May 9, 2016

A Campsite With Your Name on it

Camping season is here! Planning to venture beyond the city for some epic camping this spring or summer? Whether you’re looking for a campsite to accommodate a one-person bivy tent, a motorhome, or anything in between, Jasper National Park has something for every adventure level.

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This last weekend marked the opening of Whistlers Campground, the largest of Jasper’s campgrounds, with 781 sites and modern amenities including hot and cold running water, showers that don’t require tokens, and electrical and full hook-up sites for RVs. Ever heard of "glamping"? They've got that here too! Rent an oTENTik - a canvas-walled tent with the basic comforts of home including wooden floors, bunkbeds, sleeping pads, heat and lights.

Other campgrounds in the park that will be opening up throughout the month include Wapiti, Wabasso, Pocahontas, Snaring River, Kerkeslin, Honeymoon Lake, Wilcox, Jonas Creek, and Columbia Icefield. More information as to when they open can be found here.

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At all campgrounds, firewood is included with the purchase of a fire permit, bear proof lockers are offered for safe food storage, and log cookhouses are available in case the weather isn’t cooperating.

If going off the beaten path is more your style, Jasper has over 1,000 kilometres of trails and routes to choose from that will lead you to some of the best backcountry camping in the real Rockies. Experience the rugged and untamed wilderness by embarking on an adventure ranging from an easier one-night escape or a more advanced 10-day trip. The choice is yours!

The Tonquin Valley, a local’s favourite, boasts incredible scenery, several day hike trails, and a unique combination of barren peaks, glaciers, and lakes. Backcountry camping in this area can only be accessed via the Cavell Road, which will be open again for the season as of June 6th!

And remember, before you head out backcountry camping, make sure to acquire a backcountry permit from Parks Canada first!

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To reserve your next camping trip in Jasper, visit www.reservation.parkscanada.gc.ca, or call 1-877-RESERVE.  Keep in mind that many campsites operate on a first-come, first-served basis and demand is heaviest from June through September, with July and August being the busiest.

Disconnect, relax, and enjoy the wild in Jasper, Canada’s base of adventure. 

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