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Jasper National Park

Camping in Jasper

Camping in Jasper 

Jasper is a year-round camping destination and can accommodate anything from a one-person bivy tent to a 39 foot motorhome, and everything in between.

At all campgrounds, firewood is included with the purchase of a fire permit, bear proof lockers are offered for safe food storage, and log cookhouses are available in case the weather isn’t cooperating.

To maintain the family-friendly atmosphere that attracts millions here every year, quiet hours, including a liquor and fire curfew, are enforced by park wardens between 11pm and 7am.

Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot in the forest, or a sunny family atmosphere close to town, Jasper has a campsite with your name on it.

HAPPY CAMPING!

  • Parks Canada Reservation Service
  • Camping Information
  • Featured VIDEO Campfire Program
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Winter camping
  • Backcountry camping



    2014 Parks Canada Reservation Service

    RESERVE - RELAX - EXPERIENCE! 

    You can reserve Whistlers, Wapiti and Wabasso campgrounds on-line at www.reservation.parkscanada.gc.ca or by telephone at 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783). All other roadside campgrounds operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

    For backcountry campsites, please check the campsite availability report and call the Trail Office at 780-852-6177 to make a booking. Visit pc.gc.ca/jasperbackcountry for further information on backcountry camping.


    2014 Camping Information

    FEES

    Campground Location from townsite Open         Close           PWS ELEC UNS PRIM SHO
    Whistlers 3.5 km south May 2 Oct 13 120  126 535   X
    Wapiti 5.4 km south May 16 May 19   86  276    X
    June 20 Sep 21   86  278    X
    Wapiti Winter 5.4 km south Oct 13 May 1/2015   40 53   X
    Wabasso 16.5 km south June 20 Sep 1    51 180    
    Pocahontas 45 km east May 16 Sept 7     140    
    Snaring River 13 km east May 16 Sep 14       66  
    Kerkeslin 36 km south June 20 Sep 1       42  
    Honeymoon Lake  52.5 km south June 20 Sep 1       35  
    Jonas Creek  78 km south May 16 Sep 1       25  
    Columbia Icefield 106 km south May 16 Oct 13       33  
    Wilcox 107.5 km south June 6 Sept 28       46  

    Icefields Centre RV
    (Trailers and RVs only. Water & fire not available on site)

    105 km south April 1  Oct 31 100

    PWS : Power, Water, Sewer ELEC : Electricity UNS : no hook-ups, flush toilets PRIM : dry toilets SHO : showers



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    Campfire Program at Wabasso and Wilcox Campgrounds

  • Whistlers

    Can accommodate most sizes of motorhomes and trailers

    Map of Whistlers Campground

    Cottage Tent in Jasper National Park Cottage Tent in Jasper National Park © Parks Canada

    A family trip to Whistlers campground has something for everyone: A playground for the kids, hot showers for mom and a chance for dad to show off his fire-making skills. Parks Canada interpreters put on evening shows all summer long, and a new interpretive trail running through the campground means it’s an easy walk or bike ride to town for an ice cream afterward.

    Those looking to camp for the first time are invited to try the new cottage tents where you can rough it without getting your clothes too ruffled – bring your own food, drinks, axe and bedding, and Parks Canada will take care of everything else.

    This is the largest of Jasper’s campgrounds, with 781 sites and modern amenities including hot and cold running water, showers that don’t need tokens to stay running, and electrical and full hook-up sites for RVs.




     

    Wapiti

    Can accommodate most sizes of motorhomes and trailers

    Map of Wapiti campgound

    On the shore of the Athabasca River, Wapiti campground has nice private sites for tenting and electrical hook up spots for RVs. However, what makes Wapiti unique is that it operates year-round, offering 362 sites in the summer, and 93 winter camping spots with amenities like hot showers, electricity and fire rings.

    Wapiti is a great campsite for family outings at any time of year. It’s close to town for supply runs or rainy day movies, and in the winter campers often get first crack at the slopes and cross country trails (because to really appreciate a campfire, you have to use it to thaw your ski boots!)

    Wabasso

    Best suited for tenting, and motorhomes and trailers under 27 feet

    Map of Wabasso Campground

    Elk Just another day in Jasper's campgrounds © C. Whitty

    With pristine views, rushing river water and now, electrical sites for small RVs, Wabasso lets you get away from it all, without getting rid of it all, so bring your rice cooker and your coffee maker!

    This quiet campground is tucked away on the 93A, a secondary highway offering excellent road biking opportunities, particularly in the fall. This is a good staging area for overnight treks into the backcountry and shorter day trips to Moab Lake and Athabasca falls.

    Wabasso features heated bathrooms with lights, flush toilets, and hot and cold running water.

    Honeymoon Lake

    Best suited for tenting, and motorhomes and trailers under 25 feet

    Map of Honeymoon Lake Campground 

    Being able to replace ringing phones, noisy traffic and city smog with roaring waterfalls, quiet lakeside strolls and the smell of bacon cooking over a campfire gives you a sense of how Honeymoon campground got its name.

    Just down the road from Sunwapta Falls, on the shores of Honeymoon Lake, this campground features rustic amenities in an intimate, 35-site setting.
    Opportunities abound for any level of family adventure in the area, and range from a backcountry trip to Big Bend campground, a day on the water at Honeymoon, Osprey or Buck Lakes, or an evening of dining and drinks at the Sunwapta falls restaurant.

    Campground facilities are rustic, and include picnic tables, metal fire rings, outhouses and a natural canoe launch.

    Kerkeslin

    Best suited for tenting, and motorhomes and trailers under 25 feet

    Map of Kerkeslin Campground

    This quiet, shady campground is an excellent stop-over for RVers and cyclists looking for absolute peace and quiet, as it’s one of the more overlooked campgrounds in Jasper National Park. Campground facilities are rustic, with picnic tables, outhouses, metal fire rings and a natural canoe launch.

    In fact, Kerkeslin is home to one of the best-kept secrets in Jasper. Experienced canoeists and backcountry enthusiasts can launch a canoe into the river and skip an 8km slog of an otherwise world-class hike to one of Jasper’s crown jewels – the Fryatt Valley.

    Jonas Creek

    Best suited for tenting, and motorhomes and trailers under 27 feet

    Map of Jonas Creek Campground

    Get a taste of the backcountry, without the sweat and stinky boots. A night at Jonas can either be spent within earshot of the babbling creek or, for more hardy campers, up on a hillside immersed in the forest, away from it all.

    Less-busy than the campgrounds closer to town, Jonas is also a nice overnight stop for RV’rs or cyclists who just need a quiet place to put up for the night.

    Campground facilities are basic, and include outhouses, picnic tables and metal fire rings.

    Columbia Icefield

    Tenting only

    Map of Columbia Icefield Campground

    Down the road from the world-renowned Columbia Icefields, this campground puts you on the doorstep of some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet. Glacier views are had from most campsites and from the windows of the cozy log cookhouses.

    Glacier geeks can get their fix in the interactive glacier gallery at the icefields centre, and even hitch a ride onto the glacier itself on a Brewster snow coach. More adventuresome travellers can book a guided walk on the glacier.

    Campground facilities are rustic, and include outhouses, picnic tables and metal fire rings. In the winter, the unserviced icefield centre parking lot is available for self-contained RVs.

    Wilcox Creek

    Best suited for motorhomes and trailers under 27 feet

    Map of Wilcox Creek Campground

    Sitting at the base of one of Jasper’s premiere dayhikes, with which it shares its name, Wilcox campground is also down the road from the Columbia icefield, offering access to a variety of family friendly amenities and day trips.

    Campground facilities are rustic, and include outhouses, picnic tables, cook shelters and metal fire rings.

    Wilcox in Winter

    Hardy campers who wish to stay in the Columbia Icefields area are permitted to tent at the Wilcox Pass Trailhead. Note that this site is unmaintained during the winter. No water, garbage collection or maintenance services are offered. Please pack-out what you pack in and be aware that snowfall may impact access to privies. Fires are not permitted. After a snowfall, parking areas are ploughed only after all roads are cleared. Campers should be prepared with shovels.

    The Wilcox Trailhead site requires a bivy/camping permit. Call 780-852-6177 for information.

    Pocahontas

    Best suited for tenting, and motorhomes and trailers under 27 feet

    Map of Pocahontas Campground

    Pocahontas is a secluded gem, nestled just inside the east boundary of the park on the Miette road.

    While the babbling creek and quiet, spacious sites are nice, this campground’s best feature is the nearby trailhead for Sulphur Skyline and Utopia Pass – two spectacular hikes that conclude with a soak at the world famous Miette Hotsprings.

    Pocohontas offers basic services, including running water, fire rings and flush toilets. Restaurants, gift shops and a cafe are located nearby along the Miette road, and the town of Jasper is 30 minutes away.

    Snaring River

    Best suited for tenting, and motorhomes and trailers under 27 feet

    Map of Snaring Campground 

    Snaring has a nice mix of campsites, ranging from private and well-treed to wide open and sunny. There are even a few spots along the river with dramatic views of jagged peaks.

    While the riverside sites are often the first to go, there are some equally good spots in the walk-in tenting area that don’t fill up as fast. They just require that you park your car and carry your stuff a short way to set up, where bear-proof lockers are provided for food storage

    While services here are simple, with outhouses and fire rings taking care of the basics, this is one of the more popular campgrounds in Jasper, so plan on arriving early.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q – When can I run my generator?
    A – Generators can be used, to supply power to sleeping units, between the hours of 8:00-9:30am and 5:00-7:00pm

    Q – How many people are permitted on a campsite?
    A – Up to 6 people, or parents and their dependant children, using up to one vehicle and one camping unit, are allowed per site.

    Q – Where can I make a reservation?
    A – Parks Canadas Campground Reservation Service is online at www.reservation.parkscanada.gc.ca, or by phoning 1-877 RESERVE (737-3783) on April 3, 2013 - 8:00 a.m. Mountain Time, Bookings for Whistlers, Wabasso and Wapiti campgrounds. All other campgrounds operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Q – When’s check out time?
    A – 11:00 am at all campgrounds.

    Q – Where can I have a shower?
    A – Whistlers and Wapiti campground include showers with camping fees. Paid admission to Miette Hotsprings include showers, and is a good option for those staying at Pocahontas campground.

    Q – I’m coming with a big group, where can I stay?
    A – Jasper has two group campgrounds for you to choose from. Both group campgrounds are available in the spring, summer and fall months and can be reserved by calling 780-852-6181. Group campgrounds are ideal for visitors with a large group of tenters, such as a Scouts trip, school trip, outdoor club or family re-union.

    Jasper Airstrip offers a dramatic location amongst meadows and mountains, perfect for any special group or wedding! © A Different Angle Photography  Jasper Airstrip offers a dramatic location amongst meadows and mountains, perfect for any special group or wedding! © A Different Angle Photography

    Q- I’m coming with a big group, but just need a place during the day- and we don’t need to spend the night. Where can we go?
    A- Jasper has an excellent reservable group picnic and day-use area located a short drive east of the townsite on Highway 16. The Jasper Airstrip is a great location for a variety of events, weddings and special private functions. It offers a striking location with an array of peaks in all directions, a privy, cook shelter and plenty of wide open meadows. Call 780-852-6181 to discuss available options ideally suited to your needs. A variety of non-reservable group picnic areas are also found throughout Jasper National Park, with tables, privies and cook shelters.

    Q – Where can I fill up or dump my trailer’s water tanks?
    A - Whistlers, Wapiti, Wabasso and Wilcox creek campgrounds all offer dumping stations, A dump station can also be found in the Jasper townsite industrial park.

    Q – Do I need to worry about bears at my campsite?
    A – Yes and No. It depends on you and your actions when camping in bear country. Bears are naturally wary of people, but can become a serious hazard if they become used to human-created food sources. Keep a clean campsite and ensure that anything associated with food, cooking, personal hygiene and pets, is stored in your vehicle or in the provided lockers when you’re not using it. Do not take food or anything associated with it into your tent. Not only is it the safe thing to do, it’s also a requirement of camping in any national park. For tips and information on keeping your campsite safe, in bear country, check out the Bare Campsite program for helpful information: BARE Campsite PDF link.  The ''Bare'' Campsite Program

    Q – How do I have a campfire? Do I need to bring my own wood?
    A – First, purchase a campfire permit when you register for your campsite. Campfire permits can be purchased for all campsites that have a metal fire pit. Next, pick up your from the central firewood supply. Firewood is already split and available for your use within the campground. With your campfire permit, firewood is free to use, within reason. So there’s no need to bring your own firewood from home.

    Q – Are special sites available for those with limited mobility?
    A – Yes – special campsites are available at Whistlers, Pocahontas and Wabasso Campgrounds that are relatively flat, large and close to the bathrooms.

    Q - When’s the best time of year to camp in Jasper?
    A – Camping is actually available year round in Jasper National Park. Each season brings opportunities for experiencing the national park in many different ways.

    Summer- all camping options are open and available in Jasper National Park. Campgrounds are at their busiest- nightly interpretive shows are available at Whistlers and several other outlying campgrounds including Wabasso and Wilcox Creek.

    Spring/Fall- the crowds are gone and the weather is- excellent, especially in September and October. Some of the outlying campgrounds are closed until mid June or after Labour Day.
    Wapiti, Whistlers and Wilcox Creek offer some good camping options after the peak summer has come and gone.

    Winter- Wapiti winter campground opens and has electrical plug-ins and a heated shower available. Just a short drive from Marmot Basin and very close to Jasper’s wonderful winter trails, this is a great place to rest and an affordable option for many who want to experience Jasper’s winter splendor!

    Accommodations

    Jasper has hotels, hostels and home accomodations to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

    Learn more about hotel and bungalow/cabin accommodation

    Learn more about home accomodation

    Learn more about hostel accomodation


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