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Jasper Summer Activities

By Viator, February 2014

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One of the largest of Canada's Rocky Mountain Parks, Jasper National Park is 4,335 square miles (11,228 square km) of glaciers and rugged mountains, sweeping valleys and alpine meadows, wild rivers and tranquil lakes. Also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jasper National Park is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream destination, with more than 600 miles (1200 km) of hiking trails for day or overnight excursions as well as water activities such as canoeing and kayaking, mountain biking, fishing, camping and more. 

In the summer months, when the sun provides enough light to enjoy almost any conceivable activity, make a plan so as to hit every goal on your list. Hikers should consider the 27.3-mile (44 km) Skyline Trail, Jasper's most popular multi-day hike, which begins at Maligne Lake and finishes near the town of Jasper. If you want to stay closer to town, the Pyramid Bench area has many fine hikes from trailheads located at the edge of Jasper. Fancy an overnight trip? There are plenty of places to pitch a tent on the edge of a lake or check out the canvas lined “cottage tents” for a more upscale camping experience. Note: most trails in Jasper are multi-use, which means that hikers, bikers and equestrians share the trail, so be aware of your surroundings. 

Water-based adventures such as canoeing, kayaking and whitewater rafting are also popular activities in Jasper. Fraser River, the longest river in British Columbia, features various classes of rapids for whitewater rafting and kayaking, while Athabasca River is another popular waterway for kayakers (you will have to ford the river at Athabasca Falls). For a more leisurely liquid experience, outdoor outfitters will provide a canoe for a scenic paddle around one of the many lakes in Jasper National Park. Or, check out the underwater scene exploring a WWII wreck in crystal clear Patricia Lake. 

Wildlife viewing is another popular activity in Jasper National Park and for good reason: there are 69 naturally occurring species of mammals in the Canadian Rockies and it’s common to see black bear, elk, deer, bighorn sheep and coyotes throughout the park.  There are also more than 150 species of birds, making Jasper National Park a destination for amateur and seasoned birdwatchers alike. 

These are just a few of the popular summer activities in Jasper National Park. Other activities include helicopter tours, motorcycles tours, tours of museums and galleries, golfing and riding the Jasper Tramway. Take advantage of the long days of sunshine and explore that all Jasper has to offer. 

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Jasper SkyTram

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 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 $34.34

Spirit Island Cruise on Jasper's Maligne Lake

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 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 $59.71

Rocky Mountains Tour: Jasper to Banff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Travel through the scenic Rocky Mountains on a one-way trip from Jasper to Banff. Stop at Lake Louise along the way and enjoy a ride on the Ice Explorer at ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $167.04

Jasper City Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 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 $54.70

Jasper City Sightseeing Tour and Maligne Lake Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 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 $115.78

5-Day Rail Tour of the Canadian Rockies: Vancouver to Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise and Kamloops Aboard the ‘Rocky Mountaineer’

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Hop aboard the luxury Rocky Mountaineer train for an incredible 5-day, round-trip journey from Vancouver with two days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, giving you ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $2,497.35

Maligne Valley and Wildlife Tour

Come and enjoy the beauty of the striking Maligne Valley. The tour includes a short walk around the top of Maligne Canyon, then a scenic drive up the valley ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.65

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