Jasper National Park’s Whistlers Campground to reopen July 12 after two years of renovations
EDMONTON – The largest campground in Jasper National Park will reopen on July 12, and campers will be able to book sites online starting Thursday.
The Whistlers Campground is reopening after a $ 60 million renovation that spanned two summers.
Parks Canada said in a statement that half of the approximately 800 sites will be available to park visitors on July 12. The remaining half of Whistlers campsites will become available a week later, the park authority said.
Reservations will begin Thursday, June 24 at 8 a.m. and can be made online using the Parks Canada Reservation Service.
Parks Canada recommends that interested campers create a My Parks Canada Account reservation account in advance to be ready for online reservations. The park says it expects a “high volume” of people booking sites at the Whistlers Campground on the first day of reservations.
The renovations included the construction of a new registration center and three accessible washrooms.
Wider roads through the campground will allow two-way traffic for RVs and a new separate entrance road for guests returning to the site after having already registered will help alleviate bottlenecks said Parks Canada.
Eighteen new combined shower and toilet facilities throughout the campsite have been built. According to Parks Canada, campers will not have to walk more than 250 meters to use a toilet or shower.
Jonathan Wilkinson, federal environment minister, said in a statement that the renovations will contribute to high-quality tourism and experiences for visitors to Jasper Park.
“Throughout the pandemic, Albertans and all Canadians reconnected and rediscovered nature,” said Wilkinson.
“These substantial investments our government has made in the Whistlers Campground in Jasper National Park will ensure that this iconic national park will continue to provide safe and breathtaking experiences to Albertans and visitors around the world for decades to come.”
According to Parks Canada, visitors to the renovated campground will notice young saplings in place of many of the mature trees removed.
“It will take many years for these saplings to gain height,” Parks Canada said in a statement. “In the meantime, many Whistlers campsites now have more sun and prettier mountain views than ever before.”
The soil around electricity, sewer and water pipes has been “significantly disturbed,” Parks Canada said as Whistlers underwent utility upgrades. The park authority asks campers to stay out of newly seeded areas to ensure natural grasses and vegetation can grow.
Parks Canada says it hopes to hold a grand official reopening ceremony in the spring of 2022 when all renovations are complete.