Backed by the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, the mountain town of Jasper in Alberta is a launching point for river rafting, hiking, and snowshoeing in Jasper National Park. Here’s what to do if you only have 24 hours in Jasper.
Morning: Wildlife Spotting and River Rafting
This morning, head straight to Jasper National Park and discover unspoiled nature during a guided tour into the Maligne Valley. Get an introduction to the region by exploring its lakes, canyons, and mountain views, keeping an eye out for wildlife, including moose, elk, and coyotes. Other options for enjoying the great outdoors include a hiking tour in Mount Edith Cavell or a river-rafting adventure along Athabasca Canyon. Even novices can learn new white-water rafting skills and see Jasper National Park from the perspective of the river.
Afternoon: Aerial Tram and Active Adventures
This afternoon, admire mountain views above the park during a journey on the Jasper SkyTram, an aerial tramway that reaches a height of over 7,000 feet (2,130 meters) above sea level. Opportunities for activities at the upper station including snowshoeing, depending on the season. Travelers seeking an adrenaline rush may opt for a canyon tour that includes the opportunity to rappel down a canyon. For a more peaceful afternoon, join a canoeing adventure on Pyramid Lake and take in views of the surrounding mountains.
Night: Twilight Tours and Food Walks
Come evening, go in search of wildlife at twilight with a guide who knows where to spot a range of animals, from mountain goats to bears. Bring a camera to capture photographs of pocket-size squirrels and bighorn sheep. Alternatively, get to know the local food scene in Jasper with a food tour. You’ll visit several different restaurants and taste a range of dishes, often with a drink pairing, and meet the chefs, who will share what they are doing with local ingredients.