Activities in Jasper
Canyon Ice Tour
Your tour will take you in to the local Maligne River, frozen solid through the winter months, where you will be able to see remarkable natural ice structures. Guides will tell you all about the structures and other interesting local facts while ensuring you’re safety. Daily. Takes 3hrs. Departs 10am, 2pm and 7pm.
Cat Skiing and Boarding
Travel 90 minutes from Jasper to Valemount where a special passenger-carrying over-snow tractor will take you up in to the Carand will also serve up a filling meal on-mountain. In other words all the thrills of heliski but without the price tag.
Dog sledding is a wonderful experience and travelling through the spectacular Canadian Rocky Mountains makes it extra special. You will travel about 90 minutes from Jasper to Small River near Valemount and there learn the fairly basic dog sledding skills to make the well trained dogs start and stop. If you don’t fancy mushing you can opt to just sit in the sledge and enjoy the ride. Enjoy a trailside lunch over an open fire. Saturdays only. Takes 6-7hrs. Departs 8am.
Heli-skiing is a very special experience, accessing vast regions of virgin powder snow all to yourself. Long experienced expert guides will take you to the best spots, putting your safety and your enjoyment first. The package includes four ascents and a picnic lunch. The special wide skis required to stay afloat in deep powder are also available to rent.
Snowshoeing is increasingly popular at ski areas all around the world, but Jasper goes one better than most and offers ‘heli-snowshoeing.’ Drive for 60 minutes to Mt Robson to board your chopper to Berg Lake where your snowshoeing trip begins – the on-snow bit anyway! Your walk takes you through wonderful scenery to Hargreaves Cabin where a great lunch is served.
Jasper has been around for a century now, first established in 1911 as a pioneering railway settlement named Fitzhugh. You can relive the early days with a historic train trip west to Harvey, returning by road along the scenic Yellowhead Highway, seeing amazing scenery and potentially local wildlife en route.
Winter Wildlife Discovery
Jasper is surrounded by National Park land which is rich in wildlife – from ospreys and eagles flying above, to big horn sheep and mountain goats on the slopres and down in the first moose, elks, deer and bears (although they’ll be fast asleep apart from at the very end of winter). The nature tour aims to show you some of these, or evidence they’ve been around, and also takes you down in the spectacular 50 metre deep Maligne River Canyon where you will see frozen waterfalls before concluding at scenic Medicine Lake. Daily. Takes 3-3.5hrs. Departs 9am