3 Days in Jasper: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, May 2015

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With more than 4,200 square miles (10,878 sq km) of natural beauty, Jasper National Park has enough to see and do that you could spend several weeks of vacation attempting to try it all. For those who are on a more limited timeframe, we’ve compiled a three-day itinerary that will give a taste of Jasper National Park’s most popular spots while still leaving you wanting more. 

Day One
Jasper National Park is full of glacier-topped mountains, spectacular waterfalls and expansive lakes. Start your visit to Jasper by traveling on Hwy 93, known as Icefields Parkway, named one of the “10 Greatest Drives in the World” by National Geographic magazine. Jasper is “mile zero” for this route, which will take you past Sunwapta Falls and Athabasca Falls, one of the most powerful waterfalls in the Canadian Rockies. Consider taking a 9 mile (14 km) side trip to the base of Mount Edith Cavell, which offers a dramatic vertical mile view of the mountain from the parking area; views of Angel Glacier and two loop trails are also available. 

When you reach Jasper, take time to explore this turn-of-the-century railroad town and resort area. There are a multitude of hiking and biking trails to explore (take the Lake Annette loop if conditions permit) or take a tour of town in a pedi-cab. 

Day Two 
It’s time to get a bird’s-eye view of the area and map out the rest of your visit. Take the Jasper Tramway for expansive views of surrounding mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes and rivers. Take the short hike to the summit and see if you can catch a glimpse of Mount Robson to the west. The views, if not the altitude, will take your breath away. 

After the seven-minute ride back down, make your way to Maligne Canyon for a first-hand glimpse of the water’s mighty hand as it cuts its way through the bedrock. Stop to take in the view or perhaps for a short hike around magical Medicine Lake, which disappears each winter before reappearing with the spring runoff of glacial water. Past Medicine Lake lies Maligne Lake, the largest in Jasper National Park. A 90-minute boat tour will take you past Spirit Island, one of the most photographed places in the world.  

Day Three
Take the time to venture into Mount Robson Provincial Park, one of the oldest parks in British Columbia’s park system and the home of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. There are plenty of outdoor activities to experience in the park, including caving, fishing, horseback riding, kayaking, camping and hiking. Even if you think you’re over mountains, Mount Robson is worth the visit. 

As a reward for your weekend of nature exploration, treat yourself to a soak in the Miette Hot Springs, the hottest hot springs in the Canadian Rockies. With two hot pools to soak in and a 1930s style bathhouse, you’ll be able to ease sore muscles in the therapeutic waters; sign up for a spa treatment if you require a deeper level of relaxation.

Tours & Tickets

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Spirit Island Cruise on Jasper's Maligne Lake

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 30 Reviews

Soak in amazing views of the Canadian Rockies on this relaxing cruise on Jasper’s Maligne Lake. Land on iconic Spirit Island for an unforgettable nature walk ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $53.39

Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

Discover Jasper National Park’s spectacular Maligne Valley on a 6-hour adventure with an expert guide. During stops at Maligne Canyon, Medicine Lake and ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.58

Jasper City Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Enjoy a four-hour tour encompassing the Maligne Canyon, Medicine Lake and Maligne Lake. Breathe in the fresh Canadian air, in the spectacular Rocky Mountains! ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.51

Whitewater Rafting on Jasper's Fraser River

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Take an exhilarating ride down Jasper's mighty Fraser River! On this 5-hour whitewater rafting tour, you'll have a heart-pumping time rafting down Class-3 ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.61

Jasper SkyTram

4.5 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

Experience the beauty of being gently transported into Jasper National Park's alpine tundra aboard the Jasper SkyTram. The ride will captivate people of all ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: Flexible

From USD $31.37

Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Jasper

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Be captivated by the Columbia Icefields view Glacier-fed rivers and streams, majestic peaks, peaceful lakes and broad-reaching valleys combine to create not ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $161.99

Jasper City Sightseeing Tour and Maligne Lake Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Discover picturesque Jasper before arriving at the world famous Maligne Lake. Cruise toward the south end of this postcard setting where you have the ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.50

Maligne Valley and Wildlife Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Coyotes and wolves and bears, oh my! See the stunning natural beauty outside of Jasper with this educational and entertaining guided winter wildlife tour. Hop ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.58

Glacier Skywalk Admission

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Admire Jasper National Park’s spectacular beauty from the illuminating and exciting Glacier Skywalk. A 1,312-foot-long (400-meter) walkway that extends nearly ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: Varies

From USD $29.87

Jasper to Lake Louise One-Way Tour

The Jasper to Lake Louise tour is the ultimate way to experience the biggest and best the Canadian Rockies has to offer! Your journey takes you past sweeping ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.61

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