms were clean and had flush toilets and running water. There are showers (I think there were 5 in the bathroom). They are tiled nicely and in the early part of the day they were clean, but later in the day they bordered on gross.
The location was ideal for visiting Lake Louise and Lake Moraine. Both were only a 10 minute drive or so, and the visitor center and shopping area (with a liquor store, by the way) and gas stations were even closer.
We arrived the first day that reservations were accepted, so the line to check in was very long. They did manage it well, though, and had enough staff that it only took us about 30 minutes to get through.
We had friends visiting who stayed in our trailer for 4 nights while we tent camped in the soft-side area. We stayed in A20 which was nice, but A18 is better because it is a bit more private.
There is a bear fence around the perimeter of the soft-side/tent camping area which definitely made me feel safer in terms of large critters.
Not every site (trailer or tent) has firepits, and those that do require you to pay an extra $8 (Canadian dollars) to use it. For that fee, all of the firewood you want is provided, so it's not that outrageous.
They have a huge dump set up with 6 rows of dumps. They have potable water there, too.
We did have T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T cellular, but not streaming capability.