I like to spend some time camping on weekends that are not already committed to something else.
One of the closest areas is around Abraham Lake, which is on highway 11, which intersects the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper.
Camping is available in established campgrounds with some facilities, or in a random fashion along existing trails along the lake and North Saskatchewan river.
I prefer the random version as there is more variety available, I don't need any facilities, and it is easier to choose your neighbors!
Copper Tipi with plaques.
Abraham Lake is a reservoir created in 1972 by the creation of the Bighorn Dam. The east end of the lake around the dam is getting very popular with quads and ATV's, many likely displaced from now closed areas elsewhere. It is a very pretty area, but if you don't like quads, don't camp here!
Just below the dam and powerhouse.
Question: Why are there power lines leading to the power plant? (As well as the big lines leading away?) Hmm. Figure that one out!
Myself, I usually prefer areas more to the west down the lake, but toured the area of the dam on a recent visit.