Camping in Canmore is limited to two choices, but east of town are three other campgrounds. Along the Bow Valley Trail toward Banff is Rundle Mountain Campground (403/678-2131 or 866/678-2267, $28 to 34), opposite the motel of the same name. It is rather crowded and usually filled with larger RVs but does offer showers, laundry facilities, and full hookups. Continuing westward around 200 metres and on the other side of the road is Wapiti Campground (403/678-9511, www.wapiticamping.com, May-Oct., $25 to 35), where sites are better spaced, but the trade-off is noise from the highway. Wapiti also has firepits and firewood for sale at $8 per bundle.
East of Town
East of Canmore are three government campgrounds operated by Bow Valley Campgrounds (403/673-2163, www.bowvalleycampgrounds.com). Each has pit toilets, kitchen shelters, and firewood for sale at $8 per bundle. None have hookups. Bow River Campground (late Apr. to early Sept., unserviced sites $24, powered sites $36) is three kilometers (1.9 miles) east of Canmore at the Three Sisters Parkway overpass; Three Sisters Campground (mid-Apr. to Oct., $24) is accessed from Deadman’s Flats, a further four kilometers (2.5 miles) east, but it has a pleasant treed setting; while Lac des Arcs Campground (late Apr. to mid-Sept., $24) slopes down to the edge of a large lake of the same name seven kilometers (4.3 miles) farther toward Calgary.