Jasper is a tranquil mountain town recognizable for its log-cabin style, laidback energy, and beautiful natural surroundings. Discover the sprawling Jasper National Park and its cascading waterfalls, like Athabasca Falls and Sunwapta Falls. Embark on a boat tour from Jasper to Spirit Island, surrounded by the cerulean waters of Maligne Lake. Explore breathtaking mountainscapes on foot or from the comfort of a SkyTram. Back in town, discover the storied history of Canada’s railways and fur trade at the Jasper Yellowhead Museum.
After a cruise to Hubbard Glacier on Celebrity Eclipse, or one of Millennium’s Southbound Glacier sailings, extend the land portion of your cruise with a Canadian Rockies Cruisetour. Choose an itinerary that takes you deep into Alberta, bringing you close to the Canadian Rockies. You’ll spend a night in Jasper, soaking up everything the town has to show you.
Jasper National Park’s stunning glaciers feed their waters into the crystal-clear Maligne Lake, a sight of tranquility and centerpiece of Jasper’s beauty. Rent a canoe or kayak from the quaint Maligne Tours Boat House and head out on the lake, or take a 90-minute boat tour to Spirit Island, where a dedicated expert will guide you through the flora and fauna of the region.
The Columbia Icefield Skywalk, located about an hour south of Jasper, is a one-of-a-kind attraction. More than a lookout point, it’s a place to discover ancient stories of Columbia Icefield and spot wildlife, like quick-moving mountain goats, in their natural habitat. The glass floors of the skywalk open up to incredible views of the glaciers below. As dramatic cliffs drop below you, mountains and evergreens stretch as far as the eye can see.
When you visit Jasper on a Cruisetour, don’t miss the chance to stargaze in one of the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserves. Witness the awe-inspiring display of innumerable twinkling stars in the expansive Canadian sky. Spend a while at the Planetarium Dome Theatre to participate in an interactive constellation experience.
A Jasper trip is incomplete without exploring the national park it's famous for. Jasper National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, and ever since, Canadians and international travelers alike have flocked to the park for its glacier-fed waters, canyons, mountain biking trails, and activities for all ages. At 4,200 square miles, Jasper is the largest national park in all of the Canadian Rockies.
Board the Jasper SkyTram for awe-inspiring views of the Canadian Rockies and its natural treasures below. This short jaunt along Canada’s highest aerial tramway will whisk you up over 7,000 feet in the air in less than 10 minutes. Marvel at the incredible vistas as you dine at the glass-enclosed mountain top restaurant, or hike to the summit of Whistlers Mountain and breathe in the crisp Canadian air.
There’s no shortage of day hikes in the Jasper National Park area, including Spirit Island and along Maligne Lake. Higher altitude and elevation make this region more challenging for inexperienced hikers, so be mindful of that as you’re planning where to hike.
This part of Alberta is beloved by animal lovers for its bear and elk populations. When you visit Jasper, book a wildlife tour for a chance to see black bears, grizzlies, moose, and bighorn sheep.
Comfort foods are a must after a day of hiking the Canadian Rockies or admiring Athabasca Falls. Sample locally sourced Canadian fare at Harvest Food & Drink. Indulge in authentic Italian cuisine at Cassios Italian Restaurant. At The Raven Bistro, you’ll find Mediterranean food catering to all kinds of diets in a trendy atmosphere. Get to know your neighbor at dinner, grab a drink at the bar, and try authentic Canadian cuisine throughout the town.
Though Alaskan Athabascans and other communities lived in the area for hundreds of years prior to outside settlement, the town is named for Jasper Hawes, a settler who built a supply station called the Jasper House in 1813. The 19th-century fur trade through the Athabasca Pass placed Jasper on the map as a key route along the Canadian Rockies. Today, it’s one of Alberta’s biggest destinations for travelers and consistently rated one of the world’s most beautiful mountain towns.
When you visit Jasper on a Cruisetour, deluxe transportation and transfers come included, while your itinerary can remain independently adventurous. It’s a build-your-own experience that maps the logistics of transit for you, so you can simply enjoy every attraction of the stunning Canadian Rockies at your own pace. Downtown Jasper is conveniently walkable, making it the ideal place to explore on foot. If you book a tour to the surrounding attractions, transportation comes included. .
Like other destinations in Canada, Jasper is proud of its heritage, culture, and arts, so local vendors are eager to share their handmade goods, art, and souvenirs with travelers visiting their town. The gift shop at the Jasper Yellowhead Museum sells helpful information like guides and books of the area, and showcases the artwork of local and regional artists. Buy locally made Canadian products and gifts at the shop inside Jasper National Park’s visitor center.
The Canadian Dollar is the accepted currency in Jasper, but you’ll find credit cards are widely accepted in many establishments. Visa and Mastercard are the most commonly used by travelers to Canada. It’s recommended you tip anywhere between 15% to 20% at restaurants, bars, and for taxi drivers or rideshares. Because Jasper and the surrounding areas are popular attractions for tourists, many people working at cafes and restaurants rely on tips, and they’ll be highly appreciative of yours.