What's New for Summer 2015
Jasper National Park's major investment
Parks Canada is investing more than $210 million in infrastructure and conservation in Jasper National Park. This major investment includes renovation of heritage buildings, upgrades to popular trails, contribution to Species at Risk recovery and extensive work on Highway 16 and the Icefields Parkway. Get the details on infrastructure improvements here.
Guided stand up paddleboarding experiences are now being offered in Jasper National Park. Regardless of your fitness level, connect with nature with ease while paddling our beautiful lakes.
Columbia Icefield Theatre
Enjoy a brand new 116 person theatre located on the lower level of the Columbia Icefield centre. Park’s Canada will be showcasing an award winning short film, “Through Ice and Time”, created by the internationally acclaimed director and cinematographer Alar Kivilo.
Red Chair program
Take a moment, take a seat and take in the mountain landscape! The second year of the Jasper red chair program will add to the existing six red chair sites. Stay tuned for the newest locations.
Due to a sold out 2014 season, 10 new oTENTiks will be added to Whistler’s campground for a total of 21. For reservations and more about the amenities these cozy tent cabins offer, visit here.
Wildlife Guardian radio
Parks Canada will be bringing wildlife interpretation to the airwaves with the launch of Jasper’s Wildlife Guardian radio stations (96.7FM English, 94.7FM French).
Hidden Cove campground
In June 2015, Jasper’s newest Paddle Campground at Hidden Cove, will open to the public. Tucked away along the shores of the iconic Maligne Lake, the campground is ideal for families, groups with children or seniors, and beginner canoeists and kayakers, looking for a gentle “backcountry” paddling and camping adventure.
Paragliding & hang gliding
Reach new heights this summer in Jasper National Park and soar among the picturesque Rocky Mountains! We will be launching a two year pilot project with the hang gliding and paragliding Association of Canada to develop best practices for both sports.
Skim the top of our pristine lakes this summer while taking in the awe-inspiring views of Jasper National Park through our newly permitted wind sport, traction kiting. Watch for excellent traction kiting viewing this summer on Jasper Lake.
Icefield Centre info desk
Visit our newly built Parks Canada Information Desk at the Columbia Icefield Centre. Our friendly staff will provide you with all the information you need to equip yourself for adventures along the Icefields Parkway and throughout Jasper National Park.
Jasper Heritage Firehall summer programming
Park’s Canada, along with the Jasper Artist Guild will be kicking off our summer programming at the Jasper Heritage Firehall on Saturday June 27. Visitors can expect interactive displays, evening music & street theatre as well as Meti’s dancing and kids programs.
Bear Scat Seekers volunteer program
Scat, what’s that? Parks Canada is looking for dedicated hikers to volunteer their time to help collect bear scat on our official trails. Interested volunteers are encouraged to visit our volunteer opportunities page to learn more about this program and to register.