Top 10 things to do in Jasper

Top 10 things to do in Jasper

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written by SunDog Transportation and Tour Co.

Jasper, located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, is a paradise for outdoor adventurers and nature lovers. With its stunning landscapes, pristine lakes, and abundant wildlife, this charming mountain town offers a myriad of unforgettable experiences. Get ready to explore the best of Jasper National Park with our list of the top 10 things to do in Jasper.

Table of Contents: The Top 10 Things To Do In Jasper National Park

  • Marvel at Maligne Lake
  • Hike the Athabasca Falls Trail
  • Discover the Columbia Icefield
  • Experience Wildlife in Jasper National Park
  • Soak in Miette Hot Springs
  • Hike the Sulphur Skyline Trail
  • Go Rock Climbing with Rockaboo, Jasper’s Rock Climbing experts
  • Explore Pyramid Lake
  • Go White Water Rafting
  • Stargaze at the Jasper Dark Sky Preserve

Marvel at Maligne Lake

Top Things To See In Jasper

Perhaps one of the top lakes to visit on planet Earth, the surreal Maligne Lake comes in at the top of our recommendations. Experience the breathtaking beauty of Maligne Lake, known for its turquoise waters and picturesque surroundings, on your own or with the assistance of a qualified local guide. Discover the spectacular Maligne Valley, including Maligne Canyon and Medicine Lake on a “Wonders of Jasper” tour. The tour includes either a gentle hike along the shores of Maligne Lake or a boat ride to Spirit Island, an iconic landmark.

Hike the Athabasca Falls Trail

Top Active Things To Do In Jasper

Embark on a scenic hike along the Athabasca Falls Trail and be mesmerized by the powerful cascades and dramatic rock formations. Capture stunning photographs and revel in the raw beauty of this natural wonder. We visit Athabasca Falls on the Icefields Parkway Sightseeing Tours.

Photo by Ryan Bray

Discover the Columbia Icefield

Top Things To See In Jasper

Venture to the Columbia Icefield, where you can stand on ancient glaciers and witness the grandeur of the ice-covered peaks. The Icefields Parkway Sightseeing Tour from Jasper to Banff stops at the Columbia Icefield and includes tickets to both the Columbia Icefield Adventure on the Athabasca Glacier and the Columbia Icefield Skywalk. This is the perfect opportunity to learn about this fascinating glacial environment.

Experience Wildlife in Jasper National Park

Top Things To See In Jasper

Explore Jasper National Park, home to diverse wildlife including bears, elk, bighorn sheep, and more. Join a small-group wildlife tour for the best chance of spotting these “Jasper Locals” or go on a self-guided drive to try and spot these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Photo by Coulter Schmitz

Soak in Miette Hot Springs

Top Things To Do In Jasper

Indulge in relaxation at Miette Hot Springs, known for its soothing mineral-rich waters. Immerse yourself in the warm pools while surrounded by scenic mountain views, and let your worries melt away.

Hike the Sulphur Skyline Trail

Top Active Things To Do In Jasper

If you’re looking for active things to do in Jasper, consider hiking the Sulphur Skyline Trail. Prior to or after dipping in the famous Miette Hot Springs, embark on the challenging Sulphur Skyline Trail, which rewards hikers with panoramic views of the Athabasca River Valley. The hike showcases the beauty of the Canadian Rockies and offers a memorable outdoor adventure. It is often considered the best “reward for effort” by Jasper locals, as the views you are rewarded with outweigh the reasonably short hike… don’t go unprepared however, it’s a steep ascent to the top!

Go Rock climbing with JAsper's Rock climbing experts at Rockaboo

Top Active Things To Do In Jasper

For those seeking the adventure and higher adrenaline levels, rock climbing with Rockaboo is a must. Whether you’re a complete novice or have some climbing experience, the beginner-friendly rock walls in Jasper offer the perfect training ground. Certified instructors and experienced guides are available to provide expert guidance and ensure your safety as you learn the ropes. Feel empowered as you conquer the vertical challenges and improve your skills on the wall.

Explore Pyramid Lake

Top Things To See In Jasper  

We are blessed with a plethora of turquoise lakes with stunning mountain backdrops. One of the favourite lakes in Jasper is Pyramid Lake. Discover the serene beauty of Pyramid Lake, nestled at the foot of Pyramid Mountain. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle across the tranquil waters, surrounded by stunning mountain vistas. For those looking for a truly Canadian experience, Wildcurrent Outfitters offers a guided canoe tours on Pyramid Lake.

Go White Water Rafting

Top Active Things To Do In Jasper

Water Water Rafting in Jasper is one of the most thrilling experiences you can find in Jasper. Embrace adventure with a thrilling white water rafting experience on the Athabasca or Sunwapta Rivers. Ride the rapids and feel the adrenaline rush as you navigate through stunning canyons and breathtaking scenery.

Stargaze at the Jasper Dark Sky Preserve

Top Things To See In Jasper

As the day ends in the National Park, the setting sun gives rise to one of the most spectacular and surreal things you can do in Jasper – star gaze. Immerse yourself in the wonders of the universe at the Jasper Dark Sky Preserve. Head to a designated stargazing spot and witness the brilliance of the night sky, including the Milky Way and shimmering constellations. If you’re looking to add a learning element to your Dark Sky experience, plus the opportunity to look through the largest telescopes in the Canadian Rockies, a nightly Jasper Planetarium experience is the way to go!