Surrounded by the spectacular Rocky Mountains, Jasper National Park offers unlimited recreational opportunities during winter — it’s the perfect destination for any outdoor or indoor activity. Whether your passion is snowboarding at Marmot Basin, browsing paintings by local artists at the Jasper Art Gallery, or tasting local craft beer in front of a snapping fire…Jasper has an unforgettable experience just waiting for you!
Jasper in January Festival
Various locations around Jasper
Celebrate Adventure, Appetite, and Arts during the three week long, city wide festival. When the temperature drops, the whole town comes out to play! Sleigh rides, winter races, dogsledding, wine tastings, live music, fireworks, and a street party the whole family can enjoy.
Cold Fire Creek Dogsledding
Sit back in the cozy dogsled while a professional dog musher drives the team, or stand up and shout “Gee!” and “Haw!” yourself. Breathe in crisp, quiet mountain air as you explore snow covered trails and finish your adventure with a crackling fire, hot apple cider, snacks, and roasted local sausages.
Jasper Riding Stables
Pyramid Lake Road
Bring a friend or bring them all for a sleigh ride around Pyramid Lake. (Jingle bells optional) You’ll be cozy under the blanket while your sleigh slides over snow covered trails and past the frozen lake, with views of snow-capped Pyramid Mountain.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
What could be better than flying across glassy, untouched ice, glistening with reflections of snow covered pine trees and mountains? Lace up your skates to enjoy skating at Lake Beauvert, Lake Mildred, or at Pyramid Lake, which is lit and partially cleared. For indoor skating fun, head to the Jasper Arena for public skating.
Maligne Canyon Icewalk
Chances are, you’ve never touched an icicle bigger a house. Your tour guides will provide you with special ice gripping boots to keep your feet warm as you descend 50 meters into the Maligne Canyon. The Canyon flows with water in the summer, and in the winter, it turns into an icy wonderland of caves, rock formations and frozen waterfalls. You’ll have the chance to explore areas that are inaccessible in warmer months.
1 Marmot Road, Jasper
Spend the day carving fresh powder on one of the 86 ski and snowboard trails, with incredible views of nearby mountains. After a day of snowboarding, skiing, relax at one of three chalets for dinner and drinks. The mountain offers a direct shuttle from Jasper, several gear shops, a daycare, lessons, equipment rentals and restaurants.
Upper Athabasca River, 30 Km south of Jasper
The glacier fed Athabasca River is funneled into a powerful three meter wide waterfall. In winter, the water freezes into towering spirals of ice and snow, around spectacular rock formations. Hike along the trail to the waterfall and stop at one of the picnic tables for a winter picnic and mountain views.
Strap on your Skies, because the Whirlpool Winter hub is surrounded by 25 kms of groomed trails. Unwind around a crackling campfire as you dry out your ski boots and sip a hot cup of coffee! If you’d like to stay a little closer to the amenities of Jasper, Wapiti campground offers winter camping as well. For seasoned adventurers who prefer a backcountry challenge, Hidden Cove, Big Bend and Wilcox Winter all offer backcountry, unserviced winter camping.
Jasper Art Gallery
500 Robson Street, Jasper
When the weather outside makes you shiver, take a break from the cold and inspire yourself at the Jasper Art Gallery. The gallery features stunning visual art, prints and collectibles from the talented Jasper Artists Guild, music performances, and special events. If you’d like to browse books instead, the gallery is also connected to the public library.
Rockaboo Mountain Adventures
Dig an ice pick into a wall of glistening blue ice as you climb a frozen waterfall. Use ropes to pull yourself through unique ice caves and frozen caverns, or follow paths through rock crevices. Your guides will lead you every step of the way and provide you with proper safety knowledge and equipment.
Various locations in Jasper
Leave the hustle and bustle of rush hour traffic behind you, and savour the sheer rock formations, powdery snowfall and quiet alpine forests in the Rocky Mountains. Bring your binoculars and a camera to catch a glimpse of marmots, grazing herds of elk, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats and many birds. Learn all about the ways these animals contribute to the rich diversity of the National Park and how they survive the mountain winters.
Cross country skiing
In between the mountains are sloping, snow covered valleys just waiting to be explored. Ski across untouched powder or loop around on groomed trails. Bring your own skis, or rent a pair at Pure Outdoors or Edge Control.
You don’t need to climb a mountain to catch a glimpse of the summit. Take to the air in a helicopter, and sit back while your pilot flies you around Mount Robson, The Columbia Icefields, and Jasper National park. If you are feeling adventurous, book a heli-hiking tour and start your hike on a mountain peak!
Your guide will lead you along the edge of Maligne Canyon, past Bridal Veil Falls, ice formations, caves and sheer rock walls. Cross foot bridges and take in the stunning views offered from the lookout areas.
Winter used to mean you had to put your bike away. Not anymore! The thick, wide tires of a fat bike make it ideal for biking in slippery conditions and on snowy, unstable terrain. Bike to the coffee shop down the street, or bike to Pyramid Lake.
Jasper Townsite Walking Tour
Start your self-guided tour at the Jasper Info center, then continue on to several historical sites, such as the Jasper Heritage Railway station or the Old fire Hall. Walk the 8.3 km Discovery trail that encircles Jasper, and finish up with a stop at a local pub or restaurant.
400 Bonhomme Street
Jasper is a small town rich in cultural history. In between ski runs, stop at the Jasper Museum to learn about the fur trade, the railway, and the early explorers who helped shape Jasper into what it is today. Stop by on Tuesday mornings for coffee, snacks, and a chance to view items directly from the archives!
Jasper Brewing Co
624 Connaught Drive, Jasper
After a long day of snowboarding, relax with a locally brewed craft beer made with quality hops and pure mountain water. Pair your beer with a plate of chicken wings or a veggie burger topped with pickles, tomatoes and cashew cheese. Learn all about beer at Jaspers first ever Beer and Barley Summit, Feb 2-4.
Take your hot chocolate to go…on a winter road trip through the Icefields Parkway! This spectacular 105 km highway will pass Athabasca Falls, Sunwapta Falls, and the Stutfield Glacier. Stop at Goat lookout for a view of Mount Kerkeslin and once you get to the Icefields you’ll be able to walk right up to a glacier.
The Den – Jasper’s Wildlife Museum
105 Miette Avenue
This is your chance to see a Grizzly Bear, and its claws, up close. The Den is home to over 100 taxidermy mounts of animals found in Jasper National park, artistically arranged to resemble the setting of their natural habitats. The Den is located in the Whistlers Inn, where you can browse the gift shop, enjoy live music, and eat dinner at the restaurant after your wildlife adventure.
Jasper half day train tour
Ride the rails through mountain passes, past Mount Robson and along the Fraser River. Take in breathtaking mountain views in the glass ceiling dome car, or listen as your guide regales you with the rich history of the Rocky Mountains. After you disembark from the train, a shuttle will drive you back to your starting point, with a few interesting stops on the way!