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Jasper National Park Wildlife

When staying at Rocky Mountain hotels in Jasper your best bet for seeing, watching and photographing wildlife is driving along Maligne Lake drive, between Jasper and Miette Hot Springs or the Icefields Parkway early in the morning or late in the evening. The slow seasons for visitors to Canadian Rockies hotels and accommodations (the fall and spring) tend to be the best times of the year to see animals, particularly bears and moose.

The following is an introduction to the wildlife that call Jasper National Park home.

Click here for more information on Jasper National Park wildlife and wildlife safety It is also suggested to read safety publications available from the Jasper Visitors Information Centre or from Parks Canada and from The Mount Robson Inn – a Canadian Rockies accommodation.

Bird Watching

Bird Watching

Over 260 species of birds have been recorded in Jasper National Park. Spring and early summer are by far the most productive seasons. The best time for birding is between an hour before sunrise to 9 or 10 in the morning. Birds are generally more abundant in the montane and wetland habitats of the lower valley than in other areas of the park.

Wildlife Activities

Wildlife Activities

Guided Nature Hiking

There are lots of great options for guided nature hiking in Jasper NationalPark. Stop by the Jasper Information Centre or ask the Front Desk for information about nature hiking in the Canadian Rockies. For even better Rocky Mountain wildlife viewing, ask for binoculars at the front desk: binoculars make hiking safer for everyone, and leave wildlife their own space. We also have suggestions for National Park guides who do excellent programs.

Wildlife Sightseeing Tours

Friends of Jasper Bird Watching Walks
This group offers free hikes and interpretive walks on Sunday mornings starting in May at 7:30 a.m.

Birdwatching Checklist for Jasper National Park
Jasper, Alberta, Canada’s, Christmas bird count is part of one of the largest collaborative, amateur scientific efforts in the world. It has been underway for over 100 years. The Bow Valley Naturalists is the local hosting organization.


Authors we recommend for books on wildlife in the Canadian Rockies include Handbook of the Canadian Rockies Ben Gadd, Valerius Geist, Charlie Russell, Kevin Van Tighem, and Sid Marty.

The Mount Robson Inn is a Rocky Mountain hotel offering year round accommodations in Jasper coupled with outdoor adventures and wildlife sightseeing activities.