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?

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
    (See map of areas closed to launching and landing in Jasper National Park)
  • 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.