Skip to main content.
Guides

Travel Tips For Experiencing Jasper Like A Local

Hotel search

Jasper experiences the 4 seasons in all their glory, and each plays a vital role in bringing this national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site to life. Cold, snowy winters and lush, hot summers are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts looking to enjoy a vast array of activities. There are excellent restaurants to satisfy the most ardent foodies, while nature lovers will marvel at its pristine beauty and diverse wildlife.

Best time to travel

 

Jasper offers a staggering array of activities year-round making it an ideal destination for snow seekers and sun worshippers alike. If you choose to visit in the winter or spring, you’ll see picturesque snowcapped mountains and frozen lakes, and participate in sports like skiing, showshoeing, and ice-skating. The warm summers and mild early autumns offer the best climate for hiking lush mountain trails, and boating and swimming in clear, sparkling waters.

Not to miss

 

Maligne Lake is famous for being one of the most photographed places in the world thanks to its shimmering turquoise waters and mountainous backdrop. Miette Hot Springs is the hottest natural spring in the Canadian Rockies and its mineral-rich waters are ideal for soothing tired muscles after a day of outdoor activities. If you’re looking to ski powder-covered peaks and comfortable groomed trails, you’ll want to head to Marmot Basin from the months of November to May.

 

Getting around

 

Jasper Railway Station, located in downtown Jasper, operates VIA Rail services to destinations across the country several times a week. Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is a 4-hour drive, or you can take a shuttle offered by Sun Dog Tours, which runs daily, year-round service to and from Jasper. Local taxi services are an easy option for getting you around the area. Skiers and snowboarders can take the shuttle to Marmot Basin from many of Jasper’s hotels.

 

Cuisine

 

Jasper's cuisine is eclectic and exciting, and includes everything from Canadian comfort foods like poutine and burgers, to Mexican tacos, authentic Italian pizza, and ocean-fresh sushi. Classic pub fare features heavily on many menus with shareable plates like nachos smothered in fresh toppings and hand cut fries mixing with varying cuts of local Alberta beef. You can also indulge in Jasper’s fine dining scene, which offers up sophisticated dishes like seared Pacific red snapper and mushroom carpaccio.

 

Customs and etiquette

 

People in this part of Canada tend to be open and warm. Politeness and good manners are revered, and you’ll always hear pleasantries like "please," "thank-you," and "you're welcome" exchanged. It's good practice to respond in kind and locals will appreciate polite gestures. It's a relaxed and culturally diverse country that encourages immigrants and visitors to maintain their customs and traditions. Since many people indulge in the area’s vast array of activities, the dress code is fairly sporty and casual, although dressing up for a fancy dinner or a night on the town is recommended.

 

Fast facts

 

  • Population: 4051
  •  

  • Spoken languages: English
  •  

  • Electrical: 120 volts, 60 Hz, plug type A, B
  •  

  • Phone calling code: +1 780
  •  

  • Emergency number: 911

Discover

Find your perfect holiday in Jasper

From 10 hotels.