Jasper National Park Travel Guide

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Jasper National Park Highlights

  • Pro
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    dinhyen says…

     Some of the grandest vistas on the planet 

  • Con
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     Dumb tourists blocking both lanes of the road to take pictures of the wildlife. 

  • In a nutshell
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     One of the natural wonders of the earth!!! 

Jasper National Park Things to Do

  • Lakes

    It is famed for the color of its water, the surrounding peaks, the three glaciers visible from the lake and Spirit Island, one of the most photographed locations in the world. Boat tours run to Spirit Island in the spring to autumn season. The 44 km Skyline Trail, Jasper's most popular, highest and above treeline, multi-day hike, begins at Maligne...

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  • Canyons/Waterfalls

    Visit Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park in the summer and you'll see a raging torrent of a river thrashing its way down the deepest canyon in the Canadian Rockies. A must do for any hiker visiting Jasper for the first time. But as thrilling as it is in summer, the canyon should also be visited in the off-season and not just to avoid hoards of...

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  • Athabasca Falls

    The Athabasca Falls are breathtaking in both the summer and early spring. In the summer you can see the rainbow in the spray of the water as it courses through the gorge. In the early spring the ice almost looks blue. There are paved paths for you to walk around. It's not exactly stroller friendly because there are areas where there are stairs to...

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Jasper National Park Restaurants

  • Jasper Pizza Place

    This restaurant is tipped in many of the travel guides and by previous visitors on here. Unfortunately our experience was far from good however and was certainly our worst dining experience in 2 weeks travelling the Rockies. Jasper Pizza is a very busy restaurant with a somewhat boisterous atmosphere. It has a unique system in my experience...

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  • Palisades

    What is your tummy telling you? Seafood? Greek Specialties? Chicken? Pasta? Pizza? Burgers? THE PALISADES RESTAURANT has it all. Over 50 main dishes to choose from. Great atmosphere under a glass atrium with mountain views. Breakfast/Lunch from$6.00. Entrees from$7.00 up. Hans and I both had the advertised dinner special--pork chop dinner @ $8.95....

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  • Kimchi House

    I have never before posted a review on the web but thought it was my duty to warn all potential patrons of the Kimchi House that the food is AWFUL. I would hate for anyone who is not already familiar with Korean food to judge the cuisine based on what is served in this restaurant. We tried 4 dishes and all were disappointing, especially given the...

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Jasper National Park Nightlife

  • A good place to meet friends

    O'Shea's serves as a restaurant and a bar, but I have only been to it as a bar. Located inside the Athabasca Hotel, it has comfy couches and chairs to lounge on, as well as regular tables and chairs. There is sports memorabilia on the walls and even some vintage chairs from the original Montreal Forum and Maple Leaf Gardens hockey arenas. There are...

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  • Dance Club

    High-energy dancing with DJ from 11 pm; extreme drink specials Sun-Thur 8-11 pm. Live music most Wed and some wknds. Mon giveaways (ski/board grand prize); Tues hip-hop; Thur ladies night (door prizes). Sun rock n roll pub, drink specials. Sports on 10-ft TV. Opens 8 pm. Casual

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  • Sports bar

    Had a decent time here. It's a decent sized place with a bunch of long playing cardlike tables, a pool table, a couple dart boards, a couple TV's on the wall and one big screen TV in the back. Two bars. I think they had a small dance floor if I recall. (an excerpt i found)Local favourite. Homemade 'All Canadian' beef, bacon and cheese burger, fish...

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Jasper National Park Transportation

  • THE ICEFIELD PARKWAY

    One of the easiest ways to get to know the area is from the comfort of your own vehicle. The ICEFIELD PARKWAY(Highway 93) is often called the most scenic highway in the world. The 230 kilometre(143 miles) parkway got its name from the numerous glaciers that flank its westward side. The highway weaves through Jasper and Banff National Parks and...

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  • The Motor Homes are a great way to get...

    We hired a car in Calgary with good rates from Hyatt - but next time is my Son & his family come along we would consider hiring a motorhome.

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  • Go past Greenland

    We were lucky to fly on such a clear day & saw the beautiful Baffin Islands in North East Canada a very relaxing time just looking out the window at the wonderous place.

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Jasper National Park Shopping

  • Under the Clock Tower

    It's not so much of a mall as a little square underneath a big green clock that hasn't worked for a long time. Mountain Air: is a local favourite for fashion and necessities. Most locals will shop out of town in Hinton or Edmonton, but if you need a bathing suit, underwear, socks, or fashion from names like Michael Kors, Guess, Esprit, Spanner,...

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  • Sweet treats and cute bears

    Candy Bear's Lair is the perfect combination of delicious sweets and cute teddy bears. Even if you are not a sweet tooth, you will find something here that meets your fancy. A few treats they offer candy apples, fudge, different flavors of popcorn, and their own chocolatey treats with their own unique names. My personal favorite is called a...

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  • Many Stores make good shopping in...

    Many stores in downtown Jasper and a variety of gifts an momentos of Jasper and Alberta and Canada and of jasper National Park.

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Jasper National Park Local Customs

  • Dress Code

    There appears to be no dress code. We had packed a set of nice clothes to wear to a very nice restaurant. Funny thing is we felt a little over dressed even at the nice restaurant. The dress is casual here, and that applies to the waiters and waitresses too...almost college like attire these days. The same was true when we went to Banff/Canmore....

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  • Ice cream at any time of the year?

    We went in the fall. Being from the south we were actually quite cold on occasion depending on the time of the day and if the sun was out. One chilly evening while walking about town we stopped dead in our tracks as we encountered two locals lounging on a bench eating ice cream cones. It was cold enough that you could see your breath, yet here they...

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  • Be Prepared to Wait

    If you visit a popular beauty spot, most are very popular with lots of people taking pictures, have a wee break & sit down on the bench, relax & wait a while. The crowds will thin out, as most are bus parties on a timetable, then you can capture some perfect shots.

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Jasper National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch Out for Wild Animals!

    Yes they may be cute - you may feel the desire to take pictures of them - you may want to even pet them. Always remember that they are wild animals. The animals in the park always seem to be in their rutting time. Each animal has it's own time. Never feed the animals. A fed bear is a dead bear! Not only are they dangerous wild animals but it's...

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  • Do Not Feed The Animals!

    Yes they may be cute - you may feel the desire to take pictures of them - you may want to even pet them. Always remember that they are wild animals. The animals in the park always seem to be in their rutting time. Each animal has it's own time. Never feed the animals. A fed bear is a dead bear!Not only are they dangerous wild animals but it's...

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  • Bear Warnings

    The biggest danger to bears and other wild animals in the National Parks is tourists.I was in the parking lot at Miette Hot Springs last summer, when a couple of young Swiss tourists came up to me, perhaps because I'd just come down from a hike and was carrying all kinds of heavy-duty gear. I guiess they thought I knew what I was doing. They...

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Jasper National Park Tourist Traps

  • Fuel

    There are no gas stations between Jasper and Saskatchewan Crossing (154 km south of Jasper), so be sure you have enough fuel.We had to stop and buy some, and found it to be very expensiveIt is located on the corner of the Highway 11 turnoff, near the North Saskatchewan River.

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  • When to pass on a park attraction ...

    I'll pass on to you the information that was passed on to me before I entered the park ..... 1. If the parking lot is too small for a coach bus, a worthy place to check out2. if there is more than one coach in the lot, pass3. if the lot is full, or almost full, pas That being said, there ARE sights at the park that you will want to experience...

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Jasper National Park What to Pack

  • Cooler options

    collapsable cooler so that you can bring it back home. We bought a styrofoam one but had to leave it in the cabin as we could not bring it on the plane. dress in layersgood hiking bootsrain poncho to cover your backpack two hiking sticks to help with the steeper grades

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  • It can still get cold...

    Even if you are going to Jasper in the spring months of April and May, the temperatures can still get close to zero and you may even see snow. Make sure you bring sweaters, mitts and a scarf, just in case you need them. Always bring sunscreen and sunglasses, even if it is not the middle of summer. The UV rating tends to be higher in the...

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  • Be prepared for great changes in the...

    The weather can & does change very quickly in the mountains with temperatures plummeting. It was 5 degrees on Whistlers but quickly changed when the clouds actually moved up towards us. Rain & hail stopped us on the trail so we went for a coffee in the restaurant & waited for the rain & clouds to depart. Strong shoes - a hiking stick - layered...

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Jasper National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Mountain hiking

    If you are planning a hike, it is prudent to confirm your hike with the visitor centre in Jasper. They are good at making hike recommendations -- depending on how long, how vigorous, how open we want to be. and they will advise on variable issues. For instance when we tried one hike, we were told there was grizzly activity in the area, and they...

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  • Swim in a Glacier fed lake

    Go to Horseshoe lake it the most amazing lake ever. It is crystal clear glacier fed we have gone swimming in it before as many locals do on a hot summer day. When you get there walk to the other side of the lake through the trees it much more private on that side and you can see right to the bottom of the lake. Jump off the side of the cliff but be...

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  • Riding a Big Rig

    While in Drayton Valley, my host gave me a ride in his big-rig to see what life was like on the road! On this particular day, we picked up a load of de-mineralized water from a wood-burning power plant and delivered it many miles away to a natural gas processing facility not far from the Brazeau Lake area that we had been at the night before. It...

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Jasper National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Ice Trekking!

    Ice trekking on the Athabasca GlacierWe took this opportunity to trek on the Athabasca Glacier. I don't remember the company who we trekked with or the cost but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The trek took approximately two hours and it was nice admiring the glacier itself and the environs. We were supplied with waterproof trousers and...

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  • Moose Lake & Lake Trail

    Debra, my travelling friend, and I took a couple of short day hikes during the day we had a Maligne Lake. Maligne Tours Limited supplied us with a map of the trails available around the lake. First of all we did the "Lake Trail": The trail began at Maligne Lake Chalet and it's approximately 3.2 km return. The trail took us to the northeast shore...

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  • Horseback riding at Jasper Park Lodge

    Skyline Trail Rides stables are located at the Jasper Park Lodge and they offer a variety of guided trail rides, ranging in length from 1 h ($35) to 4 1/2 h ($100). They also offer 3-, 6- or 9-day wilderness package trips along the spectacular skyline trail (great for wildlife and alpine photography). Comfortable pants and shoes/boots.

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Jasper National Park Favorites

  • Hikes /Trails

    Athabasca Falls and the Abandoned canyon. I can never get enough of waterfalls, and this place was special. I particularly liked the abandoned canyon with the gauged out potholes in the rock. Canyons are great places to go when the weather is not sunny as the lack of sunshine doesn't ruin your photo opportunity. The Maligne Canyon. It has several...

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  • Jasper Town sites

    Located On the Main Street in Jasper , the JASPER INFORMATION CENTERshould be your first stop to get useful information about the town and surrounding parks. Run by the friendly staff of Parks Canada, they will help you find accommodation and give advice on what to do and see in the area.

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  • Park Entrance /CN National Railway

    There is an entry/service fee to Jasper National Park. The proceeds from the fee go towards maintaining facilities and infrastructure like bridges, paths, and picnic areas, as well as information centers and interpretive programs. The fees for 2007 are as follows: Family/group of 2 or more - $17.80 Adult - $8.90 Senior - $7.65 Youth - $4.45 There...

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