The Best Jasper Camping Spots (for 2022)

The Best Jasper Camping Spots (for 2022)

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Updated January 6, 2022

It’s that moment when you’re snuggled inside a cozy sleeping bag, at one of the best Jasper camping spots, listening to the sound of a crackling fire, overwhelmed by millions of stars piercing the dark night sky that you realize: this is why you camp.

At 11,000 square km, Jasper National Park is the second-largest dark sky preserve in the world, which gives you more space and more stars to fulfill that perfect camping moment.

There are more campgrounds in Jasper than you can pitch a tent at, and below we have outlined details of the best places to camp in the park! From RV camping (and glamping) to rough and tumble tent camping, you’re bound to find the perfect spot for you and your loved ones.

But remember, spots fill up fast, so be sure to book your Jasper camping reservation early to avoid disappointment!

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The Best Jasper Camping Spots: Everything From Tenting to Fully-Serviced RV Hookups

Below, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite campgrounds. Even with strict criteria, and a heavy hand cutting out anything that didn’t meet our expectations, there are still quite a few available for you to set up camp.

Wapiti Campground Jasper

Reservation Required: Open May 4 – October 10, 2022

Nestled on the shores of the Athabasca’s babbling river, Wapiti Campground is close enough to Jasper’s townsite to make it convenient, but far away enough to feel like you’re in the middle of the wilderness. There are 363 sites available to reserve, and a babbling river to keep you company.

Winter Camping at Wapiti Campground

Wapiti operates year-round, sporting 75 winter camping spots available from October 10 to May 3, 2023. Sites come with amenities such as electricity, hot showers and fire pits so you can stay toasty, no matter the temp! Wapiti is a welcome spot for RV camping too, with plenty of electrical hook-up spots for RVs. Come early even in the off-season as spots are first-come, first-served in the wintertime.

Wapiti Campground Highlights:

  • Size: 363 campsites (75 winter spots)
  • Cost: $34.50 to $43.75 per night
  • Amenities: Washroom and shower facilities, RV electrical hookups, fire pits

Book a Wapiti camping reservation early to ensure you get a spot!

Wabasso Campground Jasper

Reservation Required: Open May 18 – September 19, 2022

Just 20 minutes south of Jasper townsite you’ll find the quiet riverfront campsite, Wabasso, with 231 campsites, and tons of hiking trail access. There are basic amenities like fire pits and toilets but few hookups and no showers. That makes Wabasso best-suited for campers that are ready to ‘rough it’ at least a little in tents and modest RVs, trailers, and motorhomes (under 35 feet).

A bit more rugged than other sites, Wabasso is still clean, and plenty spacious which keeps the noise levels down, and your camping experience more private. Rustic, charming, and beautiful – if you don’t mind not having showers, this is your spot to stay. And with the gorgeous Athabasca River flowing nearby, you can always go for a bath au naturel!

Wabasso Campground Highlights:

  • Size: 231 campsites
  • Cost:$32.25 to $38.50 per night
  • Amenities: Washroom facilities, fire pits, RV electrical hookups

Book a Wabasso camping reservation early to ensure you get a spot!

Wabasso Campground and Aurora Borealis – photo provided by Travel Alberta credit Parks Canada / Ryan Bray

Pocahontas Campground Jasper

Reservation Required: Open Jun 15 – September 5, 2022

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This is a primitive camp spot that is rugged yet beautiful with a scenic, 25-minute drive to the townsite of Jasper. There are flushable toilets, fire rings, and plenty of chances to see wildlife since it’s so secluded and quiet. Pocahontas Campground is also very close to the Sulphur Skyline Trail hike, so if you want to get a jump on your day on this hike, this is the campsite to choose!

While there is running water here, there are no showers available, so be sure you know that going in! It’s a nice and quiet spot for tents, RVs, trailers, and motorhomes under 27 feet.

Pocahontas Campground Highlights:

  • Size: 140 campsites
  • Cost: $32.25 per night
  • Amenities: Running water, flushable toilets, fire rings

Book a Pocahontas camping reservation early to ensure you get a spot!

Spirit Island – photo provided by Travel Alberta credit Chris Burkard @chrisburkard

Whistlers Campground Jasper

Reservation Required: Open May 4 – October 10, 2022

With just under 800 campsites available to reserve, Whistler Campground is Jasper’s largest campsite. It’s located just minutes outside of Jasper’s townsite, and it’s right next to Jasper’s Skytram, a major tourist attraction with hiking access to Whistlers Peak, making it a hotspot for locals and visitors alike.

With great proximity comes great facilities. Whistler Campground boasts well-maintained washrooms, hot shower facilities, and even kitchen shelters (if the weather doesn’t permit you to cook over a campfire). That may sound like city-camping with not much in the way of a true Jasper experience, but in this neck of the woods, the wildlife comes to you. Campers regularly report elk sightings in this prime Jasper camping spot.

Whistlers Campground Highlights:

  • Size: 781 campsites
  • Cost: $24 – $50 per night
  • Amenities: Washroom and shower facilities, kitchen shelters, fire pits

Book a Whistlers camping reservation early to ensure you get a spot!

Whistlers oTENTiks

Reservation Required: Open TBA

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Love camping but don’t like buying or hauling all the gear? This is the option for you. Open dates are yet to come.

Each tent can hold up to 6 people (a maximum of 4 adults). The comfort tents have all the basic comforts including wooden floors, beds, seating, and even heaters to keep you warm for the cold nights.

Whistlers oTENTiks Campground Highlights:

  • Size: 21 sites
  • Cost: $128 per night
  • Amenities: Washroom and shower facilities, kitchen shelters, fire pits

Book a Whistlers oTENTiks reservation early to ensure you get a spot!

oTENTiks in Whistlers Campground – photo provided by Travel Alberta credit Parks Canada / Ryan Bray

Cheap Jasper Camping Options

For these first-come, first-serve locales, you’ll truly be at one with nature. While most have potable and running water, it’s best to bring most of your supplies, including extra water with you and be prepared for a rough and tumble type of camping experience. (And if you want to check-out some truly off-the-grid camping that is also free, we have a guide to Alberta crown land camping.)

Columbia Icefield Campground

First Come, First Served: Open June 15 – TBA

Just minutes away from the epic Canadian icefields, the Columbia Icefields Campground gives you a view of some of the most amazing scenery on the planet. Most sites, along with the log cookhouse, offer glacier views. Alternatively, if this site is full, there’s also Wilcox Creek Campground closeby.

Columbia Icefield Campground Highlights:

  • Tents only
  • Size: 33 campsites
  • Cost: $26 per night

Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre

First Come, First Served: Open May 18 – TBA

If you’ve got an RV but want those same glacier views, then this is your spot! Though it’s not much more than a parking spot, the Discovery Centre acts as something of a lighthouse, a comforting sight through the long, cold nights. It’s also the most central, ideal location if you want to head out on a tour of the icefields during your stay.

Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre Highlights:

  • RV and trailer parking only
  • Size: 100 sites
  • Cost: $16.75 per night
  • Unserviced; Water not available
Icefields Parkway

Wilcox Creek Campground Jasper

First Come, First Served: Open June 8 – September 19, 2022

This secluded spot offers picturesque views and trailhead access to Wilcox Pass, a breathtaking hike in the area. It’s also just minutes away from the Columbia Icefields. Wilcox Campground is best suited for tenting and those with RVs under 27 feet.

Wilcox Creek Campground Highlights:

  • Size: 46 campsites
  • Cost: $26 per night
  • Amenities: Potable water, toilet facilities, cooking shelters

Snaring Campground Jasper

First Come, First Served: Open May 18 – September 26, 2022

Enjoy a striking mountain setting as you set up camp in this gorgeous area. Snaring offers 62 campsites ranging from fully treed and private, to sprawling, wide-open spaces with plenty of sunshine. It’s best suited for tenting and RVers with units under 27 feet.

Snaring Campground Highlights:

  • Size: 62 campsites
  • Cost: $26 per night
  • Amenities: Potable water, toilet facilities

Mount Kerkeslin Campground Jasper

First Come, First Served: Open May 18 – September 5, 2022

Just 30 minutes away from Jasper townsite sits this humble campsite at the base of Mount Kerkeslin. This quiet, secluded spot offers a nice amount of shade and is a great stop off for cyclists and RV owners with units under 25 feet. Mount Kerkeslin also offers a short jaunt down to the river, too, so be sure to enjoy it, and even take a dip if you dare, while you’re there!

Mount Kerkeslin Campground Highlights:

  • Size: 42 campsites
  • Cost: $26 per night
  • Amenities: Potable water, toilet facilities

Honeymoon Lake Campground Jasper

First Come, First Served: Open May 18 – September 19, 2022

You don’t have to be on your honeymoon to head here. 😉 Get back to nature and enjoy the sweet, sweet sounds Honeymoon Lake has to offer at this low-key lakeside campsite. This spot is best suited for tenting and RVs under 25 feet.

Honeymoon Lake Campground Highlights:

  • Size: 35 campsites
  • Cost: $26 per night
  • Amenities: Potable water, toilet facilities

Jonas Creek Campground Jasper

First Come, First Served: Open June 15 – September 5, 2022

Besides the eponymous (and quite frigid) creek, there’s not much at Jonas Creek Campground, which is part of its charm. Offering a cook shelter for when the weather turns nasty, potable water, and toilet facilities, Jonas Creek has everything you need and nothing you don’t. It’s a campground best suited for tenting and RV trailers under 25 feet.

Highlights

  • Size: 25 campsites
  • Cost: $26 per night
  • Amenities: Potable water, toilet facilities, cooking shelter

Winter Camping in Jasper National Park (Frontcountry)

There are only two front-country options for winter camping in Jasper National Park. Note that for backcountry winter camping, you must get a permit from the National Park or by calling 1-877-737-3783.

Wapiti

As mentioned above, it’s close to town for supply runs. By staying here you may also be the first out on the nearby ski trails. It’s open from Nov 1 to May 4 for RV and trailers only, at a price of $34.50 per night.

Whirlpool

There is no power or water at this site but there are sites for tents and RVs. It’s open from Dec 15 to Mar 15 in 2022, and the fee to stay here is $26 per night.

Winter camping setup – photo provided by Travel Alberta credit Parks Canada – Ryan Bray

Winter Camping in Jasper National Park (Backcountry)

Hidden Cove

  • 8km return. The campground is 4km down the trail.
  • Trailhead: End of Maligne Lake Road.
  • Amenities: 4 tent pads, a fire pit, picnic tables, cook shelter, food storage lockers.
  • Cost: $10.50 per person per night, plus a reservation fee ($11.50 online, $13.50 by phone).

Big Bend

  • 14km return.
  • Trailhead: Sunwapta Falls accessible by skis or snowshoes.
  • Amenities: 4 tent pads, picnic tables, a fire pit, food storage cables. Wood is not available at this site.
  • Cost: $10.50 per person per night, plus a reservation fee ($11.50 online, $13.50 by phone).

Wilcox Winter

  • Wilcox parking lot, 106km south of Jasper on Highway 93.
  • Amenities: This is a simple bivouac campsite close to the highway.
  • Cost: $10.50 per person per night.

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