Guide to Planning the Most Romantic Honeymoon in Jasper, Canada
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Planning a honeymoon in Jasper can be a lengthy process. To help, we’ve written this guide to planing the most romantic honeymoon in Jasper that includes where to stay, the best things to do, romantic places to eat, and all of the best spa and wellness centers to spoil your loved one!
Jasper is well known as one of the most beautiful places in Canada. Nestled in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper is surrounded by stunning mountain peaks, turquoise lakes, and an abundance of wildlife. For those planning a honeymoon or romantic getaway, Jasper is the ultimate destination!
To Bailey and I, the Canadian Rockies will always hold a special place in our hearts. For one, we got engaged in Banff National Park at the famous Lake Moraine. The moment was priceless! Being surrounded by such beauty only made the proposal that much more special!
Although we love Banff and think Banff is also the perfect place for a honeymoon, Jasper is just as beautiful and actually more quaint than Banff – making it a perfect honeymoon destination.
However, planning any honeymoon can be difficult. For many, including myself, the pressure can make planning seem almost impossible especially in a place like Jasper.
Luckily though, in this guide to planning the ultimate honeymoon in Jasper, we’ll share what we got up to while exploring this romantic destination as well as the best places to stay, eat, and pamper yourself on your Jasper honeymoon! We hope to take the guesswork out of your trip and make your honeymoon in Jasper one to remember!
5 Most Romantic Honeymoon Hotels in Jasper
1. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Most Luxurious Hotel)
First up is arguably the most luxurious and romantic hotel in Jasper – the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. The lodge is located a little outside of Jasper town on Beauvert Lake on a large property that’s immaculate, to say the least.
The hotel features a range of different rooms including a stunning lakefront suite and as well as some “budget” rooms. All rooms come with the luxuries you’d expect in a Fairmont hotel, however, it’s worth noting that most rooms come without airconditioning (which in the middle of summer can be a problem for some.)
One thing I love about the Jasper Park Lodge is the property. With such a large backyard to wander, you actually don’t have to leave to enjoy a short hike or romantic walk. They also have a large pool and offer horseback riding and even kayaking experiences. In fact, I would consider visiting the Fairmont one of the best things to do in Jasper.
For those couples who golf, you’ll be in heaven at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. The hotel is located only meters from the Jasper Park Golf Course which features 18 holes surrounded by mountain views and stunning lakes. Golfing here is considered a bucket list experience!
Overall, this is a great hotel if you aren;t worried about your budget much. You could easily spend thousands of dollars between the activities, your room, and the 8 restaurants on-site. However, when it comes to value for money I think the hotel falls short. For that reason, I’d only recommend this hotel to those who want to golf or who have a budget without limits.
You can check up to date prices and availability of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
2. Pyramid Lake Resort (Overall BEST Hotel in Jasper)
As far as hotels for your honeymoon in Jasper go, I’d say the Pyramid Lake Resort is the best place to stay if you have the price in your budget.
As the name suggests, the resort is located on the edge of Pyramid Lake which is a little outside of Jasper town. With that said, the location is so stunning I think it’s the most ideal place to stay. In fact, visiting Pyramid Lake is one of the best things to do on your Jasper honeymoon – so why not just stay on the lake?
The rooms range in price but you can expect to pay at least $400 CAD per night. For that, all rooms come with a breathtaking lake and mountain view, balcony, and air conditioning. Basically you don’t have to leave your room to enjoy a romantic glass of wine with a view!
For fitness lovers who never take a break, the onsite fitness center is a huge bonus, and for those who want to relax, the onsite spa with a breathtaking view will blow you away on your romantic Jasper honeymoon!
Of course, for those wanting more adventure, Pyramid Lake provides the ultimate playground. With canoe rentals, nearby beaches, and of course Pyramid Island, there’s plenty to do nearby. In winter, you can also ice skate on the lake as well as cross country ski!
If you can afford the price tag, you won’t regret staying at the Pyramid Lake Resort on your honeymoon to Jasper!
You can check availability and up to date prices for the Pyramid Lake Resort.
3. Whistler’s Inn (Best Hotel Right in Jasper Town)
For some, being close to town is a must. I myself also love being walking distance to the best restaurants and bars. I also love the vibrant atmosphere of downtown Jasper, and if you do too, then the Whistler’s Inn is a top choice for a place to stay.
The hotel is located right on the main street of Jasper and you really couldn’t get a more central location. You’ll be walking distance to everything in town including banks, supermarkets, souvenir shops, restaurants, bars – you name it! You’re also across from the train station if that’s how you’re arriving in Jasper!
The hotel itself is also really nice and comes with the luxuries you need to enjoy a honeymoon in Jasper. Some of the highlights include mountain views, baths in all bathrooms, a rooftop hot tub, a steam room, and a great bar.
Overall, the Whistler’s Inn is the perfect option close to town for any couple wanting to celebrate their honeymoon with a few nights out in town (and a few drinks!)
You can check prices and availability for Whistler Inn.
4. Pine Bungalows (Best Hotel with Budget Options)
The cost of your hotel can really impact what you do in Jasper on your honeymoon. The more money you spend on a hotel the less you have for activities and meals out.
So, for those who’d rather spend their money on activities in Jasper National Park, the Pine Bungalows is the hotel for you!
This cute little hotel is situated on the outskirts of Jasper and offers a really cheap lodge room for under $150 CAD per night. Despite the price, the rooms are still really nice and they all come with a balcony and a mountain view.
Unfortunately, the room does only come with two single beds, which isn’t ideal for a couple on a honeymoon. However, for the price and amenities is a good option. If you want to spend a bit more then you can upgrade to a cabin which comes with a full kitchen and king bed!
In all honesty, there aren’t many budget places to stay in Jasper especially if you want to avoid hostels and keep that romantic atmosphere. So, if the price is a huge factor for you, then you should seriously consider Pine Bungalows!
You can check Pine Bungalows prices and availability.
5. A & A Accommodations (Best Airbnb in Jasper)
Airbnb’s are becoming increasingly popular and Bailey and I love them! They offer a more personal stay and usually come at a fraction of the price of a hotel.
In Jasper it’s no different, and there are a huge range of Airbnb’s available for rent. These range from private rooms to entire apartments. However, the sweet spot for a couple is a private suite.
A & A Accommodations is just that! It offers a private entrance to a studio suite with a kitchenette. You will be hosted by Jelly & Andy who on Airbnb, have a super host rating.
Although I can’t tell you the exact location due to Airbnb’s policy, it’s located within walking distance to the main area of town! The best part is that it costs less than $200 a night and comes with reviews that speak for themselves!
10 Romantic Things to do on Your Honeymoon in Jasper
1. Go on the Maligne Lake Cruise
In Jasper National Park, Maligne Lake is considered one of the most beautiful lakes, and the best way to explore the lake is on a cruise. I loved it so much that without a doubt, one of the highlights of my most recent trip to Jasper with Bailey was the Maligne Lake Cruise.
The cruise lasts for 90 minutes and along the way your guide will explain all about the history of the lake, point out mountains and glaciers, tell you facts about the area, and take you out to the highlight of the trip – Spirit Island!
For those who don’t know, Spirit Island is one of the most famous places to visit in Jasper National Park. When we arrived at Spirit Island I was blown away! We quickly got off the cruise for a short hike up a path to a viewpoint, and as we did, the water shone a stunning turquoise color!
This was one place that really lived up to the hype and in my opinion it’s a must-do in Jasper!
Maligne Lake is located around 45-minutes from Jasper via Maligne Lake Road. This drive is actually one of the most beautiful in Canada and is a must-do on its own. However, the cruise at the end makes the trip all the more memorable!
If you don’t want to do the cruise you can still visit Maligne Lake and enjoy the views from the lakeshore, but you won’t be able to get out to Spirit Island. You can enjoy some great hikes at Magline Lake though, such as Moose Lake Loop or Bald Hills Trail.
2. Take a Drive on the Icefields Parkway
The most spectacular highway I have ever had the pleasure of driving is the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper. I’ve personally been lucky enough to drive it twice and each time it keeps gets more beautiful!
The Icefields Parkway isn’t a short highway and driving the road in one direction takes half a day if you plan on stopping, however, if you have the time, go for it!
Some of the best stops along the way are:
Peyto Lake Viewpoint
Big Bend Viewpoint
My recommendation if you need to return to Jasper is to drive to Peyto Lake viewpoint in the morning and then make your way back stopping along the way. The drive to Peyto lake is 180 kilometers and without stopping will only take two hours. Then, spend the rest of the day stopping as you head back to Jasper.
Of course, if you can drive the entire highway I would! You can even spend a night in Banff or at a hotel along the Icefields Parkway to break up the trip. If you check out our Banff Itinerary and scroll down to the section on “where to stay on the Icefields Parkway” you can see all the hotels along the way!
3. Explore Maligne Canyon
One of the more relaxing activities to do in Jasper on your honeymoon is to take a stroll along Maligne Canyon. Located only 5 minutes from Jasper, Maligne Canyon is a stunning example of the power of water.
The canyon is 50 meters deep and at the bottom, a heavy flow of water continues to carve its way through the rock, forming magnificent shapes and huge waterfalls!
From the car parking lot, you can hike along a trail that visits up to six bridges. To do all six you’ll need half a day, however, the first two are the most spectacular in my opinion. To do the first two you only need half an hour or so at a slow pace. With that said, hike as far as you want and loop back by crossing each bridge to the other side.
In the winter Maligne Canyon is just as, if not more so, impressive! You can visit as normal and view the canyon from above or join a tour and take an ice walk along the frozen bottom of the canyon and view frozen waterfalls in what can only be described as a winter paradise.
If you want an even more exciting adventure then you can do this ice climbing tour and scale one of the waterfalls in the canyon!
Regardless, in both seasons, Maligne Canyon is a must-visit!
Hot tip: This activity is great on a cloudy day when your views of the mountains would be hindered! Even in rain, Maligne Canyon is impressive!
4. Join a Wildlife Tour
Wildlife can be found everywhere in Jasper National Park, and even on your own it’s likely you’ll spot lots of different species. However, many come to see bears and although there are a few around, they can be hard to spot!
In fact, in Jasper National Park I’ve only ever spotted one Grizzly bear while not on a wildlife tour. To be honest, I’d say the large number of visitors to Jasper keeps the bears away. But there is one way to dramatically increase your chances of seeing a bear (or even elk and moose) is to join a wildlife tour.
A tour such as this one runs in the late afternoon when animals in Jasper National Park are the most active. Tours usually run for around 3 hours and your guide has expert knowledge on where to find certain animals.
You aren’t guaranteed to see anything, but the chances are that you will, and depending on your luck, you could see more bears in one day than you’ve ever seen before in your lifetime!
5. Explore the Pyramid Island Boardwalk
Jasper is filled with iconic places to visit that you’ve likely seen plastered all over social media. One of those places is Pyramid Lake, and more specifically, Pyramid Island.
The small island and boardwalk offers visitors a chance to enjoy a short walk to the island to enjoy spectacular views from all angles. On a calm day, the lake reflects the surrounding mountains better than a mirror and the shaded benches make for a great place to enjoy lunch.
You can visit Pyramid Island in both summer and winter. Although the island is busier in summer, from the photos I’ve seen the island only becomes more beautiful in winter. Be aware though, the lake is frozen so bring your skates!
A leisurely walk along Pyramid Island is a really romantic activity and a great chance to get beautiful photos on your Jasper honeymoon.
Important: Parking at Pyramid Island is very limited. To ensure you get a spot try to arrive early in the morning.
6. Hike the Valley of the Five lakes
I usually love tough hikes. You know, the ones that take you high above the valley floor so you can look down and enjoy breathtaking views that make you feel tiny. Yep, those ones!
Funny enough though, I fell in love with the Valley of the Five Lakes hike in Jasper. So much so that I’ve now done it twice. But what makes it so great?
Well, not only is the trail an easy two hours (4 kilometers) walk, but the trail passes by five breathtaking lakes that literally look like the color of emeralds. Up close though, the water is crystal clear and you’ll often see fish swimming at the bottom.
The lakes have the most color on a sunny day and if it’s hot enough, don’t be shy and take a dip in the cold water to cool off! Honestly, the Valley of the Five Lakes is a must in Jasper for anyone who loves short hikes and breathtaking lakes!
7. Relax at the Miette Hot Springs
What could be more enjoyable than relaxing in natural hot springs in Jasper National Park with breathtaking views of the mountains? Not much! For that reason, a visit to the Miete Hot Springs on any honeymoon in Jasper is a no brainer.
The Miette Hot Springs are located 60 kilometers from Jasper town and they are actually the hottest natural springs in Canada. From the ground, the water comes out at a whopping 54 degrees celsius and must be cooled to 40 degrees before it enters the pools.
As mentioned above, the views from the pools are spectacular and on a cold day the Miette Hot Springs are the perfect activity. There are two hot pools at the park which are manmade, however, the water is 100% natural. The main minerals in the water are Sulphate, Calcium, Bicarbonate, Magnesium, and sodium. These minerals are said to be great for the skin!
The best part about the pools is that it only costs $7.21 CAD to visit, but bear in mind that the pools aren’t private and you will have to share them with other visitors. To avoid the crowds, go first thing in the morning.
8. Enjoy Winter Activities
Jasper is much more than just a summer destination. In my opinion, winter in Jasper is actually more beautiful than summer. I just love the snow-covered peaks and pine trees!
So if you’re honeymoon is planned for winter don’t worry, there is plenty to do!
The first and most obvious is to hit the slopes. Marmot Basin ski field is one of the most popular in Canada and unlike others around Banff and Lake Louise, remains far less crowded.
Next up, I’d highly recommend putting on some ice skates and skating across a frozen lake! There are a few to choose from as Jasper is surrounded by lakes with the best and most accessible being Pyramid Lake and Mildred lake. At both lakes, you’ll find lots of people skating and it’s free so long as you get some skates in town or bring your own with you!
Other activities to do in winter include the ice walk in Maligne Canyon, dog sledding, ice climbing, and of course photography!
Jasper is an exciting place to visit any time of the year, so if your honeymoon just happens to be in winter, you’re in for a real treat!
9. Ride the Jasper SkyTram
The best views in Jasper are actually surprisingly easy to get to! In fact, with a short 7-minute ride up the Jasper SkyTram, you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the Rocky Mountains and Jasper town.
The tram takes you up Whistlers Mountain only a short distance from the summit. Once at the top, you can choose to take a short hike to the summit, shop at the gift shop, just admire the views, or enjoy a meal and drink at the restaurant.
If you want to hike to the summit it will take you just over an hour to complete the 2.4-kilometer round trip at a relaxing pace. Although a little steep at the start, the trail isn’t overly difficult.
The tram is open from 9 am to 5 pm, however, the Summit Restaurant is only open from 10 am to 4 pm.
Regardless, I loved my visit up the SkyTram and it’s easily one of the best things to do in Jasper especially on a honeymoon!
10. Watch a Movie at the Historic Chaba Theater
Looking at the activities on this list, it may seem like I’m biased towards outdoor activities in Jasper. And that’s true, I mean Jasper is about getting out and exploring natural attractions.
However, the weather in jasper isn’t always ideal for this, so why not visit the local theater to watch a movie? The historical Chaba Theater in Jasper is the perfect place to escape the rain and enjoy a movie with your better half.
The theater is small but that’s part of its charm and what makes the experience all the more romantic! Plus, who doesn’t love a date to the movies to celebrate this special occasion?
5 Places to Enjoy a Meal on Your Jasper Honeymoon
To truly enjoy a honeymoon in Jasper you’re going to want to eat out at some of the best places in Jasper. Below are the top 5 places we love eating at in Jasper!
1. Syrahs Jasper
For a formal meal in Jasper few places can compete with Syrahs of Jasper. The restaurant serves lots of meat that includes game choices just as bison, elk, and bore, but they also serve classics like Angus beef.
The service is really incredible and all of the meals I’ve had there have been amazing! This is a fancy restaurant, however, the mains only cost around $35 CAD.
Syrahs of Jasper is the perfect place for a romantic dinner in Jasper.
2. Jasper Brewing Co
Bailey and I love craft beer with our favorite being almost any IPA. For that reason, we always pop into local breweries for a drink and bite to eat. At Jasper Brewing Co you can try an assortment of their own beer as well as enjoy a nice pub meal.
Personally, I love the chicken sandwich and Bailey always gets the Korean BBQ wings complete with blue cheese dip! Although Jasper Brewing Co isn’t a fancy place to eat, the outdoor seating with views of the train and mountains make it a great place to relax and enjoy a casual meal!
3. Bear Paw Cafe
You don’t want to be “hangry” on your honeymoon (a term used to describe someone who gets angry when they’re hungry) so it’s best the start your day with a really nice meal. A tasty breakfast spot in town is the Bear Paw Cafe.
Although they don’t serve huge cooked meals such as eggs benedict, they have a huge range of freshly cooked pastries and muffins. Oh, and they make amazing coffee!
My personal favorite is any of the sausage rolls and the white chocolate raspberry scones (they are to die for!) So grab some breakfast and maybe even lunch to go and hit the road for a day of exploring Jasper!
4. Jasper Pizza Place
The Jasper Pizza Places serves the best pizza in town. With that said though, there’s more to the restaurant than just great food!
The reason being is that they have the most beautiful rooftop dining area that, given you get the right table, has spectacular views of the mountains.
The best part is that even if you’re visiting during the colder months you can still enjoy the rooftop. This is because it’s enclosed in glass, has heating, and has a roof that can open and close. So no matter the weather you can enjoy the best pizza in Jasper with a view!
5. Spice Joint
I’ve saved the best for last! My favorite place to eat in all of Jasper is the Spice Joint!
Now, this is more of a lunch-style cafe than a restaurant and they are only open from 10 am till 5 pm (except Fridays and Saturdays when they’re open until 7 pm), but the food is so amazing!
The Spice Joint is a Jamaican sandwich bar that serves the best grilled-cheese in Jasper with a Jamaican twist. The restaurant is family-owned and operated and you’ll likely get to meet the owners when you go.
Bailey and I recommend getting the crab grilled cheese and the jerk chicken grilled cheese! Both are a little spicy but the flavors are delicious!
Spas and Wellness Centers to Spoil Your Loved One in Jasper
For a truly romantic stay in Jasper why not treat your loved one to a day at the spa? There are a few spa and wellness centers in Jasper and below are two of the best!
Wild Orchard Salon and Spa
Wild Orchid Salon and Spa is a one-stop-shop for all the pampering needs you could want. They offer a huge range of services including pedicures, facials, massage, and general hair cuts and treatments.
They cater to women, men, and children so no matter who you’re with you can find something here.
Summit Massage Therapy and Wellness
Summit Massage Therapy and Wellness is more specifically a massage therapy center. They offer a range of different styles of massage from relaxation all the way to sports massage.
If a massage is what you need then Summit Massage is the place to go in Jasper!
Before you go…
Jasper really is a romantic place to visit and one of the best destinations in Canada for your honeymoon. I really hope this blog has helped plan your upcoming honeymoon to Jasper and has taken some of the stress off your shoulders.
If you have any questions at all just leave them below so I can help! Also, if you liked this blog then be sure to check out all our Canada blogs or some related articles below!
August 12, 2020