Athabasca picnic venue

Jasper National Park


Reservations for 2024 will be available November 1, 2023 at 8 am MST

  • Facilities available for booking Monday through Thursday from May 1, 2024 – October 14, 2024.

To reserve the Athabasca picnic venue, please contact:

The Athabasca picnic venue is a private space to host a group picnic or barbeque. It is an ideal setting for staff appreciation events, birthday parties, non-profit group social gatherings, and more.

The Athabasca picnic venue is not available for weddings. For weddings, please refer to the Athabasca River wedding venue.

Venue details

Location and parking

The Athabasca picnic venue is located 12 km east of the Jasper townsite on Highway 16, adjacent to the Jasper Airstrip. Upon entering the site, you will notice a private gated entry point. Once you enter the gate and continue along the gravel road towards the Athabasca River (600 m), there is a parking area that will accommodate up to 40 vehicles.


  • 15 picnic tables
  • Two charcoal barbeque grills. Users must bring their own charcoal
  • Cook shelter with woodstove. The shelter is equipped with outlets and lights. Users that require power need to bring their own power supply (i.e. generator, batteries, etc.)
  • Large group firepit and firewood supply
  • 3 outhouses
  • Potable water during the summer season

Group size

Maximum number of people for this site is 150 people.

Time slots and fees

Detailed fees list

The site is available during low occupancy days only: Monday through Thursday, during operating season.

Rental periods are booked per 3-hour time slots.

There are 3 available time slots to accommodate multiple events and ceremonies on the same day.

  • Morning: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Afternoon: 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Evening: 6 pm to midnight

Note: you may book multiple slots if available. For evening bookings, you have until 10:30 am the next day to tear down your site, however you must pack up all food related items before vacating the area at midnight.

General information

  • This is a day use only area (no overnight stay or camping).
  • Events on site are to conclude by midnight with booking period ending at 10:30 am the following morning to allow for post-event clean up.
  • If serving or selling alcohol, users must first obtain a liquor license through any of the local liquor stores. 
  • All users on site require a valid National Parks Pass.
  • There is no electricity on site. Users that require power need to bring their own power supply (i.e. generator, batteries, etc.).


For additional information, please contact:

Athabasca Day Use Area

To picture yourself and your group at this spectacular event location, take a look through our photo album.

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