Winter in Jasper National Park
Winter is a time to connect with the great outdoors and find your inner adventurer. With all of the activities, programs and winter facilities Jasper National Park has to offer, there is no better time to explore and venture beyond with us this season.
Check out our top ten winter activities in the park! From snowshoeing to fat biking to wildlife viewing to skiing, there is no shortage of things to do in Jasper. Also, if you are wondering what’s new this year, well we are going further and expanding our winter offer to include more trails, a winter hub at Marmot Meadows in Whistlers campground, winter camping at Whirlpool and lots of new interpretive programming. So bring your skates, skis, snowshoes and thirst for adventure, and come and enjoy what our majestic park has to offer (and if you don’t have the gear, no worries, our local shops have you covered)!
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Wildlife viewing, nature watching and photography
Though the bears may be asleep, there is still pleanty of wildlife activity in the park in the winter. Around the Jasper townsite area, elk, mule deer and coyote are common. The Maligne Lake Road is a good place to look for moose, mountain sheep and caribou. Wolves are sometimes seen near Pyramid and Patricia Lakes and along the Icefields Parkway. Herds of elk can be seen along Highway 16 East. Remember, though, these are wild animals. If you should see them, keep your distance for your own safety and do not feed them for your sake and theirs. Winter can be an especially difficult time for animals. Your respect for their need to feed and rest undisturbed will help them survive. Though they seldom show themselves to humans, snowshoe hares, martens, weasels, lynx, foxes, cougars and wolverines are also active in the park in winter. If you don't actually see these animals you are certain to see signs of their presence. The winter snow is a page on which the comings and goings of the park's inhabitants are recorded for anyone who wants to take the time to interpret the tracks left behind.
Hardy campers who wish to stay in the Columbia Icefields area are permitted to tent at the Wilcox Pass Trailhead. Note that this site is unmaintained during the winter. No water, garbage collection or maintenance services are offered. Please pack-out what you pack in and be aware that snowfall may impact access to privies. Fires are not permitted. After a snowfall, parking areas are ploughed only after all roads are cleared. Campers should be prepared with shovels. The Wilcox Trailhead site requires a bivy permit. Call 780-852-6176 for information.
Wapiti is a great campsite for family outings at any time of year. It’s close to town for supply runs and in the winter campers often get first crack at the slopes and cross country trails (because to really appreciate a campfire, you have to use it to thaw your ski boots!)
Looking for gear?
|Jasper Source For Sports
406 Patricia Street
|Totem Ski Shop |
408 Connaught Drive
618 Connaught Drive
|Edge Control |
626 Connaught Drive
|On-Line Sports & Tackle
600 Patricia Street
630 Connaught Drive
610 Patricia Street
618 Patricia Street