Ever since last summer when I admitted to you that, yes, I went BAMPING (backyard camping), I’ve been bombarded with phone calls and texts during our morning show from you guys poking me about when I was going camping, where I was going camping and what I was going to bring.
(I made the mistake of admitting that years ago, my friends and I went camping and my expert outdoorsy friends said it’s always a good idea to bring extra underwear because you can put them on your head at night as a head-warmer if necessary. Crazy? Maybe. Were they screwing with me? Likely. But Jeff and his buddies also take tampons on their fishing trip to plug nose bleeds!)
During my week off, my family stayed two nights at Tunnel Mountain Village Campground, just a few kilometres from the town of Banff. (Banff itself was incredibly busy. Remember there’s the new bus service that takes you to Canmore or Banff for $10 one way).
Tunnel Mountain is a gorgeous campsite with absolutely immaculate bathrooms and showers and a separate area to wash dishes. I read one review on TripAdviser that warned it’s tough to start camping in Banff and then go to other camp sites because the facilities just can’t compare.
If I can go camping, you can go camping. I grew up spending summers at my parents cottage where we had all the luxuries, including a VCR and even a Commodore 64 computer. (It was the 1980s!) Rainy days were spent playing Trouble and Monopoly and then my parents would let us play some Frogger on the computer.
[What NOT to do while camping? How about taking a bear selfie. Check out Global Calgary’s report on tourists taking bear pictures HERE. (Seriously).]
We already owned a tent and a few sleeping bags. Here’s some other things we bought this week to make a two-night trip possible:
- Cast iron frying pan (for bacon in the morning);
- Pie-iron cooker (so we could make grilled cheese sandwiches);
- Coffee Percolator (buying this was non-negotiable);
- Wienie/marshmallow roasting sticks;
- Coleman stove (Just in case the fire plan didn’t work).
I would love to know your favourite camping spots – anywhere in North America. What’s your fave place to camp – and any extra things to do in the area that area that are must see? – Sarah