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.

Interpretive trails

Interpretive trails

Be sure to visit the interpretive panels along our many trails in the park:  

Athabasca Falls

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.

Maligne Canyon

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 Loop 
Winter 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 Pass
Venture to this low elevation valley and let yourself be inspired by this historical corridor of movement for Indigenous people, fur trappers, railways and explorers.

Dark sky

Dark Sky 

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!

Best places to view the night sky
Pyramid Island
Cross the wooden walkway over the glistening ice of Pyramid Lake and marvel at the sea of stars above Pyramid Mountain.
Old Fort Point
Just a short walk from the Jasper townsite, Old Fort Point offers stunning views of the night sky dancing over the street lights of town.
Valley of the Five Lakes Parking lot
Along the Icefields Parkway, and away from the lights of town, be awestruck by the vastness of the dark sky above this parking lot.
Jasper Airstrip
A short drive east of town along the Athabasca River, pull into the Jasper Airstrip parking lot to watch the stars sparkle over the distant Colin Mountain Range.