Like many Canadian towns tucked into the Rocky Mountains, Jasper is famed for its skiing and winter activities. While the experiences available during the winter months are spectacular, the summer months in Jasper shouldn’t be overlooked. The Jasper National Park clocks in 10,878 km² and is home to iconic mountains and numerous lakes – the perfect recipe for a catalogue of summer outdoor activities. Here’s just a quick taster to get your adrenaline going.
1. Jasper Skytram
Experience breath-taking views of Banff and the stunning surrounding scenery as you slowly elevate 2,277 metres to the top of Whistler’s Mountain. Visitors will be treated to views that stretch 80km and on a very clear day you can even see Mount Robson in nearby British Columbia.
2. Hike around Mount Edith Cavell
Towering at 11,033 feet, Mouth Edith Cavell is the highest peak in the province of Alberta. The mountain itself isn’t suitable for hiking but there are a few nearby trails that offer amazing views of its peak. Cavell Meadows is regularly touted as the best.
3. Look out for bears in Tonquin Valley
If spotting a wild bear is on your to-do list, then we recommend a day trip here. Located on the continental divide and running along the peaks of the South Jasper Range, other local animals include cougars, elk and caribou.
4. Horseback Riding
Horses are welcome in many sections of Jasper National Park and the park boasts a 1,200-kilometre trail network. The trails are managed by Parks Canada and Jasper Riding Stables has outlets on Pyramid Lake Road and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
Jasper National Park is home to 2,000 individual campsites and 90 backcountry campgrounds. Whether you’re looking for something simple, or are looking for modern family-friendly facilities, you’ll find your perfect campground here.
6. Rock Climbing
Jasper is home to the iconic Rocky Mountains and offers exceptional rock climbing that is some of the best in Canada. Rock climbing season begins in May, while anyone looking for a challenging alpine climb will need to pay a visit during August.
7. White water rafting
The numerous rivers in Jasper National Park offers both Class II and Class III white-water, as well as rafting tours and solo journeys.
The biking season typically lasts between May to October, and is an excellent way to take in the organic scenery. Jasper National Park is home to hundreds of kilometres of mountain bike trails and numerous road riding options, ranging from easy to difficult.
We recently blogged about the golfing highlights of Alberta, with a few of them close to Jasper. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf is the most notable and is considered one of the finest courses in Canada.
When you combine the sheer number of lakes that call Jasper home with the stunning scenery of the Rocky Mountains, a charming fishing experience emerges. The region is considered one of North America’s greatest fishing locations with permits managed by Parks Canada.