Join a Parks Canada Interpreter for one of our many snowshoe programs during Jasper in January and the Family Day long-weekend in February. No snowshoes? No problem, you can borrow ours! Snowshoe quantities are limited, so please show up thirty minutes before the program starts if you want to borrow ours. Dress warm!

Whirlpool Winter Hub

Looking for a place to warm up, have a picnic or even brave the cold and camp out under the stars on a blanket of snow? Whirlpool Winter Hub is your basecamp for winter adventure! Located 22 km from the Jasper townsite along Highway 93A, bring your skis, winter boots and snowshoes and get the quintessential Canadian winter experience.

On weekends with scheduled interpretive programs, we will keep the fire in the warming hut going from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.


  • Winter conditions can vary drastically in the valley bottoms. Look here for details as the winter progresses for updates on our programs and locations. If the temperature (with or without windchill) dips below -24°C, programs will be cancelled.

Dark sky snowshoe/night vision edition

Friday: January 11, 18, and 25
Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Friday: Februray 15
Time: 8 pm to 9:30 pm

Location: Pyramid Lake, parking lot at the end of the road (P7)

Immerse yourself and experience the star rich dark skies, or moonlit skies, of Jasper National Park. Learn about some of the nocturnal adaptations that help the animals of the park (including us) see in the dark!

On cool clear nights we’ll snowshoe a 2.5km loop. On chilly or windy nights the trip will be shortened to a 1km loop. If the temperature (with or without windchill) dips below -24°C, the event will be cancelled. Dress warm and bring a flashlight.

Pine beetle snowshoe

Saturday: January 12, 19, 26, and February 16
Time: 2 pm to 3 pm
Sunday: January 13, 20, 27
Time: 10 am to 11 am

Location: Whirlpool Winter Hub

Why are there so many dead trees in Jasper? If you’re asking yourself this question, then this is the activity for you. Explore the pine forests of Jasper National Park with a park interpreter and discover the good and bad side of this tiny endemic insect with a big punch.

Wildlife (species at risk) snowshoe
Saturday: January 12 and 19
Time: 10 am to 11 am
Sunday: January 13, 20, 27, and February 17
Time: 2 pm to 3 pm

Location: Whirlpool Winter Hub

Take a peek at how researchers protect species at risk in Jasper National Park. We’ll cover the basic of tracking, use some of the equipment our experts use, and learn how these tools help the park better understand wildlife populations.

Jasper in January street party - Caribou activity station

Saturday January 26
Time: 6 pm to 9 pm
Location: 500 Connaught Drive, Jasper

Being a cold loving snow adapted member of the deer family you’d think Jasper’s Caribou population would be doing great. Sadly their numbers continue to decline. Join Jasper’s caribou communications experts to explore the threats caribou face, what the park is doing to give them a fighting chance at survival, and what you can do to help.

“Learn to” snowshoe

Saturday, February 16
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Location: Whirlpool Winter Hub

Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to get around the valley bottoms and shallow slopes of Jasper National Park. The best part? It’s not even that hard! We will cover all of the basics from what a snowshoe does, their cultural significance, how to walk with them and how to look for terrain hazards. When you’ve learned all you can, we’ll point you down the trail for your own snowshoe adventure.

"Learn to" start a fire and bake bannock

Sunday, February 17
Time: 10 am to 11 am
Location: Whirlpool Winter Hub

Learn a few outdoor winter skills, like how to start a fire with flint and steel using natural materials, then cook your own bannock on a stick for a tasty treat. Bring a mug for free hot chocolate and tea. We invite you to bring your own treats (hotdogs, veggies, marshmallow…) to roast over the fire as well. The outdoor fire will stay lit for most of the afternoon.