Interpretive trails and exhibits

Visit places where panels share a story of the park.

Athabasca Glacier

Walk to a close-up view of the Athabasca Glacier. Bring your jacket. Glacial air is chilly! This moderate upward stroll is worth the reward. Date markers along the trail show where the toe of glacier used to be. Where was the glacier when you were born?

Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Falls is a place of great beauty. It is a place of great spirit to many Indigenous peoples. Walk the trails. Observe the beauty. Read the story panels. Think of those who have travelled here before you and those who will follow after.

Athabasca Falls is a high use area. Please follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines. Visit early morning or late evening to avoid peak crowds.

Athabasca Pass

For thousands of years, Indigenous people crossed the Rocky Mountains by way of this high mountain pass. Two hundred years ago Athabasca Pass was the main fur trade route to the Pacific Ocean. Today this route is rarely travelled. Story panels are found at two road side pull outs:

Jasper Town connector trails

Trails from Jasper Town connect to day use sites. Learn about the history of Jasper along the Discovery Trail. Common wild animals are the story on these trails:

  • Red Squirrel Trail to Lac Beauvert
  • Big Horn Trail to lake Annette
  • Wood Pecker Trail to Jasper Park Lodge
  • Wapiti Trail to Wapiti Campground
  • Pyramid Trail to Pyramid Lake
Maligne Canyon

Discover the natural wonder of this underground river/cave system. The first and second bridges at the top of the canyon provide quick access to the best views. Or park at Fifth Bridge and hike up trail 7 to take in the whole story.

Maligne Canyon is a high use area. Please follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines. Visit early morning or late evening to avoid peak crowds.

Mary Schäffer Loop 

An easy walk along the shore of Maligne Lake. Mary Schäffer is famous for her travels in the Canadian Rockies. Mary Schäffer is often given credit for finding Maligne Lake in 1908. She was not the first person or woman to travel here. This place was known to many Indigenous peoples long before early white explorers arrived. Samson Beaver of the Stoney First Nation drew a map of this area to guide Mary on her trip.

Maligne Lake is a high use area. Please follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines. Visit early morning or late evening to avoid peak crowds.

Yellowhead Pass

A roadside stop along a historical corridor where Indigenous people, fur trappers, explorers, and railway workers travelled before you.

Jasper House

A short stroll takes you to the Athabasca River and viewpoint to see where a Hudson’s Bay Company fur trade fort once stood. Panels share a story of the fur trade on this river.

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.