1 adult & 2 teens, august 7th to 9th. Anything, anywhere! please, any suggestions.
I’m not surprised you can’t find anything at this point, Jasper is quite small, no other towns within a reasonable distance. Most visitors book 6-9 months in advance. Hotels have been reporting 100% occupancy in the summer for the past few years.
Have you tried the Private Home Accomodation?
Hinton is about an hour’s drive away.Edited: 08 June 2018, 09:00
There are no options at this late in the planning..... unless you buy a tent and try the first come first serve campgrounds.
Keep trying on the www.stayinjasper.com site. Use the search engine at the top of the home page, and check it regularly, in case anything opens up (cancellation etc.) Hopefully something will come up. Hotels are listed at www.jasper.travel and you can sign up to get a last minute report for vacancies ... I think they come out weekly, showing the upcoming week.
But I guess you should also consider "plan B" - either Hinton, or re-arranging your itinerary elsewhere. Hinton is about an hour, but there is a major construction project at the east park gate, which may be slowing things down. Valemount, BC is the next closest town - but it's 1.5 hours away.
Have you tried the Hostelling International wilderness hostels?
Just had a look at Tekarra Lodge and they have a double available for your dates, maybe give them a ring to see if you can reserve 2 double rooms for your family?
I can’t vouch for the place myself but we are staying there when we visit in a couple of weeks.
Have you been contacting the PHAs directly? The search engine on www.stayinjasper.com is a good start, but it's not 100% accurate. I think certainly a majority of PHAs can accommodate 3 or 4 people, but it just be may that at this point, most are booked nearly to capacity.
But yes, Plan B is good -- just try to get reservations that be cancelled. And use the resources mentioned above to keep looking for cancellations or last minute availability.
The construction at the east gate is no problem, not slowing down traffic at all.
Hinton is a working town, not a tourist town like Jasper, so you are better off staying in Jasper if you can. But I have stayed in Hinton when Jasper was all booked up, and a motel is a motel, with just some extra driving to get to the highlights of Jasper National Park.
You are only there for 2 or 3 nights, so yes, get Jasper accommodation if you can, but if you can't, then hey, Hinton will meet your needs.