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10 Keys to a Perfect Spring in Jasper National Park



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Spring is here, and it’s glorious. Now is the perfect time to plan your springtime adventure in Jasper, whether it’s sneaking in some last turns on the slopes, riding the waves with river rafting or basking in the sunshine and mountain views from a patio.

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There’s the wobbly baby animals, the budding of new greenery and, of course, the shedding of winter’s Michelin Man-inspired layers. Yes, spring is here and it’s glorious. With the snow melting in the valleys (if not at the summits quite yet), now is the perfect time to kickstart your ultimate spring adventure. While the list of possible activities is long, the following options are sure to create lasting memories.

1/ Spring Skiing at Marmot Basin

If you haven’t yet felt the undiluted joy of spring skiing, then we’ve got two words for you: GET. READY. A fresh, fluffy blanket of snow covers Marmot Basin ski resort all the way into May, thanks to its high elevation and northern latitude. Join the party at one of the many events scheduled through April, including the Kokanee Freeride (April 13) and the Aloha Cup (April 20). 

2/ Jasper Canadian Rockies Half Marathon

When the layers come off, the kilometres pile on. Now entering its fourth year, the Jasper Canadian Rockies Half Marathon (April 13) is a great way to kick off another season of exploring the national park on foot. Whether it’s your first race or your fiftieth, this fun, scenic event is sure to please! Choose from a range of distances: 1-kilometre fun run for kids, 5-kilometre race, 10-kilometr race, and of course the half marathon.

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3/ Wildlife Watching

People aren’t the only ones waking up and exploring the park with renewed vigor — the bears, elk and plenty of other wild creatures are out and about. Book a wildlife discovery tour with either SunDog Tour Co. or Maligne Adventures to have an experienced guide take you to the best spots, at the best times.

4/ Snowshoeing via Jasper SkyTram

At an elevation of 2,263 metres, the upper station of the Jasper SkyTram is an unforgettable place to snowshoe. For as long as snow remains at the peak, visitors can rent snowshoe equipment at the Upper Station Retail store and make the 1.4-kilometre trek from the station to the tippity-top of Whistlers Mountain.

5/ Partying at the 10th Jasper Pride Festival

Join over a thousand visitors travelling from around the world to attend a marquee pride event in a spectacular mountain setting. This year celebrating its 10th anniversary, the popular Jasper Pride Festival (April 25-28) is going to be better than ever! 

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6/ Rafting the Rivers

Did you know that most of Jasper’s rafting companies open in the early spring and stay open until after snow has fallen in the fall? Spring is a particularly great time, as the snow melts and gives new energy to the Athabasca and Sunwapta rivers. Whether you prefer a raucous ride or a mellow float, there’s a raft tour for you.   

7/ Patio Sitting

Any patio is lovely, but a patio with a mountain view is a particular treat. Jasper has plenty (don’t miss these seven winners!) and they’re the perfect place to grab a bevvy with pals, enjoy a delicious meal and just soak up the rays.

8/ Hiking the Trails

Although some of Jasper’s mountain peaks are impassable up until the heart of summer, some great spring trails include: Old Fort Point, Pyramid Bench, Valley of the Five Lakes and the Discovery trail around the Jasper townsite. Make the experience even better by booking a guided hike with Walks & Talks, Jasper Hikes & Tours Inc., or Canadian Skyline Adventures.

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9/ Hit the Open Road by Motorcycle

Snap an endless stream of photos from the comfort of the sidecar attached to a Harley Davidson while Jasper Motorcycle Tours takes you on the adventure of a lifetime. The tour guide and driver will take you to sights missed by motorcoach and car. This is a great way to experience the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s greatest drives.

10/ Stargaze with the Jasper Planetarium

Cloudy or clear, it’s always perfect conditions to admire the night sky with the Jasper Planetarium. Take part in their exquisite Planetarium and Telescope Experience, which features a world-exclusive show of Jasper’s dark sky preserve and a tour of the largest telescopes in the Canadian Rockies.

Jasper is your base of adventure: an awe-inspiring and authentic Rocky Mountain destination – the entry point to Canada’s most epic experiences. It is from here that the greatest personal expeditions begin; where explorers and wanderers from around the world converge to enjoy the activities, accommodations, restaurants, and businesses of the town of Jasper, before taking on the real Canadian Rockies of Jasper National Park.

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