Nearly all of Alberta's National Parks just opened for camping reservations

Jan 9 2020, 3:13 pm

The floodgates are now open.

The majority of Alberta’s National Parks opened for campsite reservations by 8 am this morning, allowing for Canadians and would-be visitors from around the world to secure their summer 2020 sites.

Jasper National Park and Banff National Park opened for reservations on January 7 and 8, respectively, though it wasn’t until Thursday, January 9 that campers could sign up for sites at Elk Island National Park, Kootenay National Park, Waterton Lakes National Park, Wood Buffalo National Park, and Yoho National Park.

Of course, that’s not to say that all of Alberta’s National Park sites are open quite yet, as backcountry camping for a number of these parks will not open until later this month.

Though for the ones that are open, we’d suggest getting your reservation in sooner rather than later, seeing as Parks Canada already saw a record-breaking number of reservations on January 8 to the tune of over 20,000.

Here’s a look at all of Alberta’s National Parks:

Yoho National Park of Canada
2020 reservation launched on January 9, 2020 at 8 am MST and January 23, 2020 at 8 am MST (for backcountry camping and Lake O’Hara overnight camping). Random draw applications for Lake O’Hara Day Use Bus Service accepted between February 1 to 29, 2020

Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada
2020 reservation launched on January 9 2020 at 8 am MST

Wood Buffalo National Park
2020 reservations launched on January 9, 2020 at 8 am MST

Kootenay National Park of Canada
2020 reservation launched on January 9, 2020, at 8 am MST and January 23, 2020, at 8 am MST (for backcountry camping)

Elk Island National Park of Canada
2020 reservation launched on January 9, 2020, at 8 am MST

Jasper National Park of Canada
2020 reservation launched on January 7, 2020, at 8 am MST and January 22, 2020, at 8 am MST (for backcountry camping)

Banff National Park of Canada
2020 reservations launched on January 8, 2020, at 8 am MST and January 23, 2020, at 8 am MST (for backcountry camping)

And those Albertans who are hoping to head across the Rockies for a few nights in the woods can reserve campsites at these BC National Parks:

Fort Langley National Historic Site 
2020 reservation launched on January 3, 2020, at 8 am PST

Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site
2020 reservation launched on January 3, 2020, at 8 am PST

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada
2020 reservation launched on January 3, 2020, at 8 am PST

Kluane National Park and Reserve
2020 reservations launched on January 3, 2020, at 8 am PST

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada
2020 reservation launched on January 6, 2020, at 8 am PST

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