Nestled in the heart of Canada’s largest Rocky Mountain Park, the town of Jasper offers visitors unparalleled access to one of the most breathtaking and pristine wilderness areas.
It’s shimmering glaciers, abundant wildlife, crystal clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, deep canyons and evergreen forest, all surrounded by towering, rugged mountain peaks are some of the reasons you will find it on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List – deemed by the World Heritage Committee to number among the most significant sights on earth.
Channel your inner- explorer and embark on a memorable tour of Jasper’s rich history that includes storied adventures of the early settlers, railway pioneers and outfitter guides who created a life amidst the majestic Rockies.
Explore Summer and Winter trip ideas below!
Surrounded by the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the town of jasper is the heart of Canada’s wildest National Park. With 11,000 sq KM area if wilderness linked by a trail network that stretches to every corner. Activities for adventure seekers to the more relaxed vacationers; Jasper offers you an endless variety of activities from white water rafting to back-country horseback riding in the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, to cruising down the world’s most scenic highway on the back of a Harley Davidson, playing golf on Canada’s #1 resort course, to soaring in a cable car among towering snow-capped peaks. Then top off the day at Miette Hot Springs, the hottest natural springs in the Canadian Rockies, are cooled from 54ºC (129•F) to a soothing 39ºC (102ºF).
Rail Travel to Jasper The Rocky Mountaineer offers world renowned, luxurious train travels by daylight through the wild beauty of Canada’s West and is the best way to experience the majestic Canadian Rockies, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. VIA Rail: It is among the most renowned trains in the world. This legendary train linking Toronto to Vancouver now appears on the Canadian $10 bill of the Bank of Canada. Whether it’s breathtaking views, friendly service or world-class food, this train has been creating unforgettable moments for decades, for over a hundred thousand passengers every year.
Wildlife & Scenery Jasper National Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including large healthy populations of grizzly and black bears, mountain caribou, elk, moose and wolves. It’s also has many smaller creatures, like hoary marmots, pikas and Columbian ground squirrels, and has a large variety of birds, from bald eagles to the endangered harlequin ducks. The best times of year to visit Jasper if you’re looking for wildlife are from March to June or in the fall from September to November. Set amongst the impressive Canadian Rocky Mountains, Jasper offers you sceneries beyond your wildest imaginations, whether you choose to explore it in your own vehicle or on a guided tour, you’ll sure be inspired by majesty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
For amazing aerial views why not take a helicopter ride or the Jasper SkyTram whisks you up Whistler’s Mountain to an elevation of 2277 meters (7472 feet), for stunning vistas over mountain ranges stretching up to 80 km away.
Outdoor Activities Summer blue skies and long days bring you a plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy amongst fresh mountain air. From hiking to mountain biking; taking a cruise on majestic fjord-style Maligne Lake; to adventures such as white water-rafting, boating and paddling; golfing and horse backing riding, the list is never-ending.
Guided Tours Ever dreamed of trying out a Harley Davidson? Why not try it out in one of the world’s most remarkable surroundings – the Canadian Rocky Mountains; cruise in the open air to a Rocky Mountain High with a professional driver on a Harley Davidson sidecar motorcycle. This “Signature Experience” begins at our downtown shop where you will be fitted into riding apparel before going Hog Wild on a 1, 2 or 3 Hour Tour. Ride to famous destinations in Jasper National Park with a local guide for a Classic Holiday Adventure! There are also daily guided coach tours offering Jasper town-site tours, wildlife tours to the Icefields Parkway taking in the grand Athabasca Glacier on an Ice Explorer Ride and Glacier Skywalk.
Winter Activities/Snow Skiing & Snowboard Winter in Jasper brings you crisp mountain air and abundance of snow. Located in the rugged landscape of Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Marmot Basin sits on the highest base elevation of all Canadian ski areas. Marmot Basin is the ski resort in Jasper, and is as unpretentious as it is pristine. It is known for its spectacular views, variety of runs, and laid back atmosphere. For the non-skiers, Jasper offers you experiences such as dog sledding tours, snowshoeing and Maligne Canyon Ice Walk. For the thrill seekers – experience one of winter’s most exhilarating sports: Ice Climbing. In the winter season, Jasper National Park is a mecca for ice climbers, whether it is your first time or you’re a seasoned climber – Jasper has something for your skill level!
Shopping Jasper’s beautiful small town shopping atmosphere is a breath of fresh air to tourists and locals alike. Jasper offers you unique shopping opportunities for local arts and crafts to adventure gear for your next outing. And although there is plenty of new development on boutique strips such as Patricia Street, and in shopping malls and nightspots springing up around town, Jasper still retains its rustic and eclectic authentic charm without feeling old fashioned. It’s an authentic place where real people live, not just a tourism driven amusement park.
Dining Jasper offers you a variety of dining options, whether you are looking for casual or fine dining local or international cuisine, Jasper has the choices you are looking for. For a unique treat; try out afternoon tea at the historic Maligne Lake Chalet. Afternoon Tea was a tradition in the Rocky Mountains in the days when visitors arrived by horseback at backcountry camps after a long day in the saddle. Step back in time at historic Maligne Lake Chalet this summer after your long day of touring and join in the ritual of Afternoon Tea. This Rocky Mountain Tea experience is charming and down to earth; it’s rustic ambience set by massive Canadian-sized scones and overly sweet jams. The Log Chalet with it’s very famous view captures the quintessential charm of an era that valued luxury in the midst of wilderness. Relax and drink it all in. Afternoon Tea at the Maligne Lake Chalet is offered July 1st through Labour Day between 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Some mountain towns and resorts base their appeal on trying to be trendy, boasting ultra hip nightlife scenes, fancy cuisine and edgy fashions. Jasper, which retains its timeless appeal as a peaceful, unpretentious and intimate former railway town that just happens to be set smack in the middle of some of the world’s most gorgeous protected wilderness.
Jasper in January Festival: January Jasper comes to life in January with events to celebrate winter in the mountains. Great signature events like the Family Street Party, Walk of Lights, fireworks and the Mountain Park Lodges Chili Cook-off (to name just a few) are what you can look forward to over the two full weeks of exciting events.
Taste of Jasper: April Kicking off with Taste of the Town, Taste of Jasper is the chance to experience the best of Jasper’s local food and dining. Taste of the Town is a community event dedicated to the boundless flavours Jasper is celebrated for, while Taste of the Town is a mini-dine around you can’t afford to miss. Taste of the Town proudly raises funds for the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives and their ‘Raise the Roof’ program.
National Aboriginal Day: June Jasper National Park is recognized as a significant cultural crossroads for a diversity of Aboriginal groups. Drink in the sights, sounds and colours of local and regional Aboriginal culture at its finest with samples of bannock and bush tea, dancers in colourful regalia and the beat of the drum. Look, listen and learn as the indigenous peoples of this land tell and celebrate their own stories in their own way – naturally.
Canada Day: 1 July Join us in celebrating Canada’s birthday. Festivities kick off with a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. and continue through the day and night with a flag raising ceremony, giant birthday cake, parade, barbeque, beer gardens and stage entertainment capped off by a storm of fireworks against the backdrop of the mountain peaks that surround the town.
Rodeo: August Jasper’s Heritage Rodeo combines the best of western heritage and culture with an outstanding welcoming spirit. Out of the 60 professional rodeos on the Western Canadian schedule, Jasper remains at the forefront of rodeo promotion and education.
Jasper Dark Sky Festival: October In 2011, Jasper National Park was awarded the designation for the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. At night, Jasper is a stunning wilderness of stars, and by day it’s a universe of mountain fun and adventure. Take it all in during the Jasper Dark Sky Festival.
Jasper experiences a subarctic climate that borders on a humid continental climate creating winter temperature ranges from a low of −13.3 °C (8.1 °F) to a high of −0.2 °C (31.6 °F).
Summer temperatures in the warmest months are pleasant with an average high of 21.6 °C (70.9 °F) and an average low of 7.3 °C (45.1 °F).