Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ's
Can I run a
small generator on my RV in the
there is proper etiquette not to
disturb others. Do not run your
generator before 10AM and after 7PM.
If your generator is a loud older
model, expect to have your day
ruined. Inside the National Parks
generator use is now limited to
between 9AM -10:30AM and 5PM to 7PM
Can I pitch
a tent anywhere in the National
backcountry permits are required for
designated backcountry campgrounds.
There are a few areas that allow
random camping. Search the National
Parks web sites for details.
Banff National Park or
Jasper National Park.
Can you send
us some maps and guides for the
local area along with motels, B&B's
and other accommodations?
contacting local government agencies
Do you have a camping check list?
Yes, there is extensive camping checklist here.
took all the pictures found on www.albertawow.com ?
Townsend took all the photographs
found on this site in their natural
location. None of the pictures have
been staged or propped.
does a National Park Pass cost?
Current National Park Pass costs can
be found here.
How do you
make reservations for campgrounds?
official web site links that can be
found on all the Campground pages
listed on this site. Not all
campgrounds take reservations.
You'll need to check the official
web site for details.
More info here.
How did you
take those pictures of mushrooms,
lichens, fossils, etc.?
I leave the
camera's Macro setting on and carry
the camera in my back pocket or my
jacket breast pocket for quick
access. I pickup a short stick or
rock to rest the camera on for
stability. I find that the easier it
is to access the camera the more
pictures I take. Also frequent
stopping to dig through a pack can
be very annoying to others you're
Is a motor
home or trailer better?
pluses and minuses and are often
debated. In my opinion a motor home
is for road trips and touring and is
the best option for tourists. A
holiday trailer can also be used for
touring and is better suited for
spending more time in one area. The
holiday trailer allows you to leave
your temporary home in one spot and
then tour around with the tow
vehicle. You can also carry more
gear. If you're staying in a motor
home and need to or want to go
anywhere you'll have to break camp.
However, if you're a tourist
planning a holiday the motor home is
a perfect solution as you'll be on
the move from one campground to the
next. Rental (insurance) would be
cheaper as there is only one vehicle
involved. The National Parks are
full of rented motor homes and are
perfect for touring the parks.
mushroom I viewed on your web
sure which ones are edible, but I do
know for sure that several of them
are poisonous and if eaten or even
handled can lead to a gruesome
See the NAMA web site for poisoning
details. I did complete a
mushroom picking & identification
course. This certainly made me realize that
eating wild mushrooms is a risky
endeavor. Wondering if I was going
to get sick or die after eating what I had
picked just took the fun out of it.
I could never enjoy a meal with wild
especially if wine is served since
some mushrooms react badly to
alcohol. Although mushrooms are very
interesting to look at, the
microscopic spores found on the
gills can contain serious toxins.
Wash your hands well after handling
wild mushrooms. I quote a mycologist
who said the following "Fungal
species are too numerous to identify
and no one can claim to be an
expert. There are several deadly
look-alikes and some have not even
been documented". The deadly
look-alikes could be your last
What do you
We camp in
an 8.5 meter (28 foot) holiday
trailer. Any RV over 8.5 meters (28
feet) will severely limit it's use.
Most campgrounds will fit an 8.5
meter (28 foot) trailer comfortably.
For over 20 years we camped in a
tent and in some areas we miss it.
Backcountry tenting in the National
Parks can be a rewarding experience
to say the least. We have found over
the years, that we enjoy ourselves
much more with a few comfortable
amenities. There is a lot to be said
about a heated recreational vehicle
after spending a long day out in the
rain. When backpacking I use a good
quality 3-4 season tent.
What do you
take with you to eat?
holiday trailer or RV, you can take
and eat anything that you would find
When do you
to Late October. You could start
earlier and go later but the night
time temperature will drop below
zero. This of course is not a
problem when camping but can freeze
the trailer pipes when not in use. I
winterize our trailer at the end of
October and de-winterize in April.
Most of the National Park
campgrounds close in mid-September.
There are still several nice
campgrounds located throughout the
Rocky Mountains outside of the
National Parks. I've included an
official web site link for open and
closed dates on all the individual
campgrounds indexed on this web
site. This web site has an
Seasons' page showing
photographs the 1st of each month
for a one year period that will give
you a good idea of the monthly
temperature and conditions. If
you're planning a trip to Alberta I
would come between June15th and
September 30th. Early spring and
late fall can be colder but
considerably less crowded.
can I get a fishing license?
Parks and the province of Alberta
require a separate fishing license.
If you want to go fishing outside of
the National Parks you will need an
Alberta Fishing License. This
license can be obtained
online or at most sporting goods
stores. Larger store chains such as
Wal-Mart and Canadian Tire also sell
provincial fishing licenses. If you
want to go fishing in the National
Parks you will require a National
Parks Fishing Permit. This license
can be obtained inside the National
Parks at information centers, ranger
stations, hot pools, larger
campground kiosks as well as some
local retail outlets.
afraid of Bears?
bear encounters are extremely rare
and I don't let the fear of one ruin
an outing. However I'm
certainly aware of the dangers and
do all I can to avoid one. See 'Hiking
and venturing into bear country'.