Parks Canada’s proposal to create group recreational vehicle (RV) camping near the Jasper airstrip has been grounded before it could take off.
The agency still has plans to upgrade the day-use area—now officially known as Athabasca Terrace Day Use area—but the idea to create a group RV site has been nixed, according to Jasper National Park’s superintendent.
“It wouldn’t have met the full demand,” Greg Fenton said. “[RV users] typically want access to full services.”
In December, Jasperite Ursula Winkler made that very case.
“People who arrive with big RVs don’t want to use outhouses,” Winkler told The Jasper Local. “They want water, shower facilities, toilets and power. When you pull an RV, you want a plug in.”
Instead, Parks Canada is reviewing how it might accommodate group RV camping. At recent Mountain Park level meetings, Parks Canada consulted with RV users.
“We want to take a broader view and find out how we can meet this growing demand,” Fenton said.It’s possible that full service sites at Whistlers, Wapiti and Wabasso campgrounds could be modified to accommodated group RV campers. Currently, there is no way for groups of RVers to even book a shared space. “There’s no mechanism for group RVing,” Fenton said.
Nor will there be in 2015. Fenton said the earliest timeline would be next summer.
The Athabasca Terrace Day Use Area upgrades include fencing to protect grasslands from vehicle and pedestrian traffic, signs, fire pit gravelling, hardening of the parking area as well as the installation of fencing, benches and arbour to delineate a wedding site.