Calendar of events
Jasper National Park has a range of special events occuring throughout the year for you to take part in. Help contribute to climate change research by taking part in the flower count, or participate in National Indigenous Peoples Day, Canada Day, and Parks Day.
Spring Flower Count - May 25 - 26
In Jasper National Park the tradition of the Spring Flower Count is not just a fun way to get out with the whole family and explore the trails, meadows and slopes for signs of spring. The data collected is used in climate change research to help describe trends over time.
Participation can be as easy as just looking for flowers in bloom and recording information about it on a data sheet and taking a picture - or it can be very challenging if you are trying to identify an uncommon type of willow blossom. Either way - no worries - help is here.
Spring Flowers of Jasper National Park
An introduction to the flower count and a refresher on flower identification (bring your flower ID books.)
- When: Saturday May 25, 7 PM
- Location: Parks Canada Administration Office in the Jasper Heritage Railway Station
Flower Walk (on the Marjorie Lake Trail)
- When: Saturday May 26, 9 AM – 11 AM
- Location: Meet at the Saturday Night Loop (Trail #3) trailhead off Cabin Creek Road in the town of Jasper
If you are an experienced flower counter, just stop by the Information Centre to pick up your collection sheet and we'll send you on your way.
For more information, call Brian Catto at 780-931-7200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
National Indigenous Peoples Day - June 21
Information Centre Lawn, 11 am to 4 pm
Jasper National Park is recognized as a significant cultural crossroads for a diversity of Indigenous groups. Drink in the sights, sounds and colours of local and regional Indigenous culture at its finest with samples of bannock and bush tea, dancers in colourful regalia and the beat of the drum.
Look, listen, and learn as the Indigenous peoples of this land tell and share their own stories in their own way.
11 am Music: Warrior Women
12 pm Music: Laura Vinson and Free Spirit
1 pm Grand entry: Sunchild First Nation
2 pm Demonstration pow wow: Sunchild First Nation
3:30 pm Learn the Red River Jig: Parks Canada Interpreters
Vendor booths include: traditional food, arts and crafts, local Indigenous history.
Canada Day - July 1
Parks Day - July 21
Information Centre Lawn, 10 am to 4 pm
The Friends of Jasper National Park offer day-long Parks Day activities including kids games, exhibits, music, guided walks, demonstrations and displays that celebrate the park and showcase some of the specialized work that goes into managing it. For full details visit the Friends of Jasper National Park website.
Jasper Dark Sky Festival - October 12 to 21
Encompassing over 11,000 km2, Jasper National Park is the second largest dark sky preserve in the world! During the month of October we show our appreciation and celebrate the night sky with dark sky month.
On top of this year’s key note speakers, twin Astronaut’s Mark and Scott Kelly, visitors can experience a series of dark sky related events as well as the following free Parks Canada led programs:
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
When: October 13 & 14 at 9 pm
Location: Lake Annette (Parking lot #13)
Embrace the dark side and experience the star rich skies of Jasper National Park on a 2.4 km easy guided hike. Bring a flashlight.
When: October 17 & 18 at 7 pm to 9 pm
Location: Heritage Firehall, 414 Patricia St.
Sidewalk astronomy in the town of Jasper! A Park Interpreter will have an assortment of telescopes and binoculars set up for moon viewing. Drop by for five minutes or stay for an hour.
By the Light of the Moon
When: October 19 & 20 at 8:15 pm and 9:30 pm
Location: Beyond the Stars event at Lake Annette
Immerse yourself and experience the moonlit skies of Jasper National Park on this 2.4km guided hike. Learn about some of the nocturnal adaptations that help the animals of the park (including us) see in the dark. Bring a flashlight.
Why Dark Skies MatterWhen: October 20, 10 am to 2 pm
Location: Big Bang Expo, 401 Bonhomme Street
Jasper National Park is one of the world’s largest designated dark sky preserves. How does this status benefit visitors, wildlife and residents? Join us to find out why we love our dark skies.
Free admission day - November 23
Spend a day exploring—it’s on us!
In 2017, to celebrate Canada 150, Parks Canada offered free admission and welcomed over 27 million visitors to our national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites. What better way to say “thank you” to our visitors than to offer a free admission day? Admission is already free on Canada Day, but we’re adding another day for you to enjoy your favourite activities without paying any admission fees.