Once September arrives, you’ll start to notice a little nip to the air here in Jasper National Park, especially in the morning.
For a lot of us, that means camping season is over. Who likes waking up in the middle of the night with cold feet, having to crawl out of the sleeping bag to get dressed while shivering, and breaking down a tent with blue hands? Not me.
But hey, don’t give up on camping quite yet. There’s still the Cottage Tents being offered by Parks Canada.
These are basic-furnished tents 14 feet in length and 20 feet in width, that are tall enough to stand in. You’ll find them to be much roomier than your typical tent. They also come with a picnic table, food locker, kitchen utensil locker, fire box and parking site for one vehicle.
Of course, there’s no setting up or tearing down in cold weather or otherwise with the cottage tents. They’re set up, fully stocked and cleaned before you arrive.
You’ll find them at Whistlers campground. This campground is just three kilometers from Jasper townsite, so you can get here easily, but don’t worry, you won’t feel like you’re camping in town. Whistler’s is in a beautiful forested area that is quiet and a natural setting. Just enough wilderness, but not too much.
These convenient cottage campsites even have fire boxes to set the mood as things wind down to a tranquil evening by the fireplace.
Each unique cottage tent includes one double bed and mattress and bunk beds with mattresses, so campers need only their own sleeping, but even bed linen is provided. In addition, two fold-out lounge chairs can each be made into a single bed if needed. Two electric wall lights are in each cottage tent, plus electric baseboard heating to keep things cozy on chilly nights. Add the extras like clothes hangers and cleaning supplies, and these tents define luxury camping.
Campers are not allowed to smoke or have pets in the tents, which helps to keep them clean and fresh for the next camper. Also, as this is bear country, you’ll need to cook, store and eat your food outside of the tent.
Campground staff are ready to help campers get familiar and settled in these charming cottage tents. The cost of a rental is $90 per night, and there are three different tents to choose from (one is wheelchair accessible). Reservations can be made either online or by calling 1 877 737 3783.