New reservations for Jasper National Park backcountry camping are open. Not all services or facilities are open, so please see details below before you reserve.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts
What is open?

Backcountry camping in Jasper resumed on June 22 for existing backcountry reservations holders. Most of Jasper’s backcountry trails and campgrounds are open as of 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 will reopen 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.
  • Winter conditions persist on alpine trails such as Skyline, Tonquin, Brazeau loop, Geraldine Lakes and the South Boundary Trail.
  • Visit the trail report for trail updates.
What is closed?

Backcountry camping in Jasper resumes on June 22 for existing backcountry reservation holders.

The Parks Canada Reservation System will reopen 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.

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.

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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Suggested itineraries


Two or three day trips
Athabasca Island 

Athabasca Island - 3.5 km one-way, two days. Canoeing.
This is a beautiful campsite on a small island in an easy section of the Athabasca River, accessible by paddling 3.5 km from the nearest road access.
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Big Ben 

Big Bend - 12.6 km return, two days. Hiking, mountain biking.
Hike or ride along this old fire road to enjoy the spectacular views of the upper Athabasca Valley. Make a day of it, or stay overnight at Big Bend or Athabasca Crossing campgrounds. Elevation loss 37 m. Maximum elevation 1400 m.
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Celestine Lake
Celestine Lake - 13.2 km return, two days. Hiking, mountain biking.
A moderate hike or bike an old fire road to a secluded, forested lake-side campground. Beautiful views of the Snake Indian River valley along the way. Elevation gain/loss: 330 m. Max elevation: 1283 m.
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Fryatt Valley

Fryatt Valley - 35 km return (Brussels campground), 44 km return (ACC hut). Hikers, bikers.
This alpine valley, tucked into one of Jasper's great mountain ranges is a jewel that rewards all your efforts. Camp at Brussels and explore the upper valley and beautiful Fryatt Lake on day two, or tackle the infamous headwall to the Alpine Hut and the small hanging valley beyond. Elevation gain 690 m. Maximum elevation 2040 m.
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Geraldine Lakes
Geraldine Lakes - 12.4 km return, one-two days. Hiking.
This is a strenuous but rewarding onenight backpacking trip sandwiched between the steep slopes of Mount Fryatt and Whirlpool Peak. Elevation gain 532 m, loss 330 m. Max elevation: 1890 m.
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Jacques Lake 

Jacques Lake - 24 km return, two days. Hiking, mountain biking.
This unique trail travels through a narrow mountain valley, skirts four lakes and crosses a watershed- all in less than 13 km and with little change in elevation. A good choice for novice hikers. Elevation gain 90 m. Maximum elevation 1540 m.
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Maligne Lake  

Maligne Lake Canoeing - 7 km to 44 km return, two-three days.
Maligne Lake is the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies. Stunningly beautiful, this lake is famed for its surrounding peaks, glaciers and Spirit Island - one of the most photographed locations in the country. Maligne Lake is a unique backcountry experience in Jasper National Park. Canoes, kayaks and electric motors are allowed. New to Maligne Lake, follow a short 3.5 kilometre route along the shoreline to Hidden Cove paddle-in only campground.
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Maligne Pass - Avalanche 

Maligne Pass - Avalanche Campground - 11 km one-way, two days. Hiking.
Maligne Pass is well known for its spectacular wildflowers and incredible alpine meadows. This trail is no longer maintained; watch for bridge washouts and poor sightlines. Elevation gain 810 m gain, loss 289 m.
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Saturday Night Lake Loop  

Saturday Night Lake Loop - 24 km loop, two days. Hiking, mountain biking.
This well-marked trail, beginning and ending in the Jasper townsite, is on a plateau all below timberline, making it a good selection for the novice or early season hiker. Elevation gain/loss 786 m. Maximum elevation 1640 m.
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Skyline  

Skyline - 44 km one way, two-three days. Hikers.
Caribou range – no dogs allowed.
An exceptionally beautiful trail, most of it above treeline. High elevation allows for expansive views that extend over much of the park, encompassing vast meadows, windswept ridges and the chance to spot wildlife in the distance. Elevation gain from Maligne Lake 1410 m and loss 1928 m. Maximum elevation 2510 m.
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Tonquin Valley 

Tonquin Valley - 43 km return, two-three days. Hikers, horses.
Caribou range – no dogs allowed.
The Tonquin Valley's scenery is unrivalled. This is one of Canada's premiere alpine regions, a unique combination of barren peaks, ghostly ice and fertile lakes. There are several excellent day hikes in the area. Elevation gain from Astoria trail 1053 m and loss 1293 m. Maximum elevation 2210 m.
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Four Day Trips
Brazeau Loop 

Brazeau Loop - 80 km loop. Hikers, horses.
Caribou range – no dogs allowed.
The "grand tour" of the southern ranges, this circuit includes one of the park's largest backcountry lakes and an extraordinary alpine traverse with glaciated peaks, lush wildflowers and a variety of wildlife. The trail passes through extensive alpine meadows and three passes. Elevation gain/loss-clockwise loop, 1912 m. Maximum elevation 2475 m.
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Poboktan-Jonas Pass 

Poboktan-Jonas Pass - 54 km one way. Hikers.
Caribou range – no dogs allowed.
A shorter alternative to the Brazeau loop. This is an impressive hike with over 13 km of travel above treeline. Good views and prime habitat for park wildlife including hoary marmot and woodland caribou. Elevation gain 1686 m and loss 1340 m. Maximum elevation 2470 m. See notes for Brazeau loop above.
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Fiddle River 

Fiddle River - 37 km one way. Hikers, horses.
Follow the Fiddle River to Fiddle Pass, a beautiful alpine summit straddling the park's eastern boundary. Beyond scenic Fiddle Pass a well-defined but often very muddy trail continues down to a provincial campground near Cadomin. A rugged, primitive trail with few bridged crossings that can be very muddy in places. Not recommended during periods of high water. Elevation gain 1200 m and loss 448 m, from Miette Hotsprings. Maximum elevation 2135 m.
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Seven to Ten Day Trips
Athabasca Pass 

Athabasca Pass - 98 km return. Hikers, horses.
This remote historic trail follows the Whirlpool River valley, the traditional route of early fur traders crossing the Rocky Mountains. Large gravel flats and glaciers dominate the scenery in sections. No bridge at Simon Creek. Most major crossings are bridged as you climb toward Athabasca Pass National Historic Site. Some horse traffic. Elevation gain 843 m and loss 311 m, from Moab Lake road, one way. Maximum elevation 1755 m.
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North Boundary 

North Boundary - 179 km one way.
The North Boundary country possesses its own unique brand of beauty- a wilderness of broad valleys and distant views that is inhabited by an array of wildlife. The trail is rugged and many large, potentially dangerous creek crossings are not bridged. Not recommended during periods of high water. Some horse traffic. Elevation gain 2688 m and loss 2922 m, from Celestine Road, one-way. Maximum elevation 2019 m.
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South Boundary 

South Boundary - 120 km one way, Hikers, horses.
This high country trek travels through lowland forest and over two alpine passes. Most major water crossing are bridged but the smaller streams may require fancy footwork. Much of the trail is very remote. Elevation gain 1806 m and loss 2231 m, from Nigel Pass, one-way. Maximum elevation 2255 m.
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