Paragliding and hang gliding
Reach new heights this summer in Jasper
Over the next two years, Jasper National Park will be piloting two new activities: paragliding and hang gliding. This is your chance to explore the park from the air and to admire our valleys and mountains from a different angle.
What is paragliding and hang gliding?
These activities are a form of mechanically-assisted flight, using a specialized parachute and harness (paragliding) or a fixed wing and rigging (hang gliding).
What should you know about paragliding and hang gliding in Jasper National Park?
- Motorized or towed launches are not permitted.
- Make sure you have the proper insurance and certification. Visit Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada.
- Familiarize yourself with the Best Management Practices for Hang Gliding and Paragliding in Jasper National Park.
- Record your flight through the HPAC.
Where can you practice these activities?
- Hang gliding and paragliding flights will be permitted to launch and land at undesignated sites throughout Jasper National Park, with the exception of the following areas:
- X Edith Cavell Meadows, Pocahontas Ponds, Maligne Lake Outlet, Surprise Valley, Ancient Forest, Jasper House
- X The Jasper townsite
- X Marmot Basin Ski Area
- X Roadways and associated rights-of-way (e.g. Highway 16, Icefields Parkway, Maligne Lake Road)
- X Within 30 m of water courses
- X Within 1000 m of active raptor nests and mineral licks
- Use official trails and routes to access areas for hang gliding.
- For more detailed flight planning consult the Best Management Practices for Hang Gliding and Paragliding in Jasper National Park.
Remember, you are responsible for your own safety.
- Always wear proper safety gear.
- Know your equipment.
- Be aware of the weather forecast.
- Plan your flight beforehand.
- Tell someone where you are going and when you are expected back.
- For more safety information visit HPAC.
Call 911 (will not work on a satellite phone) or call Jasper National Park Dispatch office at 780-852-3100. Cell phone reception is unreliable.
For more information review our Guidelines for New Recreational Activities or contact the Information Centre at 780-852-6176.