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Old 10-23-2010, 09:57 PM   #1
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We're planning a trip up to the Canadian Rockies next summer. VERY confused about the Canadian reservation system..Is it like Yosemite and gone in sixty seconds? Also, what are our best options for dry camping with firepits? Also campgrounds near waterton Lakes. I have our recreation.gov mastered, just need some advice on Canada!
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The website for Canadian Nat'l Park reservations is Campground Reservation Service

The system is fairly simple. Right now, it doesn't show campground opening and reservation dates for 2011. That info will likely be posted after the first of the year.

You select a campground in the rockies parks, but not specific sites. You just enter your desired dates, equipment type, campsite type (hookup, no hookup, etc.). Whistlers, Wapiti and Wabasso take reservations in Jasper. The Lake Louise and Banff CG's also take reservations (don't remember specifically which ones, the website has that info).

My experience is that the full hook up sites in Jasper are available for at least 3 -4 hours after the reservation window opens in the spring. Avoid the hook up sites in the Wapiti CG - they are a gravel parking lot.

Other CG's along the Icefields Parkway are first come, first served. No hookups. Firepits are available, but there is a "fire permit" fee, $8.80 per night, which includes firewood.
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One other thing - you can find pictures of the Canadian Rockies Nat'l Park campgrounds at this site:

Google Image Result for http://www.albertawow.com/hikes/Wilcox_Pass/Wilcox%20Pass%201501.JPG

Scroll down the page to find the Nat'l Park sites.
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Sorry, I copied the wrong link.

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Here's another good site for camping in Alberta.

Alberta's Rocky Mountains: Provincial and National Parks in the Rocky Mountain
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