And it is a pain to book, we called over a hundred times to get through. I was very impressed with all the national park campgrounds. Quiet. Bathrooms clean. Nice space. Shade trees. Great value. Just need to book ahead during busy season.
I have used 3 phones and spent 3 days for 2 hours each day hitting re-dial. Literally thousands of phone calls and Could never get through. There must be a better way to manage this process! Is there any other way to see this lake because all day trips are full and the campground is impossible to reach.
First of all, bring insect repellent. We were in the area in June and August and the mosquitoes were fierce at the campground and around Lake O'Hara. Lake Oesa and McArthur were fine so you can lose them by climbing. We tented close the group area in case our 4 year old needed to use the bathroom. We wanted to be close. That was a HUGE mistake. We didn't sleep because of people slamming lockers and bathroom doors into the wee hours of the night. Big groups tend to be partiers. This is a known problem for the campground. You will see bottles of wine, beers cans and such. Our son was exhausted the next day from the previous days' hiking and the lack of sleep from the drunks. We ended up leaving early because of lack of sleep. Don't expect to sleep here. Try to get a campsite as far away from the group area of possible to increase your chance of sleeping through the night. Measure your tent to make sure it will fit on the pad. You are only allowed one tent per site. You will have to take a second tent down even if it fits on your camping pad. This is enforced. It's difficult to get a reservation. Check the Parks Canada for the details, but plan on calling 3 months in advance at 8 am MST. Yes, you will get a busy signal. Keep trying until 10 am. In general, the other people that stay at the campground are great. You may even make some friends. Attention serious couple hikers - expect families and people who don't have backcountry tents. This is not your average backcountry campground. The main reason to stay here is to hike. The area has spectacular hiking. The campground is well treed. The facilities are clean. There are lockers. You can bring a lock for the locker. There are two cook tents, lots of picnic tables and a group fire pit area with benches. There is also a dishwashing station. The campground has potable water. There is a shed to store your gear on your last day (after you check out from the campground). Coffee and tea is available at the day use shelter. If you do come, please stay on the trail and don't pick the flowers. Heed the advice given by the Parks Canada staff.…
We had wanted to book the bus for a day trip to lake O’Hara but since those were gone within a few minutes of opening, we decided to try and get a campsite. After many calls and hundreds of redialing, we finally got through and were able to book 2 sites for 1 night. The campsite is excellent with lots of picnic tables, food storage lockers, clean toilets. We made the most of the 2 days by hiking a section of the alpine circuit on the first day and then to lake mcarthur on the second. Both hikes were excellent with amazing views, even with some smoke from nearby forest fires. We would love to return again for more next time (and more of that carrot cake).
We got a last minute cancellation spot for two night at the campground. Being around Lake O'Hara in mid Sept is Fall Colors bliss. It had snowed a bit and we hiked everywhere we could using microspikes for grip. The Campground itself was luxurious compared to an average backcountry camping experience. Facilities were cleaned daily, secure food storage was ample, quiet hours after 10pm were respected. We made friends around the fire and in the cooking huts. The carrot cake at the Le Relais hut was awesome as advertised. Highly recommended. Bring lots of food and gear for conditions.
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