Jasper, Alberta CA

Whistler’s Campground – Other reviewers at rvparkreviews.com

September, 2016

The Lowe’s overall rating (based on value for the money,
quality of amenities and utilities, site suitability and what
we believe other RV’ers in our situation would be looking
for) = 5 out of 10 stars

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This was our nice roomy site with a good picnic table and fire pit

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Site spacing and size was generous

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You can’t see how deep these potholes were before they were filled with water – they were BAD

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I could almost jump up and touch these low-hanging branches. Be prepared for scratches if you have to drive through here

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This guy helped keep the lawn mowed!

Noise level and overall “feel” of the campground?
No exterior noise from traffic, this place is way off the main highway (Hwy 93).
Noise within the park is minimal, with only traffic for each loop passing
through during the day.  This is really a campground in a forested setting with
lots of space.  Hard to believe there are over 750 sites here, until you see the
long lines of RV’s waiting to check in every afternoon.

Road and site access?
Paved roads from the gate to each loop, which were in marginal condition.
The dirt roads within each loop were atrocious, with huge potholes and
low-hanging trees that left scratches on our coach.  Hello, how about a little
maintenance here!  Sites were back-in and pull-through types, and access
into them wasn’t too troublesome.

Condition of sites?
Our back-in site was plenty long to allow parking for the car in front of the
coach.  Spacing between sites was good, with many trees and forested areas
throughout the park.  Lots of shade here, too much to allow satellite access.
Sites were variously level, and we had to use heavy jack application to get
our coach right.

Utilities offered and their quality?
30-amp electric only for us, although there were some full hookup sites
that we couldn’t get reservations for, even several months in advance.  The
30-amp power was poor; the voltage was good, but either 30 amps wasn’t
being delivered or the breaker was bad because it tripped whenever we
exceeded 20 amps of load.  No WiFi or cabe offered, of course, but the
Verizon signal was quite good.

Picnic table and/or fire pit?
Both, and we enjoyed the fire pit on several occasions.  Someone had left
lots of firewood behind, so we were happy to use it during out stay.

Bathrooms/showers/laundry room?
The single shower facility for this huge campground was a drive away, but
surprisingly it was not as crowded as I had expected. During the early
hours of the day it was  dirty, but when we used it the facility was clean.
I didn’t like that there was no shelf in the shower, which was a push-button
affair that required a push every 20 seconds or so.  Maybe I’m spoiled, but
I didn’t like these showers.  There were no laundry facilities.

Pet friendly?
Doggies looked quite content walking around the campground on-leash, as
it was a forested area and mostly undeveloped.  A little creativity would
provide plenty of off-leash opportunities in and around the park, I’m sure.

Bicycle/walking trails nearby?
Since the campground was huge in area, bike riders could get a decent
workout just riding around the park.  There was also a paved path into
town outside the property.

Groceries & other services nearby?
The Robinson’s Market in town was small but offered a good selection.
There was also at least one other small grocery store in town that we did
not get to check out.  Many restaurant opportunities, and the local brewery
had some excellent beers, in my opinion.  No large shops or mobile RV
businesses that I could find.

Comments:

Minus:
Except for the site itself, this place needs help.  With over 750 sites almost
fully booked in the middle of September, the single shower facility needs
an upgrade – as in build more of them!  We had to drive almost a mile to
take a shower, since we had no water at our site.  Of course, that wouldn’t
be a factor if you were staying for a short time and could hold enough
water to shower in your RV.  The paved roads were in bad shape, and the
dirt roads within the camping loops were horrible.  How about running a
grader through every now and then, and while you’re at it trim the damn
trees back!

These easily-remedied things really irk me when I’m charged a lot of
money for very little.  The place has potential, but it’s not being taken
advantage of.  The thing is, I couldn’t find any other campgrounds in the
area that offered at least power and water at the sites.  There’s a huge
opportunity for someone to open a private campground here and offer
some competition.  Basic maintenance would have raised my rating by
several points.

Plus:
We loved our site.  Sitting there enjoying a glass of wine by the roaring
fire reminded us of what it’s all about.  The property is located about 3
miles from the very cool town of Jasper, and close to several hiking
trails and other activities that we enjoyed during our stay.