There’s a reason packed parking lots are no rare sight in the Canadian Rockies all year round. From the crisp mountain air to the gorgeous views and unlimited adventures to embark on, it’s a destination for everyone. And while we do enjoy Banff, Canmore, and Kananaskis for a quick getaway from town, we’re always looking for more ways to enjoy the Rockies. That’s why Jasper is at the top of our list when we have the time to roadtrip up to the NW. 

It truly is the perfect spot to venture further off the beaten path and discover the hidden beauty of mother nature throughout the fall season. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Tourism Jasper to give you the 5 must-try activities in Jasper this season! 

Stargaze at the Jasper Dark Sky Festival 

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With skies darkening earlier but temperatures being generous enough so you can still feel your fingers & toes, this time of the year is the ideal period to plan a stellar expedition. Did you know Jasper National Park is the largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve in Canada? And for those who can’t make it during the festival, the Jasper Planetarium has you covered! The dome offers world-class astronomy shows and you even get to observe the skies through the largest telescope in the entire Rockies. 

When: Jasper Dark Sky Festival October 15 – 24, 2021

Immerse yourself in an  Indigenous fireside storytelling

Alberta is home to a rich Indigenous heritage with several First Nations, and each group has its own history, culture, and traditions. Join their knowledge keepers in a fireside gathering and listen to drumming and singing to learn the legends through the eyes of the Cree. 

When: Every Wednesday evenings 
Where: Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre Jasper

Canoe on crystalline waters 

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Grab a paddle and hop aboard a canoe to explore the Rockies from a completely new perspective.  Unobstructed views of the mountains? Check. Serenity? Check! Up close & personal view of fall foliage? CHECK! And if you’re not feeling experienced enough to paddle the waters? A certified canoe guide from Wild Current Outfitters will give you a crash course! 

Where: 611 Patricia St, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0
Cost: $45+ 

Hike fall foliage

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Autumn may be considered a ‘shoulder season’ when it comes to the mountains, but we disagree. Fall is insanely beautiful for its colours. Plus you get to dodge the peak summer crowds so really, it’s all gain. In case you’re not familiar with the trails, Jasper’s got no shortage of options for guided hikes. You’ll be in knowledgeable hands to ensure an enjoyable & safe experience. 

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Indulge in local eats 

Your stomach must be growling at this point after all the insane adventures in Jasper. No need to worry, there is a splendid culinary scene in town ready for you and your tastebuds to explore! From hearty mountain breakfasts to an elegant alpine dinner for two, you’ll find something for every mood and occasion right in Jasper.

Where: Tourism Jasper 

And if these incredible suggestions haven’t satisfied your appetite, check out Tourism Jasper’s website for more tips while planning your trip! We can’t wait to see you there.