Friday, August 1, 2008

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

There are tons of campgrounds in Jasper and Banff, and Whistler Campground in Jasper is the largest by far, with over 600 sites. In fact, it seemed too big for the staff, as many rules (such as bare camping) were not enforces. “Bare camping” is maintaining a bare campsite – having all food, water, etc.. in a hard-sided car or trailer, since bears have been seen in the campground. We did find out that you will need reservations here over any long 3-day weekend, but not necessarily during any other time of the summer, unless you want hook-ups. As with the other Canadian National Park campgrounds, there were washrooms and hot showers provided, as well as fire pits and firewood. The very cool thing about Whistler Campground is the herd of elk that frequent the campground – in fact, they often came into our site to eat and would walk within 4 feet’ of us when we would be enjoying the evening outside or they slept under the low spruce branches near our trailer.

Tip - WIFI is available at the public library and the time of this writing was $2.50 for one hour or you can buy a library membership for $15 which will get you an hour of WIFI free each day. You’ll get a password the first time you pay your $2.50, and they didn’t seem to change the password the next day when we went back and sat in the parking lot………

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