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    Banff, Alberta, Canada: Do Canadian national parks allow hammocks?

    Greetings
    Wondering if anyone knows if hanging is allowed in Canadian National Parks, e.g. Banff.
    I've written Parks Canada; haven't heard anything.
    Thought I'd ask here.
    Experiences in Banff/Jasper?

    TIA

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    it is very hit and miss, i have been told it is not allowed, by 1 ranger and had others just pass me by,i don't think they have any real policy on it, i have never seen any other hangers while I have been there though either. if you are going off trail they have a new rule about you must have 4 in a group in some places ,apparently 1 human is not sufficient to feed the bears ,sry I could not be of more help

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    Yes it's allowed. Just be respectful to the Rangers. Some of them are arses. Most are really good.

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    I hope you get to enjoy hanging in the Banff area. I skied there years ago. Some real eye candy!
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    In the major parks most tourists don't venture very far, 1/2 mile , and sometimes you'll find that your only allowed to camp in the designated site and not on the trees a few meters away. This is an effort to lower impact on the forest, a good idea, so get off the beaten track a bit,,,,, visit some of the trails that take a little more effort and you'll find fewer people and fewer regs.
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    Thanks, all
    I'm on a motorcycle tour with a buddy. Hammocks save space over the tent/poles/pegs. So I'd be in designated camp sites. I've written the Park HQ and still waiting to hear their official reply. As with many things, I suspect the Rule is one thing, the application thereof is large dependent on the person on the ground.
    Again: thank you!

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    Seeing as your on a motorcycle i would spend some time googling motorcycle trips in the Canadian Rockies and see if you can glean any tips.
    I've been through the Banff area numerous times on a motorcycle but didn't stay in the park. When are you going?. Just so you know ,Alberta side of the Rockies can have some fierce side winds, as in travelling to or from Calgary or on hyway 22.
    The hyway between golden and revelstoke is cool.
    If you pass by the Kootenays the Nelson, kaslo,new denver, slocan loop is great as is the hyway from creston to Kootenay Bay.
    If you get up to Jasper check our Maligne Lake
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    I stayed in Jasper National Park last night with 2 hammocks in our site. Also saw somebody else in the campground with a hammock set up. Didn't have any problems at all. However, this is technically winter season which seems to be synonymous with "do what you want".

    I had emailed Jasper HQ earlier this year with questions about hammocks in the back country. I'm guessing that an official response for front country would be similar to this:

    Back-country regulations state that you have to be camped on a tent pad at designated campgrounds, you may find this challenging with a hammock as sometimes there is no where to tie a hammock up on a tent pad.

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    Another option for camping is forest service rec sites. Not as busy, not as developed, usually placed by some natural feature like a creek or waterfall , lake etc.. Usually don't accommodate RV's and big rigs so quieter.
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    Just heard from the Officials in Banff:
    "Thank you for your inquiry regarding the use of hammocks in Banff National Park. At this time, the use of hammocks is not allowed in any of our campgrounds. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you."
    There you have it!
    I'm guessing a large part of the reason is sheer volume. When I went to reserve camp sites it took 20 minutes for the web page to load. Some campgrounds are booked solid for the season. Even the most carefully used straps/padding/fertilizer/soft-speech-to-the-trees wouldn't leave the trees unscathed.
    Bummer.

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