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Winter Adventures in Jasper

By Viator, February 2018

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With dense forests, frozen lakes, and the snow-smeared peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Jasper is an obvious choice for winter wilderness adventures. Even better, visitor numbers are low during winter, meaning you can experience the unspoiled landscape at its most peaceful. Here are your options for winter activities in Jasper. 

Wildlife Watching
Even in the depths of winter, the hardier animal inhabitants of Jasper National Park—including elk, bighorn sheep, and deer—still roam the mountain slopes of Athabasca River Valley. For the best wildlife-spotting ops, go as part of a wildlife tour with an expert who can lead you to where the critters are most likely to be. 

Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
During summer, water from the Maligne River gushes through this steep canyon, forming waterfalls as it falls over ledges along the way. In winter, the canyon is more dramatic than ever, with the frozen falls looking as if they’ve been paused mid-flow. While adventurous types can climb up the frozen waterfalls with crampons and ice picks, more cautious visitors can don anti-slip cleats and embark on an ice walk through the canyon itself. 

Winter Sports
Jasper National Park is a winter sports playground, with snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails found throughout the park in locations such as Maligne Lake and Pyramid Bench. Fat biking trails can be found around Cabin Lake and near Jasper Park Lodge; the Marmot Basin resort caters to downhill skiers and snowboarders; and ice skaters can slide around the frozen surface of Lac Beauvert, Lake Mildred, and Pyramid Lake—just make sure the ice is at least six inches (15 centimeters) thick before skating, as Parks Canada does not monitor the ice thickness.

Dog Sledding
For a novel way to experience the winter landscapes, try dog sledding. Cozily ensconced on a sled behind a team of adorable Alaskan huskies, you’ll not only enjoy the view as a passenger, but will also learn to drive the team. Dog sledding in the Canadian Rockies is permitted only outside the national parks’ boundaries. 

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Icefields Parkway Discovery to Jasper from Calgary, Calgary, null
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Icefields Parkway Discovery to Jasper from Calgary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

Travel from Calgary to Jasper on this one-way Canadian Rockies day trip by coach, ideal for photographers, outdoor enthusiasts and casual sightseers alike. ...  Read more

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

From USD $240.61
Jasper City Sightseeing Tour, Jasper, Day Trips
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Jasper City Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 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 $54.38
Maligne Canyon Ice Walk, Jasper, Half-day Tours
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Maligne Canyon Ice Walk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Your tour guide will take you to the bottom of the Maligne Canyon – the deepest accessible canyon in Jasper National Park – where you will explore frozen ...  Read more

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

From USD $56.86
Jasper SkyTram, Jasper, Walking Tours
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Jasper SkyTram

4.5 star rating: Recommended 57 Reviews

Ride on the longest and highest guided aerial tramway in Canada Gain a new perspective on the UNESCO Canadian Rockies World Heritage Site   ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 1 to 2 hrs

From USD $38.69
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Jasper, Jasper, Attraction Tickets
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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Jasper

4.5 star rating: Recommended 27 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: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $169.74
Ice Explorer Glacier Tour and Glacier Skywalk, Jasper, Day Trips
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Ice Explorer Glacier Tour and Glacier Skywalk

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

Visit the Athabasca Glacier on a massive ice explorer on this 3-hour excursion. Walk along the frozen sheet of ice and fill your water bottle with pure ...  Read more

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

From USD $81.58
Winter Wildlife Discovery Tour, Jasper, Ski & Snow
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Winter Wildlife Discovery Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Explore the stunning natural beauty outside of Jasper with this educational and entertaining guided Winter wildlife tour. Hop in the comfortable touring ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $56.86
Ice Climbing in Maligne Canyon, Jasper, Nature & Wildlife
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Ice Climbing in Maligne Canyon

Join an unforgettable experience of climbing a frozen waterfall. This 6-hour tour leads an adventurous group deep into Jasper’s Maligne Canyon in search of ...  Read more

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

From USD $176.57

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