If you think about the Canadian landscape it’s pretty phenomenal. From oceans, lakes and rivers to the prairies, rocky mountains and the coasts, we literally have it all! Every Canadian destination is beautiful in its own way, but we gotta say, Jasper holds a special place in our hearts! It’s not every day that you can wake up with elk and deer just footsteps from your door, or pass by a mountain range that takes your breath away.
So here are 10 things to do on your next visit to Jasper:
Stay at the Tekarra Lodge
Now we’re going to start with a place to stay, because that’s just logical. Tekarra Lodge is everything you’re looking for in an accommodation in Jasper. Overlooking the Athabasca River the humble abode offers a tranquil place to rest and reconnect with nature. This rustic retreat will have you well rested for a full day of adventuring in the Canadian Rockies.
Where: Highway 93A South, Jasper, AB
This may seem obvious, but no Jasper guide would be complete without a recommendation for some kick-ass hikes. Some of our faves are:
Athabasca Falls: See one of the most powerful and spectacular waterfalls in Jasper as well as get great views along the Athabasca River. It’s 1.5km, 0.25 m and should take half an hour to an hour.
Valley of Five Lakes: An easy, enjoyable hike in Jasper that leads to five different stunning alpine lakes. It’s 5.7km, 126 m and should take about 1-2 hours.
Sulphur Skyline: A bit more of a trek but totally worth it for a soak in the natural hot spring pool afterwards. 8.2km, 666m and should take 3-5 hours.
Known for their artisanal bread, it’s the perfect place to stop for a light or hearty breakfast before your Jasper adventures, or stop in for lunch after!
Where: 608 Patricia St, Jasper, AB
Sail 14 kilometres along Maligne Lake, past towering peaks & glaciers to Spirit Island, one of the most iconic landmarks in Canada’s Rocky Mountains. The off-the-beaten path island has captured worldwide imagination, and the best way to experience it for yourself is with a 1.5 hour boat cruise of course!
When: June 4 – October 11, 2021 (weather dependent)
Where: Maligne Road Jasper, AB
Time: First tour departs at 9 am
If you’re looking for the ultimate Jasper experience, it doesn’t get any better than staying at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Nestled along Beauvert Lake, the views are stunning from your room, suite or cabin and they have five restaurants and a great pool and hot tub as well!
The best view in Jasper! The Jasper SkyTram whisks guests to 2,263 metres, which provides easy access to a boardwalk and hiking trails in the alpine zone of the Canadian Rockies.
When: June 25 – Sept 6
Where: Whistlers Road Jasper, AB
Time: Open daily 8 am-9 pm
Jasper is known for its glaciated terrain, covering over 300 square km perched on the spine of the continent – the Continental Divide. The Athabasca Glacier is an easily accessible stretch of ice flowing from this massive icefield and provides a unique 4 hour opportunity to explore an actively changing glacier. With Experience Athabasca Glacier you get the full experience and even get the chance to descend into the ice using ropes if the conditions allow!
When: June 1 – September 30
Time: 10:30 am
Where: 610 Patricia Street, Jasper AB
Explore the world’s largest astronomy park and learn about Aboriginal constellation stories, Northern Lights insights and get tips on how to photograph the Milky Way and aurora.
Where: 1 Old lodge Road Jasper, AB
Time: Open daily 7 am-11 pm
This unique adventure takes you through hills and valleys under trees and over the lakes of Jasper in a super cool vintage vehicle. In addition to just driving around, guests will also be led on a series of short walks and to a delicious light picnic breakfast, lunch or dinner. This tour takes about 1.5-2 hours.
When: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Where: Departs from 1 Old Lodge Rd, Jasper, AB
Time: Morning tour departs at 8 am
Tour the Maligne 5 Bridges and see the turquoise water in all its glory! This 3-4 hour hike will provide you with all the sights and sounds you’re looking for, and some mysterious tidbits along the way. And best of all, there’s a massive waterfall to you to oo and awe at and you get a little picnic too!
Where: 618 Connaught Drive, Jasper, AB
Well, there you have it, folks! Those are just the highlights of some of the best things to do in Jasper this summer. Travel safely and enjoy!