Closed for reconstruction in 2019
Whistlers Campground was built in the 1960s and has not had any significant improvements made since that time. The campground is in need of improvements to meet the requirements of today’s traveller.
Whistlers Campground is North America’s largest single-entry campground and the largest campground in the Parks Canada system. The campground has a 4 kilometre ring road with 19 access loop roads featuring 781 campsites and 23 walk-in sites. There are 27 washrooms, two shower buildings, one gender neutral building, and 13 kitchen shelters. The campground also features two entrance kiosks and a newly redeveloped amphitheatre.
In 2019, Whistlers Campground will be closed for reconstruction to meet the needs of today’s traveller. When Whistler’s Campground reopens in 2020, visitors will be greeted with a new registration centre, 17 new combined washroom and shower facilities throughout the campground, improved campsites, and wider roads for two-way traffic. Underground services, including water, sewer and electrical systems are also being replaced and many of the existing electrical campsites will be upgraded to 50 Amp service.
The most efficient and effective way to carry out this work is to close the campground. This will ensure the safety of the public and ensure the least amount of disruption to visitors. It will also allow the work on water, sewer and electrical systems to take place at the same time and ensure the campground is fully operational after.
Faster registration with a new registration centre
The current registration kiosks see long vehicle line-ups and wait times as visitors arrive to the campground. Access to the campground will be changed to solve that problem. A new registration centre and parking lot will be built to allow more campers to register at the same time, have fewer line-ups, less wait times, and no car idling.
New washroom and shower facilities
The current shower buildings located on one end of the campground are not ideal for campers. The 27 washrooms and two shower buildings will be replaced with 17 new combined washroom and shower facilities and will be placed throughout the campground. Campers will see an improved service and will not have to walk more than 250 m to use a washroom or shower.
Improved campsites and roads
The current roadway system is beyond its life span, does not address the size of current RV’s, and does not support two way traffic. As part of the project, roads will be widened to accommodate traffic in the campground and larger vehicles. A new road to create a second entrance into the campground will be built during busy hours for campers who are already registered.
To improve the visitor experience, campsites will be levelled, delineated, and sized appropriately. Many of the existing electrical campsites will also be upgraded to 50 Amp service.
Utilities have reached the end of their design life. Underground utilities throughout the campground will be replaced and loops will be built to allow redundancy in our systems. The number of 50 Amp service sites will be increased and the water and sewer functions will be improved.
Camping in 2019
In 2019, it will be important to make a camping reservation before coming to Jasper National Park. Visit the Parks Canada Reservation System at www.reservation.pc.gc.ca to find a campsite. Please note that Marmot Meadows will be closed in 2019 while Whistlers Campground is reconstructed.
There are over one thousand other front-country campsites in 10 campgrounds in Jasper National Park that will continue to be available for the 2019 camping season. In addition, there are 15 other campgrounds within a close proximity to Jasper National Park that offer a range of camping experiences.
Thank you for your patience as we work to improve Whistlers Campground, a unique Jasper experience. These improvements will ensure the quality and reliability of visitor infrastructure and continue to allow Canadians to connect with nature.