Whistlers Campground is closed for reconstruction until 2021

Whistlers Campground update

Work is well underway on the iconic Whistlers Campground in Jasper National Park. PCL Limited was the successful bidder to reconstruct North America’s largest single-entry campground and the largest campground in the Parks Canada system. The campground was in need of improvements to meet the requirements of today’s traveller.

When the campground reopens in spring 2021, visitors will be greeted with a new registration centre, 18 new combined washroom and shower facilities throughout the campground, improved campsites, and wider roads for two-way traffic. Underground services will be replaced including water, sewer and electrical systems and many of the existing electrical campsites will be upgraded to 50 Amp service.

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Background

Whistlers Campground, Jasper National Park’s largest campground with 781 campsites, was built in the 1960s and has not had any significant upgrades since that time. This landmark project of $48.7 million represents the most significant investment in visitor experience in Jasper National Park in the past 50 years. When reopened in 2021, the new Whistlers campground will have modernized campground infrastructure, high-quality visitor services and a vibrant visitor offer for Jasper National Park to host travelers from all across the world for the next 50 years.

Camping in 2020

Plan ahead – make a reservation before coming to Jasper National Park. Reservations can be made at reservation.parkscanada.gc.ca.

There are over 1,000 other front-country campsites in 10 campgrounds in Jasper National Park that will continue to be available for the 2020 camping season. In addition, there are 15 other campgrounds within a close proximity to Jasper National Park that offer a range of camping experiences.

Marmot Meadows Group Camp area remains closed while Whistlers Campground is reconstructed.

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve Whistlers Campground. These improvements will ensure the quality and reliability of visitor infrastructure and continue to allow Canadians to connect with nature.

The project

Tree removal
Tree removal 

Tree removal

A significant number of dead and dying trees have been removed from the campground to both improve campground safety and better protect the public in the event of wildfire.


Improved arrival and registration services
Improved arrival and registration services 

Improved arrival and registration services

The new registration centre and parking lot is moving along quickly with the foundation and floor slabs now in place and the rough grading completed. Construction for the winter will focus on the main building.

In 2021, campers will park their vehicles and register within the welcome centre with 6 service desks, information displays and washrooms.


New washroom and shower facilities
New washroom and shower facilities 

New washroom and shower facilities

The new registration centre and parking lot is moving along quickly with the foundation and floor slabs now in place and the rough grading completed. Construction for the winter will focus on the main building.

Eighteen new combined washroom and shower facilities will be strategically placed throughout the campground. Campers will not have to walk more than 250 m to use a washroom or shower.


Improved campsites and roads
Improved campsites and roads 

Improved campsites and roads

The roadway system is being upgraded to address the size of current RV’s, and allow for two-way traffic. A new entrance road will create a second campground entrance for campers who have already registered. Campsites will also be levelled, delineated, and sized appropriately. Many of the existing electrical campsites will also be upgraded to 50 Amp service.