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!