About Jasper SkyTram Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Built by German firm P.H.B in 1964, the Jasper Tramway travels to an elevation of 2,277 m.
It is Canada’s the highest and longest aerial tramway .
What to do at Jasper SkyTram?
Things to do at Jasper Tramway – Whistler Mountain Summit
Listen to the guide/conductor explaining various aspects of the tramway and the scenery around, as you ascend to Whistlers mountain in 7.5 minutes.
See Mount Robson, the tallest Canadian Rockies peak from the Upper station.
Walk along the interpretive boardwalks surrounding the station
Try to spot hoary marmots, the namesake of Whistler mountain, Big Horn sheep, Ground Squirrels, Moose, Pikas, and White-tailed Ptarmigan as you explore the ~ 1.4 km treeless mountain trail to the Whistlers Summit.
Join for stargazing during Jasper Dark Sky Festival: . View and learn about planets, galaxies, constellations and much more through the largest telescope in the Rockies. – (September – October weekends 2016), and enjoy Draconid Meteor Shower on Friday October 7th, 2016see Supermoon from the Skytram – Saturday October 15th, 2016 Details
Jasper SkyTram Hike & Trail to Whistlers Mountain, Jasper
1. Hike from the Upper Tramway station to the Whistlers Mountain Summit ~1.4 km, to enjoy the breathtaking views which includes Columbia Icefield and glacier lakes.
2. Another way to reach the Summit of Whistlers Mountain, is to do a 7 km hike, that starts behind the Jasper Hi Hostel, ~ 1 km before the Jasper Tramway parking lot. The trail is rated difficult with an elevation gain of ~1230 m. The trail traverses steeply through montane, sub-alpine and alpine vegetation zones. Trail map – here.
GPS of the Trail head : 52.85037,-118.109854
Tips to better enjoy Jasper SkyTram visit
If you are traveling on busy summer months, try to include Jasper tramway as first or last part of your itinerary, so that you may not have to wait long in the queue. The tramway will be crowded in peak seasons, so if one can make it before 10:00 or after 6:00 pm, you will be able to enjoy the scenery as you travel in the tramway. Carry warm clothes, so that sudden winds don’t catch you unprotected.
If traveling on a cloudy day, check the webcam , to make sure that the view is clear. (Cloudy conditions can change quickly, though)
Jasper SkyTram in Winter
How long to see Jasper Tramway?
~2 hours if hiking around the trail. Allocate more time in summer to wait in the queue.
How to get to Jasper Tramway?
Jasper Tramway Location & Directions
Jasper Tramway is located ~ 4 km off the Icefields parkway, and ~ 8 from Jasper town. To reach the tramway, if traveling from, Lake louise, travel north on the Icefields parkway, after about 225 km on the parkway, turn left to the Whistler mountain road. Signposts on the road. From Jasper town, travel to Icefields Parkway, once after ~1.8km on parkway, turn right to the Whistler mountain road to the tramway.
GPS : 52.850707,-118.124192. For Jasper Tramway google map directions, check the map tab.
Sundog Tours also provides shuttle service from Jasper town and from local hotels.
How much to do Jasper SkyTram?
Jasper Tramway rates/fees/admission/prices
Adult (16+) : $44.95
Child (6-15) :$22.95
Family (2 + 2) : $112.85
For groups traveling there are discounts and options to travel up the tramway together.
One can also save money by opting for package tours; activities like :Malligne lake boat cruise, Canyon run , raft tours can be clubbed together with Jasper Tramway visit.
Jasper Tramway Coupons: AMA members save 15% .
When to go on Jasper SkyTram?
The season runs usually (weather dependent) from Easter to Canadian Thanksgiving day.
March 24 – May 18 | 10am–5pm
May 19 – June 22 | 9am–8pm
June 23 – September 04 | 8am–9pm
September 05 – October 29 | 10am–5pm
What about Jasper SkyTram Amenities, Accessibility & Parking?
Completely wheelchair accessible (both tramway & the trail(boardwalk) around the upper station).
The Jasper Tramway lower station has Gift Shop, Snacks, and Washrooms.
Upper Station has Gift Shop, Treeline Restaurant, and Washrooms
Accommodation near Jasper Tramway – Hi Hostel Jasper.
Campgrounds – Whistler & Wapiti Campgrounds on Icefields Parkway