Air Tours


Icefield Helicopter Tours. This outfitter offers a bird's-eye view of the Columbia Icefields. They also have heli-yoga, heli-horseback riding, heli-hiking, heli-fishing, romance tours, and other helicopter tours outside the park. Flights take off from their Icefield heli-base. 888/844–3514; 403/721–2100; From C$185.

Rockies Heli Canada. You can arrange heli-hiking, yoga, camping, and snowshoeing adventures with this company whose flights depart from its Icefield Adventure Base, 43 km (27 miles) east of the Icefields Parkway on Highway 11 East. Alberta. 888/844–3514; 403/721–2100; From C$195.

Boating and Rafting

Boating in rowboats and canoes is allowed on most ponds and lakes. Boats with electric motors without on-board generators are allowed on most road-accessible lakes, but the use of gas-powered motors is restricted. It's wise to ask park staff about restrictions before launching your boat.

The rafting season runs from May through September. Children as young as six years of age can participate on some of the float trips. The Athabasca River has Class II white-water rapids; the Sunwapta and Fraser rivers have Class III rapids.

Tours and Outfitters

Jasper Raft Tours. Take a half-day float trip on the Athabasca with Jasper Raft Tours. 780/852–2665; 888/553–5628; From C$67.

Jasper's Whitewater Rafting Ltd.. This well-regarded outfit conducts half-day and shorter trips on the Athabasca and Sunwapta rivers. 618 Connaught Dr., Jasper, Alberta. 780/852–7238; 800/557–7238; From C$64.

Maligne Rafting Adventures. This operator conducts rafting tours on the Athabasca, Sunwapta, and Fraser rivers. Day trips are available on Class II, III, and IV rapids. 616 Patricia St., Jasper, Alberta, T0E 1E0. 780/852–3370; From C$59.

Mount Robson Whitewater Rafting. Rafting excursions on the Fraser River leave from the Mount Robson Lodge, 95 km (59 miles) west of Jasper in British Columbia. Choices include a two-hour scenic float trip, a three-hour white-water excursion, or a full-day rafting adventure on Class I and Class III rapids. Free overnight group camping is available with the purchase of any rafting trip. Mount Robson Lodge, Hwy. 16, 5 km (3 miles) west of Mt. Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia. 250/566–4879; 888/566–7238; From C$59.

Rocky Mountain River Guides. The guides conduct trips for rafters of all experience levels. 626 Connaught Dr., Jasper, Alberta, T0E 1E0. 780/852–3777; From C$68.


Tours and Outfitters

Currie's Guiding. This outfitter offers half-day and full-day guided fishing trips. 406 Patricia St., Jasper, Alberta. 780/852–5650; From C$199.

On-Line Sport & Tackle. Stop in to arrange a guided fishing trip or a fly-fishing lesson. 600 Patricia St., Jasper, Alberta, T0E1E0. 780/852–3630; 888/652–3630; From C$199 for half-day trip.


Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Stanley Thompson designed the championship course at this upscale resort. Packages that include accommodations and golfing can be found on the website. 1 Lodge Rd., Jasper National Park, Alberta, T0E 1E0. 780/852–6090; C$199.


Long before Jasper was established as a national park, a vast network of trails provided an essential passageway for wildlife, First Nations people, explorers, and fur traders. Nearly 1,000 km (621 miles) of hiking trails in Jasper provide an opportunity to truly experience wilderness, and hardcore backpackers will find multiday loops of more than 160 km (100 miles). The trails at Mount Edith Cavell and Maligne Canyon should not be missed.

A few of these trails are restricted to pedestrians, but hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrian users may share most of them. Several paved trails are suitable for wheelchairs and strollers, while others are rugged backcountry trails designed for backpacking trips. Bathrooms can be found along the most used day-use trails. You might see elk, bighorn sheep, moose, bears, and mountain goats along the way. It is never a good idea to surprise a large animal such as an elk or bear, so make plenty of noise as you go along, avoid hiking alone, stick to designated trails, and carry bear spray and know how to use it.


Lake Annette Loop. This kid-friendly 2.4-km (1½-mile) loop trail with interpretive signage is paved and mostly level. It takes most people less than two hours to complete. Toilets are at two locations, and there is a shelter halfway around. Easy. Jasper National Park, Alberta.

Maligne Canyon. This 2.1-km (1.3-mile), one-way trail east of Jasper Townsite leads to views of the area's famous limestone gorge. Starting at the fifth of six bridges spanning the canyon, the winding trail gains about 100 meters (330 feet) in elevation. There's a waterfall at the head of the canyon. Easy. Jasper, Alberta.

Old Fort Point Loop. Shaped by glaciers, Old Fort Point is a bedrock knob that provides an excellent view of Jasper. It will take an hour or two to complete the 3½-km (2.2-mile) loop trail. A wide, easy path that begins behind the information kiosk leads to a very steep section of trail. It's common to see Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, the provincial mammal of Alberta, from this trail. Along the way you'll pass Jasper National Park's oldest rock, but the real highlight is the view from the top. Easy. Jasper, Alberta.

Path of the Glacier Trail. This must-do 1.6-km (1-mile) trail only takes about an hour. The kid-friendly path, paved at the start, runs across a rocky landscape once covered in glacial ice. Eventually you come to a viewpoint overlooking Cavell Pond, which is fed by Cavell Glacier. Small icebergs often float in the water. The view across the valley takes in Angel Glacier, resting her wings between Mount Edith Cavell and Sorrow Peak. Easy. Jasper National Park, Alberta.

Valley of the Five Lakes. It takes two to three hours to complete this family-friendly 4.2-km (2.3-mile) hike. Five small lakes are the highlight of the trip, which takes you through a lodgepole-pine forest, across the Wabasso Creek wetlands, and through a flowery meadow. Watch for birds, beavers, and other wildlife along the way. Turn this into a moderately difficult hike by continuing another 10 km (6.2 miles) to Old Fort Point. Easy. Jasper National Park, Alberta.


Cavell Meadows Loop. This moderately steep 8-km (5-mile) trail will take four to six hours. Into early summer the upper section is still covered in snow and not recommended, but from mid-July to mid-August you can enjoy the carpet of wildflowers. There's also an excellent view of the Angel Glacier. Moderate. Jasper National Park, Alberta.


Opal Hills Loop. Near Maligne Lake, this 8.2-km (5.1-mile) hike is very steep and takes from four to six hours to complete. There are excellent views of Maligne Valley, and many opportunities to observe wildlife, including moose and bears. Be sure to make noise as you hike, and keep your distance from the wildlife. During summer, you will spot many wildflowers along the trail. Difficult. Jasper National Park, Alberta.

Wilcox Pass. Excellent views of the Athabasca Glacier are the highlight of this strenuous, 8-km (5-mile) hike near the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. This pass was originally used by explorers and First Nations people and is fairly steep. Keep an eye out for wildflowers and bighorn sheep. Be sure to dress in warm layers, because this pass can be snowy until late July. Difficult. Jasper National Park, Alberta.

Wilderness Hiking

Jasper's backcountry is some of the wildest and most pristine of any mountain park in the world. Check at the visitor center for information about the hundreds of hiking and mountain-biking trails and the overnight camping quotas on the Skyline and Tonquin Valley trails.

Skyline Trail. The trail meanders at or above the tree line for 44 km (27 miles) past some of the park's best scenery. Reservations are recommended. Difficult. Jasper National Park, Alberta. 780/852–6177.

Tonquin Valley. Near Mount Edith Cavell, Tonquin Valley is a classic Canadian backpacking area. Its high mountain lakes bounded by steep rocky peaks known as the Ramparts, attract many hikers in summer and fall. Difficult. Alberta.

Horseback Riding

Several outfitters offer one-hour, half-day, full-day, and multiday guided trips within the park. Participants must be at least age six to participate in a riding trip, but pony rides are available for younger children. It's wise to make your reservations well ahead during July and August and for multiday journeys. Contact the Cottonwood Corral Association ( 780/852–3121) about horse boarding.

Tours and Outfitters

Jasper Riding Stables and Outfitters. These stables offer rides and full-day excursions into the hills overlooking Jasper; there are also carriage rides and winter sleigh rides. Pyramid Resort, Pyramid Lake Rd., Jasper National Park, Alberta. 780/852–7433; From C$47.

Skyline Trail Rides. This company offers backcountry horseback trips and horse-assisted hiking, and it operates Shovel Pass Lodge, midway on the famous Skyline Trail. Riders and hikers can book a stay at the lodge and enjoy comfortable accommodations and delicious meals. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Hwy. 16, Jasper National Park, Alberta. 780/852–4215; From C$195.

Tonquin Valley Adventures. Guided multiday horseback and hiking trips into the Tonquin Valley are the specialty of this company that also operates the valley's Amethyst Lake Lodge. In the summer there's a cook on-site; all meals are included in the guided trips. There is also a cabin that can be rented by hikers and skiers who wish to cook their own meals. Bring your fishing gear—there are boats at the cabin and a lake with wild rainbow trout. Jasper, Alberta, T0E 1E0. 780/852–1188; From C$795 for 3-day, 2-night horse trip.

Tonquin Valley Backcountry Lodge. The lodge offers guided multiday horseback trips in the Tonquin Valley that include accommodations and all meals. It also provides accommodations and meals for hikers and skiers on self-guided trips. Jasper, Alberta, T0E 1E0. 780/852–3909; From C$410.

Multisport Outfitters

Alpine Club of Canada. Reservations for backcountry huts can be made through the club. 403/678–3200;

Alternative Adventures. This outfitter operates out of a camping resort 10 km (6.2 miles) west of Hinton on Highway 16, about a 35-minute drive from Jasper. Zip-lining, eco-adventures, and hang-gliding, paragliding, and power-kiting instruction are on offer. Hwy. 16, 10 km (6.2 miles) east of east Jasper National Park Gate, Alberta. 780/817–9696; From C$62.50.

Boat House. You can rent a kayak, paddle boat, canoe, or other equipment here. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Hwy. 16, Jasper National Park, Alberta. 780/852–3301; From C$25.

Canadian Skyline Adventures. Hire an experienced guide to take you to the most scenic places in Jasper National Park, including the world-famous Skyline Trail. Guides can also take you on an epic backcountry hiking trip. Jasper, Alberta, T0E 0E0. 780/820–0772; From C$55.

Gravity Gear. Gear for ice climbing, backcountry skiing, and mountaineering can be rented or purchased at this company whose staffers can also refer certified guides for these activities. 618 Patricia St., Jasper National Park, Alberta. 780/852–3155; 888/852–3155; From C$125.

Jasper Adventure Centre. Guided hikes, ice walks on the Athabasca Glacier, tours of the Icefields Parkway, and train excursions are among the adventures this outfitter organizes. 611 Patricia St., Jasper National Park, Alberta, T0E 1E0. 780/852–5595; 800/565–7547; From C$65.

Jasper Dive Adventures. During World War II, a top-secret British mission known as Project Habbakuk took place in Jasper National Park. The goal was to produce an unsinkable aircraft carrier from pykrete, a mixture of wood pulp and ice. When the project was canceled, the unfinished ship was sunk in Patricia Lake. This company offers guided diving tours of the remains. It also rents equipment and conducts scuba certification courses. Jasper, Alberta, T0E 1E0. 780/852–3560; From C$75.

Jasper Motorcycle Tours. Experience the Canadian Rockies in comfort on a thrilling chauffeured motorcycle tour. A professional driver can carry up to two guests per sidecar-style motorcycle. Rentals of Harley Davidson Heritage Classic and Harley Fatboy motorcycles are also available to licensed drivers. 610 Patricia St., Jasper, Alberta, T0E 0E0. 780/931–6100; From C$99.

Jasper Source for Sports. Here you can rent bikes, fishing and camping supplies, and ski and snowboard equipment. 406 Patricia St., Jasper National Park, Alberta, T0E 1E0. 780/852–3654;

Pyramid Lake Boat House. Canoes, rowboats, kayaks, paddleboats, and electric boats are available from this company that also sells fishing licenses and has rod and reel rentals. Pyramid Lake Resort, Pyramid Lake Rd., 5 km (3 miles) north of Jasper Townsite, Jasper National Park, Alberta, T0E 1E0. 780/852–4900; 888/717–1277; From C$25.

Totem Ski Shop. Come here for summer and winter sports equipment and clothing. 408 Connaught Dr., Jasper National Park, Alberta, T0E 1E0. 780/852–3078;


Lake Annette and Lake Edith. These two lakes with women's names have sandy beaches and water that reaches the low 70s°F during warm spells. On Hwy. 16 near Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper National Park, Alberta. Free.

Jasper Aquatic Center. This recreation facility has a three-story-high indoor waterslide, a 25-meter (82-foot) swimming pool, and a kiddie pool. A steam room and a hot tub are also on-site, and towel and suit rentals are available. The center closes for two weeks in the fall. 305 Bonhomme St., Jasper, Alberta, T0E 1E0. 780/852–3663; C$7. Daily 2–9.

Winter Sports

Jasper has more than 50 km (31 miles) of groomed cross-country ski trails and it is a very popular snowshoe and fat-bike destination. There is a wide choice of groomed and natural trails, and equipment and local guides can be arranged through local ski shops. Current cross-country ski information is available at the park visitor center. Ice climbing, ice walks, skating, and wildlife watching are also popular winter activities. Downhill skiers will enjoy Marmot Basin, a 20-minute drive from town.

Marmot Basin. At 1,698 meters (5,570 feet), Marmot Basin has the highest base elevation of any Canadian ski area. The resort includes a mix of downhill skiing terrain, and the slopes are a little less crowded than those around Banff, especially on weekdays. There are three day lodges, two of which are at mid-mountain. Shuttles between Marmot Basin and the Jasper Townsite run every day of the season. Discounted lift tickets are available during the Jasper in January winter festival. Facilities: 86 trails; 1,675 acres; 2,612-meter drop; 7 lifts. 1 Marmot Rd., off Hwy. 93A, Jasper National Park, Alberta, T0E 1E0. 780/852–3816; 866/952–3816; Lift ticket: C$88.

Mildred Lake. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge maintains a skating rink and an oval skating trail on nearby Mildred Lake. Groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails are also in the area. 1 Old Lodge Rd., off Maligne Lake Rd., Jasper, Alberta, T0E 1E0. .

Pyramid Lake. At this pretty lake you can ski groomed cross-country trails, go snowshoeing or ice-skating, or take a sleigh ride. Pyramid Lake Rd., 6½ km (4 miles) north of Jasper, off Hwy. 16A, Jasper National Park, Alberta, T0E 1E0. Free.