We found that maps were one of the greatest help and I don't mean online maps nor GPS for that matter. Physical, printed out hard copies, the ones you can buy at some petro stations and books stores. And you can get free ones at the information kiosk. This download link has an old map that is still some what valid, just the dates are old. Jasper National Park Map
A back country map book is very handy specially when in British Columbia (BC) with a RV. It maps out all the recreational sites where you can plan your next sleep and for FREE! Don't everyone like things for free?
Points of interest is good to know before you arrive at your destination, it might just be along the route you take to arrive in Jasper. Take your time and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us locals everyday.
My suggestion is to explore this site for all the attractions and points of interest. Use the search tool to navigate this photo rich site, the menus or tags works just as well, if you cannot find what you are looking for, don't hesitate to send us a comment.
Here is a point of interest, a sani dumps for your RV! One in town, located at the Stan Wright Industrial Park, one along the 93a close to the Athabasca river and Wapiti and Whistlers Campground.
The other sani dump is much closer in town located at the Industrial park just across from the RV parking lot on Hazel Ave.
Thank you for checking out our RV series. Did we miss something for the recreational vehicle travelers? Leave us a comment and we can try and cover it. Cheers and happy RV-ing!
Traveling in the off season, is not the best time to travel if you like to take in all the attractions and activities. Many of the services were closed even the tourist information outlets! Lucky for you, the Jasper info centre does stay open year round.
Here is the sad news, when in Jasper, all the RV sites are fee based, unless you don't mind those rest areas along the highway, there are time limits on how long you can rest for. If it is just for a couple of hours, nobody in their right mind will give you a hassle on taking a rest and park. It is definitely safer for you and me both.
When in town, there are several large parking lots that can accommodate larger motorhomes and you can park all day FREE and enjoy the town activities, restaurants and shops. Some trailheads do not accommodate RV's like the Edith Cavell road, if you are over 7 meters (23feet), there is a parking lot for those large RVs prior to the 14km (8.6miles) road to Edith Cavell.
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On a recent recreational vehicle(RV) trip to plot out attractions and must see areas in north west British Columbia (BC). The purpose of the trip was a work combined with some fun in the process. The insight we gathered on how travelers find their way around new destinations was quite an eye opener. When you live in a tourist town, you tend to forget how the visitors need information that is second hand to a local.
What's this got to do with Jasper? Well, we have neglected to tell you about certain services that are available to RV travelers that visit Jasper, like the simplest things like fuel.
Propane is use for BBQ and for motor vehicles, and there is only one outlet in town, the Petro Canada on Balsam Ave, and of course after a certain time, they stop pumping, pretty safe to get help on working hours, if they are short handed, forget getting about your vehicle getting filled. Diesel, there was only one until last summer of 2015 all three gas stations retro fitted their pumps to include Diesel, so we are good there. Hint on this is, if you are visiting on a long weekend, make sure you fuel up before you find your camp spot for your vehicle, as it has been known that the tanks at the station run dry. You will thank us for this tip.
There are only four campsites with power hook ups, follow us on our next article to find out more on traveling with a recreational vehicle.
Still early season to visit Edith Cavell, as the road is still closed to the motorized vehicles, but not to self propelled activities. This area is a must see attraction if you are ever in Jasper.
The road should be ready to open May long weekend, but it is still up to Parks Canada to decide when it will be available to motorized vehicles.
We chose to ride our bikes to the top of the road but there was still snow covered areas that forced us off our bikes. You can rent bikes at the local bike shops like Freewheel Cycle, mountain or road.
It is refreshing to hike, a couple we met that hails from Nova Scotia did the hike. We biked on the road and not worry about cars, specially on the descent.
This ride was the kick off to the challenge for May. Getting out to Nature for 30 minutes a day for 30 days, are you ready for that challenge? More info below about this great challenge.