Free Parks Canada activities
Spring: May 18 to June 23, 2019
Wildlife Guardians (Starting May 18)
Wildlife viewing is one of the most popular activities in Jasper National Park – and there are plenty of animals along the roadsides – from sheep, elk and deer to black and grizzly bear. The Wildlife Guardians patrol Jasper’s roadways and try to ensure safe wildlife viewing and prevent “wildlife jams” that commonly form when too many vehicles stop next to roadside animals.
Through interpretation and traffic management Wildlife Guardians allow visitors to photograph and connect with some of Jasper’s most intriguing animals, without having to risk a dangerous close encounter.
Our Wildlife Guardian team will be patrolling the roads every day starting May 18th. Look for the not-to-be-missed van!
Roving Interpreters (May 18 to June 23)
Roving means mobile and that’s what we do. On sunny days, park interpreters will set up a mobile display of natural history items (skins, skulls, horns and antlers) at popular visitor destinations.
The Bears of Jasper
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – Noon
Why do bears hang out next to the road? It’s all about food! Join a park interpreter to check out bear hides, skulls and claws and have your bear questions answered.
The Birds of Jasper
Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Medicine Lake (north viewpoint)
Bird populations in North America are on the decline. Why is this happening? Join us and find out. Then take a look through our powerful telescope at some Bald Eagles on their nest.
What’s Bugging the Forest
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – Noon
Why are there so many red trees in Jasper? If you are asking this question then this program is for you!
Elk and Co.
Saturday and Sunday, 1 pm – 3 pm
Don’t mess with momma! Elk and the rest of the cloven hooved crew are very protective of their newborns. Stop by our display to learn more on how to stay safe during the calving season.
National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21 - 11 am to 4 pm
Jasper Information Centre Lawn
Jasper National Park is recognized as a significant cultural crossroads for a diversity of Indigenous groups. Drink in the sights, sounds and colors of local and regional Indigenous culture at its finest with samples of bannock and bush tea, dancers in colorful regalia and the beat of the drum.
Xplorer and Club Parka Booklets
On a family vacation and wondering how to keep the kids busy and happy? These booklets are for families to discover the park and do activities together. Xplorer booklets are geared for kids between the ages of 6 and 11, while Club Parka Booklets are for kids under six. You can pick up these free booklets at information centres, campground kiosks and at interpretive programs. Once you have completed the required number of activities, stop by an information centre to be awarded with a souvenir as a token of your success.
Self-guided interpretive experiences
Jasper National Park’s interpretive team would like to thank all the visitors who participated in our interpretive and experiential programs this winter. In the meantime you can enjoy some self-guided interpretive activities around the park.
Be sure to visit the interpretive panels along our many trails in the park:
Not only are the Athabasca Falls one of the most powerful falls to be found in the mountain national parks, but the adjoining Athabasca River was a historically significant transportation corridor to the Pacific Coast during the fur trade. Snowshoe on the Athabasca Falls River trail and browse the fascinating information panels!
Jasper’s Easy Trail System
These easy multi-use trails provide opportunities to explore and access areas close to the town of Jasper. Learn about Jasper’s early history along the Discovery Trail. Then, get the details on some of the park’s most common wildlife along the Red Squirrel, Big Horn, Wood Pecker, and Wapiti trails.
Discover the natural wonder of this underground cave system through our interpretive panels and then venture into the canyon to see it firsthand. Safety is paramount; it is advised to wear ice cleats and visit with a guide.
Mary Schäffer LoopWinter walk or snowshoe along this easy loop and read about Mary Schäffer, famous for her explorations in the Canadian Rockies. In 1908 she and her guides arrived at Maligne Lake by following a map drawn for her by Stoney tribesman Samson Beaver. Outside native circles, the lake was unknown.
Yellowhead PassVenture to this low elevation valley and let yourself be inspired by this historical corridor of movement for Indigenous people, fur trappers, railways and explorers.
On March 26, 2011 the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) officially designated Jasper National Park as a Dark Sky Preserve. That means the park makes a special commitment to protect and preserve the night sky and reduce light pollution.
Jasper Dark Skies
In fall and winter, park interpreters offer dark sky programs that highlight the importance of maintaining our dark sky status from both light reduction perspective and for the benefit of Jasper’s nocturnal critters.
Did you know?
Encompassing over 11,000 km2, Jasper National Park is the second largest dark sky preserve in the world!
Best places to view the night sky
Pyramid IslandCross the wooden walkway over the glistening ice of Pyramid Lake and marvel at the sea of stars above Pyramid Mountain.
Old Fort PointJust a short walk from the Jasper townsite, Old Fort Point offers stunning views of the night sky dancing over the street lights of town.
Valley of the Five Lakes Parking lotAlong the Icefields Parkway, and away from the lights of town, be awestruck by the vastness of the dark sky above this parking lot.
Jasper AirstripA short drive east of town along the Athabasca River, pull into the Jasper Airstrip parking lot to watch the stars sparkle over the distant Colin Mountain Range.
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All programming subject to change.