Doug taking a time out to relax by the Igloo

Winter Camping

Camping in the winter

Camp­ing does not stop when the snow falls. The back and front coun­try camp­sites are still open if you care to brave the weather. This authen­tic Cana­dian pas­time is fun when you are pre­pared to cozy up to a nice down filled sleep­ing bag or build an Igloo, yes peo­ple down south of the bor­der, we Cana­di­ans do sleep in Igloos.

The Igloo by Explore Jasper
Mt. Kitch­ner 2006 The igloo lived in for one night

Snow Dome

A trip like this does not come so often, so when a friend invited me on this trip to the top of the world (in my mind), I could not pass it up. The Snow Dome sits high in the Rock­ies, part of the Columbia Ice­field cov­ered in (you guess it) snow! An expe­ri­ence guide is a must for this trip and I was for­tu­nate to tag along a guide train­ing trip con­ducted by Doug Latimer , and when they said it was ski­ing, well I was tick­led pink! The Snow Coaches can take you part way up this Athabasca Glac­ier, but not pass the huge ice falls and crevasses.

Snow camping Snowdome 1999
Snow­dome 1999, Chan­tal snow camp­ing at the base.

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Recreational Vehicle Camping

The camp­site Wapiti and Whistlers has win­ter hook-ups, but you bet­ter check with Parks Canada Camp­ing site to see avail­abil­ity times as they don’t have a reg­u­lar hours for these camp­sites.


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