Ultimate List of Jasper National Park Activities

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This is the Ultimate List of Jasper National Park Activities in 6 categories:

  1. Must-Do Activities – Several activities stand above the rest as the most popular activities
  2. Sports and Outdoor Activities – Most people visit Jasper to partake in outdoor activities, be it a day hike or getting out on the water
  3. Winter Activities – The park is a whole new world during winter when Marmot Basin ski area opens
  4. Wildlife and Nature Activities – Jasper National Park offers a mixture of wildlife spotting and nature appreciation activities in its montane, sub-alpine and alpine zones
  5. Town of Jasper Activities – The town of Jasper (Jasper townsite as its often called) is a small municipality in the center of Jasper National Park.  Most of the Jasper hotels, dining and all of the residential area are in Jasper townsite.
  6. Nightlife Activities – Jasper nightlife is fairly tame, probably because everyone is exhausted from all of the daytime activities, but there are things to do
Must-Do Activities
  • Mt Edith Cavell from top of Whistlers MountainColumbia Icefield Snocoach
  • Jasper Tramway
  • Maligne Lake boat ride to Spirit Island
  • Day hiking – Hike to Mt Edith Cavell or the Maligne Canyon hike
  • Miette Hot Springs
  • Scenic driving on the Icefield Parkway, Highway 16, Pyramid Lake Road, and Maligne Lake Road
  • Athabasca Falls and Sunwapta Falls waterfalls
Sports and Outdoors Activities
  • A Couple in Miette Hot SpringsCamping – Sitting by the campfire, hoping the bears stay home
  • Hiking
  • Backpacking
  • Walking
  • Standing on top of Whistlers Mountain after riding Jasper Tramway
  • Do an activity with Friends of Jasper – guided walks, bird watching, volunteer projects
  • Riding the Snocoach on Columbia Icefield
  • Swimming at your hotel
  • Swimming in a lake – brrrrrr, cold
  • Swimming in the Olympic-sized pool at Jasper Aquatic Centre
  • Swimming and soaking at Miette Hot Springs
  • Boat ride at Maligne Lake
  • White-water rafting
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Photography
  • Golfing at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
  • Horseback riding
  • Helicopter rides and heli-hiking
  • Mountain climbing
Winter Activities in Jasper National Park
  • View from Athabasca GlacierSkiing at Marmot Basin
  • Snowboarding at Marmot Basin
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Ice walk in Maligne Canyon in winter
  • Ice climbing
  • Dog sledding
  • Ice skating
Wildlife and Nature Activities
  • A Bighorn Sheep in the Canadian RockiesWildlife watching
    • Bighorn sheep
    • Caribou
    • Mountain goats
    • Marmots
    • Pika
    • Elk
    • Bears
    • Deer
    • Coyotes
    • Wolves
    • Squirrels
    • Birds
    • Fish
  • Learning about wildlife and nature
    • Guided talks
  • Looking at plants and trees
  • River running through Maligne Canyon limestone bedrockAdmiring at glaciers and mountains and rivers and lakes
    • Athabasca Falls waterfall
    • Sunwapta Falls waterfall
    • Maligne River
    • Athabasca River
    • Athabasca Glacier, Angel Glacier and other smaller glaciers
    • Guided ice walks on the Athabasca Glacier
    • Viewing Mt Robson from afar (the huge Mt Robson is located in Mt Robson Provincial Park and viewable from Jasper)
    • Mt Edith Cavell
    • Pyramid Mountain
Town of Jasper Activities
  • Via Rail Canada train coming into townGather lots of free information at the Jasper Information Centre
  • Shop on Connaught Drive, Patricia St and vicinity
  • Walk around and get familiar with town
  • Find a place to eat
  • Shop for food so you can pack a lunch
  • Grab a morning coffee
  • Grab a morning coffee and some lunch food at a place like Truffles and Trout in the Jasper Marketplace on Patricia Street
  • Visit the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum
  • Hang-out at your hotel and relax
  • Take a look at the Jasper train station and old locomotive next to it
  • Watch the trains go by at Jasper train station
  • Ride the train to and from Jasper
  • Arrange for guided activities or buy tickets ahead of time for attractions
  • Read a book like Kathy and Craig Copeland’s Done in a Day Jasper: The 10 Premier Hikes to get prepared for day hiking
  • Rent a bike at Freewheel Cycle
  • Watch a movie at Chaba Theatre
Nightlife Activities
  • Townsite streetDining at a casual restaurant
  • Dining at a fancy restaurant
  • Dining in your car
  • Dining by your campfire
  • Not dining because a bear just stole your food and therefore, running, quickly, away from said bear.
  • Hanging out at a pub with the locals, having a beer while telling stories of the bear that stole your food

Have any other ideas?  Let’s make this the ultimate Jasper activities list.

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5 comments to Ultimate List of Jasper National Park Activities

  • Every time we go to Jasper, (at least twice a year) we discover more fantastic sites. This past weekend we went cross country skiing on Pyramid Lake. The trails were well groomed, the weather warm – but not too warm, the mountains and sky – beautiful.

  • Cross country skiing. Now that’s a good idea for a winter activity.

    Sounds like a fun thing to do and I’m sure the view of Pyramid Mountain in the distance in winter is spectacular.

  • I’ve never been there before, but the list of activities is so good and varied that I want to come as soon as possible. I hope that it will be nice.

  • Peter McClure

    Where are you, Gina?

    There are many trip to Jasper throughout the year. Groups like the Edmonton Outdoor Club go there regularly,at usually at a very low cost.

    I was there on September 8-10 and I’m going on the Thanksgiving weekend, too.

  • The Marmot Basin ski area is one of my favorite, as it boasts an amazingly consistent snow record.

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