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A Canadian Getaway

Photo by Julie Irvine

Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada, boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in Western Canada. So what’s the best way to check it out? Keep reading for a sample of what awaits you in Jasper.

Where to Stay
Jasper, Alberta offers a wide variety of accommodations for all travelers. For the outdoor enthusiast, both frontcountry and backcountry campsites are available at different times of the year for tents, vans, and trailers. If you’re interested in a cabin stay, the park also features multiple cabins, lodges, and resorts. And if you’d like to stay closer to town, Jasper offers a large selection of inns and hotels—many of which are even pet friendly!

What to Do
Nature lovers can enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities and events year-round. In October, the Dark Sky Festival gives visitors a chance to gaze at the stars, spot the Northern Lights, and learn more about the night sky. Other winter activities include skiing or snowboarding at Marmot Basin ski resort, guided ice walks in Maligne Canyon, ice climbing a frozen waterfall, and even dog sledding around Jasper.

The summer months are also a great time to see more of the park. Anyone looking to get out on the spectacular lakes in the park can select from guided tours—including raft, float, and canoe tours—as well as individual water adventures like fishing, paddleboarding, and kayaking. Wildlife viewing is also a popular activity throughout the park, and visitors will be able to see animals such as moose, wolves, mountain goats, bears, elk, and sheep.

No matter your passion, there’s something fun for every traveler in Jasper National Park. Whether you want to stay for a weekend or a while, this World Heritage Site is full of unforgettable sights and adventures.