Camping in Jasper National Park - What's new
Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts

U.S. and international travellers

Camping during coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Please be kind and patient with our staff
  • Prepare for long lines. Prepare to wait for your turn. Peak time for checking-in is between 4 pm and 8 pm. Arrive outside these times to avoid longer lines
  • Give our staff space to do their job safely. That means maintaining a physical distance of at least two meters (six feet)
  • Cashless payment is preferred
  • We are focusing our staff efforts to provide an increased level of service in the campground washrooms
  • Washroom buildings have a limited capacity. The maximum capacity for each building is posted outside. Please follow the guidelines on posted signage
  • Clean tables, lockers and toilet seats before and after you use them
Do I need a reservation?

To avoid disappointment, make sure you have a camping reservation before coming to Jasper National Park.

Parks Canada Reservation Service

What should I bring?

Please bring along your own hand sanitizer, disposable gloves and mask.

Is it safe to come camping?

Visitors are responsible to follow the advice of public health authorities for physical distancing and hygiene. Toilet facilities will be cleaned twice per day. Please do not groom or linger in washrooms.

Are campgrounds in Jasper open to out-of-province campers?

Campers from other provinces are welcome to camp in Jasper. Follow the advice of health authorities in your home province on non-essential travel.

Whistlers Campground - Summer 2021
 
Registration Centre

On July 12, 2021, the gates at the newly refurbished Whistlers Campground opened, welcoming back our fellow Canadian campers.

It’s more important than ever for people to connect with nature and rediscover the outdoors after feeling the effects of pandemic isolation. Although we are still applying the finishing touches, we look forward to welcoming you to Whistlers Campground this summer, and to the grand opening celebration in spring 2022. We would be grateful for your continued understanding and patience, so appreciated during the construction phase, as we reopen Whistlers Campground with new buildings, new systems, and new staff.

What’s new?

  • A new registration centre complete with three all-gender accessible washrooms and six service desks. Information displays will be added for 2022.
  • Eighteen new combined washroom and shower facilities throughout the campground. Campers will not have to walk more than 250 metres to use a washroom or shower.
  • Improved campsites with new picnic tables, fire pits and great views. (Finishing touches coming soon!)
  • Wider roads that accommodate two-way RV traffic.
  • A separate entrance road for guests who have already registered at the registration centre.
  • Modernized and upgraded underground services including water, sewer and electrical systems. Many of the existing electrical campsites have been upgraded to 50-amp service.

These improvements will ensure the quality and reliability of visitor infrastructure and will allow Canadians to connect with nature in Jasper National Park for decades to come.

This work was part of the unprecedented $3 billion invested by the Government of Canada over five years to support Parks Canada’s infrastructure upgrades to heritage, tourism, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

When you arrive

Campers and visitors will see that Whistlers Campground has undergone a great deal of construction work, and that significant numbers of dead and dying trees, impacted by mountain pine beetle, have been removed.

In place of the removed trees, young saplings will flourish with the space and sunshine they now have. But trees grow slowly. It will take many years for these saplings to gain height. In the meantime, many campsites in Whistlers now have more sun and greater mountain views than before.

In areas where electrical, sewer and water services were upgraded, the ground has been significantly disturbed. Much of the campground has been re-seeded, but it will take time for natural grasses and vegetation to grow this summer. We ask that you stay off the newly seeded areas.

You may consider bringing a self-supported tent to create a shady and dry spot at your site. Cosmetic work, including landscaping and greening-up of the campground, will extend through the rest of 2021 and over the winter.

Firewood included

Firewood is now included in the cost of camping at all campsites with fire pits in Jasper National Park.

Tree removal at Whistlers, Wapiti, and Wabasso campgrounds

To ensure the safety of campers, many dead and dying pine trees affected by mountain pine beetle have been removed from Whistlers, Wapiti and Wabasso campgrounds. If you are returning to one of these campgrounds, it will look different from the last time you visited. View our photo gallery.

Campground shuttle

New in 2021— Daily shuttle service from Whistlers and Wapiti Campgrounds to Jasper townsite, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and, upon request, Lake Annette and Lake Edith day-use areas.

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.

Firewood is included in the cost of camping at all campgrounds and bear proof lockers are offered for safe food storage. Most of our campgrounds have cookhouses available in case the weather isn’t cooperating.

To maintain the family-friendly atmosphere that attracts thousands here every year, quiet hours, including a liquor, cannabis and fire curfew, are in place between 11 pm and 7 am. Please report noise disturbances to campground staff.

Note: Demand is heaviest from June through September, with July and August being the busiest. To avoid disappointment, make sure you have a camping reservation before coming to Jasper National Park.

 
 

Campground locations

Reservable
First-come, first-served
Campground summary
Campground summary
Campground Open Reservable # of sites Site types
Whistlers July 12 to October 11 Reservations launch June 24, 2021 at 8 am MDT 781
  • Full hookup
  • Electrical
  • Unserviced
  • Walk-in (no vehicles)
Wapiti (summer) May 5 to October 11 Reservable 363
  • Electrical
  • Unserviced
Whistlers oTENTiks oTENTiks will not be opening in 2021 camping season due to limited resource capacity. Reservable 21
  • oTENTik
Wabasso May 19 to September 20 Reservable 231
  • Unserviced
  • Electrical
Pocahontas May 19 to September 6 Reservable 140
  • Unserviced
Snaring May 19 to September 27 First come, first served 62
  • Unserviced
Overflow May 19 to September 20 Mix of reservable and first come, first serve sites 280
  • Unserviced
Wilcox June 9 to September 20 First come, first served 46
  • Unserviced
Honeymoon Lake May 19 to September 20 First come, first served 35
  • Unserviced
Kerkeslin May 19 to September 13 First come, first served 42
  • Unserviced
Jonas June 9 to September 6 First come, first served 25
  • Unserviced
Icefield (tents only) June 9 to October 11 First come, first served 33
  • Unserviced
Icefields Centre RV May 19 to September 20 First come, first served 100
  • Unserviced
Wapiti (winter) October 1 to May 4 First come, first served 75
  • Unserviced
 

Campground descriptions

Whistlers
  • Open: July 12 to October 11
  • Reservable: Reservations launch June 24, 2021 at 8 am MDT
  • Sites: 781
  • Fees:
    • Full hookup, with fire pit: $47.84
    • Full hookup: $39.04
    • Electrical, with fire pit: $41.81
    • Unserviced, with fire pit: $36.80
    • Unserviced: $28
    • Walk-in (no vehicles): $23

The highly anticipated opening of the newly modernized Whistlers Campground is here! If memories could talk, this iconic rocky mountain campground would have a lot to say. For those campers returning, you will notice a drastic change in the infrastructure and landscape. To learn more about what’s new and what to expect, and to view our photo album, please visit here.

Can accommodate most sizes of motorhomes and trailers

Wapiti (summer)
  • Open: May 5 to October 11
  • Reservable: Yes
  • Sites: 363
  • Fees:
    • Electrical, with fire pit: $41.81
    • Electrical: $33.01
    • Unserviced, with fire pit: $36.80

On the shore of the Athabasca River, Wapiti Campground has sites for tenting and electrical hook-up spots for RVs. Offering 363 sites with amenities like hot showers, electricity and fire pits.

Can accommodate most sizes of motorhomes and trailers

To ensure the safety of campers, many dead and dying pine trees affected by mountain pine beetle have been removed from Wapiti Campground. This work protects campers and campground infrastructure from falling trees, and helps reduce the risk of wildfire. If you are returning to one of these campgrounds, it will look very different from the last time you visited.View our photo gallery.

Whistlers oTENTiks
  • Open: oTENTiks will not be opening in 2021 camping season due to limited resource capacity.
  • Reservable: Yes
  • Sites: 21
  • Up to 6 people (max 4 adults)
  • $122.64

New to camping? Don't like the idea of buying gear or the hassle of setting up camp?
Each tent can accommodate up to 6 people (max 4 adults) and has all the basic comforts of home—wooden floors, beds, seating and heaters to take the chill off.

Wabasso
  • Open: May 19 to September 20
  • Reservable: Yes
  • Sites: 231
  • Fees:
    • Unserviced, with fire pit: $30.77
    • Electrical, with fire pit: $36.80

With pristine views, rushing river water and electrical sites for small RVs, Wabasso lets you get away from it all, without getting rid of it all (no showers).

Best suited for tenting, and motorhomes and trailers under 35 feet

To ensure the safety of campers, many dead and dying pine trees affected by mountain pine beetle have been removed from Wabasso Campground. This work protects campers and campground infrastructure from falling trees, and helps reduce the risk of wildfire. If you are returning to one of these campgrounds, it will look very different from the last time you visited. View our photo gallery.

Pocahontas
  • Open: May 19 to September 6
  • Reservable: Yes
  • Sites: 140
  • Fees:
    • Unserviced, with fire pit: $30.77

Pocahontas is a secluded gem, nestled just inside the east boundary of the park on the Miette Road. Pocahontas offers basic services, including running water, fire rings and flush toilets (no showers).

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

Snaring
  • Open: May 19 to September 27
  • Reservable: First come, first served
  • Sites: 62
  • Fees:
    • Unserviced, with fire pit: $24.85

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.

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

Overflow
  • Open: May 19 to September 20
  • Reservable: Mix of reservable and first come, first serve sites
  • Sites: 280
  • Fees:
    • Unserviced: $16.05

Overflow is a primitive campground that has a nice mix of campsites, ranging from private and well-treed to wide open and sunny. Dry toilets (no showers). Campfires are not permitted.

Can accommodate most sizes of motorhomes and trailers

Wilcox
  • Open: June 9 to September 20
  • Reservable: First come, first served
  • Sites: 46
  • Fees:
    • Unserviced, with fire pit: $24.85

Sitting at the base of one of Jasper's premiere day hikes, 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.

Best suited for motorhomes and trailers under 27 feet

Honeymoon Lake
  • Open: May 19 to September 20
  • Reservable: First come, first served
  • Sites: 35
  • Fees:
    • Unserviced, with fire pit: $24.85

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

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

Kerkeslin
  • Open: May 19 to September 13
  • Reservable: First come, first served
  • Sites: 42
  • Fees:
    • Unserviced, with fire pit: $24.85

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.

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

Jonas
  • Open: June 9 to September 6
  • Reservable: First come, first served
  • Sites: 25
  • Fees:
    • Unserviced, with fire pit: $24.85

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.

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

Icefield (tents only)
  • Open: June 9 to October 11
  • Reservable: First come, first served
  • Sites: 33
  • Tenting only
  • Fees:
    • Unserviced, with fire pit: $24.85

Down the road from the world-renowned Columbia Icefield, 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.

Icefields Centre RV
  • Open: May 19 to September 20
  • Reservable: First come, first served
  • Sites: 100
  • Trailers and RVs only. Water and fire not available on site.
  • Fees:
    • Unserviced: $16.05
Wapiti (winter)
  • Open:

    October 1 – 31, 2021: Electrical and tent sites

    November 1 – May 4, 2022: Electrical sites only

  • Reservable: First come, first served
  • Sites: 75

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!).

Can accommodate most sizes of motorhomes and trailers.

Rules and regulations
Basic information
  • Camping is only permitted at designated campsites
  • Vehicles and tents must be within your designated site and on the tent pad
  • You may want to consider bringing a self-supported tent to create a nice shady and dry spot at your site. Do not tie anything to the trees, including tarps. Tarps should be strung using poles.
  • Secure all food inside your vehicle or hard sided trailer/RV when you aren't eating. Refer to the 'Bare' Campsite program for more information
Kiosk and registration centre hours
  • Whistlers registration centre: 8:30 am to 11:30 pm
  • Wabasso kiosk: 8 am to 11 pm
  • Wapiti kiosk: 8 am to 11 pm
  • Pocahontas kiosk: 8 am to 11 pm
  • Overflow kiosk: 8:30 am to 11 pm

Hours may vary during the season

After hours registration: Please refer to signage at the registration centre in Whistlers Campground or kiosk window for other reservable campgrounds. Locate your name or confirmation # and proceed to designated campsite. Register in the morning at the registration centre or kiosk by 10 am.

Check in time

Any time after 2 pm.

For Otentiks check-in is between 4 pm and 11 pm

Visitors who would like to arrive at the campground earlier may enjoy the rest of the park while waiting for their campsite to become vacant (a valid national park entry pass is required).

Check out time

Before 11 am.

Maximum equipment allowed per site

2 tents maximum or 1 RV/camper and 1 tent

2 vehicles per site

All camping equipment must fit on the gravel driveway and/or tent pad of the site.

No additional parking is available

Maximum persons per site

Camping — 6 people (exceptions may be possible for 2 adults with their dependent children to a maximum of 7 people).

Quiet hours

We work hard to ensure that visitors get a good night's sleep. It is for this reason that quiet hours are in effect daily.

  • Quiet hours are from 11 pm – 7 am
  • Campfires, visitors, consumption of alcohol, cannabis and cannabis products are not permitted during this time.
  • Only site occupants are allowed in the campground after 11 pm

Please remember, even quiet conversations can carry through a forested area. Excessive noise is not permitted at any time of the day. Please report disturbances to the campground staff.

Campfires
Please keep your campfire safe for you and the environment by following these rules:
  • Keep fires small – To reduce their impact on the environment, fires must be contained within the fire pit provided and be kept to a reasonable size. It is illegal to start a fire outside of a designated location.
  • Use firewood provided – Transporting wood from elsewhere may spread invasive bugs and disease. Use an axe or hatchet to make your own kindling from the firewood provided. Please do not burn garbage.
  • Keep it down – Please respect your neighbours by keeping your voices down and putting out fires during quiet hours (11 pm – 7 am).
  • Never leave a fire – Fires must be attended at all times.
Portable camp showers

Portable showers are not permitted at campgrounds. 

Cannabis
In Parks Canada’s campgrounds, cannabis consumption will be limited to a visitor’s campsite (with a valid camping permit). It’s important to note that public consumption is not permitted in common areas within campgrounds (e.g. playgrounds, kitchen shelters, washrooms, trails, roads). This is similar to the approach Parks Canada follows for other regulated substances, like alcohol.
Pets

To keep pets and wildlife safe, your pets must be leashed at all times and not left unattended. Pet food should be stored inside your vehicle.

Bears

When not being consumed or used, all food, toiletries and items that may attract wildlife must be kept in your vehicle or hard-sided trailer. Coolers are not bear proof. Campers must adhere to the 'Bare' Campsite program or risk having their camping permit revoked without refund.

Generators

Birds chirping, leaves rustling and, oh, a generator! Many visitors camp to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Generators are permitted daily between 8 am – 10 am and 5 pm – 7 pm only.

Campground etiquette

You can be a good neighbour and have a great camping experience by respecting the following guidelines:

  • Washing dishes – Please use a personal basin for washing dishes (not the bathrooms, where space is limited) and dump grey water down outdoor sinks.
  • Washing laundry - Please use your own tub and dump water down the outdoor sink or toilets. Do not tie clotheslines to the trees. Laundry facilities are available in the Town of Jasper.
  • Greywater - Always dispose of greywater/wastewater in a campground toilet, or at a dump station. Pouring wastewater on the ground can cause damage to the environment or become a wildlife attractant.
  • Recycling - Bottles and cans (refundable containers) can be recycled in each campground.
  • Children - To ensure the safety of your children, please supervise them at all times. Children may become lost in the campground or may unknowingly trespass on a neighbouring campsite.
  • Driving - Respect the posted speed limits and remain alert while driving in the campground. Trees may obstruct your view and pedestrians, especially children, may suddenly dart out onto the road.
  • Accessing facilities - Please use roadways and pathways to access campground facilities (cook shelters, bathrooms, etc.) and your own campsite. Cutting through a neighbouring campsite will disturb other campers and may cause damage to the fragile vegetation.
Safe camping

A special effort is being made by park staff and campers to ensure that no wildlife attractants are ever left unattended at any sites in these campgrounds. The "Bare" Campsite program is in place for your safety, and to help keep the wildlife in our national parks alive and wild.

Campers who fail to comply with the "Bare" Campsite Program or other regulations listed above may have their camping permit revoked, without a refund. They may also be charged under the Canada National Parks Act. The permit holder is responsible for ensuring the campsite is maintained in a satisfactory condition.

What to bring The weather in Jasper National Park is pleasant, but unpredictable. The average high temperature during the day in spring and summer ranges from 10° to 18° Celsius, though temperatures at night can drop below zero. It can also rain, snow or hail any time of year! In order to be prepared for your camping experience, ensure you have:
  • warm clothes (bring various layers to help you dress for the weather)
  • waterproof clothing (jackets and pants)
  • hats and mitts
  • umbrellas
  • a groundsheet for your tent
  • sleeping mat
  • warm sleeping bag
  • extra blankets
  • camera (no drones)