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Jasper Winter Activities

By Viator, February 2014

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Though the days are shorter during the winter months, there are still plenty of outdoor adventures to be had in Jasper National Park. Fewer people visit during the colder weather, which means that you can sometimes spend the entire day exploring without seeing another human. However, winter is also the only opportunity to experience some of the most unique activities Jasper has to offer. 

The Maligne Canyon Ice Walk is a unique opportunity, offering guests the chance to walk through icy sculptures created by nature. On the floor of the deepest canyon of the park, guests can tread on a frozen landscape of ice fossils and frozen waterfalls that, during the summertime, is overflowing with the churning water of the Maligne River. Adventurous souls can try their hand at ice climbing; more cautious visitors can don anti-slip cleats for an ice-walking adventure through the frozen canyon. 

As snow blankets the landscape, there are many opportunities for cold-weather sports. Downhill skiing and snowboarding is available at Marmot Basin, which has the highest base elevation of all Canadian ski areas. With spectacular views, a laid-back vibe and 1,675 acres, 86 runs and 3,000 vertical feet of varied terrain, Marmot Basin is the only ski resort located in Jasper National Park and a wonderful destination for beginner and advanced skiers alike. 

Snowshoeing is becoming a popular winter pastime and the areas near Pyramid Bench and Maligne Lake offer excellent snowshoeing conditions. Cross-country skiing and touring is another widespread activity and Jasper National Park has options for shorter, gentler slopes as well as longer, more challenging loops. Overnight ski touring is available for experienced guests with options for backcountry day tours or multi-day tours with overnights spent in an Alpine Club hut. 

If you’d rather be pulled along the snow, consider a dog-sledding tour, Canada’s oldest form of winter transport. Cozily ensconced on a sled behind a team of Alaskan huskies, you’ll not only be able to enjoy the view as a passenger, but will also learn to drive the team. Tours range from three to seven hours, depending on the route and type of tour. 

There’s no more picturesque pastime than ice-skating on a frozen lake and there are many opportunities in Jasper National Park. From Pyramid Lake to Lac Beauvert, the winter months freeze the water into a smooth expanse. Ice conditions are not monitored; make sure that the ice is at least six inches thick before skating. 

Though there are far fewer visitors in the winter months, the wildlife is still active. Winter tours are available for guests to spot mammals like moose, elk, bear, mountain sheep and wolves and large birds like loons, eagles and osprey.

Winter in Jasper National Park offers a whole new world for exploring, so bundle up and strike out into the great ‘white’ open.  

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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 $168.04

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 $55.03

Columbia Icefield Tour from Jasper

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 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 $159.98

Rocky Mountains Tour: Calgary to Jasper

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Now is the perfect opportunity to travel from beautiful Calgary to Jasper. This is a great tour for photographers, outdoor enthusiasts and the casual ...  Read more

Location: Calgary, concludes Jasper, Canada
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $187.00

Jasper SkyTram

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 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 $34.55

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 $2,997.39

4-Day or 6-Day Jasper Ski Trip at Marmot Basin from Edmonton

Enjoy a 4-day or 6-day ski adventure to Marmot Basin ski resort, located in breathtaking Jasper National Park. Ski or snowboard down diverse terrain, suitable ...  Read more

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

From USD $550.01

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 $61.01

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