How to Reserve a Campsite in Alberta’s Parks
Getting ready for camping season? Here’s what you need to know to give yourself the best chance at securing your preferred campsites.
• Have a backup plan in case you can’t book your first choice of campsite and/or dates—especially if you want to reserve several different sites as part of a road trip.
• Some campers will book time at a site that opens its full season early on, and then cancel later if they’re able to get a spot at a preferred campground that has a shorter booking window. Checking back at the parks’ reservation websites throughout the season may yield some surprise finds as cancellations occur.
• People who want to camp at Lake O’Hara should pay close attention to Parks Canada’s requirements. Campers are allowed a maximum of three nights and two campsites per reservation. You will be turned away if you do not have a tent, and there is a maximum of one small four-person tent allowed per site. There will be a random draw for day use reservations. Note that day use reservations and camping reservations are booked on separate sites.
BOOKING DATES: NATIONAL PARKS
Visit reservation.pc.gc.ca or call 1-877-737-3783
January 25, 8 a.m.: Elk Island, Kootenay, Rocky Mountain House (National Historic Site), Waterton Lakes, Wood Buffalo, Yoho
January 26, 8 a.m.: Banff (except backcountry)
January 28, 8 a.m.: Banff, Kootenay & Yoho backcountry
January 31, 8 a.m.: Jasper (except backcountry)
February 2, 8 a.m.: Jasper backcountry
February 3, 8 a.m.: Lake O’Hara overnight camping
March 1-30: Lake O’Hara day-use bus random draw entry
Click here for more information about booking at national parks in Alberta.
BOOKING DATES: PROVINCIAL PARKS
Visit reserve.albertaparks.ca, or call 1-877-537-2757
Alberta Parks announced important changes to camping reservations in 2022.
Reservations can now be made through reserve.albertaparks.ca year-round. Some parks with Winter and early Season camping are already available to book, with most parks first bookable dates happening in February. Go check when your favourite parks open for booking!
Reservation for individual and backcountry camping can be made 90 days in advance of your campaign date. Group and comfort camping can be made 180-days in advance. Booking times advance by one day each morning at 9 a.m.
The maximum nights reservable is now 10 consecutive nights per reservation. Campers can stay for a total of 16 consecutive nights in an individual and comfort campsite; however, multiple reservations must be made. The maximum stay in a group camping area continues to be 5 consecutive nights.
AMA members save on family annual Parks Canada Discovery passes when purchased at an AMA centre.