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Jasper

Nestled in an unspoiled wilderness of beauty

Overview

Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains lies the wonderful mountain town of Jasper. This picturesque town is the perfect base for exploring the Rockies and National Parks, so make sure it is on your itinerary during your holiday to Canada.

Originally built around an historic railway station, the train is a great way to get to Jasper and you could even take a trip on the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer train, departing from or arriving into the historic station. The town sits in the majestic setting of Jasper National Park where you can walk, hike, canoe, mountain bike and so much more in this adventure playground.

There is no better feeling than arriving in Jasper and finding yourself surrounded by Rocky Mountains as far as you can see. The National Park is known for its breathtaking vistas, jagged mountain peaks and deep, peaceful lakes. One of the most beautiful spots is Maligne Canyon, a scenic limestone canyon with waterfalls and walking trails of picture-postcard perfection.

We recommend taking a trip on the Jasper tramway whilst visiting. The views from this sightseeing tramway are sure to leave you breathless. On a clear day you may even catch a glimpse of the Columbia Icefield – located 75km to the south of the town and a wonderful day trip as you drive south down the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most scenic highways – which is an unforgettable experience in itself!

During the winter, Jasper is an ideal destination for those who are looking for a quieter experience compared to some of the larger and busier ski resorts on their Canadian ski holiday. The area is full of open ski hills and with fewer crowds so skiers can avoid long queuing times. The magic of the town is due to its small community; you feel a part of it - especially when you spend your evenings in one of the friendly and atmospheric local bars and restaurants.

Marmot Basin is only a 20 minute transfer from the town and has 86 marked trails, so definitely something for all levels. If you are more of an expert skier then Jasper is the place to be, with over 40% of runs being classed as black or double black. Similarly the resort is ideal for families with a great selection of laidback runs and a warm, family-friendly atmosphere.

Jasper is a small yet vibrant and incredibly friendly community, with the locals always happy to give advice and tips on what to do and where to go during your stay. You might travel onto visit other Canadian destinations on your holiday to Canada, but this will definitely be one to remember – it’s the magic of Jasper!

Things to do

Popular things to do in Jasper

  • Admission to the Jasper Skytram Including Shuttle

    £30pp

    The experience of being gently transported into Jasper National Park’s alpine tundra will captivate all ages and is merely the beginning of an experience the whole family will cherish. Jasper SkyTram is the longest and highest guided aerial tramway in Canada and the only guided aerial ropeway in the Canadian Rockies. Providing visitors with unprecedented views of six mountain ranges, glacial fed lakes, the Athabasca River (Alberta’s longest) and the scenic mountain town-site of Jasper. Enjoy the views from the interpretive boardwalks at an elevation of 7,500 feet or venture out onto the Summit Trail to explore the unique alpine plants and wildlife at an elevation of 8,100 feet above sea level! The Treeline Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner items and is a great way to relax and enjoy the views with a full meal or just a drink and a snack. Visitors should allow 1-3 hours for this activity.

    Departures: Daily May 1 to Oct 12, 2015

  • Ice Explorer Ride on the Athabasca Glacier

    £38pp

    Independently travel into the Rocky Mountains and along one of the world's most spectacular journeys to the Columbia Icefield. At the Athabasca Glacier, Brewster's all terrain Ice Explorers will take you on a 90-minute ice age adventure to experience ancient ice and a moving glacier.

    Departures: Daily Apr 19 to Oct 19, 2015
    Duration: 1.5 hours

  • Rockies Discovery Sightseeing tour from Jasper to Lake Louise

    £142pp

    This one way excursion offers one of the most spectacular journeys in the world with mountains, lakes and wildlife. The Icefields Parkway is one of the few places in the world where features of the ice age still exist, and is home to bears, elk, moose, mountain goats, and sheep. The Columbia Icefield is its crown jewel, where modern day explorers can take an Ice Explorer out on to the surface of the Athabasca Glacier for a spectacular ice age adventure. Also included within this tour is the Glacier Skywalk, a 277m high glass platform overlooking the Sunwapta Valley with amazing views. The Ice Explorer ride, Glacier Skywalk and lunch are included within this tour.

    Departures: Daily May 3 to Oct 18, 2015
    Duration: 8.5 hours

  • Rockies Discovery and Glacier Adventure – Glacier Skywalk Jasper to Banff

    £142pp

    Travel the Ice Fields Parkway through the natural splendour of Jasper and Banff National Parks. Glistening glaciers, cascading waterfalls, emerald lakes, pristine rivers and alpine meadows dot this awe-inspiring mountain wilderness. The breathtaking panorama of snow-capped peaks and endless mountain ridges occasionally opened up to afford a spectacular view of deep valleys stretching to a distant horizon. The tour stops at the Columbia Icefield where you will venture onto the massive Athabasca Glacier in a specially designed Ice Explorer. Following this you will be taken to the Glacier Skywalk for an opportunity to see the amazing views over Sunwapta Canyon by stepping out on to the glass viewing platform. Other brief sightseeing stops, including an opportunity to photograph the turquoise waters of picturesque Lake Louise, are made throughout the tour. Ice Explorer, Glacier Skywalk and lunch are included. This is a one way tour from Jasper to Banff.

    Departures: Daily May 3 to Oct 18, 2015
    Duration: 9.5 hours

  • Spirit Island Cruise on Maligne Lake

    £41pp

    Enjoy a cruise on one of the Rockies most picturesque lakes. This tour is operated in a glass enclosed, heated cruise boat and is fully narrated by a coastguard licensed crew. Midway through there’s a photo stop at Spirit Island where passengers disembark for a short walk to the lookout point, a wonderful photo opportunity not to be missed!

    Departures: Daily Jun 4 to Oct 6, 2015
    Duration: 1.5 hours

  • White Water Rafting Tour

    £39pp

    This trip is an excellent introduction to white water rafting. Travelling approximately 9-kilometres, you will encounter many Class 2 white water rapids. Commentary on the human and natural history will be provided during the calm stretches. In rain or shine, people from ages 6 to 90 have greatly enjoyed this memorable experience. Join the fun and incomparable views of Jasper National Park with your National Park licensed guide on the Athabasca River. Wet suits, neoprene booties and life jackets will be provided.

    Departures: Daily May 7 to Sep 21, 2015
    Duration: 2.5 hours

Holidays

Browse our amazing range of holidays in Jasper

  • Hotel Restaurant

    Best Western Jasper Inn and Suites

    from £33

    A classic mountain hotel, The Best Western Jasper Inn is well situated near the centre of Jasper and offers all the amenities you should need.

    Rooms ...see more

  • Lobby

    Chateau Jasper

    from £

    48

    Nestled among pine trees, the Chateau Jasper is a lovely mountain hotel and just a short stroll from the town centre.

    The guest rooms are cosy ...see more

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    Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

    from £

    104

    Nestled between Mildred and Beauvert lakes, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a beautiful resort with spectacular scenery.

    The hotel comprises ...see more

  • Pyramid Lake Resort

    from £

    55

    Pyramid Lake Resort is the only resort in Jasper with exclusive access to the serene Pyramid Lake, and sits on the picturesque terraced hillside.

    The ...see more

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    Pocahontas Cabins

    from £

    41

    Twenty-five minutes from Jasper, Pocahontas Cabins offer a real mountain retreat but with all the amenities you will need.

    There are a good range ...see more

  • Bear Hill Lodge

    from £

    66

    The Bear Hill Lodge is set in a quiet rural location on the edge of Jasper but still just a few minutes walk from the centre of town.

    The wide ...see more

  • Lobstick Lodge

    from £

    43

    Part of the Mountain Park Lodges group, The Lobstick Lodge is a good budget hotel in the heart of Jasper.

    Ranging from standard to mini-suite ...see more

  • Standard Guest Room One King Bed

    Maligne Lodge

    from £31

    Maligne Lodge is situated in a quiet position at the end of Jasper’s main street, backed by the spectacular Rocky Mountains yet still just a few ...see more

  • Embers Steakhouse Restaurant

    Marmot Lodge

    from £41

    Situated on the main street into Jasper, Marmot Lodge offers good value accommodation in an excellent location, surrounded by the mountains and evergreens ...see more

  • Standard Room Two Queen Beds

    Mount Robson Inn

    from £

    67

    The Mount Robson Inn is a good budget choice for your stay in Jasper, with an excellent location in the quieter south side of the town.

    There ...see more

  • Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre

    from £71

    The Sawridge Inn is an upscale hotel set away from the busy centre of Jasper but still within walking distance of the lively town.

    Rooms are ...see more

  • Two Double Beds Bedroom

    Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Resort

    from £

    39

    The Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Resort enjoys a fantastic location nestled in the forest, just a few minutes’ walk from the Falls themselves.

    Accommodation ...see more

  • Double Bed Cabin

    Tekarra Lodge

    from £

    60

    Nestled between tall pines in the midst of Jasper National Park, Tekarra Lodge is a charming resort with spectacular scenery.

    Cabins are built ...see more

  • Crimson Hotel, Jasper

    The Crimson

    from £

    67

    The Crimson sits conveniently on the main road, just a few minutes’ walk from the downtown centre of Jasper and the train station.

    Rooms are ...see more

  • Two Double Beds Room

    Tonquin Inn

    from £

    33

    The Tonquin Inn is a lovely rustic hotel near to the centre of Jasper with excellent amenities.

    From the standard rooms to the range of suites, ...see more

  • Standard Double Room

    Whistler's Inn

    from £45

    Whistler’s Inn is a classic mountain hotel in an excellent position right in the heart of Jasper.

    Rooms are comfortable with a traditional ...see more

  • Journey Through the Clouds, Jasper to Vancouver

    from £949

    The Rocky Mountaineer train route was created over a century ago and today this historical route is recognised as one of the world's classical journeys. ...see more

  • Rainforest to Goldrush (Westbound)

    from £1,329

    The Rocky Mountaineer train route was created over a century ago and today this historical route is recognised as one of the world's classical journeys. ...see more

  • Classic Canadian Rockies and Whistler Holiday

    from £2,065

    Enjoy the resort town of Jasper before embarking on the Rainforest to Gold Rush Rocky Mountaineer journey passing Mount Robson en route to Quesnel, often ...see more

  • Ski Jasper

    from £745

    The drive to Jasper is an experience in itself, as you travel along one of the world’s most scenic roads 'The Icefields Parkway'. Once in Jasper, ...see more

  • Classic Journey through the Clouds Vacation, Vancouver-Jasper Holiday

    from £1,639

    This Classic Journey begins in the Canadian Rockies resort of Jasper before commencing the two day Rocky Mountaineer train journey west through the Canadian ...see more

  • Coastal Passage Classic Vacation Jasper - Seattle Westbound

    from £1,755

    Your tour begins in the Rocky Mountain town of Jasper before you enjoy two relaxing days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train through to Vancouver. Knowledgeable ...see more

  • Journey Through the Clouds Jasper - Vancouver 2017

    from £949

    The Rocky Mountaineer train route was created over a century ago and today this historical route is recognised as one of the world's classical journeys. ...see more

  • Via Rail The Canadian - Jasper to Toronto

    from £285

    Travel across Canada and experience the romance of the rails on VIA Rail’s flagship service ‘The Canadian’. Travel from the Canadian Rockies to Canada’s ...see more

  • Via Rail The Canadian - Jasper to Vancouver

    from £105

    Travel across Canada and experience the romance of the rails on VIA Rail’s flagship service ‘The Canadian’. Travel from the Canadian Rockies to the Pacific ...see more

Top tips

Top tips for visiting Jasper

Top Tip 1

• Take a drive. This is a fantastic way to arrive in Jasper – try it in the early morning as the sun is coming up over the snow peaked mountains for a fantastic view.


Top Tip 2

• Stop off at the Columbia Icefield. Located at the Southern tip of Jasper National Park, this stunning icefield is home to eight glaciers and some of the highest mountains in the Canadian Rockies.


Top Tip 3

• Brave the awesome Glacier Skywalk. This brand new experience is one of Jasper’s most exciting – only a glass platform separates you from the beautiful glacier-formed Sunwapta Valley, a massive 918 foot drop below. Absorb the beautiful waterfalls and wildlife along with dramatic views of alpine and glacial vistas.


Top Tip 4

• Be awestruck by nature. When you arrive in Jasper the 360 degree view of the spectacular Canadian Rockies is breath-taking. Take a moment to really take in your surroundings – you’ll feel so small compared to this amazing natural landscape.


Top Tip 5

• Breathe in the fresh air. There are many outdoor activities to enjoy on a holiday to Jasper, including hiking and walking trails, kayaking on the blue lakes, and even skating at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in the winter.


Top Tip 6

• Spot local wildlife. There’s nothing better than opening your curtains in the morning and seeing a deer grazing outside your window! There is so much wildlife in Jasper, keep your eyes peeled for Canada’s Big 5.


Top Tip 7

• Get in with the locals. The people of Jasper are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about the local area. Ask them for their top tips for the best hiking trails and ultimate photo opportunities.


Top Tip 8

• Sleep under the stars. For an authentic First Nation’s experience, take a short drive outside of Jasper and stay in traditional log cabins, we recommend the Pocahontas cabins.

If you’d like more information about booking your holiday to Jasper call one of our dedicated team who will help you plan the trip of a lifetime!


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At a glance


  • The picturesque mountain town of Jasper
  • Easily accessible by flying into Calgary
  • Enjoy a scenic 5 hour transfer along the Icefields Parkway.

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At a glance


  • The picturesque mountain town of Jasper
  • Easily accessible by flying into Calgary
  • Enjoy a scenic 5 hour transfer along the Icefields Parkway.

Trusted travel partner


Winner of British Travel Awards 2016

Silver award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


Fully Protected

We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA.

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