There are plenty of exciting things to do in Jasper in winter and fall. SunDog Tours offers a variety of Jasper activities and tours, but there is so much more to explore during your stay. While visiting, adventure into the town to indulge in delicious food at Jasper restaurants, shop in the charming downtown, and stargaze at the world’s largest astronomy park. The following activities are just a sampling of SunDog Tours’ recommendations for fun-filled adventures this fall and winter season.
Visit Local Restaurants
Jasper restaurants are known for their welcoming atmosphere, fresh ingredients and flavourful food. The Raven Bistro serves Mediterranean-style food, using locally-sourced ingredients. They believe that every great meal is made up of delicious and nurturing food paired with satisfying drinks, and rounded out with gracious company.
During your visit, be sure to stop by Canada’s first national park brewery, Jasper Brewing Company. This microbrewery and eatery is a local treasure, with a variety of comfort food items and a vast selection of craft beer, created to reflect the beauty and spirit of Jasper, Alberta.
Harvest Food & Drink’s friendly menu accommodates dietary restrictions with gluten-free and vegan options. Try delicious features from this small family-owned and operated restaurant’s diverse brunch, lunch or dinner menu.
Explore Wildlife On Jasper Tours
With a winter wonderland backdrop, Jasper National Park provides the best chance to see animals in their natural habitat. Embark on SunDog Tours’ Winter Wildlife Discovery Tour to view Jasper’s most iconic creatures. Some of the many animals you may see on this tour include goats, wolves, elk, deer, and even moose. SunDog Tours’ experienced guides will share information about how Jasper’s wildlife contributes to the rich diversity of the park and how the animals survive cold winters in the mountains. Be sure to have your camera on-hand because animals aren’t the only thing you’ll see on this tour—your tour guides will take you to see Jasper’s most beautiful winter scenery.
Shop In Jasper’s Downtown
While enjoying scenic views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains, spend a day checking out a few of Jasper’s charming shops. Whether you’re looking for the perfect souvenir, trying to find a gift for the holiday season, or just treating yourself, Jasper’s vibrant downtown is full of unique stores filled with quality goods and specialty items. The local shops and small businesses offer exclusive foods and snacks, a wide variety of clothing, and delightful souvenirs to look back on memories made during your visit.
Stargaze At The Jasper Planetarium
The world’s largest astronomy park is located in Jasper, Alberta, at the Jasper Planetarium. Learn from the planetarium’s guides about the Northern Lights and tips on how to photograph the Milky Way and aurora. Guides will also narrate the inspiring stories of the Aboriginal constellation. The Jasper Planetarium offers hands-on experiences, including the opportunity to interact with meteorites from their collection. During your visit, you can expect to see the most remarkable views that can only be seen from the largest accessible dark sky preserve in the world.
Take Part In Classic Jasper Winter Activities
The fall and winter seasons provide optimal weather for festive activities like skating, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Jasper is home to many outdoor skating rinks that can be used all winter long. Go for a scenic skate within the Rocky Mountains on a frozen lake or river, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Be sure to follow safety guidelines and tips from Parks Canada before embarking on your skating adventure.
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are classic winter activities in Jasper that are sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Catering to all levels and abilities, Jasper National Park has a variety of snowshoeing trails for beginners all the way to experienced explorers. The park also has a great mix of cross-country ski trails that offer an adventure for the whole family to do together.
Warm Up With Coffee Or Hot Chocolate
There is an abundance of places in Jasper where you can beat the winter chills with a warm coffee, hot chocolate or tea. Sourcing from local Alberta and Canadian Roasters, SnowDome Coffee Bar and Andromeda Coffee serve high-quality coffee and delicious hot beverages. WickedCup is a place where you can find freshly roasted organic coffee and tea. This coffee shop also has a diverse breakfast menu and a children’s menu.
Although the fall and winter seasons may bring cold weather, it also provides the perfect setting for an unforgettable trip full of activities and tours. For more information on things to do in Jasper in winter and fall, read our Jasper travel blog or contact us.