Here at Dirt In My Shoes, I typically only share information about America’s national parks, but after an overwhelming number of requests, I’ve decided to branch out and write guides to several of Canada’s spectacular national parks as well (specifically in the Canadian Rockies where I’ve spent a lot of time hiking). I hope you enjoy Jasper! –Ash
Hey there! Are you ready to plan a magnificent trip to Jasper National Park?! This wild and untamed wilderness is full of massive glaciers, sparkling lakes, powerful waterfalls, and adventurous hiking trails. You are sure to find something here that everyone in your group will LOVE.
Jasper is a place where memories are made — and somewhere you will talk about for years to come. Each time I think of Jasper, I’m filled with an unquenchable desire to go back! Here you’ll find a mountainscape that is truly unmatched, and this magical place will leave you speechless.
There is so much to do. You may have already looked at a map and been a little overwhelmed — and eager — to make sure that you don’t miss the best sights.
I’m a former park ranger, and I’ll help you plan your vacation down to the details. I’ve extensively explored Jasper National Park and am here to help! Whether this is your first time to Jasper, or if you are returning after many years and would like to be reintroduced to the park, this list of 10 things is for you.
What You Need to Know
- Jasper is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies! It was also recently designated as a Dark Sky Preserve, making it one of the best places in the country to stargaze or admire the northern lights.
- If you’re used to America’s national parks, expect Canadian parks to have some key differences. One of the biggest differences is that the town of Jasper is actually located within Jasper National Park. It feels different having such a touristy place (complete with many different shops, restaurants, and hotels) within the national park instead of outside of it! Because of that, I have tried to include only wilderness/nature activities on this list.
- Fees are collected as you enter the national park boundaries. If you plan on visiting other national parks nearby, the Discovery Pass is a great option.
- Find Jasper’s red chairs! These chairs are placed in beautiful places all around Canada’s national parks, and it’s fun to find them as you’re out exploring.
I’ll make sure that you don’t miss the most popular sights, but I also want to provide a few treasures that are off-the-beaten-path as well. Let the adventure begin!