Schedule of events 2014
Spring Flower Count
May 24 - 31
In Jasper National Park the tradition of the Spring Flower Count is not just a fun way to get out with the whole family and explore the trails, meadows and slopes for signs of spring. The data collected is used in climate change research to help describe trends over time.
Participation can be as easy as just looking for flowers in bloom and recording information about it on a data sheet and taking a picture - or it can be very challenging if you are trying to identify an uncommon type of willow blossom. Either way - no worries - help is here.
Spring Flowers of Jasper National Park
An introduction to the flower count and a refresher on flower identification
When: Saturday May 24, 7 pm
Location: Parks Canada Administration Office in the Jasper Heritage Railway Station
Flower Walk (on the Marjorie Lake Trail)
When: Sunday May 25, 9 am - Noon
Location: Meet at the Saturday Night Loop (Trail #3) trailhead off Cabin Creek Road in the town of Jasper
If you are an experienced flower counter, just stop by the Information Centre to pick up your collection sheet and we'll send you on your way. You may also email us for a pdf of the collection sheet.
For more information: call Brian Catto at 780-931-7200.
These are just some of the exciting astronomy programs park interpreters will be running this year – weather permitting. Check back closer to the program dates for details. NEW! April 14/15 (11pm -3:30am) –
Total Eclipse of the Moon
Join us in front of the Jasper Park Information Centre in the town of Jasper. Dress warm and bring a chair so you can get comfortable while watching the eclipse. We’ll have access to the warm lobby of the Info Centre and free tea and hot chocolate so bring your travel mug.
- Partial eclipse begins at 11:58 pm
- Total eclipse begins at 1:06 am and lasts till 2:24 am
- Partial eclipse ends at 3:33 am
October 8 (3 am - 6:30 am) – Total Eclipse of the Moon
October 23 (1:30 pm - 6 pm) – Partial Eclipse of the Sun
National Aboriginal Day© Parks Canada
National Aboriginal Day
11am to 4pm, Jasper Information Centre Lawn
8pm to 10pm, Whistler Campground Outdoor Theatre
Jasper National Park is recognized as a significant cultural crossroads for a diversity of Aboriginal groups. Drink in the sights, sounds and colours of local and regional Aboriginal culture at its finest with samples of bannock and bush tea, dancers in colourful regalia and the beat of the drum. Learn More
Look, listen and learn as the Indigenous peoples of this land tell and celebrate their own stories in their own way – naturally.
Flag Raising Ceremony © Parks Canada
Join us in celebrating Canada’s 147th birthday. Wave your maple leaf along the streets of Jasper! Celebrations kick off with a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. and continue through the day and night with a flag raising ceremony, giant birthday cake, parade, barbeque, beer gardens and stage entertainment capped off by a storm of fireworks against the backdrop of mountain peaks that surround the town.
Information Centre Lawn
10 am to 5 pm
Day-long Parks Day activities include kids games, exhibits, music, guided walks, demonstrations and displays that celebrate the park and showcase some of the specialized work that goes into managing it. For full details visit the Friends of Jasper National Park website.
Jasper Dark Sky Festival
Ground Control to Jasper National Park!
Chris Hadfield, Canada's first astronaut to walk in space, has accepted a new mission - to be the headline guest and principal speaker at Jasper Dark Sky Festival 2014.
This partnership with Tourism Jasper and the community of Jasper will include events and activities for everyone from the serious astronomers who get up in the wee hours of the night to spot astronomical phenomenon to those who would rather enjoy the stars through the sky light in their cars.