If you're willing to rough it, camping is one of the best ways to get back to nature in Jasper National Park, which is home to 10 campgrounds -- though only one (Wapiti) is open through the winter. Prices range from C$14 for rudimentary tenting sites to C$33 for full-service RV sites. Due to fire hazards, you need a special permit to camp anywhere in the parks outside the designated campgrounds. For a permit, contact the parks information office (tel. 780/852-6176). Campgrounds in Jasper range from completely unserviced to those providing water, power, sewer connections, laundry facilities, gas, and groceries.

Backcountry Camping

Campers looking for pleasant backcountry campsites will find more than 100 in Jasper National Park, including well-known sites on the Skyline Trail, on the Brazeau Loop, around Maligne Lake, and in the Tonquin Valley. You need to reserve a campsite before you head out on a backcountry trip. But be sure to book early: the most popular ones book up fast in early spring -- reserve 3 months before your trip if you have a favored campsite in mind. Understand that when you reserve a spot to camp at a marked campsite, you select the specific site within the camping area on a first-come, first-served basis and only once you arrive on-site. Reserve by calling the Jasper National Park office, at tel. 780/852-6177, or visit the Jasper National Park Information Centre (500 Connaught Dr.; same telephone number). Rates are C$10 per person per night. There is a nonrefundable reservation charge of C$12.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.