Whistler's Campground, Jasper National Park, Alberta

Jasper National Park is fairly large and has various regions to explore. We stayed at Whistler's Campground because it is right off the Icefields Parkway and was just a few kilometers south of the village of Jasper. The campground is enormous with over 700 sites, but is scenic and wooded. Overall, we were disappointed with this park. Many of the trees were dead in the area. We entered Jasper from neighboring Banff National Park, and passed by an enormous icefield. There is camping for RVs at this particular icefield-all first come first served-and I wished we had stayed a night there to explore. Whistler's Campground was under a fire ban during our stay and the park overall felt drier and less scenic that it's bordering sister, Banff. A walking/hiking trail can be found on the opposite side of the highway which, if you're in for a hike, can lead you to
various lakes as well as the Waipiti Campground. We found the Canadian National Parks to be far less "educational" and "pro-visitor" during our stays. You will not find shuttle buses, informational boards, park films, and interpretive programs to the extent you do in US parks. We only saw one park ranger in the four parks we stayed in, so accessing information about current trails, parking lots and conditions can be difficult. We felt disheartened by Jasper because we couldn't get to any of its regions without driving our rig. Additionally, we didn't know if parking or roads were motorhome friendly, so we stuck around camp most of the time. Whistler's has over 700 sites arranged in cul-de-sac like loops. This allows campers to have more spacious and private sites from neighbors. The main interior road is paved, but once you are in a specific loop, the ground was pot-holed packed dirt and gravel. Long level pads are available here, and we saw several upscale big rigs occupying them. Some loops are dry camping, while others are electric or full hookup. Mosquitoes are abundant, along with mountain views. This campground is closest to the Jasper Gondola, being only a couple of kilometers down the road. There is a playground, kitchen shelters and bath houses for campers. This campground is scheduled to close for renovations during the 2019 season.

Best Sites: Loops 61-65
Poor Sites: Loops 50, 51, 53, 54, 57, 58
Hookups: Electric, Water & Sewer at some
Potable Water: Yes
Dump Within Facility: Yes