Last year, I had great fun putting a post together about all the most picturesque places to pee around the world. Since then, Marc and I had a couple of amaaazing trips to the Canadian Rockies, and we discovered that Canada’s National Parks have dozens of ridiculously beautiful loos with views.
So, here is a slightly strange post about all the loos with views we found in the Canadian Rockies. I have to admit, I have only used a fraction of these. I just made sure I snapped a photo when we stopped to see the sights. Still, if you’d like to visit the Canadian Rockies but you have a weak bladder, don’t worry! These National Parks have got you covered.
The Tonquin trail head is just a couple of minutes drive away from the Marmot Basin Ski resort in Jasper. I love the gorgeous peak view sneaking up out of the forest. If you’d like to see more views from this area, you can read about skiing at Marmot Basin here.
Athabasca Falls is one of the first stops we made along the epic Icefields Parkway. This is probably Canada’s most picturesque highway, with truly spectacular views (and so, so many loos!) These pit toilets are located in the car park, so you can’t see the waterfall but you can hear the rushing water so nobody will hear you pee.
Icefields Parkway Viewpoint
There are quite a few rest stops along the Icefields Parkway that allow drivers to stop and admire the views. We didn’t stop at all of them, but this one did have a pretty fantastic view.
The pit toilets at Sunwapta falls are tucked into a corner of the car park next to the trees, so you can just capture a glimpse of the Sunwapta River. This is the start of a fun hike down to the lower falls, so it’s a very useful spot for a toilet!
Viewpoint: Stutfield Glacier
This view is so impressive! There is a posh pit-toilet opposite the Stutfield Glacier, right by the highway. Even if you don’t need to use the facilities, this is a fab place to stop! The road is quite high up, so you can look directly over to see the ice slowly grind its way down the cliff.
This is less than a mile away from the Stutfield Glacier viewpoint, so you probably won’t need the loo. Still, there is a gorgeous waterfall, right next to the highway aaaand a pit toilet just in case the sound of running water makes you need it…
Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre
This is another epic spot for a lavatory, I mean, this would be a good spot for anything as it so so pretty! Just outside the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre there are some pit toilets surrounded by snow, ice and spectacular views. These probably do not get much use, as there are posher toilets with running water a couple of minutes walk away.
If you decide to do the Toe of the Athabasca Glacier trail, There are some pit toilets in the middle of this epic landscape with amazing views up to the Athabasca Glacier. If you look carefully you can see them in the center of my photo below.
This is the view up close. Isn’t this a wonderful place for an outhouse!? It was incredibly quiet when we visited during the shoulder season, but this is a busy hike in the summer, so it’s great that they have such posh facilities.
This is another WC with a excellent waterfall and lakeside views. It even has glass in the top windows so you can see the mountains while you take care of your business.
Saskatchewan River Crossing
The Saskatchewan River Crossing was one of my favourite viewpoints along the Icefield Parkway. You can’t see those amazing views from the toilet, so you will need to walk a few steps for this one!
Lake Louise is one of the most popular places to visit in the Rockies, so I am sure you can imagine, they need a whole lot of washrooms! These are probably the poshest facilities on this list. They have running water, flushes and sometimes long lines! The loos have a mountain right behind them, but to see the main lake, you need to walk for about 100m.
Plain of the Six Glaciers Teahouse
We loved the hike from Lake Louise up to the Plain of the Six Glaciers. The hike finishes at a teahouse. But don’t worry, after you drink plenty of tea, there are some rustic outhouses nearby, with truly fabulous views of the mountains and golden larches.
Lake Agnes Teahouse
And if one beautiful teahouse is not enough for you, you can walk along the hightline trail to the Big Beehive and Lake Agnes. There is a second teahouse as well as a second set of rustic loos with views (through the trees).
Even when you leave the wilderness, you might still need a washroom within Banff. Don’t worry, this town looks after its guests. There are clean toilets with running water in the middle of town in the Banff Information center. It may not look like there are views from here as my photo is in the snow…but on sunny days you can see mountains even in the middle of Banff.
I have a feeling Lake Minnewanka must be really popular in the summertime! When we visited in April when it was still iced-over, and there were very few tourists. However there were multiple restrooms dotted around the lake, there may have been more privies than people!
If you head to the main car park there are large loos (probably with running water.) Even when those are closed for the winter, you’ll find multiple pit toilets with great views of the lake.
Upper Bankhead Parking Lot
This is the start of the fantastic C-level Cirque trail. We hiked in before the road was opened for the summer, so the main washrooms were closed. They had provided a couple of porta-potties, but these were put together with the doors facing each other to stop people using them. Ah well. We couldn’t use them, but they have brilliant views.
Two Jack Lake
This is a gorgeous lake surrounded by mountains (between Banff and Lake Minnewanka.) And yep, there is a pretty pit toilet here too.
There are a couple of pit toilets by the car park for the Hoodoos viewpoint in Banff. There is a great little hike to this spot (or you can cheat and drive over.) the views are gorgeous, although you’ll have to take a few steps away from the latrines to reach them.
Emerald Lake is another one of those beautiful areas that most visitors to the Yoho National Park are keen to see. If you come here when it’s not snowing, there is a gorgeous hike the Emerald Lake Loop, that you can walk around in less than 2 hours. Or, you can just take a photo of the pretty lake, and use the washrooms.
On the way to Emerald Lake you can also stop at an interesting rock formation that forms a natural bridge. The car park has yet more loos with views of the river, and surrounding mountains. These toilets are even decorated with cut-outs of salmon.
Giant tree boardwalk
On the edge of the Rockies in Mount Revelstoke National Park there are a couple of fun places to stop right next to the highway. The first is a boardwalk that goes through a grove of Giant Cedars. There are pit loos in the car park that were stocked with hand sanitizer and loo roll, even in the spring before the area is officially open.
Skunk Cabbage boardwalk
My final loo of this post is this large washroom at the Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk, less than a kilometer from the Giant Cedar trail mentioned above. This one was closed when we visited in April, but it has gorgeous views if you visit later in the spring/ summer.
I realize that nobody is going to go out of their way to travel to a toilet, but all these loos were near gorgeous sights, so hopefully now when you visit the Rockies, you will also take a few seconds to admire the lavatorial infrastructure.