A visit to Jasper National Park means you have a wide assortment of places to lodge: inside or out, rustic or luxurious. Jasper has it all, from fancy hotels to minimalist camping. Here’s a summary of all your options for accommodation in Jasper National Park. You’ll be certain to find the one best suited for your family’s needs.
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Accommodation in Jasper, Alberta:
Hotels, Lodges, and Cabins
Tourism Jasper has a comprehensive list of Jasper Lodges, Hotels, and Cabins. Instead of my listing them all, go check out their site as it is more likely to stay up to date and I don’t risk giving you false information about seasonal closures. You will see that not all accommodations are open year round. Many of the cabin-type accommodations in Jasper close for the winter season.
Most of the Hotels are situated within Jasper Townsite. While most of the cabins are located just outside of the townsite. Although there are some accommodations down at the Icefields Center and on the east side of the park at Pocahontas.
We have also stayed at the Jasper Park Lodge with kids. Although I was surprised by the dated rooms, the whole place is a destination in itself. And, if you happen to be invited to an event there, the catered food is great! The lodge is very family friendly with activity/play rooms, pools, a playground, paddle boat rentals, even a resident friendly dog, and lots and lots of outdoor space. For Christmas Holiday vacationers, they have cookies and stories by the fireplace, a life sized gingerbread house, and a skating rink when the lake is frozen.
I personally love all of Jasper’s Cabin-type accommodation. Having a kitchenette in your room makes feeding young children while on vacation much easier and more affordable. Also, the cabins seem so cozy and adventuresome. Kids get to spend more time outside exploring and playing as many cabins have walking trails and play parks.
We stayed in a cabin at Becker’s Chalets on our honeymoon and it was lovely retreat away from town just along the Athabasca River. They have a big playground there too.
If you do happen to be looking for a cabin to stay in know that some of them are ‘more rustic’ (in rougher shape) than others. Take close looks at the photos and review you can find. Also, don’t be fooled into thinking that staying in a cabin will be cheaper either.
Private Accommodations and rentals in Jasper
Some residents in Jasper offer private rentals in their homes. The rooms will vary in amenities and cost, from multi-roomed, private access suites to single room rentals. Approved Accommodations in Jasper National Park must be inspected and licenced to be listed with the Jasper Home Accommodation Association. On their website you can find a long list of private rentals. You will have to contact home owners directly to inquire about availability. Alternatively, you can search through Airbnb for private rental options.
Hostels in Jasper
Jasper town and the surrounding area has a handful of hostels. Some smaller and more rustic than others.
If you do plan to be travelling with kids and hope to stay in a hostel do take note of the regulations around children and rooms. Some hostels do not want children under certain ages staying in their dorm style rooms.
Unfortunately I could not find a page listing all the current hostelling options in Jasper. You can search at Hostels International for Jasper National Park. It seems their information was most up to date. On their site, you can find more information and how to reserve your stay at these hostels: Athabasca Falls, Beauty Creek, Jasper by the Sky Tram, Maligne Canyon, and Mount Edith Cavell. All of these hostels are out of town, require your own transportation to and from, and are mainly dorm-style (meaning you are provided a bed in a room full of beds).
Jasper also has a new hostel right in town, the Jasper Downtown Hostel. This new hostel has been quite popular and, along with dorm style accommodation, also has a few private rooms for rent which may be more appropriate for small families.
There are also plans to build another hostel right in Jasper Townsite, so in the future you may have another hostel option as well.
Tents, Trailers, and Huts: Camping in Jasper
Camping is the best! Right? Our kids love to go out to the campground for the weekend. And Jasper National Park has a handful of campsites to choose from. Because this is a National Park, all the campgrounds here are run by Parks Canada. Here is their website with all the campground information. Different campsites will have different opening and closing dates as well as varying amenities. If you plan to camp in the park, it is best to make your reservations as soon as the reservation system opens up.
Whistler’s Campground has recently added oTENTiks to their campsite. These are permanent canvas walled (heated) tents which can accommodate up to 4 adults and 2 children. They have been very popular and are an easier way to experience camping in the great outdoors without having to have your own camping equipment.
Oh, and I almost forgot the backcountry camping! Yes, if you really want to experience Jasper in all its beauty and wonder, then you can pack up and head out (on foot, horse, bike, or skis) to any of the campsites or backcountry huts around the park. Really, they deserve a whole post onto themselves, but in the meantime, you can find more information with Parks Canada here.
If you have any questions regarding any of the accommodations in Jasper, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to help you find the answers you are looking for.
What else do you want to know about family travel in Jasper National Park?
- Your 2 day family itinerary for Jasper National Park
- Visiting Jasper in the Winter
- How to enjoy your day exploring the town of Jasper
- Top family restaurants in and around Jasper
- How to prepare for backcountry camping with kids
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