Starting June 1, some Parks Canada places will begin to offer limited access and services while maintaining physical distancing measures. Information will be updated regularly.

Only places and activities where health and safety risks can be managed will be available for visitation. We are asking visitors to be cautious and conservative in their use of these places, to observe travel restrictions, respect closures, follow the guidance of public health experts, and to make every effort to keep one another safe.

Opening details will differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

Parks Canada and COVID-19 (updated May 27, 2020)

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority.

Being outdoors and in nature brings a number of health and wellness benefits., It is important that people have access to natural spaces where they can go to get exercise and fresh air in settings that facilitate physical distancing.

On June 1, 2020, Parks Canada will begin a safe, gradual opening of some outdoor locations in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.

This means:

  • Starting June 1, visitors will be permitted to access some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at some locations. Until then, all suspensions of visitor services and closures of facilities announced in March remain in place.
  • For their own safety, visitors should not try to access locations that are closed.
  • All camping facilities remain closed until at least June 21, 2020, while Parks Canada assesses whether and how these services might resume. Group activities and public events will be prohibited until further notice. All existing reservations set to take place prior to June 21, 2020, will be automatically cancelled and refunded in full.
  • Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.

Important information about your visit to Jasper National Park

The safety of visitors, employees and residents is our top priority. We welcome your support toward a safe and respectful visit.

  • You are responsible for your own safety
  • You can help keep others safe
  • Do not visit if you are sick. Do not visit if you were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19
  • Follow all public health guidelines. Hand washing hygiene and social distance measures are key to your health
  • Maintain physical distance measures of two metres (six feet) between yourself and others
  • Wear your cloth mask when you are closer than two metres (six feet) to other people
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Bring your own COVID-19 hygiene safety kit. Following recommendations from Alberta Health Services, bring your own hand sanitizer and disposable gloves. Wear a reusable mask when you cannot maintain a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet)
  • Prepare for long lines. Prepare to wait for your turn
  • You may need to change your plans
  • Be kind and patient to each other. We are in this together

What is open and what is closed in Jasper National Park

What's open
Roads
  • Highway 16
  • Highway 93
  • Highway 93A (between Highway 93 and Whirlpool group camping)
  • Lake Annette Road
  • Maligne Road
  • Old Fort Point Road
  • Pyramid Lake Road
  • Pyramid Beach Road
  • Snaring Road
  • Hikers and cyclists are allowed to use these closed roads.
Gates
  • Parks Canada staff will be available to provide information about services currently available to visitors
  • Fee collection will resume when it is safe to do so
Points of interest
  • Most points of interest in Jasper National Park are open
  • Closed points of interest:
    • Miette Hot Springs
    • Information desk at Icefield Centre and Glacier Gallery
Picnic areas
  • Picnic areas in the park are open
Toilets
  • Toilets at points of interest, picnic areas, trailheads and beaches are open
    • Toilets at open locations are cleaned once per day at most
    • We cannot guarantee hand sanitizer due to a lack of supplies and ongoing theft
Trails
Backcountry
  • Trails are open for day-use only
Beaches
  • Park beaches are open
  • Do your part to keep yourself and others safe
    • Only go where you can maintain at least two metres (six feet) of physical distance
    • Prepare to change your plans if a beach is too busy
Lakes and rivers
Fishing
  • A fishing permit is required to fish in a national park
  • Parks Canada is currently not selling fishing permits
  • Some third-party operators are selling fishing permits in Jasper
Parks Canada Information Centres
Commercial Activities
Interpretation
Meeting and event rentals and weddings
What's closed
Roads - Closed to vehicle traffic
  • Cavell Road
  • Celestine Lake Road
  • Geraldine Lakes Road
  • Highway 93A between Whirlpool group camping and Athabasca Falls
  • Lac Beauvert Road
  • Miette Road
  • Moab Lake Road
  • Toe of the Glacier Road
Points of interest
  • Miette Hot Springs
  • Mount Edith Cavell
  • Information desk at Icefield Centre and Glacier Gallery
Campgrounds

All vehicle-access campgrounds are closed

  • Wapiti See note
  • Wabasso See note
  • Pocahontas
  • Snaring
  • Kerkeslin
  • Honeymoon
  • Jonas
  • Icefield RV
  • Icefield Tent
  • Wilcox
  • Whirlpool group campground
  • Marmot Meadows group campground
  • Whistlers Closed for construction
  • Overflow
Backcountry
  • All backcountry campgrounds
  • Random camping
  • It is illegal to camp anywhere in Jasper without a valid overnight permit
Parks Canada Information Centres
  • Jasper Information Centre
  • Information desk at the Columbia Icefield Centre
  • You can contact the Visitor Information team daily from 9 am to 5 pm
  • All park guides, brochures and maps are available on our maps and brochures page
In-person services at the Parks Canada Administration Office
Commercial Activities
Interpretation
  • All Parks Canada interpretive activities are cancelled until further notice
Meeting and event rentals and weddings
  • Athabasca Day Use area
  • All rental venues are closed for booking
    • For cancellation of 2020 events, please send your request to jaspergroups@canada.ca. Full refunds will be issued even if cancellation is made less than 30 days prior to your event. Refunds may take several weeks to be processed
  • Reservations for 2021 have been postponed

Frequently asked questions

Safety
Is it safe to visit Jasper National Park?

The safety of visitors, employees and residents is our top priority. We welcome your support toward a safe and respectful visit:

  • You are responsible for your own safety
  • You can help keep others safe
  • Do not visit if you are sick. Do not visit if you were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19
  • Follow all public health guidelines. Hand washing hygiene and social distance measures are key to your health
  • Maintain physical distance measures of two metres (six feet) between yourself and others
  • Wear your cloth mask when you are closer than two metres (six feet) to other people
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Bring your own COVID-19 hygiene safety kit. Following recommendations from Alberta Health Services, bring your own hand sanitizer and disposable gloves. Wear a reusable mask when you cannot maintain a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet)
  • Prepare for long lines. Prepare to wait for your turn
  • You may need to change your plans
  • Be kind and patient to each other. We are in this together
Are masks mandatory?

Masks are not mandatory in the park. We encourage you to wear your cloth mask when you are closer than two metres (six feet) to other people.

How long will some services and facilities be closed?

Most trails and day use areas will open June 1st. Wapiti and Wabasso campgrounds and backcountry campgrounds will open once preparations for the safety of visitors and employees are complete.

The COVID-19 pandemic means change for visitors, employees and residents alike. The health and safety of visitors, employees and residents and is our top priority.

Jasper National Park is preparing for the safe return of visitors and employees to the park. We continue to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic as it evolves. We update this page and social media channels as changes occur. Please be patient and understanding.

Fees and reservations

Visit Parks Canada's FAQ - Frequently asked questions for more information about fees and reservations

Camping
Why are campgrounds not open yet?

The health and safety of visitors, employees and residents is our top priority. Campgrounds may open later this season when safety preparations are complete.

Why are self-registration campgrounds not opening?

The health and safety of visitors, employees and residents is our top priority. Parks Canada will re-evaluate the opening of these campgrounds based on our ability to implement COVID-19 health and safety protocols and demand.

Is my campground reservation valid?

When campgrounds open, all reservations for that date onward remain valid. If you no longer plan to camp in Jasper National Park, please cancel your reservation online for a refund.

I have a campground booking for June. Will I get a refund?

If you have a booking for a campground that is still closed, you will automatically receive a full refund.

I have to cancel my trip to Jasper. Can I get a refund?

If you cannot make your trip, please cancel your reservation online for a refund. This frees your site for others to reserve later this summer.

Backcountry
I have a campground booking for a campground that is closed. Will I get a refund?

If you have a booking for a campground that is closed due to Covid-19, you will automatically receive a full refund.

I have to cancel my trip to Jasper. Can I get a refund?

If you cannot come on your trip, please cancel your booking online for a refund. This frees your site for others to reserve later this summer.

Are Maligne Lake campgrounds open?

The Maligne Road and campgrounds are closed until further notice. The road is closed to vehicles.

Are Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) huts open?

Please visit the ACC website for information on their huts.

Why is the trail report not up to date?

Trail crew operations and trail reports were suspended this spring under COVID-19 measures. Trail reports will be updated when possible.

Management plans

Visit Parks Canada's FAQ - Frequently asked questions for more information about management plans

Community update

May 29, 2020

Resumption of Services in Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park is busy getting ready to gradually welcome visitors back to this special place. Parks Canada is pleased to announce that beginning June 1, 2020, Jasper National Park will offer limited visitor access and basic services. Safety remains our priority and we thank the public for their patience, support and understanding over the past few weeks.

Conspicuously, we have noticed individuals from the community of Jasper active in trail, roadside and shoreline cleanups, and we are grateful for these demonstrations of appreciation and connection with this special place that belongs to all Canadians. Jasper’s kindness is a key ingredient in the authentic mountain village feel that showcases a diverse and welcoming place to visit. As we move forward, we need to continue to be good to one another and our visitors. All Canadians: staff, residents, and visitors share our love for the park. We’re in this together and it is important to remember we are all Team Canada right now.

The following Parks Canada secondary roads and/or visitor facilities including day use, picnicking, washrooms/privies and day trails along these roads in Jasper will open on June 1, 2020:
  • Highway 93, Icefields Parkway
  • Maligne Road
  • Highway 93A (between Highway 93 and Whirlpool group camping)
  • Lake Annette Road (including access to Lakes Edith and Annette by vehicle)
  • Pyramid Beach Road
  • East and West Gates: Parks Canada staff will be available to provide information about services currently available to visitors. Fee collection will resume when it is safe to do so.
Parks staff are actively working to open the following visitor facilities and services after June 21 once COVID-19 preparations for the safety of visitors and employees are complete:
  • Wapiti and Wabasso campgrounds
  • Backcountry overnight camping (including Maligne Lake camping)
  • Highway 93A between Whirlpool group camping and Geraldine Lakes Road including Moab Lake Road
The following seasonal road closures are still in effect:
  • Edith Cavell Road
  • Celestine Lake Road
  • Geraldine Lakes Road
  • Miette Road
The following facilities and services will remain closed until further notice:
  • The Glacier Gallery at the Icefield Centre
  • Pocahontas, Snaring, Kerkeslin, Honeymoon Lake, Jonas, Icefield and Wilcox campgrounds
  • Miette Hot Springs
  • Interpretive programs, group activities and public events
Information facilities remain closed until further notice:
  • Jasper Information Centre
  • Information desk at the Columbia Icefield Centre
  • Parks Canada Administration Office
Information services are available:

The safety of employees, residents and visitors is our top priority. We welcome your support toward safe and respectful use of the park.

As more people start to explore the Jasper National Park, we’d like to remind everyone that they are responsible for their own safety. Parks Canada’s Visitor Safety program is fully operational, and we are ready to respond to any visitor emergencies.

In case of emergency: Dial 911


Virtual Town Hall

Tourism Jasper will host a Jasper Tourism Town Hall meeting this Friday (May 29) at 10 am to address the reopening and their plans for recovery. The meeting is open to all. Register here.


Jasper’s Economic Task Force

Parks Canada is working with the Jasper Economic Task Force. Members of the Task Force will engage with stakeholders as deemed necessary to advance its purpose and mandate “to help position the community to safely and effectively resume welcoming visitors, in accordance with public health directives from provincial and federal authorities”.

Stay informed

Parks Canada is working with provincial counterparts, local municipalities and communities to keep visitor and residents informed and safe.

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