Race begins for summer campsites in Alberta's national parks

Keen campers can start securing summer camping sites in national parks. Parks Canada is accepting some national park reservations in Alberta this week.

Reservations already open in Jasper as bookings start Wednesday for other parks

Parks Canada has opened its reservations website for national parks in Alberta. It's already taking bookings for Jasper and will start accepting for Banff and others this week. (CBC)

Keen campers can start securing national park sites for the busy summer season.

Parks Canada began taking bookings at 8 a.m. MT  Tuesday for Jasper National Park. One of Jasper's campgrounds, Whistlers, is closed this year as it undergoes extensive upgrades.

Reservations open Wednesday at the same time for Banff National Park. On Thursday, you can book camping sites for Waterton Lakes, Wood Buffalo, Rocky Mountain House and Elk Island.

You'll have to wait a little longer for backcountry locations in the national parks. Reservations open Jan. 24 for backcountry camping in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks. Backcountry reservations open Jan. 23 for Jasper.

Reservations can be made online at  or by calling 1-877-RESERVE (737-3783).

Alberta Parks starts accepting group camping reservations for provincial campgrounds on Feb. 4, comfort camping on Feb. 11 and regular sites on Feb. 19. There's more information on those at

Last year's provincial campground online bookings broke a record with nearly 171,000 reservations.


  • Jan 08, 2019 5:27 PM MT


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