Find yourself in the heart of the Canadian Rockies on a Jasper holiday. With breathtaking mountain vistas everywhere you look, the town of Jasper is the gateway to explore Jasper National Park. Pristine wilderness awaits: glaciers that give life to shimmering alpine lakes, tall canyons and tumbling waterfalls, all teeming with wildlife and natural wonders.
Jasper is a haven of comfort amongst the towering Rockies, with wonderful hotels, quaint shops to explore and some of Alberta’s most incredible nature all around. Just a hike or drive away from the town is Old Fort Point, with breathtaking views over Jasper, the Athabasca River and Beauvert Lake. From here, journey on to Patricia Lake or a little further to Pyramid Lake, stopping for a well earnt picnic.
Breathtaking Jasper National Park
Once you’ve acquainted yourself with the charming town of Jasper, venture a little further out into Jasper National Park. Take a scenic drive along the Icefields Parkway to the breathtaking Athabasca Glacier or head to the serene, glacier-fed Maligne Lake, home to the much photographed Spirit Island. The only way to reach Spirit Island is by boat, so hop on board a guided tour and enjoy the truly stunning views across the turquoise water as you go. By night, you won’t be able to help but gaze up at the sky over Jasper. It’s the second largest dark sky preserve in the world, with clear air and amazing views of the stars at night. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see the northern lights glimmering above.
Once you’ve explored Jasper, you’re in the perfect place to discover the rest of the Canadian Rockies. Why not drive along the Icefields Parkway, all the way to Banff, home to another of the province’s iconic National Parks and then board the Rocky Mountaineer en route to Vancouver?
Great sample itineraries
Surrounded by natural beauty, there are so many options of how to spend a Jasper holiday. Take a look at our sample itineraries then give us a call; we’re here to put together a holiday that’s tailor made for you.
Rocky Mountaineer Rainforest To Gold Rush
Rockies Trail Escorted Tour
This spectacular gorge cuts a gash deep into the limestone walls of the Canadian Rockies. The sheer limestone walls plunge over 50 metres, featuring beautiful, sparkling waterfalls. In the summer, follow the walking trails across six bridges to see the power of Maligne River or explore the Maligne Valley, the most extensive karst system in the world.
For a bird's eye view of Jasper National Park, soar with the eagles on a helicopter ride. View the Canadian Rockies of Jasper National Park from the air, cruising by glaciers, valleys, and alpine lakes, seeing Mighty Mount Robson, and marvelling at the endless view. In the winter, helicopter tours can take you heli-snowshoeing in the wilds of the park.
Miette Hot Springs
These geothermal-heated hot springs are the hottest in the Canadian Rockies. Let yourself relax in the warm steam, the soothing mineral-rich waters surrounded by panoramic views of the spectacular Fiddle Valley. Past the ruins of the grand old aqua court, a pathway leads to the source of the springs, a boulder-studded creek.
“If you're in Jasper in October, you can’t miss the Dark Sky Festival. It’s truly incredible.”
“Take a ride on the Jasper SkyTram and experience the Rockies like never before.”
Jasper Dark Sky Festival
With its minimal amount of light pollution, Jasper is a designated Dark Sky Preserve, making it an incredible place for stargazing. Each October, the town of Jasper holds the Jasper Dark Sky Festival, a wonderful opportunity, not only to lose yourself in the glorious night sky, but also to listen to keynote speakers and panel talks, learn about dark sky photography and experience Jasper’s planetarium.
Jasper in January
Each year, three weeks of January are dedicated to celebrating the joys that winter brings to Jasper. Showcasing all of Jasper’s incredible winter activities, including fat biking, skiing and snowboarding, visitors can easily get involved. You can also expect delicious food and drink offerings, a street party, art workshops and live music around the town.
Jasper’s Canada Day Celebrations
On the 1st of July every year, the country celebrates Canada Day and Jasper is no different. Join in the festivities, starting in the morning with a pancake breakfast in Centennial Park, followed by a flag raising ceremony, a lively parade, historical walk and finished off with a big Party in the Park, with a BBQ, entertainment and beer gardens.
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