Things to do in Jasper
Whether you visit in winter for the ski season, or head here in the summer months, there's plenty to see and do in Jasper National Park.Marmot Basin ski resort is located 15 kilometres south of Jasper and has around 678 hectares of trails, which range in difficulty from beginner through to expert level. Lifts stay open from 9am until 4pm with all other resort facilities being accessible from 8am until 5pm. Marmot Basin looks over postcard-perfect scenery, particularly the Jasper National Park on the opposite side of Athabasca River Valley, and the resort offers a laidback winter sports experience. This relatively small resort offers a wide array of terrain, short queues at the lifts and has a great mountainside catering service. Visiting this nearby resort is a must if you're in Jasper.
In addition to skiing, Jasper is also home to nerve-testing whitewater river rapids. The most popular rapids are the intermediate level class 3 ones, which include small drops and waves and some 'significant manoeuvring' of your vessel. A skilled rafting guide will guarantee a thrilling wet and wild ride along the Fraser River, which is also a magnet for wildlife and spotting seasonal spawning salmon along the rapids route is certainly not a rarity.
Whatever you do, make sure you take a guided tour around the beautiful and frozen Maligne Canyon in winter. Walls of ice and sharp icicles cascade down 30 metre-high canyon walls and ancient fossils from are preserved in their ice shells. Tours include a short drive from Jasper where a small group will be provided with comfy warm boots and tread-enhancing cleats to traverse this icy terrain. Wander into the ice caves and be amazed by the eerie frozen world that Jasper's local canyon has to offer. It really is a true winter wonderland. In summer, you'll get to see the sheer limestone gorges and brave the 6 bridges of Maligne Canyon for the ultimate vantage point and photo op.
With such variety on offer in Jasper, here's our pick for the region's must-sees.
Registered in 1907 and spanning a distance of over 10,000 square kilometres, Jasper National Park is the Canadian Rockies' largest park. Within its borders are an array of sights including hot springs, sprawling glaciers, powerful waterfalls, mountain ranges and silent lakes.
Located within the vast Jasper National Park, Maligne Lake is well known for its dense natural colour and perfect ripple-less reflection of the looming nearby mountains. The lake stretches 22 kilometres from tip to tip and at its deepest point cuts 97 metres down into the Rocky Mountain floor.
Also known as Highway 93, this road connects Jasper to Lake Louise in spectacular fashion. Around every corner, a new view of the landscape can be seen, each more impressive than the next. With stops and countless vantage points along the 230-kilometre stretch of road, it is unquestionably one of the best sightseeing roads in the world.
Mount Edith Cavell takes its name from a heroic young nurse who helped many captured soldiers escape from occupied Belgium and seek refuge in the Netherlands during World War I. The mountain peaks at 3,363 metres and can be seen from many lower vantage points including the Icefields Parkway.
Gently ascend to the Upper Station of Whistler Mountain by aerial tramway and spend some time observing the untamed harsh Canadian Rockies landscape, which is slowly unveiled to lucky passengers. Helpful guides point out specific key areas and tell fascinating historic stories about the local area.