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50 EPIC Things to do in Jasper, Alberta

50 EPIC Things to do in Jasper, Alberta

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If you’re planning a trip to Jasper, Canada then this blog is for you! It outlines 50 fun things to do in Jasper and includes everything from the most popular and exciting tourist attractions to local secrets that you may have never heard of before!  

Jasper is a small town located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in Jasper National Park. With endless hiking trails, dozens of turquoise lakes, and one of Canada’s top-rated ski fields, Jasper is an ideal destination for any outdoor enthusiast.  

But there is more to Jasper than what most think.  

You see, I lived only a short 3-hour drive west of Jasper for many years. Daniel and I have also visited Jasper on numerous occasions throughout our frequent travels around Western Canada. We’ve discovered that while it is a great place for hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter, there is a ton of other fun and exciting things to do in Jasper and nearby – activities that many visitors, unfortunately, miss out on! 

For that reason, we’ve compiled this comprehensive list of what we think are the 50 best things to do in Jasper, Alberta. The activities listed here are ones we personally love and lots are lesser-known attractions. We’ve also included a range of things to do both in the winter and the summer and top Jasper tours in all seasons so you’ll have lots of choices no matter when you visit! 

Table Of Contents
  1. Fun Activities in Jasper
  2. Where to Stay in Jasper, Canada
  3. Before you go…

Fun Activities in Jasper

1. Take a Flight on the SkyTram 

Bailey standing at the top of the Sky tram admiring the views of jasper below
Although we didn’t have the best weather the views were still amazing!

I had to start my blog with one of the most popular things to do in Jasper – the SkyTram! Riding the Jasper SkyTram has gained popularity simply because it’s just that awesome and the views you get from the peak of Whistlers Mountain are unmatched by any other view.  

The Jasper SkyTram is different than all of the other mountain gondolas offered around Canada. Instead of a small gondola or chairlift, the SkyTram is actually a larger cart where up to 24 people stand in the tram. The tram then climbs Whistlers Mountain at a speed of 6 meters per second all while your “flight attendant” tells you all about this historic tram and Jasper.  

At the end of your ride, you’ll reach a viewing platform complete with an indoor area, gift shop, and restaurant. There is also a 1.4-kilometer-long hike (0.9 miles) you can do to reach the summit of Whistlers Mountain. No matter where you go up here you’re going to be met with some amazing views! 

Looking down on the vast pine trees from the SkyTram in Jasper
Looking down from the SkyTram!

When Dan and I recently rode the Jasper SkyTram we didn’t get the best weather and it was rainy, windy, and cloudy! But with that said, from up that high the views were still amazing and to me, it’s an activity well-worth doing in Jasper – even if it isn’t a bluebird day. 

The Jasper SkyTram is open from April to October each year between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm. Because there are only two trams, they can only transport a limited number of people at one time. For this reason, you should book your SkyTram flight well in advance to secure your departure time slot.

You can book your SkyTram flight on the Jasper SkyTram website directly, or use the popular TripAdvisor-owned booking website, Viator both are the same price once you add local taxes. Expect to pay $60 CAd per adult with discounts available for children.

When you book, you will be given a scheduled time that you will ride the tram up the mountain. But once at the top, you can take your time and catch any tram back down at any time before they close for the day.  

2. Go Whitewater Rafting 

Selfie while white water rafting in Jasper
In Jasper, the whitewater rafting is as much about the views as the rafting!

Whitewater rafting is often classified as an adventure activity for those who are looking for a thrilling ride. While this can be true, the great thing about going whitewater rafting in Jasper is that the different rivers offer many different rafting experiences!

That’s right, even small children or grandparents can go whitewater rafting in Jasper! 

The whitewater rafting trip we did with Jasper Rafting Adventures on the Athabasca River was the perfect mix of an exciting ride while still being scenic and chill. The rapids were Class 2, meaning there were some larger rapids at times but nothing too hectic. There was one kid on our boat who had a good time without being scared and nobody fell off or even got close – although a few of the kids (by “kids” I mean the actual child as well as Daniel) jumped off for a swim by choice! 

The whitewater rafting trip we did included transportation from Jasper, an experienced guide, and all safety gear. It costs $84 CAD per person and lasts for about 2 hours (1 hour on the water) so it’s the perfect half-day tour while you’re in Jasper. You must book your whitewater rafting tour in advance to secure your place, it is a very popular tour in the summer months and does fully book. You can book the same whitewater tour as us online here.

There are a few other rafting experiences available in Jasper too, there is an even more relaxed and classified as a “scenic raft” available, while the Class 3 rapids at Sunwapta are a lot more exciting for those looking for a bit more adventure! 

The truth is though, that no matter what rafting experience you choose you’re going to have a great time! It’s such a beautiful place to raft and from out on the river you get views that many miss. Not to mention, rafting is a blast – it’s definitely a must-do activity in Jasper if you ask me.

3. Walk the Pyramid Lake Boardwalk 

A lady walks the Pyramid Island boardwalk in Jasper National park on a sunny day admiring the reflections on the lake
The water is like a mirror on a calm day!

Pyramid Lake is one of the many amazing lakes near Jasper. Located only a 10-minute drive from Jasper town, Pyramid Lake is a calm lake that sits at the base of Pyramid Mountain creating a picture-perfect setting.  

My favorite thing to do at Pyramid Lake is to walk the boardwalk out to the island. From here, you get 360-degree views of the mountains! There is limited parking near the boardwalk so it is best to come first thing in the morning or later in the evening to have a better chance of getting a spot.  

Just around the lake from the boardwalk there is also a beach area for swimming or renting kayaks or paddleboards as well as a restaurant and hotel. Pyramid Lake Resort would be an amazing place to stay if you want to spend lots of time at the lake, particularly when it is less busy at night and early morning.  

We only spent about an hour at Pyramid Lake, just walking around and enjoying the views. For us, that was enough time, but if you want to relax on the beach you could easily spend a whole day here! 

4. Go Skiing at Marmot Basin 

A lady skis at Marmot Basin in Jasper during winter
Hitting the slopes has to be one of my favorite winter activities!

Marmot Basin in Jasper is recognized as one of the best ski fields in Canada! The cold weather in Jasper and tons of annual snowfall (over 400 centimeters on average) make it the perfect place for those looking to hit the slopes. In fact, at Marmot you’ll find 1,720 skiable acres (696 hectares), 91 different marked runs, and 7 lefts.

One of the things I love about Marmot is that there are plenty of runs for all levels. Even from the top chairlift, you can find green (easy) runs to get you back to the bottom. This meant that when I was first learning I could still ride the chairlift with my friends who were more advanced.

The other thing that sets Marmot apart from other ski resorts is their ski/out parking lot! You can park at one of 4 different parking lots that attach to a green (very flat) run. This means that you literally ski from your car to the base of the mountain – it’s pretty cool!

Marmot Basin is located about 30 minutes from Jasper town and is open annually during the winter months typically from mid-November until May (weather dependent of course.) You can get daily lift passes or longer passes to suit those wanting to spend a couple of days. Expect to pay about $100 CAD a day. It is also possible to take ski or snowboard lessons at Marmot as well as rent gear.

If you’re visiting Jasper in the winter then spending at least one day at Marmot is a must! 

5. Visit Spirit Island 

A lady looks over at Spirit island from the viewpoint visited on the maligne Lake cruise
What a view!

Spirit Island is likely the most photographed spot in all of Jasper National Park. In fact, you’ve probably seen a photo similar to the one above on postcards or plastered all over Instagram – it is simply stunning.  

You can’t walk onto Spirit Island as it is a place of significance to the indigenous people. You can, however, walk on the mainland across from it where there is a viewing platform and trail.  

The only problem with visiting Spirit Island is getting there. The island is located a 14-kilometer kayak away from the nearest road and car parking lot in Home Bay.  For this reason, many people make use of the backcountry campsites along the way and turn it into a multi-day kayaking adventure.  

But there is one very easy way to get to Spirit Island that involves no paddling at all and that’s the Maligne Lake Cruise (which is the next activity in this blog!) 

6. Go on the Maligne Lake Cruise 

Admiring the views of the mountains while on our Maligne Lake cruise tour in Jasper
The cruise really is stunning!

Going on the Maligne Lake Cruise is the fastest and easiest way to get to Spirit Island. The cruise departs right from the shore of Maligne Lake next to the car parking lot and takes you all the way out to Spirit Island and then back again.  

But the cruise isn’t just about seeing Spirit Island, it is about enjoying the amazing scenery around Maligne Lake including towering mountains and glaciers. It’s a guided cruise and your guide will provide tons of informative commentary along the way. When Dan and I were on the cruise, we found our guide to be really funny and he answered lots of questions we had! 

Cruises depart regularly between the months of June and October. It costs about $75 CAD, however, there are sometimes promotions and discounts too depending on the time you choose. The cruise lasts 1.5 hours, with about 20 minutes of that time spent walking the viewpoint to Spirit Island.  

Cruises often book up in advance so it is best to secure a ticket in advance online. You can book directly on the Maligne Lake Cruise website or use the popular booking website, Viator.

Before or after your cruise, be sure to explore some of the other epic things to do at Maligne Lake.

Note: The cruise departs from the Maligne lake car parking lot which is about a 45-minute drive from Jasper town. The drive itself is absolutely stunning also one of the best things to do in Jasper on its own. My advice would be to give yourself some extra time to stop at viewpoints along the drive (like the next activity on this list!) If you don;t have your own car or prefer not to drive, join this guided tour from Jasper that visits both Maligne Lake and Medicine Lake!

7. Drive to Medicine Lake 

Panoramic view of Medicine Lake, Jasper
Panoramic view of Medicine Lake, Jasper

Along the road to Maligne Lake, there is another large lake called Medicine Lake. Medicine Lake is breathtaking and although just a quick stop along the drive out Maligne, to me, it’s well worth a mention.  

There is a small parking lot as well as a staircase leading down to the lake. It is more about enjoying the view than anything here, but it would also make a lovely picnic spot!  

Medicine Lake is located about a 30-minute drive from Jasper town.  

8. Enjoy Coffee and Breakfast at the Bear Paw Bakery

display window full of delicious baked goods at the Bear Paw Bakery in Jasper
This is easily the best place for baked goods in Jasper! Photo Credit: Bear Paw Bakery

Daniel and I love a great cafe and we found one right in Jasper town. My sister actually recommended the Bear Paw Bakery to us before our latest trip to Jasper so we decided to check it out for ourselves.  

The Bear Paw Bakery offers tons of delicious baked goods as well as freshly brewed coffee. If you want a nice breakfast one morning while in Jasper then this is your place. I personally recommend their raspberry white chocolate scones – so tasty! 

There are actually two Bear Paw Bakeries in Jasper. Typically, this one is less busy so try going there if you can.  

9. Enjoy a day at “The Beach” 

The beach at lake Annette, Jasper
The beach at Lake Annette, Jasper – it was a little too cold to swim the day we visited.

Visiting what the locals refer to as “the beach” is one of the best, off-the-beaten-path things to do in Jasper. The beach is a nice sandy area on the edge of Lake Annette only a couple of minutes from Jasper town. Locals commonly visit to hang out with friends, have a BBQ, and even brave the cold water with a swim. 

But the beach isn’t just for locals and if you’re looking for a nice place to hang out for a few hours then this is a great choice. There are also a couple of nice hiking trails in the area and the neighboring lake, Lake Edith, is also well worth a visit! 

Unfortunately the day we went the weather was not so great, however, on a sunny day the beach is very popular! Be sure to get there early to secure parking. It is only a short 5-minute drive from town.

10. Buy Handmade Candy and Chocolate 

A man makes candy at the Candy Bear Lair in Jasper
You won’t leave without buying way too much candy and chocolate!

Right in Jasper town is a candy store called the Candy Bear Lair and what sets it apart from most candy stores is that they make lots of the sweets right there in the shop in front of you! The store offers all sorts of candies and chocolates, and I have to admit, the caramel chocolates they make are actually to die for! 

I must warn you though, don’t visit unless you plan on buying something. Once you enter the store the smell of chocolate and candy-covered apples will have your mouth watering and I doubt you’ll be able to resist trying a few treats. 

11. Relax at Miette Hot Springs 

Such a beautiful location! Photo Credit: Travel Alberta / Roth and Ramberg

Miette Hot Springs is the hottest hot spring in the Canadian Rockies. And the best part? For less than $8 CAD you can relax in this natural mineral water.

Miette Hot Springs are located about an hour-long drive from Jasper town, which tends to deter some people from visiting. With that being said, the drive out there is gorgeous, and in comparison to the Banff Upper Hot Springs, Miette is much less busy!

Miette Hot Springs are generally open every day from May until September. You can check their website for updated times and details.

12. Visit Maligne Canyon 

Bailey standing on the second bridge at Maligne canyon in Jasper, Canada
Can you spot Bailey?

Maligne Canyon is one of the most popular attractions in Jasper – and for good reason – it’s gorgeous! This 50-meter-deep canyon features a waterfall and lush greenery.  The power of the Maligne River has created some very interesting erosion over the years and it’s really a special place to see for yourself.  

You explore the area via a walking trail crossing over the canyon on various bridges.  

The Maligne Canyon trail actually extends over 6 different bridges and the entire trail takes 2-3 hours to walk. However, the main bridge and viewpoint is very close to the parking lot and many visitors only go that far.  

In all honestly, we only made it to the second bridge but that alone was amazing and worth the stop. We spent about an hour total at Maligne Canyon although I’m sure some people spend much less time and others who hike the whole trail, spend more. You can also join a guided hiking tour that includes transport.

Maligne Canyon is also one of the Jasper attractions that are open all year round. In the summer, expect a waterfall, and in the winter, a frozen paradise – which brings me to the next activity on this list of things to do in Jasper…

13. Do the Maligne Canyon Ice Walk

A lady on the Maligne Canyon Icewalk in Jasper
This has to be the best ice walk in Canada!

This one is for the outdoor enthusiasts out there! The Maligne Canyon Ice Walk is such a unique experience and a way to connect with nature in a way you’ve likely never done before. Maligne Canyon is one of the deepest in the Rocky Mountains and in winter it’s full of frozen marvels like waterfalls, ice caves, and rock formations.

You can join this tour with an expert guide, all equipment provided, and roundtrip hotel pick-up and drop-off for $75 CAD. Alternately, you can go on your own, but need to have the right equipment. If you don’t own ice cleats or crampons, make sure to rent some – along with a helmet and some good boots – at a store in town. Otherwise, you can buy cheap crampons that’ll do the trick on Amazon in advance.

To hike the canyon on your own simply park at the parking lot and walk down Maligne Canyon until you reach the entrance to the canyon (just walk until you see it.) From there, explore the canyon following the signage.

14. Go Camping 

Bailey sits on the bench at our camsite in jasper while the fire burns
Our little home for a few nights!

Jasper National Park is one of the best places to camp in the great outdoors! Daniel and I love camping and with the expensive hotel prices in Jasper, we find it to be a great option for saving a few bucks during the summertime in Jasper National Park.

There are lots of different campsites around Jasper with the differences between them mostly being location and distance to Jasper town.  

Our personal favorite campsite near jasper is the Wapiti campsite as it is located only a 5-minute drive from Jasper town. However, if you want something a little more remote consider Wabasso or Wilcox. All of these campsites are run by Parks Canada and must be booked well in advance on their website (normally as soon as bookings open in January.) 

If you don’t manage to book one of the Parks Canada sites mentioned above, consider trying for one in Snaring that is a first-come-first-serve campsite. Alternatively, about an hour from Jasper is Willam A. Switzer Provincial Park which has loads of campsites to choose from! 

Campgrounds are usually open from May to September annually with the busiest months being July and August. Some campsites are open in the winter, but the selection is limited.

15. Go stargazing & visit the Jasper Planetarium 

The milky way as seen from the dark sky preserve in Jasper National Park
The Milky Way over Jasper National Park.

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada declared Jasper National Park a “Dark Sky Preserve” in 2011, meaning that there is little to no light pollution around making it perfect for stargazing! Jasper is one of only 17 Dark Sky Preserves in all of Canada!

So, while you’re visiting Jasper be sure to take some time to look up at the stars on a clear night! There are a few stargazing apps you can download that will help you identify constellations and planets, or, you can actually visit the Jasper Planetarium and join a staring tour to really learn and experience more! 

There are a couple of different experiences you can choose from at the Jasper Planetarium. The shortest tour involves enjoying a show in a dome theatre with astrology experts. This experience costs $29 CAD and lasts for 40 minutes.

If you’re more interested in looking at stars through a telescope, then you can join the Telescope Experience. You’ll get to see stars and planets through a huge telescope with a guide for 45 minutes. It costs $40 CAD per person.

Or, if you’re really keen, combine the above two experiences for a discounted rate of $65 CAD. You can learn about all of the tours at the Jasper planetarium on their website here.

There is also an annual dark-sky festival held in Jasper in October every year! 

16. Burgers & craft beer at Jasper Brewing Company

Te chicken burger at Jasper Brewing Co.
The chicken burger is our favorite!

You can’t come to Jasper and skip visiting the Jasper Brewing Company. First of all, they serve their amazing craft beer right on tap. Daniel and I love their Trail Sessions IPA!  

Second, they have tasty food. The portions are huge and the prices are good too. The fried chicken burger is so good we get it every time we are in Jasper.  

Jasper Brewing has both indoor seating and an outdoor patio. They are open daily from 12 pm to late and offer a late-night happy hour after 9 pm. Expect to pay about $8.50 CAD for a pint of beer and about $17 for a meal such as a burger.  You’ll see the brewery in Jasper town right on Connaught Drive, you can’t miss it as it’s always buzzing with people. 

17. Hike the Valley of the 5 Lakes

One of the lakes along the Valley of the Five Lakes Trail in Jasper
Just one of the five lakes along the Valley of the Five Lakes trail.

As one of the easiest and most beautiful hikes in Jasper, it should come as no surprise that hiking the Valley of the 5 Lakes trail is one of the best outdoor activities in Jasper. This hiking trail is a fairly easy loop track that can be completed in around 2 hours. Along the way you’ll pass by, you guessed it, 5 stunning lakes. The lakes are bright green in color and with the mountains as their background, it’s so picturesque!

When we last hiked this trail there were a few families with younger children completing it too – so it’s a good family-friendly hike in Jasper. Also, you can swim in the lakes if you dare to brave the cold water.

The Valley of the 5 Lakes is a very popular hike in summer, so I recommend arriving early to secure a parking spot and enjoy the hike without crowds.

The entire trail is 4km/2.4mi long, but you don’t have to complete the whole thing. Instead, you can always walk the short track to the first lake and then turn back after that. 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!

18. Drive the Icefields Parkway 

DSC_4003-EditA view of the road on the Icefields Parckway during Fall as a bird flies high above the road
Just one of the views you’re going to get on the Icefields Parkway

Rated as one of the top 10 most scenic drives in the world by National Geographic, the Icefields Parkway is a 230-kilometer-long stretch of highway that connects Jasper and Lake Louise. Along this drive, you’ll be met with towering mountains, tons of waterfalls, and even the Columbia Icefield! 

Although the drive really should only take around 3 hours (one way from Jasper to Lake Louise), I would give yourself an entire day in order to stop as much as you’d like! Alternatively you can join one of these Icefields Parkway tours to see the highlights along this stretch of road.

Be sure to get gas before you leave Jasper because there is only one very overpriced gas station along the drive. Also, bring some snacks and water as the facilities are very limited. In the winter, your car must be equipped with winter tires. Read our complete guide to driving from Jasper to Banff for all the details you should know before you go!

Read more: If you’re heading to Banff, be sure to check out our blog on the best things to do in Banff as well as our guide to planning a romantic holiday or epic honeymoon in Banff.

19. See Athabasca Glacier 

Bailey takes a photo with the glacier car on the Athabasca Glacier
The glacier tour is a cool experience but it’s cold!

About a 1.5-hour drive along the Icefields Parkway from Jasper is the amazing Athabasca Glacier! This huge chunk of ice is only a small fraction of the glaciers that make up the Columbia Icefield (Canada’s largest!)  

There are a few different ways you can explore the Athabasca Glacier with the most popular being a tour where you actually drive up onto the glacier in a specialized vehicle. Then, you’ll have the chance to actually walk on the ice. Although very touristy, Daniel and I did this last year and had a really great time. This is one of the most popular tours in the Rockies and it’s only available during the summer months. Be sure to book the tour in advance to avoid missing out – it is super popular and walk-in bookings are not always available.

If you’re into hiking, then consider booking this half-day glacier hiking tour. On this tour, you’ll actually spend a couple of hours hiking on the glacier with an expert guide. You are only allowed to walk on the glacier with a guide, so booking a tour is what most people decide to do.

If you prefer not to do a tour or are visiting Jasper in the winter (when the tours aren’t operating), you can hike up to the edge of the glacier on your own. The hike is only a couple of hundred meters long and along the way you will see signs posted about how big the glacier used to be and you can see how much it has receded in recent times.  

Hot tip: The Skywalk is also located just down the road from the Athabasca Glacier and this is another really neat experience where you walk out onto a glass-floored platform suspended nearly 300 meters in the air! Booking the Ice Explorer with the Skywalk online in advance will get you the best deal!

20. Experience the Skywalk

The Skywalk at the Athabasca Glacier showing the platform and the mountains in the background
It’s pretty scary walking on the platform!

Just down the road from the Athabasca Glacier and the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center is the Skywalk. The Skywalk is pretty hard to miss considering it is a massive man-made structure that hangs off the edge of a mountain almost like a weightless bridge. In fact, this glass-floored structure is believed to be so strong that it would hold the weight of a 747 airplane!

If you’re afraid of heights you will find it very nerve-wracking walking along the glass floor. I’m not afraid of heights, and even I was a little fearful. But the views are well worth it, I promise!

To visit the Skywalk you must go to the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre. From here you will be taken via bus to the SkyWalk because there is no parking available there. You’ll be provided with headphones for the informative audio tour. There’s no time limit, but I recommend allowing 45 minutes, and when you’re done the bus will take you back to the Discovery Center so that you can continue on your drive to Jasper. You should book the Skywalk in advance to avoid missing out – it is super popular!

You can book a combined ticket to do both Skywalk and Athabasca Glacier tour in advance online here. I strongly recommend booking in advance. The last time we visited we made the mistake of just booking when we arrived, and we had to wait a few hours until they could get us on a tour! It was a huge waste of time, so don’t make the same mistake as us!

21. Visit Sunwapta Falls 

Sunwapta Falls on the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National park
Sunwapta Falls on the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National park

Sunwapta Falls is a stunning waterfall located only 40 minutes from Jasper town in Jasper National Park. It is only a short walk from the parking lot to the falls and there are a couple of trails to explore surrounding the falls.  

Although only a quick attraction, you could turn this into a longer experience by staying overnight at the Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge. It’s a really highly rated and comfortable wilderness stay away from the hustle and bustle of town.  

Sunwapta Falls is also a great place to visit all year round in Jasper, just be sure to have winter tires if you plan on driving there in the winter.  

22. Visit Athabasca Falls 

Athabasca Falls in Jasper National Park
Athabasca Falls in Jasper National Park

If you’re going to visit only one waterfall in Jasper, then make it Athabasca Falls! To me, Athabasca Falls is actually more impressive than Sunwapta and well-worth checking out.  

This waterfall is large and super powerful! You’re sure to be impressed once you see it for yourself! 

You can easily reach Athabasca falls with a short 30 minute-long drive from Jasper. The falls are also open all year round and many tourists rate it as one of the best things to do in Jasper National Park! The walk to the falls is very short and suitable for all fitness levels.

23. Eat Jerk Chicken 

Bailey tucking into her jerk chicken sandwich from the Spice joint in Jasper town
Someone’s excited!

I know what you’re thinking – jerk chicken in the mountains?! This is one of those “local secrets” I was talking about at the beginning of this blog and it’s a place you cannot miss if you want a great lunch.  

The Spice Joint is a small café located in the heart of Jasper town. They specialize in Jamaican food and you guessed it, jerk chicken! Daniel and I were recommended this place by some friends and ever since trying it we have been back every time we visit (or even drive-thru) Jasper.

Our personal favorites are the crab grilled cheese and the jerk chicken grilled cheese. However, they also serve lots of sandwiches, wraps, salad, and more! 

The Spice Joint is open every day except for Wednesdays from 11 am until 5 pm, except on Fridays and Saturdays when they close at 7 pm. Expect to pay about $15 CAD for a dish.  

24. Enjoy the Jasper Pizza Place rooftop patio 

Views from the jasper Pizza Place
Views from the Jasper Pizza Place

Jasper Pizza Place has the best patio in town, and that’s because it is a rooftop patio! From their roof, you’ll have views of all of the surrounding mountains. At sunset, it is the perfect place to enjoy a drink, some really tasty pizza, and of course the sunset patio view! 

Jasper Pizza Place is located right in Jasper town on Connaught Street and it is open daily from 11 am to 11 pm. Expect to pay about $5-8 CAD for a drink and around $20 for a large pizza.  

They have 24 different pizzas on offer separated into two categories, deep dish and wood-fired. Their deep dish is the way to go if you’re feeling hungry, and my favorite is the Hidden Valley. This pizza comes with garlic, artichokes, goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto sauce.

As for drinks, be sure to try some of the local craft beer from Jasper Brewing Co. Or, if you’re a cocktail lover, try some of their signature drinks, such as the Spirit Island Ice Tea or Mexican Mule. With those mountain views, the cocktails are even more enjoyable!

Trust me, the view combined with the delicious food makes this one of those “must-visit” restaurants in Jasper

25. Go mountain biking

three people cycling along a remote road in Jasper National Park
Such a beautiful place!

One of the best things to do in Jasper in the summer is bike riding! With tons of trails to explore you can definitely cover more ground on a bike than on foot.  

There are some flatter trails suitable for a nice ride, or if you’re into it, there are some great downhill mountain biking trails too. Some of the most popular mountain biking trails in Jasper include:

  • North Boundary/Snake Indian Falls – Although a green (easy) trail it does have some steep climbs. The trail is 26km/16.2mi. It starts at a parking lot about a 15-minute drive from Jasper.
  • Celestine Lake Trail – This trail is short at under 2km long, however it is considered more technical with some section being pretty muddy. It starts from the same parking lot as Snake Indian Falls.
  • Lake Edith Shoreline Loop – This is a nice flat, family-friendly trail located at Lake Edith just on the outskirts of Jasper town. It is 4.4km long, and if you want you can stop along the way and go for a swim since it follows the shoreline the entire way!

The truth is that Jasper has tons of bike trails, too many to list here, so you can download bicycle guides online here.

If you’re not an experienced mountain biker, consider this private guided mountain bike tour. With a guide, you’ll cycle the Jasper Discovery Trail for about 1.5 hours. Your expert guide will also help you fine-tune your skills with tips and tricks for mountain biking.

You can rent bicycles from various shops right in Jasper including The Bench Bike Shop, Source for Sports, and Vicious Cycle. Expect to pay about $15/hr for an hour rental and about $40 for a whole day.

Of course, in the winter mountain biking looks a little different and you’ll have to select fat biking trails instead.

26. Watch a Movie at the Historic Chaba Theatre 

The outside of the Chaba Theater in jasper
The outside of the Chaba Theater in Jasper. The showtimes are displayed here daily.

Right in the heart of Jasper sits an old-school movie theatre that has been around for almost 100 years!  

I know that most people visit Jasper for its range of amazing things to do outdoors, but if you do get stuck with some terrible weather or just need a rest one evening after a day of exploring, then the Chaba Theatre could be your best bet! 

The movies and times of showing change daily, so be sure to check their Facebook page for the latest schedule, or, just drop by the theatre itself at 604 Connaught Drive.  

27. Conquer the Skyline Trail

mountain view from the Sulphur Skyline Trail
Just look at that view!

The Skyline Trail is the most popular multi-day hike around Jasper. Stretching over 44 kilometers (27 miles) this difficult hike takes most people 2-4 days with spending the night in backcountry campsites.

The trail gets in name from the fact that the majority of it is above the tree line offering amazing views to those who are willing to tackle the challenge! If you hike this trail, you’ll get to enjoy 360-degree views most of the way.

Some people do choose o hike the entire trail in one day but be warned, this is a difficult trail that will take most people around 10-12 hours. Also, it is a point-to-point trail meaning you’ll need to have transport organized at the place where you’ll complete the trail.

The majority of hikers complete the trail in about 3 days. You must book campsites in advance as they fully book months in advance.

It can be pretty windy above the treeline so be prepared, also, on a hot summers’ day be sure to pack enough water and sunscreen as there’s no shade above the treeline. Bug repellent is a must for the campsites, and of course, be sure you’re prepared with bear spray.

Start the trail on the Southern End near Maligne Lake and end at Maligne Canyon, this way you have less of an uphill climb. Also, the final 8.5 km of the trail is along a gravel road which is nice and easy. Worth noting is there are several stream crossings on this trail so wear appropriate footwear.

Important to note – park your car at the North Skyline / Signal Mountain Trailhead which will be where you finish your hike. There’s a shuttle service that will collect you from here and take you to Maligne Lake where you can begin your hike, your car will then be waiting at the finish point when you’re done.

28. Eat a Beaver Tail 

Bailey about to tuk into a beaver tail!
Don’t they look yum!

If you’ve never heard of eating a “Beaver Tail” before you’re probably wondering why the heck I would suggest such a weird thing! Well, in the Canadian Rockies a Beaver Tail isn’t exactly what you’d expect.  

It isn’t made from beaver at all, and is actually a sweet donut-like treat! It’s a flatter pastry that is deep-fried and comes out in the shape of – you guessed it – a beaver tail! Then on top, you’ll get to choose between lots of different toppings with the most popular being peanut butter, Nutella, chocolate spread, candies, ice cream, caramel – truly anything you can think of! 

In Jasper there is a place called “Beaver Tails” and here you can go and try one for yourself. Expect to pay about $7-10 CAD for one Beaver Tail but they are quite large and sweet so two people could easily share one.  

Note: There are Beaver Tail restaurants also in Banff and Canmore, so if you miss out in Jasper you can always try it at one of their other locations too! 

29. Spot Wildlife or Join a Wildlife Tour 

A grizzly beary in Jasper National Park east some grass
It’s pretty cool to see bears in the wild!

Canadian wildlife is the best! I mean, who doesn’t want to see a grizzly in the wild?! Or, how about a moose, beaver, caribou, or even coyote! Sure, some of these animals sound scary, but from the comfort of a vehicle or on a guided tour you’re sure to feel a lot safer around them.  

Daniel and I have spotted tons of wildlife around Jasper simply just by driving around and keeping our eyes peeled. You can often spot wildlife along the Icefields Parkway or even just on the outskirts of Jasper town as you drive toward Hinton (another beautiful stretch of road!) 

However, if you want the best chance of seeing wildlife around Jasper then going on a guided wildlife tour is a great idea! This specific tour is an evening wildlife tour that is very reasonably priced at $75 CAD. Although wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed, their guides are experts and almost all tours see wildlife!

30. Spoil yourself at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge 

Cabins at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Cabins at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

This is one of the things to do in Jasper that is best suited for luxury travelers or those who aren’t too concerned about their budget. The reason is that the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is Jasper’s most luxurious resort sitting on a 700-acre property just outside of Jasper town.

If you can, I highly recommend booking a night or two at the Fairmont – it is, after all, one of the best hotels in all of Jasper. Not only will you enjoy a beautiful cabin, but you take advantage of all of the onsite amenities and events. At the Fairmont, you’ll find a beautiful outdoor pool, on-site luxury spa, salon, golf course, restaurant, as well as a cafe. In the winter, you can skate on the lake and in the summer you can canoe. Go hiking as well as cross-country skiing right on the property!

 For those on a honeymoon in Jasper, this is the most romantic place to stay and well worth the splurge! 

31. Visit Jasper’s Historic Train Station 

bailey takes a photo with the old train in Jasper

When you first arrive in Jasper, one of the first things you’ll probably notice is the large train right next to the main road. Just behind this train is actually a historic train station which is still used today!

The train station was built in 1925. Back then, Jasper was a main hub simply due to the train passing through.

Today, the station is still used for people traveling by train. But if you’re not traveling by train, then you can still stop by and check out the building and read a little bit about its history on the information boards. Oh, and don’t forget to get your picture taken with the iconic Jasper train!

32. Go horseback riding

lady on horse up above Jasper looking down onto a river and snow-covered mountain peaks
Those views though! Photo Credit: Jasper Riding Stables

Don’t feel like hiking but want to get out in nature surrounded by mountains? Well, a horseback riding tour in Jasper is the perfect way to do this. Guided on a horse, there is no walking required and you can take in some of Jasper’s most magnificent vistas.

Jasper Riding Stables offers 1,2, and 3 -hour rides ranging in price from $63-165 CAD. They have stables both at Pyramid Lake and Jasper Park Lodge. This company has rave reviews and really takes care of their horses.

Horseback riding tours typically begin operation each year in May and end in October (weather dependent.) If you’re visiting Jasper outside of these months, consider going on a horse-drawn sleigh ride instead.

Jasper Park Stables is located at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge as well as at Pyramid Lake. You must book your tour in advance to avoid missing out as numbers are limited.

33. Go shopping downtown on Connaught Street 

Shopping for gifts in Jasper
It’s easy to go overboard!

Connaught Street is Jasper’s most busy street, and chances are it is the first place you’ll visit when you arrive in Jasper town. Along this straight stretch of road, you’ll find most of the restaurants I’ve mentioned above, along with tons of little shops! 

From unique sports shops to those filled with funny souvenirs, there is a ton of shopping to be done! If you need to pick up a gift for anyone back home or even yourself, this is the place to do it! 

34. Eat Grandma’s Ice Cream

A lady east her ice cream outside of Grandma's Ice cream in jasper
It took a while to choose from 50 flavors!

When the summer sun is out it can be very hot in Jasper town, and the perfect way to cool off is with ice cream! My personal favorite ice cream shop in Jasper is a cute little place located on Connaught Drive called Grandma’s (you can’t miss it as the building is bright pink!)

They have over 50 flavors to choose from as well as specialty milkshakes and sundaes on offer. It’s the perfect way to treat yourself after a long hike.

35. Hike to the viewpoint of Edith Cavell

A man stands below Edith Cavell Mountain looking at the glacier
This photo does not even do the place justice!

Only a short drive from Jasper town takes you to one of the most breathtaking places you can visit in Canada. Edith Cavell Mountain stands tall above a small parking lot and from the parking lot, you can head off and explore a huge valley spotting avalanches as well as a glacier.

I myself only found Edith Cavell recently and I am shocked that it’s not written about more. The trail from the parking lot is called the Path of the Glacier Trail and it’s a 1.6-kilometer (1-mile)return paved trail to a viewpoint of the glacier. This part of the trail is easily accessible, however, for those who want to take a closer look you’ll need to scramble over rocks. Be careful though, the area is prone to rockslides!

If you want to stretch your legs some more you can also hike the Cavell Meadows trail which is 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) return and takes around 3,5 hours.

A visit to Edith Cavell really should be number one on this list and it’s one activity in Jasper I recommend everyone do!

Important info: To reach Edith Cavell head 7 km south of Jasper on Highway 93 and turn right onto Highway 93A. Then, after 5.4 km turn right onto Cavell Road. The 14-km road is narrow and has tight switchbacks that are unsuitable for trailers and large motorhomes. Trailers can be dropped at the entrance to Cavell Road in a designated area.

36. Visit Mount Robson Provincial Park

Emperor Falls in Mt Robson Provincial Park
Emperor Falls is one bucket list place to visit and it’s so close to Jasper!

If you are ready for the most EPIC views in the world, you need to visit Mount Robson Provincial Park. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located about 90km/56mi away from Jasper.

The drive is approximately one hour long through the most stunning mountain scenery. Make sure you have your camera because you’ll definitely want to get a good picture of Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Canadian Rocky Mountains – over 3,900 meters tall!

Once in the park, there are a lot of fun ways to spend the day. Of course, hiking the Berg Lake Trail is the most popular. This epic 44-kilometer (27-mile) out-and-back trail takes around most people a couple of days to complete and visits the famous Berg Lake (photo below) as well as other stunning places such as Emperor Falls and the Valley of a Thousand Waterfalls. Bookings for camping on the trail need to be made well in advance.

If you can’t get bookings then you can still hike parts of the trail such as to Kinney Lake or even White Falls. Another option is to use a helicopter to drop you at the end of the trail and hike back in one day. I myself did this and loved it. Although a long day, you get to see all the highlights without needing to secure campsite bookings.

2023 Update: Berg Lake Trail is currently closed due to flooding that damaged the trail in 2021. A portion of the trail to the Kinney Lake Campground will reopen in 2023. Check for updates here before you go!

Hot Tip: For an off-the-beaten-path destination, continue past Mt Robson to the cute town of Valemount. There are lots of fun things to do in Valemount and it is even closer to Mt Robson than Jasper!

37. Ride in a helicopter

A helicopter ride above Mt Robson Provincial Park
Flying high above Mt Robson and Berg Lake!

Hiking, biking, road tripping – all great ways to see the scenic Rocky Mountains around Jasper. But nothing will beat seeing them by helicopter!

As you can see from the photo above, I did my flight in Mt Robson Provincial Park to Berg Lake and hiked back. I certainly recommend this option, however, this exact flight route with the option to hike is no longer offered but there are similar helicopter tours in the Rockies and even more that are offered in Jasper.

This particular tour takes you high up above the mountains for the most memorable experience and scenic aerial views of the mountains. The flight begins at Cline River Heliport and you can choose a 20, 30, or 55-minute tour up over the Rockies. Your expert guide will point out landmarks such as Purple Mountain, Abraham Lake, and Cline Pass (all dependent on the length of your tour). The cost for this tour starts at $230 CAD – worth a splurge for this once-in-a-lifetime activity!

38. Try out snowshoeing

Snow shoewing in Canada
Without snowshoes, some trails are almost impossible to hike!

There is no end to the amazing snowshoeing trails in and around Jasper. You can easily rent snowshoes in town for less than $30/day. From town, head out to an easy winter hike like the Valley of the Five Lakes, which is located a quick 15-minute drive from town.

This trail is popular, and for good reason! It’s a 5km loop with just 160 meters of elevation gain, making it fairly easy for most hikers.

Another popular place to snowshoe is Maligne Lake. From the parking lot, head out over the lake for a quiet walk. Be warned though, the road to Maligne Lake isn’t well maintained over the winter. If you want more trail recommendations ask the rental place, they know them all!

You can rent snowshoes at Jasper Source for Sports for $15/day!

39. Join a food tour!

Elk Steak at Syrahs of jasper
The elk steak is amazing!

Jasper may not have an international reputation for great cuisine, but it should! This 3-hour food tour will take you through historic Jasper to visit four incredible restaurants.

At each stop you’ll try some delicious, local food that is paired with a boozy drink (sorry, no kids on this one!) You’ll also hear some of the wild and mysterious stories about Jasper’s colorful and fun history. It’s a great way to spend a few hours, make new friends, and explore Jasper!

The cost is $134 CAD and includes an expert guide and all food and drinks.

Related Read: One of the best places to do a food tour is in Vancouver, BC!

40. Go canoeing

canoeing on Maligne Lake Jasper
The gorgeous Maligne Lake!

Canoeing is such a fun summer activity and Jasper is one of the best places to go! There are a lot of different lakes in the area that are perfect for exploring by canoe. Maligne Lake is about 45km away from Jasper and offers 2-person canoe rentals for about $200 CAD/day.

If you aren’t confident to canoe by yourself, you can join a guided tour such as this one at Pyramid Lake, located in Jasper National Park. The tour costs $155 CAD and includes hotel pick-up, all equipment, a local guide, and some baked goods and beverages for a treat! The tour is about three hours long and will take you around the stunning, calm waters of Pyramid Lake. You’ll love this relaxing and peaceful excursion!

41. SUP!

three women doing a SUP class on a green lake with mountains in the background in Jasper National Park
SUP is becoming a super popular activity in Jasper! Photo Credit: Translucid Adventures

If paddling in a canoe isn’t challenging enough for you, why not try stand-up paddleboarding, also known as SUP.

In Jasper, the calm lakes make for the perfect place to test your balance and skills on a SUP. You’ll have extra motivation not to fall in because, trust me, the water is really cold!

Some of the best places to go stand-up paddleboarding in Jasper include Lake Edith, Lake Annette, Pyramid Lake, Patricia Lake, the lake at Jasper Park Lodge, Talbot Lake, Leech Lake, Maligne Lake, as well as Medicine Lake. For the calmest water, head Lake Edith or Lake Annette. For the most challenging, head to Maligne Lake. All of the others are rated as “intermediate” by Parks Canada.

If you don’t have your own SUP, you can rent them at The Boathouse at the Jasper Park Lodge and book online in advance. Or, go on a guided SUP tour/lesson such as this one with Translucid Adventures where they will teach you some skills on Lake Edith.

42. Go rock climbing

A man rock climbs in Canada

You might be getting the hint that visiting Jasper is a great place to try some new outdoor activities, and rock climbing is no different! If you are an experienced rock climber then all you have to do is choose one of the many great areas to climb around Jasper. And if you’re new to the sport, then a guided tour is the best option.

This tour will teach you the ropes (pun intended) and teach you to rock climb like a pro. The tour will provide all the necessary equipment, teach you about safety and technique, and give you a thrilling experience you won’t soon forget! The cost Is about $130 CAD and is suited to all ages and skill levels.

You will rock climb along the shoreline of the Athabasca River, so not only is it a fun activity, but it’s another great way to immerse yourself in the beautiful surrounding nature.

43. Dog sledding

Dog sledding in Canada

When in Jasper, you absolutely must add this to your to-do list. Dog sledding might just be Canada’s oldest form of transportation, and probably the most fun too!

There are a number of tour options that will allow you to make friends with these beautiful dogs. You can even learn to drive your own team of 6-8 dogs, or just go along for the ride bundled up in a cozy blanket! Prices start at $199 CAD for this memorable experience.   

Note: There are two different companies that operate dog sledding tours. They both start about an hour drive from Jasper. Choose from Sundog Tours or Cold Fire Creek Dogsledding.

44. Golfing

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course

Whether you are an avid golfer or a first-timer, you will love spending a day at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course. It has won a ton of awards, including Canada’s #1 Golf Resort Course! Each of the 18 holes provides a new challenge and a beautiful view of the surrounding area.

The golf course is open from the end of May to the beginning of October. Rates range from $169-$249 depending on the time of year you visit.

Once you’re done golfing, make sure to visit the on-site restaurant for a meal and something to eat. Thompson’s Terrace has a large outdoor patio, so you can enjoy the scenery while re-fueling!

45. Go wild ice skating

A lady ice skates on a frozen lake
Ready to hit the ice?

Ice skating on a frozen lake is an epic winter experience in Jasper! There are a couple of groomed lakes around Jasper including Pyramid Lake and Lake Mildred. Lake Mildred is the closest to Jasper town at the Fairmont Park Lodge. Here, you’ll find a 1-km oval as well as hockey rinks.

You can rent skates at both Mildred and Pyramid Lakes too in case you didn’t bring your own.

If you’re up for an adventure, drive to Abraham Lake (2.5 hours away) and skate on the ice bubbles. Although a bit far, the ice bubbles are so cool and the ice on Abraham lake is so smooth thanks to the strong winds that frequently blow in the area.

46. Dine at Fiddle River Restaurant

Seafood at Fiddle River Restaurant in Jasper, Alberta
The best seafood in Jasper is found here! Photo credit: Fiddle River Restaurant

So far in this blog I’ve already mentioned a few awesome places to eat in Jasper. But I have yet to tell you about a fine-dining experience that is definitely worthwhile.

Fiddle River Restaurant in Jasper town is easily one of the top-rated restaurants around. Opened in 1993, Fiddle River Restaurant started with a mission of being the top choice for seafood in Jasper. Since then, they have expanded to include tons of variety.

Expect to be tempted by Canadian-to-the-core appetizers like Earl Grey Candied Salmon or Bison Meatballs & Fried Bannock and mains like Filo Yukon Arctic Char and Alberta Elk Stroganoff. Seafood lovers can indulge in dishes like Salt Spring Island Mussels and Pacific Rim Ceviche, all of which round out the fresh and local theme perfectly. 

This second-floor restaurant also boasts the best restaurant mountain views. Enjoy a cocktail with a view here paired with a delicious meal. It’s the perfect place for couples to enjoy a romantic dinner in Jasper.

47. Try ice climbing

person climbing a frozen waterfall with two people watching from the bottom and feeding a rope in Jasper National Park
Climbing a frozen waterfall is a unique experience you can do in Jasper.

One of the most extreme things you can do in Jasper is ice climbing. Just imagine, using crampons (spikes) and axes to climb up a frozen waterfall – such an adrenaline rush and so very cool!

If this sounds like fun to you then you’re in luck because you can book this ice climbing experience right in Jasper! This tour is 6-hours long and includes all of your equipment as well as an expert guide. You’ll learn basic skills before heading to climb a frozen waterfall.

This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many and one I’m sure you won’t forget if you happen to visit Jasper in the colder months (typically December to March.)

48. Try and spot a moose at Moose Lake

Views of Moose Lake from the Moose Lake Loop!
Views of Moose Lake from the Moose Lake Loop!

I don’t know about you, but seeing a moose in the wild (from a distance) has always been a bucket list thing for me. If you also want a chance to see a moose then you should hike the short trail to Moose Lake.

This trail starts at Maligne Lake and is a short 2.6-kilometer loop trail that takes you past the small Moose Lake. The lake got its name because moose once frequented the area. Apparently, now it isn’t as common but if you get there first thing in the morning then you might get lucky.

Regardless, Moose Lake Loop is a nice easy hike and one of the best activities at Maligne Lake.

49. Drive out to Folding Mountain Brewery and Taproom

A lady drinks a bear at Folding Mountain Brewery and Taproom
Cheers to great craft beer!

Whether you are looking for a post-hike drink just in search of a good beer, Folding Mountain Brewing is a must-visit when you are in the area. It is about a 40-minute drive from Jasper, but you won’t mind at all because of the scenic views of lakes and mountains along the way.

Folding Mountain has both a taproom and kitchen, so you can enjoy a ton of locally-inspired beer and food. Some highlights are the Folding Mountain Lager and the Alpine Cranberry Sour!

If you’re planning to drink a few beers, the Overlander Mountain Lodge is located right on-site and is a great little place to spend a night nestled in the mountains! Folding Brewing is also a good place to stay if you’re heading to Edmonton, as it’s just along Highway 16. 

Related Read: Heading to Edmonton? Read about all of the best things to do in West Edmonton Mall and around the city. Even in the winter in Edmonton there’s lots to see and do (trust me, I lived there for over 15 years!)

50. Hike Bald Hills

Views of Maligne Lake on the Bald Hills Trail
Views of Maligne Lake on the Bald Hills Trail

If you want to enjoy one of the best views of Maligne Lake then Bald Hills Trail is a must. This 10-kilometer/6.2-mile return trail takes you high above the valley only to stare down at Maligne Lake and the mountains around you.

The trail is very popular and is considered one of the best in the area. Although the trail follows the old fire road which isn’t that scenic, there is a short cut, although much steeper, is much more spectacular.

To find the shortcut keep an eye out around 2 kilometers in for a sign. This indicates the hiking route. In wet weather or when hiking with children, it would be best to take the old fire road for safety reasons.

There are options to continue hiking further, but Bailey and I were satisfied with the views without hiking on. Although reasonably short, I’d allow 4 to 5 hours depending on your fitness level to complete the trail. 

Where to Stay in Jasper, Canada

The spa at the Whistler Inn in jasper
What a view! This photo is taken from the gorgeous Whistlers Inn.

When compared to Banff (and the dozens of hotels in Banff), there actually aren’t that many to choose from in Jasper. That’s right, accommodation in Jasper is limited, and therefore it’s important to book your stay as far in advance as possible!

Here, I’ve handpicked some of my personal favorite hotels in Jasper suitable for any type of traveler with any type of budget!

Jasper Downtown Hostel (Budget Backpackers)

Jasper Downtown Hostel is the best place to stay for those on a tight budget. The central location, shared facilities, and friendly atmosphere makes it a great place to stay. They offer budget dorm beds as well as affordable private rooms.

You can book Jasper Downtown Hostel on either or Hostelworld.

Patricia Lake Bungalows (Moderate Budget)

Patricia Lake Bungalows are a great place to stay if you want a comfortable stay for a reasonable price. There are some standard rooms as well as some units with kitchenettes. There is a hot tub on-site as well as a playground for children and the location is close to town, but far enough that it is quiet and relaxing.

You can check prices and book Patricia Lake Bungalows on

Whistlers Inn (Moderate to High Budget)

Whistlers Inn is the perfect place to stay if you are looking for a nice escape right in town and only a short walk from popular bars, restaurants, and attractions in Jasper. They also have a rooftop hot tub (pictured above) – need I say more?

You can check prices and availability on

Pyramid Lake Resort (Luxury)

This place is beautiful, and it is set in an even more beautiful location! Pyramid Lake is the perfect place for hiking, swimming, kayaking, or even skating in the winter. Pyramid Lake Resort doesn’t cut any corners and it’s a highly rated hotel. It’s also a popular place to stay for those visiting Jasper on a honeymoon!

You can check availability and book on

For more detailed info on the best hotels and areas to stay in Jasper, read our blog!

Parks Canada Pass Quick Info

If you plan on spending time in Canada’s national parks (including Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Mount Revelstoke, Glaicer, Kootenay, and more) then you’re going to have to pay for a Parks Pass.

Single Daily Admission:

This type of pass is valid for one person for one day. It is ONLY the best value if you are traveling alone and only plan to visit a national park for one day.

  • Adult (ages 18-64) is $10.50 CAD
  • Senior (65+) is $9.00 CAD
  • Youth/Child (17 or younger) is FREE

Group Daily Admission:

If you’re traveling in a group or with family, you can buy a single-day admission for your entire vehicle (up to 7 people in one vehicle.)

  • $21.00 CAD gets your entire vehicle entry for one full day

Parks Canada Discovery Pass

The “Discovery Pass” is what Parks Canada calls their year-long (365 days from the purchase date), multi-park entry pass. This pass will give 365 days of access to all participating national parks in Canada. This includes the most popular parks like Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay, Glacier, Mount Revelstoke, and so much more.

  • Adult (age 18-64) – $72.25 CAD
  • Senior (64+) – $61.75 CAD
  • Group/Family (up to 7 people in one vehicle) – $145.25 CAD

Hot Tip: Although more expensive up front, if you plan on spending more than 7 days in different parks in Canada within a 12-month period, then the Discovery Pass is actually the better deal!

Parks Canada Passes can be bought online here or at one of the Visitor Centers or booths at the entrance to many national parks.

Renting a Car in Alberta

A car drives along the Icefields Parkway
The drive is memorizing!

If you’re arriving in Alberta via plane then I can’t recommend getting a rental car enough. Canada is a large country and traveling between cities and even just getting out to some of the best places to visit in Alberta requires transport. Although you can use public transport, on some occasions, it means your trip will not only require more time but more planning.

Renting a car will definitely make exploring all of the fun things to see and do in Alberta easier.

Car rental in Canada isn’t super cheap, but it isn’t overly expensive either, especially if you get a budget car. The cheapest car with pickup and drop-off in different locations is around $100 CAD per day. The price does vary though depending on the time of year and the type of car that you rent. For car rentals, I use the website It’s a search engine with lots of deals with good customer service. In fact, I’ve used them all over the world including in Chile, New Zealand, and Australia.

Another popular option is to rent a campervan or motorhome (only for the brave in winter.) Using Motorhome Republic you can search hundreds of deals across multiple companies to pick a great vehicle and the cheapest price. Having a motorhome is a stunning way to see Canada, and using crown land and campsites, you can often camp for free or very cheap in the most beautiful places imaginable!

Canada Travel Essentials

Bailey stands on a mountain in essential gear for the Canadian Rockies
A windproof jacket and Buff will save you in the mountains!

Before you decide to head off and explore the gorgeous mountains, lakes, towns, and cities around Canada it’s important to have the right equipment. Of course, it’s likely you’ll have most of the basics already but there are some common items people forget that I never travel without.

Crampons: In winter, crampons are super handy, but what people don’t realize is that they come in handy in summer too. In fact, up until mid-July, you can still expect icy conditions in the mountains. The pair I use is only $37 CAD and they have lasted me 3 seasons so far!

Waterproof shell: Most people will have this item but I thought I’d include it anyway since it’s so handy in Canada. The Columbia waterproof jacket is a lightweight windproof jacket that will seriously save you in many situations. The best part, though? It comes in pink!

Bear bells: These are a must, and for the price, you shouldn’t hike without them. The bear bells I use are only $9 CAD and they come with a silencer (a must) so you can easily travel with them.

Scent-proof bag (for bears): Most people think you only need to keep the smell of food away from you when you’re overnight camping. However, bears can smell the food in your bag while you’re hiking and the best way to avoid an encounter is to use a scent-proof bear bag. Basically, you put your food in the bag and the bear cannot smell it while you’re hiking. This is one item most people never have (I never hike without it) but it could save you and the bear.

Buff: I love my buff! Seriously, I go nowhere without it both in winter and summer. There are a few brands around but I always buy the original Buff (you know, the one from Survivor!) They’re a little more expensive but the material is good quality and both breathable and quick drying.

Dry bag: I have expensive camera equipment, so I always travel with a dry bag large enough to fit some of my equipment. It can be a camera, book, binoculars, or even my keys. Regardless, a dry bag gives me peace of mind! The MARCHWAY bag is really good quality, and when not in use, takes up only a small amount of room.

Binoculars: I love my binoculars! Seriously they have come in handy so many times, especially when I’m looking for wildlife. The best part is, I use a set that only costs $25 CAD and they serve my basic needs without any issues!

Travel Insurance is more important than ever right now!

If you’re traveling during these uncertain times, be sure that you have travel insurance!

SafetyWing is our go-to insurance when we are going on longer trips. They offer travel medical insurance that’s super affordable (only $42 USD per 4 weeks!) and even have coverage in case you get that dreaded c-word. The only thing to note is that the insurance must be purchased once you’ve left your home country – we typically buy it as soon as we land at the airport.  

We’ve personally used SafetyWing for many different trips, and we’ve been reimbursed for countless expenses when we’ve fallen ill. SafetyWing even covered our flights back to Canada in full when the pandemic first happened (when last-minute flights before the borders closed were super expensive!)

It’s safe to say that travel insurance has saved us thousands over the years!

Before you go…

Bailey and Daniel take a selfie after white water rafting in Jasper, Canada
Thanks for reading!

With this list of 50 fun and exciting things to do in Jasper, I’m sure you’re going to have a great time! I hope my blog has helped you plan your trip and given you some great ideas for amazing ways to enjoy Jasper National Park.

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