Jasper National Park Camping
Within Jasper National Park, 10 campgrounds hold more than 1,400 sites, making camping an easy and inexpensive way to enjoy Jasper National Park.
Campsites can be reserved through the PARKS CANADA CAMPGROUND RESERVATION SERVICE (877/737-3783) and it’s strongly recommended that you do reserve as soon as the system opens in January (check the website for the exact day and time reservations are accepted). Although a limited number of sites are available for those without reservations, they fill fast each day (especially in July and August). The official checkout time is 11 a.m., so if you don’t have a reservation, plan on arriving at your campground of choice earlier in the day than this to ensure getting a site.
Open fires are permitted in designated areas throughout all campgrounds, but you must purchase a Firewood Permit to burn wood, which is provided at no cost.
Campgrounds Near the Town of Jasper
WHISTLERS CAMPGROUND, at the base of Whistlers Road, three kilometres (1.9 miles) south of town, has over 700 sites, making it the largest campground in the Canadian Rockies. Washrooms and streetlights are spread throughout, while each section has showers, playgrounds, and a nightly interpretive program. Whistlers is open May to mid-October.
Two kilometres (1.2 miles) farther south along the Icefields Parkway is WAPITI CAMPGROUND, which offers 366 sites and has showers. This is Jasper National Park’s only campground open year-round.
Sites at WABASSO CAMPGROUND, along Highway 93A approximately 16 kilometres (10 miles) south of town, are set among stands of spruce and aspen.
East along Highway 16
East of town, off Highway 16, are two smaller, more primitive campgrounds. SNARING CAMPGROUND is17 kilometres (11 miles) from Jasper on Celestine Lake Road; MIETTE CAMPGROUND, 45 kilometres (28 miles) northeast, is just off Hwy. 16. Both are open mid-May to early September.
Aside from Whistlers and Wapiti Campgrounds at the top end of the Icefields Parkway near the town of Jasper, there are five campgrounds along this stretch of highway. All sites fill on a first-come basis. WILCOX CREEK and COLUMBIA ICEFIELD CAMPGROUNDS are within two kilometres (1.2 miles) of each other at the extreme southern end of Jasper National Park, just over 100 kilometres (62 miles) south of the town of Jasper, and around 125 kilometres (78 miles) north of Lake Louise. Both are primitive facilities with pit toilets, cooking shelters, and fire rings. Smallish sites at Columbia Icefield Campground (tents only) are set in a stunted subalpine forest of aspen and spruce, with views extending across to the Athabasca Glacier. Immediately to the south, Wilcox Creek offers larger sites, better suited to RVs and trailers, but with no hookups.
JONAS CREEK, HONEYMOON LAKE, and MOUNT KERKESLIN CAMPGROUNDS are all within a 50-kilometre (31-mile) stretch continuing north. All have pit toilets and cooking shelters, but no hookups.