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
Jasper SkyTram is the longest and highest guided aerial tramway in Canada and the only guided aerial ropeway in the Canadian Rockies. Providing you 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!
Departures: Daily between May 1 - Oct 15
Experience the Athabasca Glacier
Rated by National Geographic as one of the most scenic drives in the world, this full day tour will have you venturing down the Icefields Parkway to the famous Columbia icefields. From there, gear up and step onto the breathtaking Athabasca Glacier for a 2-hour guided walk. Walk through snow and ice while your experienced guide navigates crevasses so that you may explore the glacier and ice caves safely.
Duration: 7 Hours
Departures: Daily between Jun 01 - Aug 31
Spirit Island Cruise on Maligne Lake
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!
Duration: 1.5 hours
Departures: Daily between May 25 - Oct 7
White Water Rafting Tour
This trip is an excellent introduction to white water rafting. Travelling approximately 9-kilometres, you will encounter many Class 2 white water rapids. 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.
Duration: 2 hours
Departures: Daily betwen May 07 - Sep 20
Browse our amazing range of holidays in Jasper
Nestled among pine trees, this lovely mountain hotel is a short stroll from the town centre. The rooms are cosy and the on-site restaurant and lounge, ...see more
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Nestled between Mildred and Beauvert lakes, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a beautiful resort with rustic rooms and lovely large windows to maximise ...see more
Pyramid Lake Lodge
Pyramid Lake Resort is the only resort in Jasper with exclusive access to the serene Pyramid Lake, and sits on the picturesque terraced hillside.
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Miette Mountain Cabins
25 minutes from Jasper, Pocahontas Cabins offer a real mountain retreat but with all the essential amenities. There are a wide variety of rooms available ...see more
Bear Hill Lodge
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.
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Forest Park Hotel
Set away from the busy centre of Jasper but still within walking distance, this upscale hotel’s rooms are large and welcoming but with a cosy mountain ...see more
Jasper Inn & Suites by Innhotels
Situated in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in the town of Jasper. This hotel is known for its friendly staff and warm hospitality.
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The Lobstick Lodge is a good budget hotel in the heart of Jasper. Rooms are spacious and homely. The Country Inn restaurant serves generous home-style ...see more
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
Situated on the main street, Marmot Lodge is surrounded by the mountains of Jasper National Park. Rooms are comfortable and offer all the basic amenities ...see more
Mount Robson Inn
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.
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Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Resort
The Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Resort enjoys a fantastic location nestled in the forest, just a few minutes’ walk from the Falls themselves.
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Tekarra Lodge By Coasts Hotels
Nestled between tall pines in the midst of Jasper National Park, Tekarra Lodge is a charming resort with spectacular scenery.
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Located just a few minutes’ walk from downtown Jasper and the train station, the rooms are spacious with some offering a kitchenette or a full kitchen. ...see more
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
Whistler’s Inn is a classic mountain hotel in an excellent position right in the heart of Jasper.
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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
Ski Jasper (10 nights)
Enjoy a 10 night ski holiday in Jasper for one of the most unique ski experiences in Canada. It's a long drive from Calgary Airport to Jasper, but it is ...see more
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!