Things To Do In Jasper National Park
Things to do in Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park is roughly 11,000 square kilometres of wilderness and adventure. There is something for everyone in Jasper, no matter what the season!
-Skating on Pyramid Lake and warm up by the lakeside bonfire
-Skiing Marmot Basin
-Hiking around the frozen Maligne Lake
-Celebrate the Dark Sky Festival in October (Jasper is a dark sky preserve)
-Snowshoe or cross-country ski across a frozen lake
-Hike Maligne Canyon to see the frozen waterfalls
-Explore Athabasca Falls, in the winter the water freezes into blue-tinted spires
This is a hike that can be tailored to your fitness level and schedule. This hike follows a roaring river as it cascades through Maligne Canyon. The main view point is only a few minutes walk from the parking lot. The first section of the trail is paved and quite accessible. The full hike is 7km return and it can be hiked from the bottom of the canyon to the top or vice versa.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
This beautiful historic hotel is a wonderful place to explore. You don’t have to be a guest here to take a walk around the peaceful Lac Beauvert shoreline or hike the trails that surround the area. The restaurant and patio are open to the public and offer great food and beverages to complement the view.
Stop at Lake Edith and Lake Annette for a swim or to try stand up paddle-boarding, kayaking or canoeing
Miette Hot Springs
After a long day of exploring Jasper National Park, take the scenic drive up to Miette Hot Springs to enjoy a relaxing soak. These hot springs are naturally sourced underground springs which provide the hot water for the pools. Washrooms, change rooms and a small gift shop are on site.
Take the Jasper Skytram to the top of the Whistlers mountain summit. The view from the top of the mountain is breathtaking. A small visitors centre at the top includes washrooms, gift shop and a licensed restaurant. If you are feeling adventurous, walk the 1.5 kms to the summit of the mountain. The hike is a bit strenuous but the path is well marked and the view is worth it.
The weather at the top of the mountain is often much colder and windier than at the bottom. Dress in layers and be prepared for the weather to change quickly.
Short Nature Walks
1. Athabasca Falls (20 minutes +) – you can spend as little or as long as you would like walking the trails that surround Athabasca Falls. It is an easy and accessible walk.
2. Maligne Lake – this is an easy area to explore with a variety of trails, walk for as long as you would like.
1. Whistlers (3 hours each way, 6 hours return) – hike up to the summit of the Whistlers mountain. You can take the gondola down or hike back down.
2. Sulphur Skyline (4 hours return) – hike up to the Sulphur mountain summit. There is a gorgeous panoramic mountain top view.
3. Maligne Canyon (3-4 hours return) – hike through Maligne Canyon from the main entrance, to 6th bridge and back. This hike follows the river as it twists and turns and cascades down through the canyon.
These routes can be driven year-round. Check road reports before heading out in the winter. All of these roads travel through mountain passes and are subject to extreme weather. Follow all posted speed limits, they are there to protect you and the wildlife. Take extra caution when driving at dawn and dusk because this is when wildlife is the most active.
Maligne Lake Road
-This trip is about 60 minutes each way, but take your time and stop at the viewpoints.
-This road takes you in the heart of the mountains; you will be surrounded by mountain ranges.
-You will pass Medicine Lake (the disappearing lake) which has a beautiful view of the mountain range. Medicine Lake is also a nesting ground for Bald Eagles.
-Maligne Lake Road is the best place to catch a glimpse of Jasper’s wildlife. Elk, deer and black bears are often spotted on the side of the road. Most animals are out first thing in the morning, just after dawn or in the evening at dusk.
-A valid Canada Parks Pass is required to drive the Icefields Parkway
-This route connects Jasper to Lake Louise and Banff. To travel from Jasper to Lake Louise is about 2.5 to 3 hours each way
-The Icefields Parkway is one of the most spectacular drives you will ever take. The road passes right by the Columbia Icefields. The Columbia Icefields Discovery Centre offers tours of the glacier and access to the Glacier Sky Walk platform. Pre-booking for these tours is recommended. The tour is about 1.5 to 2 hours in length.
Mount Robson Provincial Park
-This trip is about 90 minutes each way
-Travel west away from Jasper town to Mount Robson Provincial Park
-From the parking lot you can catch a glimpse of Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Canada Parks.
-The Berg Lake trail leaves from here, this is a multi-day backpacking trip but the first section of trail can easily be hiked in a day (14km return). The entire trail is 22km (44km return) and requires a special backpacking permit that must be booked months in advance.
Biking is the perfect way to enjoy the Jasper town and the surrounding area. Bike rentals are available from a number of different shops right in town. Call ahead to make sure that bikes are available. The bike shops are the best spot to get information about current trail conditions and route options.