Province/Territory: Alberta

Jasper - the heart of the Canadian Rockies

  • 1300 kilometres of back country trails
  • 973 metres - Longest and highest ariel tramway in Canada
  • 54 Celsius makes Miette Hotspring the hottest spings in the Canadian Rockies.

Wake up to the sights of elk grazing on your lawn, take an easy walk to touch the coldness of a glacier that lingers through summer, dine on Canadian cuisine and cap the day off with an amazing display of shooting stars before retreating to your cabin where visiting royalty also stay. It's the little town of Jasper in the biggest national park. A world of towering snow clad peaks, thundering waterfalls, emerald lakes and watchable wildlife.

Take the easy way to the top of a mountain via Canada’s longest tram ride or hike to the summit to test your determination. Stroll a summer path along the ridge of a canyon to watch a torrid river below you, then return in winter to walk on that same river frozen under a blanket of snow. Learn to ski or snowboard at a spectacular mountain resort. Peer from a hovering helicopter at rugged peaks, hidden lakes, hanging glaciers and ribbons of waterfalls, then ride in specially designed coaches onto a massive sheet of ice for a summertime snowball fight. The natural beauty of Jasper makes it one of Alberta's 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Outdoor adventure

  • With over 4 metres of snow each winter - there is always powder at Marmot Basin, Jasper's own ski resort.
  • Touch a waterfall frozen in time on the Maligne Canyon Ice walk.
  • See the stars – millions of them during Dark Sky Month in the world’s largest dark sky preserve.

Road trips & Train travel

  • Sit back and enjoy the thrill of a motorcycle sidecar ride through majestic mountains.
  • Ride the rails through towering peaks and past thundering waterfalls surging from pristine glaciers on the Rocky Mountaineer.

Accommodation & Relaxation

  • Watch the helicopter disappear as you breath in the crisp mountain air as you prepare for a ridge top heli-yoga[SEC - Soaring Spirit Heli-Yoga – Icefield & Kananaskis Heli-tours] class.
  • Royalty, movies stars, the local elk and now you will enjoy the luxury of the Jasper Park Lodge.
  • Relax and unwind in therapeutic Rocky Mountain mineral hot springs.

Weather

  • The weather in The Canadian Rockies is unpredictable with snow creeping into the forecast any month of the year, so be prepared by bringing a variety of layers. The sun at these alpine altitudes is strong year-long, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat for protection from UV exposure is suggested.
  • Jasper enjoys warm summers with occasional unseasonably hot days but it is not uncommon to have cooler temperatures. July and August daytime highs sit at an average of 21C dipping to 7C in the night. Jasper receives an average of 55 mm of rain each of the summer months.
  • The fall season is short for Jasper with the leaves quickly turning colours in September with chances of early snow in October. In November, watch as the snow works its way down the peaks with night time temperatures starting to dip below freezing. With daytime highs hovering around 10C it’s best to bring warm clothes.
  • Winter is wonderful in Jasper but cold. December brings frosty air with an average daytime high of -1 dipping to -12 at night. Cold spells of -30C can occur so heavy coats and warm boots are essential. If a Chinook wind blows through expect to see the temperatures rise above 0C. Jasper National Park sees an average of nearly 4 metres of fluffy dry snow to fall over the course of the winter months.
  • Springtime is a mix of all seasons so bring some lighter weight clothes as well as some thick sweaters and waterproof coat. The snow stays quite long into the season with spring daytime average high temperatures of 10 C.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Normals Website.
Quick facts

Area: 10,878sq km for Jasper National Park, The town of Jasper is 4 sq km
The town of Jasper is the only community in the park
Total Population: 5000 permanent
Official Languages: English & French (English predominant)
Official Mascot: Jasper the Bear

When to go
  • The ski and snowboard season for Marmot Basin runs from November until May with the best snow conditions January through March.
  • Golf at the famous Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course May through early October.
  • Star gazing in the deep dark night sky is at its best during the cooler months of October through March.
  • Wildlife viewing is best from spring until fall.
  • Hike, camp, bike, raft and ride in comfort in the Rocky Mountains from June until October but always be prepared for the cool evenings.
  • Plan your vacation to Jasper around festivals, celebrations, competitions and concerts.
Getting Here
Getting around
  • The major car rental companies have locations in Jasper.
  • There is taxi service in the town and a shuttle bus from the major hotels to Marmot Basin. Ask your hotel concierge for contact information.
  • Ask the folks at Adventures in Jasper about bike rentals and trails to ride.
  • Learn about the town on a walking tour.
  • Find general information about getting around Jasper.
  • Find general information about getting around Alberta.
  • Alberta highway traveller information is available at Alberta Motor Association.