Summer in Jasper
It’s short, it’s sweet and it’s what brings nearly 2 million people here year after year. Long days allow you ample time to explore the park, and warm weather tends to bring the wildlife out of hiding.
The most popular park activities are described here along with important safety information. To get the most out of your visit, consider attending a Parks Canada interpretive program or hiring a local guide.
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Top 5 Summer Activities in Jasper
1. Wildlife Watching - Roadside wildlife is as common in Jasper as parking meters are in the city. On any given summer day, it usually just takes a slow drive and a sharp eye to spot a majestic elk, a snacking bear or a wily roadside coyote.
2. Hit the Trails – With a well-connected system of nearly 1000km of hiking trails, and 300km of multi-use trails (biking, hiking, backcountry trips, horseback riding), Jasper is the perfect place to actually experience nature while avoiding crowds.
3. Great Canadian Camping – Plug in your RV and put your feet up, pitch a tent on the edge of a lake or rough it (without getting your clothes ruffled) in our new Cottage Tents packaged camping experience.
4. Scenic Journeys – For some, the trip is more important than the destination. That’s why the Icefields Parkway is known as the most spectacular road in the world. Frequent roadside picnic areas will allow you to stop and pick up your jaw once in a while.
Real Mountain Life
- The charming (if somewhat eccentric) town of Jasper is in a place where you can climb a snow-capped peak one day, and tan on the beach the next. If we don’t even follow the laws of physics here, you can’t come expecting “the usual”.
Other Summer Activities