With more than 1000 kilometres of trails and routes to choose from, backcountry camping is a great way to experience the rugged and untamed wilderness of Jasper National Park. The park offers something for everyone, from easy, one-night escapes to 10-day adventures.

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Book your backcountry permit:

2020
2021
  • 2021 Reservation launch: April 16, 2021 at 8 am MDT

Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts

What is open?

Most of Jasper’s backcountry trails and campgrounds resumed on June 22.

Fiddle River campgrounds are not recommended because the 17 km access road to Miette Hot Springs is closed to vehicles until further notice.

For campgrounds that are open, all existing bookings remain valid. If you have a reservation but cannot come to Jasper, please cancel your booking so the sites are available for others. You can cancel for a full refund online at reservation.pc.gc.ca or using our telephone service at 1-877-737-3783 (519-826-5391 from outside of Canada/USA).

The Parks Canada Reservation System reopened for new bookings in Jasper National Park on:

  • Jasper backcountry: June 24 at 8 am MDT
  • Jasper frontcountry: June 25 at 8 am MDT

It is illegal to camp anywhere in Jasper without a valid camping permit.

Please be aware of the following:

  • Backcountry campgrounds are not cleaned by staff.
  • Visit the trail report for trail updates.

FAQ – Camping

Are backcountry campgrounds cleaned regularly?

Backcountry campgrounds are not cleaned by staff. As always, you are responsible for your own safety.

What should I bring?
  • Please bring along your own hand sanitizer and cloth mask.
  • Pack out all your garbage, including wipes. Bring a bag to carry out all your garbage
  • Do not dispose of anything in backcountry toilets and do not leave anything behind in food lockers. Staff will not clean them
Do I need to share backcountry campgrounds with others?

Yes, you may be sharing a campground with other groups.

  • Follow physical distancing and other public health guidelines and respect other visitors
  • Wear your mask when you cannot maintain a distance of 2 m (6’) from others
  • Clean tables, lockers and toilet seats before and after you use them. They are not cleaned by Parks Canada staff
  • Pack out all your garbage, including wipes. Do not throw anything into the toilets
  • It is important to remember that you are visiting a park under unusual circumstances; please be kind and patient with each other
Are Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) huts open?

Please visit the ACC website for information on their huts.

Are commercial backcountry lodges open?

Please contact the lodges directly for information.

I need help to plan my backcountry trip. Can I talk to Parks Canada staff?

Information staff are available by phone and email from 9 am to 5 pm daily. In person service is not available at this time. Because of the high volume of calls and emails, our staff will not be able to help with detailed backcountry trip planning.

Please visit our backcountry page for detailed trip planning information.

How can I report issues?

We welcome your trip reports and any issues you have encountered on your trip. Please email them to our information staff.