The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. In June and July, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of outdoor areas, some camping services, and some indoor areas at national historic sites.

We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places and areas that are closed.

Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

We continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, and avalanche control, among others.

Update for July 30, 2020 - Non-medical masks and face coverings

We strongly encourage all visitors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when visiting indoor public spaces at any Parks Canada place. When you visit a Parks Canada place, you may see signs reminding you that this is what we recommend.

An indoor public space is any space with walls and a roof that can be accessed by the members of the public.

If a Parks Canada place is within a jurisdiction where wearing a non-medical mask or face covering is mandatory, visitors will be asked to follow this requirement.

As of June 1, Jasper National Park began a gradual reopening of some outdoor areas, facilities and services. Please check our website regularly for the current status of this location and others.

Important information about your visit to Jasper National Park

To help Canadians gain access to the health and wellness benefits that come from being outdoors and in nature, a number of Parks Canada places will be gradually restoring visitor access and services. Beginning June 1, 2020, visitors will be welcomed back to Jasper National Park with safety being a priority. Access will be focused on the resumption of autonomous day use of trails, grounds, and other outdoor settings and include the continuation of critical services and the gradual resumption of some key field-based ecological and cultural protection activities.

To ensure the safety of visitors, residents and staff, Parks Canada is taking a phased approach to restoring access to the park. In doing so, physical distancing for the public remains a critical requirement in all areas of the park. While some of the restrictions and closures implemented in the park to date as a result of Covid-19 have been lifted, others will remain in effect at this time.

What's open (updated July 17, 2020)
Camping
  • What's open
    • Wapiti, June 22 Note: Showers are closed until further notice
    • Wabasso, June 22
    • Snaring, June 30
    • Wilcox, July 17
    • Honeymoon, July 23
  • It is illegal to camp anywhere in Jasper without a valid overnight permit
  • More information: Camping in Jasper
Backcountry camping
  • Most of Jasper’s backcountry trails and campgrounds are open as of June 22
  • More information: Backcountry camping
Roads
  • Highway 16
  • Highway 93
  • Highway 93A
  • Lake Annette Road
  • Maligne Road
  • Old Fort Point Road
  • Lac Beauvert Road
  • Pyramid Lake Road
  • Pyramid Beach Road
  • Snaring Road
  • Cavell Road
  • Celestine Lake Road Partial closure to vehicles
  • Geraldine Lakes Road
  • Moab Lake Road
  • Toe of the Glacier 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
  • For more information on passes and fees, please visit the frequently asked questions page 
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
Commercial activities
Fishing
  • A fishing permit is required to fish in a national park
  • Some third-party operators are selling fishing permits in Jasper
Interpretation
Lakes and rivers
Meeting and event rentals and weddings
  • Rental venues are reopening on July 10, 2020 for groups with existing reservations only. Some modifications to existing reservations may be allowed (contact us for more details)
  • Groups with existing reservations must follow Alberta’s provincial restrictions on gatherings in addition to the venue guidelines
  • No new reservations for 2020 are accepted at this time
  • For cancellation of 2020 events, please email 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 to a later date (to be determined)
Palisades Centre
  • The Palisades Centre is open for accommodation reservations
  • Education programs are on hold until further notice
Parks Canada Information Centres
  • The town Information Centre is open from 9 am to 5 pm daily
  • In person service for Park Entry Passes, Fishing Permits, and information is available at the Information Centre porch
  • Please respect physical distancing measures
  • You can also contact us by
  • For backcountry trail information:
  • All Parks Canada brochures and maps are available on our maps and brochures page
  • Information desk at the Columbia Icefield Centre remains closed
Picnic areas
  • Picnic areas in the park are open
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
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
What's closed (updated July 17, 2020)
Camping
  • Kerkeslin
  • Jonas
  • Icefield Tent
  • Whirlpool group campground
  • Marmot Meadows
  • Pocahontas Closed for 2020
  • Whistlers Closed for construction
Roads

Closed to vehicle traffic

  • Miette Road
Commercial activities
In-person services at the Parks Canada Administration Office
Interpretation
  • All Parks Canada interpretive activities are cancelled until further notice
Meeting and event rentals and weddings
  • Rental venues are reopening on July 10, 2020 for groups with existing reservations only. Some modifications to existing reservations may be allowed (contact us for more details)
  • Groups with existing reservations must follow Alberta’s provincial restrictions on gatherings in addition to the venue guidelines
  • No new reservations for 2020 are accepted at this time
  • For cancellation of 2020 events, please email 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 to a later date (to be determined)
Palisades Centre
  • The Palisades Centre is open for accommodation reservations
  • Education programs are on hold until further notice
Parks Canada Information Centres
  • Information desk at the Columbia Icefield Centre
  • All park guides, brochures and maps are available on our maps and brochures page
Points of interest
  • Miette Hot Springs
  • Information desk at Icefield Centre and Glacier Gallery
Your safety when visiting (updated August 6, 2020)

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
    • Jasper Municipal Council has made face coverings, or face masks, compulsory on most municipal sidewalks in the downtown area, in public indoor places within the municipality, and in all outdoor public places within the municipality where a two-metre distance cannot be maintained. For more information visit the Municipality of Jasper website.
  • 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 (six 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?

Jasper Municipal Council has made face coverings, or face masks, compulsory on most municipal sidewalks in the downtown area, in public indoor places within the municipality, and in all outdoor public places within the municipality where a two-metre distance cannot be maintained. For more information visit the Municipality of Jasper website.

Parks Canada strongly encourages visitors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when visiting any indoor public space in Jasper National Park. An indoor public space is any space with walls and a roof that can be accessed by the members of the public.

How long will some services and facilities be closed?

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.

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.

Camping during COVID-19 (updated July 17, 2020)

Frontcountry

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

What is open?
  • Wapiti, June 22 Note: Showers are closed until further notice
  • Wabasso, June 22
  • Snaring, June 30
  • Wilcox, July 17
  • Honeymoon, July 23

More information: Camping in Jasper


Backcountry

New reservations for Jasper National Park backcountry camping are open. Not all services or facilities are open. More information: Backcountry camping


Frequently asked questions

Fees and reservations

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

Frontcountry camping
Changes to campground facilities
  • Showers will be closed at Wapiti until it’s safe for our staff and visitors to open them
  • We are focusing our staff efforts to provide an increased level of service in the campground washrooms which will be cleaned twice daily
  • Cashless payment is preferred (tap is accepted at all campgrounds)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Give our staff space to do their job safely. That means maintaining a physical distance of at least two meters (six feet)
  • Please be kind and patient with our staff
Do I need a reservation?

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

It is illegal to camp anywhere in Jasper without a valid overnight permit.

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.

I have a reservation for tent camping. Can I use my tent?

Yes, you can camp using a tent.

Backcountry
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?

The Jasper National Park Information Centre and Information desk at the Icefield Centre are closed for in-person service until further notice. Information staff are responding to phone calls and emails. Because of the high volume of calls and emails, they 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.

Management plans

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

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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