Jasper National Park of Canada

The Whistlers Travel Guide

Directions

Turn east from Highway 93, 2 km south of Jasper townsite to reach the Jasper Tramway. Drive 4 km up the paved Whistlers Road.

Map of The Whisters

Season

The Jasper Tramway normally operates from Easter to the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday. This schedule will vary somewhat from year to year depending on the weather. You can also hike the 7km distance up the mountain following trail #5 from behind the Jasper International Hostel, 1 km before the Jasper Tramway parking lot.

Time

Allow 15 minutes driving time from Jasper townsite. The Jasper Tramway is a popular tourist attraction. Line-ups for cable cars, refreshments, souvenirs and washrooms can be lengthy. The cable-car ascent takes seven minutes. Most visitors like to spend 30-45 minutes on The Whistlers. A total tour can be accomplished in a short half-day.

Safety

The top of The Whistlers is treeless, so visitors are extremely exposed to the elements. Be sure to bring warm clothing, even in the summer months.

Learning Experiences

Tramway staff provide a short interpretive talk on the way up the cable car and along the trail. Interpretive signs have been installed at the upper terminus and along the trail to the summit.

Tips

The park publication, The Whistlers, is a great booklet to take with you on your trip up the mountain. It can be purchased in the Friends of Jasper National Park bookstore in the Jasper Information Centre.

Disabled AccessWheelchair

The cable car and boardwalk at the upper terminus are wheelchair-accessible.

Highlights

  • The Whistlers upper-terminal area, typical of the alpine lifezone. Exhibits explain the importance of this area in Jasper National Park.
  • Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3954 metres, visible to the northwest of The Whistlers on clear days.
  • Large white quartzite boulders on The Whistlers (called "erratics") were deposited by glaciers about 11,000 years ago.
  • The name "The Whistlers" comes from the high pitched whistle that a Hoary Marmot makes when it senses danger. Watch carefully, there's a good chance of seeing a marmot on the summit of The Whistlers.