Jasper’s Winter Wonderland – Get Out and Play!
Winter in Jasper is magical, whatever your interest. Whether it be finding the best skiing, going dog sledding, or a romantic skate, you’ll find it here in Jasper National Park. We love snow days in Jasper! The more it snows, the bigger our smiles get. In fact, Jasper snowfall by April 1, 2012 was 560 cm and counting (no April Fool joke). Visitors and locals get out and enjoy all the Rocky Mountain activities by water, air and land. At the Mount Robson Inn, we are a Jasper hotel happy to offer recommendations to our guests on where to see wildlife, take in the best of Jasper’s dining scene or enjoy a fascinating Canyon crawl in the Canadian Rockies. We have compiled a list in alphabetical order of Jasper’s most popular winter activities.
While most species head south for the winter, such birds as the White-tailed Ptarmigan, American Dipper and Chickadee call Jasper National Park home year round. Binoculars in hand you can explore the surrounding woodland areas or hire a local guide such as Jasper Naturalist.
Climbing 500 feet per minute gets you above the peaks to take in the vast Rocky Mountain landscapes, glaciers, streams and rivers of Jasper National Park. There are a variety of helicopter tours available to the Cline and Wilson Glaciers, as well as a tour to the Columbia Icefield. Few people experience the Rockies by air and we think it is an experience that you will remember for a lifetime. Check in with Icefield Heli Tours Canada for more information. Let us book your helicopter tour – call 855.552.7737 or email us now
Ice Walks & Winter Hiking
There are few places more beautiful to hike during the Winter in Jasper (and year round) than at Maligne Canyon. One of the most spectacular gorges in the Canadian Rockies, sheer limestone walls plunge to depths of over 50 meters (165 ft.). During the winter season, try your hand at a guided Canyon Tour across the floor of the frozen canyon. Let us book your Maligne Canyon Crawl – call 855.552.7737 or email us now
Icefields Parkway Drive
The Icefields Parkway, between Jasper and Lake Louise, is without a doubt the most dramatic stretch of highway in Alberta, if not in Canada. It is amazing in the summer and completely transformed in the winter. The Icefields Parkway is 232 km in length and offers access to a vast wilderness of pristine mountain lakes, ancient glaciers and sweeping valleys. This remarkable travel route winds its way through Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. We highly recommend that you plan plenty of time to stop at the many scenic look outs, the Columbia Icefields and riverside pull outs. Check road conditions before heading out. This road is not a major highway but it is usually well maintained after a snowfall.
The Jasper Tramway is closed in the winter and reopens at the end of April until Thanksgiving weekend. Click here for rates and operating times Family vacation packages including the Jasper Tramway and hotel accommodations are available at the Mount Robson Inn.
Jasper Yellowhead Museum & Archives
Thought you knew all there was to know about Jasper? A visit to the Jasper Yellowhead Museum & Archives is an educational experience in the human history of Jasper and the Yellowhead corridor. The museum is located at 400 Bonhomme Street, Jasper National Park, Alberta Canada.
Miette Hot Springs
60kms east of the Jasper town site you’ll find the hottest natural hot spring in the Canadian Rockies – Miette Hot Springs. The Miette Hot Springs are open from May to October, closed in the winter.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Marmot Basin (www.skimarmot.com) is as unpretentious as it is pristine. Overlooking breathtaking mountain vistas, you will find the 1,675 acres, 86 runs and 3,000 vertical feet of varied terrain that make up Marmot Basin – the highest base elevation of all Canadian ski areas. There are 4 distinct areas of the mountain that are laid out in a very user friendly way for skiing and snowboarding, so going from steep alpine bowls to bumps to cruising through glades is just a chairlift or two away. The Mount Robson Inn offers Jasper hotel accommodations as well as ski shuttle. Let us package your lift tickets with accommodation – call 855.552.7737 or email us now
Cross Country Skiing
Whether you enjoy short cross-country ski loops with gentle slopes and spectacular sights, or longer challenging ski routes, Jasper is full of breath-taking cross-country skiing adventures. Take in the scenery at a variety of locations including; Whistler’s Campground, Maligne Lake, Athabasca Falls Whirlpool Valley and The Pyramid Bench. Click here for cross country ski trails. Ski rentals and guides are available at Skis Please Rental Shop in Jasper.
The chance to observe wild animals as they go about their natural lives is one of the most fascinating experiences that our mountain national parks have to offer. The Wildlife Safari Tour
with Sun Dog Tours is an excellent way to get close and learn about these animals in their natural habitat. Just walking through Jasper and even looking out your Mount Robson Inn hotel accommodation often you will see elk or deer nearby. Let us book your Winter Wildlife Safari tour – call 855.552.7737 or email us now
Ice skating is a favorite Canadian pastime. Jasper boasts three stunning outdoor natural ice skating locations; Lac Beauvert, Lake Mildred and Pyramid Lake. Ice skates can be rented in at Jasper Source for Sports. Ask at the hotel front desk for driving directions to your preferred skating location.
Covering ground in fresh snow can be challenging but not with snowshoes! Snowshoeing is rapidly increasing in popularity and is an exciting, and very practical way to explore Jasper National Park wilderness. Marshy or glade areas, like those found on the Pyramid Bench, are the best places to snowshoe. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge golf course provides a level area for beginners. There are several places to rent snowshoes in Jasper. For optimal sightseeing and safety you may want to book a Snowshoe Tour. Let us book your snowshoe tour – call 855.552.7737 or email us now
Another great source for Jasper National Park activities, guides and maps is Parks Canada and Tourism Jasper Vacation packages and specials are available at Jasper’s hotel accommodation The Mount Robson Inn. These packages and specials include hotel accommodations, area activities and sightseeing tours. Visit our specials and packages page for more information and to help plan your Jasper hotel vacation package.