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2018 Backpacker's Loft Campervans

What to do on rainy days?

The weather in the Rocky Mountains can be very unpredictable.


The outer shell of the roof top tent is very sturdy and protects you from rain and snow. The tent itself is made of durable poly-cotton which makes it waterproof, wind proof and retains more heat for better comfort.

 

Being elevated from the ground the rain and mud cannot get into the tent.  
However in case it is pouring rain or the nights are a little chilly, and you do not want to spend the night in the tent, there are some dry and warm alternatives along the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper.

 

Hostels along the Icefields Parkway


HI Banff Alpine Centre
In Banff
Free Wi-Fi
All linens are provided
Local bus passes are complimentary.
2 guest kitchens, a relaxed restaurant and a pair of decks with mountain views


Samesun Banff
A 6-minute walk from downtown Banff
Free Wi-Fi
Complimentary breakfast buffet
A guest kitchen, a lounge and patio seating, laundry facilities


Banff International Hostel
A 7-minute walk from downtown Banff
Free Wi-Fi
Linens are included, and towels are available for a fee.
Free continental breakfast, a guest kitchen, 2 common rooms, computers and laundry facilities


HI Lake Louise Alpine Centre
In Lake Louise
Private rooms are also available; some have private bathrooms.
Free Wi-Fi
Linens included
On-site restaurant and 2 guest kitchens
Patio and barbecue area, a sauna, guest laundry facilities, and 2 common rooms with fireplaces


HI Castle Mountain
Halfway between Banff and Lake Louise, just off the Bow Valley Parkway

HI Mosquito Creek Wilderness Hostel
29 km (18 mi) north of Lake Louise and 6 km (4 mi) south of Crowfoot Glacier
Off-the-grid living: no electricity & no running water
Guest kitchen, a common room and a sauna


HI Rampart Creek Wilderness Hostel
92 km (57 mi) north of Lake Louise and 35 km (22 mi) south of the Columbia Icefield Centre
About half way between Banff and Jasper
Off-the-grid living: no electricity & no running water


HI Beauty Creek
87 km (54 mi) south of Jasper and 17 km (11 mi) north of the Columbia Icefield
Off-the-grid living: no electricity & no running water
Outdoor toilets


HI Athabasca Falls
33 km (20 mi) south of Jasper
Walking distance to Athabasca Falls
Huge kitchen and lounge
Off-the-grid living: solar powered, fresh mountain well water
Toilets are outside, and there are no showers
A shared kitchen and a common room, plus a deck, a barbecue and a fire pit


HI Maligne Canyon
In Jasper
Off-the-grid living: no electricity & no running water


HI Jasper
There are also 4 private rooms.
Free Wi-Fi
A guest kitchen, a TV room and a common room with a fireplace
There's also a patio, a fire pit and a BBQ


Jasper Downtown Hostel
Free Wi-Fi
A lounge, a kitchen and guest laundry