Camping within Canmore town limits is limited to a single choice, but east of town are three provincial park campgrounds. Along the Bow Valley Trail toward Banff is WAPITI CAMPGROUND (403/678-9511, May-Oct.), where sites are close together and there is noise from the highway, but all sites are first-come, first-served. Wapiti also has firepits and firewood for sale.
Camping East of Canmore
East of Canmore are three government campgrounds operated by BOW VALLEY CAMPGROUNDS (403/673-2163). Each has pit toilets, kitchen shelters, and firewood for sale. None have hookups. BOW RIVER CAMPGROUND (late Apr. to early Sept.) is three kilometres (1.9 miles) east of Canmore at the Three Sisters Parkway overpass; THREE SISTERS CAMPGROUND (mid-Apr. to Oct.) is accessed from Deadman’s Flats, a further four kilometres (2.5 miles) east, but it has a pleasant treed setting; while LAC DES ARCS CAMPGROUND (late Apr. to mid-Sept.) slopes down to the edge of a large lake of the same name seven kilometres (4.3 miles) farther toward Calgary.