Jasper National Park Camping

Jasper National Park Camping | Your Guide to Jasper Campgrounds

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It’s time to go to Jasper National Park Camping in beautiful Alberta, Canada. Adventure into the Canadian Rockies within a land of waterfalls, lakes, and canyons. View spectacular wildlife like Mountain Goats, bears, Bighorn Sheep, and moose. Take in the 4,247 square miles Maligne Lake – the second largest glacier-fed lake in the world! While you’re here, check out Mount Columbia – the tallest mountain in Alberta. Located by the famous Ice Field Parkway just North of Banff and West of Edmonton, Jasper National Park Camping will get travelers seeking icefields, hot springs and more while spending the night under the stars in one of these many awesome campgrounds. So put on your hiking boots, get your tent directions out, and take a journey with me so you can learn all the ins and outs of Jasper National Park camping.

Things to Know Before You Go

Jasper National Park offers 10 excellent campgrounds within its borders, and all of them have common rules. For example, 11 PM-7 AM are mandatory quiet hours as well as the liquor and fire curfew. This reassures campers of a good night’s sleep and eliminates many safety concerns of unattended fires and all-night parties.

Be mindful that bears live in the park and you need to make sure to utilize the food lockers available at every campground, as well as keep food in your vehicle or RV.Visitors need to camp only in designated sites and park within their site.Outside firewood is prohibited, so make sure you bring a hatchet to cut your own. This prevents invasive insects that can travel on firewood from other places. It’s important that guests also keep a watchful eye on their fires at all times. Moreover, keep fires small. Fido can come camping with you as well, but remember to store his food in your car when he is not eating, and keep his leash on at all times.Respect the speed limit in the park and use the designated roads when driving.

Respecting The Park –

Recycle! The park has recycling bins at each site. Many visitors camp at Jasper because of the natural sounds and peacefulness of the area. This is why generators can only run from 8 AM – 9:30 AM and 5 PM-7:30 PM daily. Use your own basin for washing clothes and doing dishes and make sure the dirty water goes down the toilets or sink in the bathhouse.

You are encouraged to bring your camera, but leave the drone at home because they are not allowed in the park.Be aware that the weather in Jasper is unpredictable, so make sure you have a warm sleeping bag, extra blankets, and an assortment of warm and cool clothes. It’s also recommended to bring plenty of clothes and wear layers. And don’t forget a rain jacket.Lastly, know that July and August are the busiest for Jasper National Park camping so take the time to reserve a site if you plan on going during that season.

Whistlers Campground–Jasper National Park Camping 

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● Open: May-October
● Cost: Campsites starting at $28 (Luxury sites $128)
● 730 tent and RV site 21 Luxury OTentik sites
● Reserve here

Our first stop is Whistlers, a campground great for families that offers tenting and RV sites as well as luxury camping sites with pre-setup tents that can accommodate up to 6 people – 4 adults maximum. These tents are different from the small tent you bought at Dicks; they even have heaters and seats! These canvas heavy duty OTentiks tents resemble small cabins and even feature a small porch.These sites are perfect for the traveler who wants to get rid of the hassle of setting up a tent and wants to arrive at a campground and veg from the start. Make sure you reserve these stellar tents early because they tend to book quickly. They do come with a heavy price tag compared to the 780 normal sites that are also available for typical tents and RVs, so you are able to pick the option that works the best for you.

This Jasper National Park camping experience offers a trail through the campground that leads to town making it possible to run, bike or walk to the nearby store. Note that Whistlers is remodeling and construction will be going on in the campground for the 2018 season, so it will have even more to offer in the future.

Honeymoon Lake Campground–Jasper National Park Camping

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● Open: May 16-September 17
● Cost: Campsites starting at $16
● 35 sites
● Reservations: First come first serve

Honeymoon Lake is a small campground designed to take a honeymoon away from the chaos of life, hence the name. They accommodate tents and small RVs (25 feet or less). This Jasper National Park campground has basic amenities: firewood, phone, garbage, water, cooking shelters, and food storage. The lake nearby is perfect for water activities and overlooking sunsets with that special someone. If you are seeking an intimate escape, camp at Honeymoon Lake for $16 a night. Not only will you be satisfied with the serene landscape, but your wallet will also stay intact.

Icefields Tent Only Campground–Jasper National Park Camping

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● Open: May 16-October 8
● Cost: Campsites starting at $16
● 35 sites
● Reservations: First come first serve

Are you interested in rustic Jasper National Park camping only minutes away from the famous Columbia Icefields? Then look no further than the tent only Icefields Campground. You will have access to basic amenities such as a cozy, log cookhouse, phone, dump station, and toilets. Take in the magnificent glacier views and hike along the walking trail on site that connects the East and West camping sites. You can even self-reflect while meandering along the babbling creek. Consider the Icefields Campground $16 well spent.

Jonas Campground–Jasper National Park Camping

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● Open: May 16-September 7
● Cost: Campsites starting at $16
● 35 sites
● Reservations: First come first serve

This campground offers 25 private sites near the peaceful Jonas creek or beside rolling hills in the dense, natural forest. This Jasper National Park campground is perfect for tents and small RVs less than 25 feet. Jonas has toilets, food lockers, a public phone, and a cooking shelter available for visitors. This Jasper National Park camping experience gets you into the backcountry for a tranquil getaway.

Pocahontas Campground–Jasper National Park Camping 

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● Open: May 16-September 3
● Cost: Campsites starting at $22
● 140 Sites
● Reservations: Click here

The Pocahontas Campground offers running water, toilets, but no showers. There are fire rings, a footpath, food lockers, wheelchair accessible sites, and a recycling depot on the premises. This campground resides inside Jasper off of Miette Road. Sites accommodate tents and RVs under 27 feet. There are 140 sites available.

Wapiti Campground – Jasper National Park Camping

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● Open: Year round
● Cost: Campsites starting at $28
● 140 Sites
● Reservations: First come first serve

If you want your choice of winter or summer camping, then Wapiti is for you. This unique campground has 93 winter sites and 362 summer sites, and it accommodates most motorhomes and trailers. In the winter, you can cross-country ski or snowshoe to the nearby town that has a convenient store that sells any camping supplies you forgot along the way.

Snaring Campground – Jasper National Park Camping 

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● Open: May 16-September 24
● Cost: Campsites starting at $16
● 63 sites
● Reservations: First come first serve

Snaring has 63 sites; some of them have breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Pick a shaded wooded site or sunny site in the open where you can work on that tan. The Campground showcases three loops of sites and then a cluster of sites along the Snaring River. Toilets, a cookhouse, and food lockers are available during your stay. Snaring accommodates tents and motorhomes under 27 feet. The Snaring Campground is a great way to see the wilderness in Jasper National Park and set up a temporary home.

Wilcox Campground–Jasper National Park Camping 

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● Open: May 16-September 17
● Cost: Campsites starting at $16
● 46 sites
● Reservations First come first serve

Owners of motorhomes will want to check out the excellent Wilcox Campground that offers family-friendly amenities and is located down the road from the Columbia Icefields. Wilcox also has Jasper National Park’s best day hike – also called the Wilcox Trail. It’s a great place to relax in the motorhome at night and hit the trail during the day. You have to self-register when you arrive, then have access to a fire ring, water, dump station, food locker, and cookhouse, fulfilling all of your camping needs. It’s also wheelchair accessible and offers trips for visitors if you want to avoid the hassle of planning an itinerary.

Icefield Campground RV Only–Jasper National Park Camping 

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● Open: May 16-October 8
● Cost: Campsites starting at $16
● 100 sites
● Reservations: First come first serve

If you want to be adventurous, travel to Jasper National Park, and camp at the Icefields RV campground. Here you can park the RV and enjoy basic camping at its finest for there are no showers or fire rings on site. So forget the soap and marshmallows and just exist in nature or inside your decadent motorhome.

Wabasso Campground RV Only–Jasper National Park Camping 

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● Open: May 16-September 17
● Cost: Campsites starting at $22
● 231 sites
● Reservations: First come first serve

Come enjoy some Jasper National Park camping at Wabasso. This popular primitive campground just got a little more upscale with the addition of electric for RVs. Or you can choose to pop a tent, unplug, and read within the Canadian wilderness. Wabasso has 231 sites, and guests can enjoy views of the Athabaskan River that runs on one side of the campground while 93A runs on the other making your stay naturesque and connected. Want to get some adult time in? Then send the kids to the convenient playground on site or allow them to play in the fields. Wabasso also has bathhouses for all your sanitary needs. This campground provides a great way to enjoy some Jasper National Park camping in style.

Kerkeslin Campground RV Only–Jasper National Park Camping 

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● Open: June 13-September 3
● Cost: Campsites starting at $16
● 42 sites
● Reservations: First come first serve

If you want a Jasper National Park camping experience that is peaceful and within the shade, look no further than Kerkeslin. This small 45 site filled campground is one of the most overlooked destinations in Jasper. Located near Highway 93, Kerkeslin offers a tranquil experience by the Athabasca River. And it has all the basic amenities like toilets, water, showers, fire rings, and more. Cozy up to the campfire at this hidden gem of a campground during your Jasper National Park camping stay.

Things to Do While Jasper National Park Camping

Add to your Jasper National Park camping trip by taking advantage of all of the cool attractions nearby. Get your adrenaline flowing with a whitewater rafting trip, take in the scenes from a motorcycle sidecar, or tour lakes and canyons. There is no shortage of things to do in and around Jasper. So start taking some notes on these forms of entertainment you are bound to enjoy.

Jasper’s Whitewater Rafting

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● Cost: $55

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Get your adventure on by booking a trip on Jasper’s Whitewater Rafting. This two-hour guided tour sells out fast so make your reservation now. Get crazy on the Athabasca river while your licensed guide not only teaches rafting but provides historical facts along the way. You’ll love rafting in the snow-capped mountains. Your ticket includes round-trip transportation, wetsuits, helmets, and jackets. Also, photos of your daredevil experience are available for purchase.

Mt. Edith Cavell 

● Cost: Free
● No reservations needed

Jasper National Park Camping

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Named after a WWII nurse who helped allied prisoners escape from Brussels, this mountain ranks as the most notable in all of Alberta, Canada. Towering at 11,0000 feet, Mt. Edith Cavell remains one of the few places in the world where rich vegetation grows on such a high elevation. The peak reflects into a vibrant blue pond of glacier meltwater below making this sight one of the best spectacles in Jasper National Park. Hikers and flower lovers should take advantage of the Mt. Edith Cavell Trail, which provides a magical walk along the peak, meadows, and glacial debris as well as showcasing a variety of flower species, most prevalent during July. Good news, it’s easy to get to and free! Just drive on 93A until you reach Mt. Cavell Road. Mt. Edith Cavell is another geological wonder within Jasper National State Park that you won’t want to miss!

Jasper Motorcycle Day Tours 

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● Cost: $149
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If you are a fan of the movie Easy Rider, this attraction is for you. Add to your Jasper National Park camping experience by enjoying the magnificent sights from a motorcycle sidecar. Your guide will be in charge of the main rig as you sit back, let your hair down, and take in the views. Choose from one, two, or three hour tours. You also get the pick of Jasper National Park’s most famous destinations such as Athabaskan Falls, the Columbia Icefields, Maligne Lake and more. If you want a unique experience that you can tell your grandkids about, then book a Jasper Motorcycle Day Tour now.

Glacier Skyway

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● Cost: $31
● Book here

Overcome your fear of heights on the Glacier Skyway. This clear walkway 918 feet above the majestic Sunwapta Valley will make you forget about your anxieties. The walkway extends off of a cliff and not only are the sides clear for your viewing pleasure, but tourists can look at the beautiful valley below because the walkway also features a transparent floor. This is a breathtaking experience you will be talking about for years.

Maligne Canyon Icewalk 

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● Cost: $69 child $35 child
● Book here

If you want to see some of the most amazing geological formations on the planet, buy a ticket to the Maligne Canyon Icewalk. Your expert tour guide will take you to the bottom of the spectacular Maligne Canyon where 30-meter icy walls will surround you. There you will view a one-of-a-kind maze of ice caves, frozen waterfalls, and ice sculptures. The Maligne Canyon ice walk is a once in a lifetime experience that makes the $69 price tag more than worth it.

Athabasca Falls

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● Cost: FREE
● No reservations required

Another awesome geological wonder that will make your Jasper National camping experience memorable is the miraculous Athabasca Falls. Park your car off of 93A and see this watery wonder for free. That’s right – free! You are your own tour guide as you venture off the highway to this massive waterfall that drops 80 feet and stretches 60 feet wide! Visitors are taken aback by the immense amount of water that continuously flows and carves through layers of quartzite and limestone to create a gorge that now is one of Jasper’s top tourist attractions.

Skiing/Snowboarding at Marmot Basin 

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● Cost: $72 adult $33 child
● Book here

Love skiing or snowboarding? Then don’t forget to take the 20-minute drive away from Jasper National Park to Marmot Basin. Offering a 3,000-foot vertical drop on 75 acres of snowy terrain, you and your family can fly down the mountain in style. Forgot your equipment? No problem, rent equipment on the mountain or stop at the nearby shop. Pure Outdoors has all your skiing and snowboarding needs. Make memories with this chilling experience while on your Jasper getaway.

Maligne Lake Cruise 

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● Cost: $67 adult $34 child
● Book here or call 1-866-606-6700 for more information

Who doesn’t love boat rides? The Maligne Lake Cruise takes visitors on a tour of one of Canada’s most talked about and biggest glacially-fed lakes in the Canadian Rockies Surrounded by ice-capped mountains and dense forests; this outing will burn beautiful images into your mind. Cruise to Spirit Island which is only boat accessible and observe the lake’s well-known aqua blue water. Take a day and get away from your campsite to experience a boat ride you will never forget.

Jasper Helicopter Tour

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● Cost: $197-$700
● Book here

Get off the ground and into an impressive helicopter ride that will change your Jasper National Park vantage point. Begin on the Icefields heliport which is 4,386 feet above sea level! Then observe the magnificent views of the park from above. Look below at the glaciers, lakes, and mountains, all through your helicopter window. You will revel in the sites below. Book your helicopter tour now.

Recommendations –

I recommend the Six Glaciers Tour which sports a $195 price tag opposed to the humdinger of helicopter rides which goes for almost $700, but you might be on a more luxurious camping trip than I was, and whichever tour you choose, you will not be disappointed.
Venture to Jasper, the largest National Park in the Canadian Rockies for a camping trip that will result in some of the greatest sites you’ve ever seen. Choose from one of the ten campgrounds above to accommodate your Jasper National Park camping needs. You won’t regret getting off that couch, packing up the car or RV, and heading into the Canadian wilderness for a breathtaking getaway that you will never forget. Skip the hotel and go Jasper National Park camping which offers the opportunity to pause and escape the urban life.

And don’t forget to create an itinerary of the many wonderful things to do and special places to visit during your stay. Jasper has so many geological and tour packaged attractions that your Instagram will blow up with comments of disbelief. No matter what season, Jasper State National Park camping will accommodate your schedule. Bring the family, bring yourself, bring your partner – there’s a campground and things to do in Jasper for everyone.