Jasper National Park Holidays

With shimmering glaciers, abundant wildlife, crystalline lakes, thundering waterfalls, deep canyons and evergreen forest all surrounded by towering peaks, it’s little wonder Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At 4,335 square miles it is also Canada’s largest park in the Rocky Mountains and the second largest Dark Sky Preserve in the world.

The laid-back town of Jasper is your springboard to the park’s outdoor pursuits and attractions. Adventurers can fill their boots with alpine day hikes, adrenalin pumping mountain biking, great paddling, climbing and canyoning. Those who prefer a more relaxed pace can take in the many scenic drives, picnic amongst majestic mountains and enjoy watching wildlife such as caribou, elk, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, bears, wolves and a variety of birds. For an aerial perspective, ride the Jasper Skytram. It takes seven minutes to reach the high Upper Station where the jaw-dropping views include six mountain ranges.

Additional attractions include Miette Hot Springs, which are the hottest springs in the Rockies; stunning Maligne Lake whose baby-blue water and circle of photogenic peaks are a feast for the eyes; and the steep, narrow gorge of Maligne Canyon. Also not to be missed is the Columbia Icefield where you can hop aboard an Ice Explorer onto the Athabasca Glacier or step out onto the amazing Glacier Skywalk.

After a day in the wild, there are friendly pubs and charming cafés where you can dine alfresco in front of a vista as drool-worthy as the food on your plate.

Essential facts about Jasper
Local Time

GMT -8 hours

Currency

Canadian dollar

Travel information

Jasper is 4 hours drive Edmonton and 5 hours drive from Calgary.

Best time to go

Any time is a good time in Jasper, and each season presents a variety of unique experiences. Summer brings long temperate days, spring and autumn are cooler so ideal for seeing wildlife and, while winter is cold, it’s also beautiful.

Unmissable Experiences in Jasper
Spirit Island Cruise on Maligne Lake excursion
Spirit Island Cruise on Maligne Lake

Take a 90 minute cruise on one of the Rockies’ most picturesque lakes aboard a glass-enclosed heated cruise boat. Midway through there is a photo stop at Spirit Island, then disembark for a short walk to the lookout point. Available selected dates May-Oct from Jasper. Ice conditions may delay the season.

From £57

Peak-Nic Lunch or Dinner tour excursion
Peak-Nic Lunch or Dinner tour

Peak-Nic is 2.3 mile intermediate hiking tour up a stunning peak followed by a hands-on back-country cooking lesson, where you will learn to prepare your own gourmet meal in the outdoors using efficient and environmentally friendly outdoors cooking methods. The best part? You get to eat an amazing meal while enjoying panoramic views. Available selected dates May-Oct weather permitting). Minimum age 18 with reasonable fitness levels required.

From £90

Explore Jasper (including lunch) excursion
Explore Jasper (including lunch)

On this full day tour, you’ll explore the spectacular natural treasures of the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. Highlights include standing above the massive walls of Maligne Canyon for stunning views and discovering the mystery of the disappearing water at Medicine Lake. Available selected dates May-Oct from Jasper.

From £107

Icefields Parkway Discovery Tour (inc lunch) excursion
Icefields Parkway Discovery Tour (inc lunch)

This one way excursion from Jasper to Banff offers one of the world’s most spectacular journeys. It includes an Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier and a visit to the spectacular Glacier Skywalk where you can enjoy the unobstructed view on a glass-floored observation platform. Available selected dates May-Oct from Jasper or from Banff to Jasper.

From £198

Dogsledding Experience excursion
Dogsledding Experience

A full day adventure giving you the opportunity to drive your own team of 6-8 dogs, or you can snuggle up in a blanket as a passenger. Available selected dates Dec-Mar from Jasper.

From £289