Thinking about an exciting winter getaway? Leave the city in your wake and beat a path to the mountains of Jasper for your family holiday getaway. Jasper National Park offers some amazing opportunities for kids and adults to explore the wonders of a mountain winter. Book a weekend and learn more by visiting www.jasper.travel or www.pc.gc.ca/jasper
For now, here’s a few ideas to get you started!
Explore the Bottom of an Icy Canyon
For kids aged 7 and up, there’s nothing more spectacular than exploring the world of a frozen canyon. Alberta’s most impressive icewalk experience is something that should not be missed and is best done with a guide. Find one of Jasper’s several expert companies that provide transport, insights and a gentle means to connect with this signature Jasper adventure.
Get out Your Skis and Go for a Lap
Whistlers Campground is transformed into a groomed cross country wonderland in the peak of winter. It’s just a short distance from the town of Jasper and the area’s cross country ski loops are inviting and accessible to all. It’s also groomed regularly, so you can be certain that good tracks are in place for beginners to follow. Bring your own or find a good rental package in town.
Explore the past while you enjoy the present!
If the mercury dips below minus 20, a few hours in the Jasper- Yellowhead Museum are a good way to pass the time in fun and engaging way. Lots of displays and activities are way more than kid friendly. Model trains, old costumes and plenty of artefacts make it a very dynamic visit. Changing displays also keep the gallery current- reflecting the mountain culture of Jasper townsite.
Check out the Frozen Falls
A short drive south on the Icefields Parkway takes you to Athabasca Falls- one of Jasper’s iconic winter destinations. In summer this viewpoint is visited by thousands and in the winter- just dozens. The trail is not maintained, but a reliable path forms up for you to follow. Bring ice cleats and take caution when walking down steps. Listen in as the thundering falls become a hushed and quiet babbling delight as the river is encased in a muffling tube of ice.
The Best Skating Ever on Frozen Lakes
At the heart of winter enjoyment comes the ability to skate outside. Frozen ponds at Mildred Lake and Pyramid Lake offer maintained surfaces of stunning lake ice for skaters of all ages to enjoy. Easily accessible, each location offers jaw-dropping views and regularly shovelled ice. Break up your skate with a warm hot chocolate or a delectable bite to eat in a nearby lodge!