What to do and see in Jasper, Canada: The Best Places and Tips

July 15, 2017 Vergie Nakamoto

Escape the urban bustle and make Jasper your home base for exploring Canada's extraordinary wilderness. As a mountain town, it's low-key and unpretentious with good food and drink; as a destination, it's an outdoor sports lover's playground, with hiking and golfing in summer and skiing and dog sledding in winter. If it's chilly, heat up at Miette Hot Springs in the National Park.
Restaurants in Jasper

1. Maligne Canyon

Maligne Road, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0, Canada +1 780-852-3583
Excellent
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Maligne Canyon

A scenic limestone canyon with Waterfalls and walking trails.

Reviewed By Simon B

This is a must visit place when in the Jasper Area - there's the short walk around the first of the Bridges across the canyon or the longer walk over all six.

2. Athabasca Falls

Hwy 93, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0, Canada +1 780-852-6176
Excellent
67%
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Athabasca Falls

A spectacular waterfall in Jasper National Park.

Reviewed By cgw2 - Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

Great paths around the falls- you can even experience the spray on the other side! It does get crowded at times. The path toward the lower waterway is interesting!

3. Pyramid and Patricia Lakes

Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0, Canada +1 780-852-6236
Excellent
57%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Pyramid and Patricia Lakes

Reviewed By Brenda D

Great place even in winter ,tracks cut into snow for easy walking like Lake Louise . Called into the hotel and receptionist told us about the island just a few minutes drive past the Hotel . Beautiful peaceful place ,30 minute stroll round the little island great photo spot

4. Marmot Basin Ski AreaJasper, CanadaTop 3 spots to get après ski beers in Jasper

Marmot Basin Rd | (via Highways 93 & 93A ,19 km south of Jasper), Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0, Canada +1 780-852-3816
Excellent
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4.5 based on 434 reviews

Marmot Basin Ski AreaJasper, CanadaTop 3 spots to get après ski beers in Jasper

Marmot Basin, located in Jasper National Park, Alberta provides unparalleled skiing and snowboarding for all ages and all abilities. Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Marmot Basin offers a family friendly, laid back, crowd free experience with stunning views. The nearby town of Jasper offers a friendly welcome to all with hotels, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. As well as an unforgettable snow sports experience, there are also many other activities available, including shoe-shoeing, cross-country skiing, dog sledging, winter wildlife tours, canyon walks and much, much more! Once visited, never forgotten, come see us for an authentic Rocky Mountain experience. We look forward to seeing you! Your friends at Marmot Basin.

Reviewed By Bernice H - Alberta, Canada

Have been going here for years and lift tickets are overpriced for what you get. I recommend just getting a half day lift ticket for the afternoon. Ski hill closes early like 4:30 - leaves lots of time to head to the local pool in town for a soak in the Hot Tub or enjoy a movie afterward.

5. Jasper SkyTram

Whistlers Mountain Road, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0, Canada +1 780-852-3093
Excellent
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Jasper SkyTram

A tramway system providing scenic views of the Canadian Rockies.

Reviewed By Vanessa-Turista - Caledonia, Canada

Jasper itself is worth the drive for the incredible drive, but being able to have a glimpse of the magnitude of where you are from the top is a highly recommended activity! Wether you continue the climb to the top or find a quiet rock to sit on, you will experience peace... even in the summer! The tram is safe, modern and the trip is short. I recommend booking ahead.

6. Sunwapta Falls

54 km south of Jasper, off Highway 93, Jasper National Park, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada +1 780-852-6288
Excellent
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4.5 based on 281 reviews

Sunwapta Falls

Reviewed By BenLar137 - Calgary, Canada

This is a well laid-out attraction, with good parking and a good path to the viewing area, which is just 100 metres / yards from the road. There are a variety of viewing spots, including on the bridge, so if one area is crowded, the others might not be. Not sure if or how carefully the trails are cleared in the winter, so ice grips on the shoes would be a good idea if there's any ice on the path... Of course, falls have an inherent danger if anybody goes outside the fenced areas for any reason, so keep an eye out for any young people who like to goof around...

7. Columbia Ice Field

Columbia Ice Field Highway | Highway 1, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada +1 780-852-7034
Excellent
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Columbia Ice Field

Reviewed By GintamaZ - California

After paying so much $$$ for the tour and skywalk, my personal recommendation is skip the bus tour and do the ice walk on the glacier instead.
With the bus tour, much time was spent on waiting in line, for ticket, boarding bus, another line outside to get on bus , for take bus back, we were allowed to be spent on the glacier for 15 mins. It was a rip off!
With hiking shoe, walking on the glacier is a lot more intriguing experience on glacier. Wish I had join the ice walk tour instead :(

8. Bald Hills

Maligne Lake, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Excellent
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4.5 based on 126 reviews

Bald Hills

Reviewed By Ave T - Oslo, Norway

We hiked Bald Hills loop at the beginning of July and did that classical shortcut up – fire road down way. Shortcut is much steeper, but has wonderful views and makes the hike shorter. We had the hike preplanned on ViewRanger and used that for finding the trail, but you really can’t miss the shortcut as it is clearly marked on the left side of the fire road (after a left curve).
Some facts:
Who hiked: Family with fit teenagers, 14 and 17 years old and moderately fit adults, 45 and 55 years old. We, adults, do not work out in the gym but walk 5-10 km (3-6 miles) daily, often doing longer walks during the weekends. Hubby has a pacemaker and has had four open heart surgeries (latest one five years ago), but can hike as long as he does it in his own pace.
Hike (data from ViewRanger app): 13.7 km (8.5 miles) with 755 m (2477 ft.) elevation gain. Total time used (including lunch stop at the meadows, cookie stop on the highest top of Bald Hills and lots of photo stops): 5 hours.
After reaching the meadows, we did the loop clockwise, climbing up to the top of Bald Hills from the far end of the meadows. We saw several marmots and many Columbian ground squirrels, but not many people; most of the hikers climbed up Bald Hills and did not spend time on the meadows. Hike (or, more like walk) over the meadows is definitely worth it, with all animals and wildflowers along the trail!

9. The Jasper PlanetariumJasper, Canada7 Family Friendly Things to Do in Jasper

Old Lodge Road, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0, Canada +1 780-931-3275
Excellent
73%
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4.5 based on 161 reviews

The Jasper PlanetariumJasper, Canada7 Family Friendly Things to Do in Jasper

***OPEN FOR WINTER*** Take a LIVE guided tour of planets, stars, galaxies, meteors, the Northern Lights in Jasper National Park and Dark Sky Preserve's first regular astronomy attraction - our air-supported dome. Our astronomy guides also offer a telescope experience that includes a tour of the largest telescope in the Rockies, tips on how to photograph the aurora, views of previous visuals on the last clear night and - weather-permitting - LIVE views through our telescopes of objects in space.

Reviewed By goutamg787 - Richmond, Virginia

Well, we were very excited that we will be seeing a Planetarium and some nice stars and history. We were 4 families with kids. All excited. First of all this is in a tent show and then outside on a telescope.
Small tent where you go in and we all slept. May be 3-4 we’re awake. Horrible show. Then you come outside and see some stars. Please go to your local town science museum and you will have a better experience than this private company and many be tied up to the hotel whose backyard parking lot gets used for it. Yes parking area.... where you will stand and wait your turn to get to telescope.

What a joke....

10. Jasper Information Centre

500 Connaught Drive, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0, Canada +1 780-852-6236
Excellent
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4.5 based on 516 reviews

Jasper Information Centre

This historic building houses the visitor's center for Japer National Park.

Reviewed By Keith-B-Robinson - Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada

The building itself has a neat appearance and is a perfect fit for the area. Inside there are a few interpretive displays and a small gift shop. Unfortunately, the young Parks Canada girl working there must have been new to the job, because she really didn't seem to know much about the area, beyond what we were looking at on the map. As such, she just wasn't very helpful...

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