Frontcountry camping

Whirlpool Winter Hub and camping
In addition to over 25 km of groomed cross-country ski trails that begin from here, this hub offers a winter shelter and winter camping. Camping is available on a first-come, first-serve self-registration basis. There are sites for tents as well as RVs. Note: there is no power or water on site.

Wapiti campground
Wapiti is a great campsite for family outings at any time of year. It’s close to town for supply runs 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!).

Campgrounds and services
  • Camping season dates are approximate; please confirm at information centres prior to heading out.
  • Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early.
  • All winter campgrounds are self-registration.
  • Daily fire permits cost $8.80 extra.
  • Camping permitted in designated campgrounds only. 

Backcountry camping

Hidden Cove 
8 km return 
Trailhead: End of Maligne Lake Road, 48 km from Jasper Townsite 
Located 4 km down Maligne Lake, Hidden Cove can be reached by fat bike, snowshoes and skis. A great family campground with four tent pads, a fire pit, picnic tables, a grey water pit, a cook shelter and food storage lockers. Safe ice travel between mid-January and early April. 

Big Bend  
14 km return
Trailhead: Sunwapta Falls, 54.4 km south of Jasper on Highway 93
Rolling along the upper Athabasca Valley, this trail follows a wide fire road. The campground is accessible by skis, snowshoes or fat bike. This trail takes you to a campsite with incredible views of Dragon Peak and the Athabasca River. There are four tent pads, picnic tables, a fire pit and food storage cables.

Wilcox Winter
Wilcox parking lot, 106 km south of Jasper on Highway 93
Located on the Icefields Parkway, Wilcox is a simple bivouac campsite for mountaineers next to the highway.

*Bivouacking permits can be obtained through the Jasper Information Centre. Apply in-person, contact jnp.info@pc.gc.ca or call 780-852-6176.

How to book your backcountry experience

A backcountry permit is required to camp in Jasper’s backcountry. For more information or to obtain a permit,
call 1-877-737-3783 or visit reservation.pc.gc.ca