Making Travel Arrangements
If you are flying into Calgary or Edmonton International Airports, you should plan your trip so that you arrive a day before you are scheduled to be picked up by our stagecoach at the Bighorn Campground. Most guests rent or drive their own cars, vans, or RV’s to our staging site. If you need to rent, most car rental agencies have offices and vehicles at both airports. Van transfers from our staging site to and from Calgary International Airport, can be arranged through us. Please note however, that due to our remote location, van transfers are generally more expensive than car rental as they operate from Banff, Canmore or Calgary. Information on helicopter transfer is also available. Please let us know if we can help with these arrangements.
Approximate Driving Times
Calgary to Bighorn via Hwy 2 north, 2.5 hrs
Edmonton to Bighorn via Hwy 2 south 4.5 hrs
Banff to Bighorn via Hwy 40 north, 2.5 hrs
Banff to Bighorn via Hwy 22 north, 3 hrs
The times above may vary due to weather, road and traffic conditions. The Coal Camp Road to the Mountain Aire Lodge, the Forestry Trunk Road to the Mountain Aire Lodge and the Ranch Road to the Bighorn Campground are gravel roads for most of the way. Please arrive at the Bighorn Campground ON TIME. Due to our remote backcountry location, we allow for only one stagecoach departure from the Bighorn to The Outpost daily. We are not responsible for missed connections at the Bighorn, and we will charge a transport fee if additional pick up arrangements need to be arranged. There is no phone coverage in the Bighorn or any of the gravel roads in. The last fuel stops are in Sundre and Canmore (15 miles east of Banff).
If you are travelling by car or van, free parking is available at our staging site at the Bighorn Campground for the duration of your stay. We are tucked in behind the washrooms just past the one way road sign as you drive into the campground. Look for the wagons and stagecoach! We haven’t lost anyone yet!
Banff is our home in the off season and our office location year round. If you are interested in combining a visit to The Outpost with a holiday in Banff National Park, The Calgary Stampede or Sundre’s beautiful west country we are happy to provide information on how you may book accommodations (hotels, campgrounds, bed & breakfasts) and local activities and sightseeing opportunities.
For hotel bookings in Banff, please contact Banff Accommodations and Reservations at 1 877 226 3348 or www.banffinfo.com . You can view Bed & Breakfast stays at www.deervalleyalberta.com and www.rustlers-lodge.com for Sundre and www.banffbedandbreakfast.org for Banff.
For local activities, sightseeing and fun things to do please contact Banff Lake Louise tourism at www.banfflakelouise or Banff.com at www.banff.com. If you are wishing to camp in Banff (tent or RV), try Tunnel Mountain 5 minutes from downtown Banff. You can reserve a site in advance at Tunnel Mountain by calling 1-877-RESERVE or book it online at www.pccamping.ca. Two Jack Lake 15 minutes outside the Banff townsite is available on a first come first serve basis, and no advanced reservations are permitted. If you are looking for Hotel and provincial recreation areas and campgrounds closer to our staging site at the Bighorn Campground, we recommend you visit www.sundrechamber.com.
For a full list (in one place) of things to do, see, visit and stay, please visit our links page.