In Jasper, winter isn’t just tolerated — it's celebrated.

Immerse yourself in Canadian Rockies culture with some top picks for adventure, cuisine and more. Here's our ultimate three-day itinerary of things to do in Jasper in winter.

Day 1

Morning: Say hello to Canada’s largest Rocky Mountain national park

As you arrive in the Jasper, take time to drink in the stunning views and crisp alpine air. No one’s in a rush here, and the snow-covered streets are alive with the buzz of ski season.

If you’ve arrived early enough, stop in for a delicious waffle at Silverwater Grill & Lounge in the Chateau Jasper to start your getaway off right. Then, pop into a few shops in the heart of town before you gear up for a day outdoors.

Afternoon: Discover Maligne Canyon’s icy wonderland

Head to Maligne Canyon where you’ll find magnificent frozen waterfalls and geological features. Explore Jasper National Park’s deepest canyon with a guide on a three-hour icewalk tour to learn about Maligne Canyon’s cave system, fossils and more.

A group of people walk through an icy canyon.

Fill up following your adventure with smokehouse cuisine at Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen. We recommend the wilderness platter to share.

Tip: You can also visit Maligne Canyon at night with a headlamp for an enchanting experience.

Evening: Après adventure

It’s time to relax and enjoy a drink as you reflect on the sights you saw today. The après-adventure scene is core to Jasper's outdoor-loving community.

Try Jasper brews and elevated casual dining at the Hearthstone Lounge, or grab dinner to-go at Hearthstone Pizza. If you’re feeling up for another round or two, head back into the town centre to the Whistle Stop Pub, a favourite local hang-out that often hosts live music.

Groups of people sit at tables at the Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen

Day 2

Morning/Afternoon: Experience Canadian Rockies powder at Marmot Basin

A visit to Jasper in wintertime isn’t complete without a day on the slopes, so today, fuel up for your adventure with a breakfast at Walter's Dining Room in the Sawridge Inn then head south out of town.

Marmot Basin offers ski and snowboard terrain for all skill levels with bowls, glades and groomed runs across four mountain faces. Bring the whole family — the resort has ski school options for various age groups. Break for lunch at Marmot's charming chalet then finish your afternoon on the sunny slopes.

Three people with snowboards look down a run at a ski resort

Evening: Catch a movie at the Chaba Theatre

After your adrenaline-filled day, indulge in pure entertainment as you fill up on popcorn and take in a great film at Chaba Theatre. In true small-town fashion, this theatre accepts cash only.

Day 3

Morning: Take it slow and take in some history

Sleep in today — you've earned it. Check out of your hotel and head for educational entertainment at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives (open at 10 a.m. Thursday to Sunday during the winter), where you can learn about early exploration and tourism in Jasper National Park.

Not much of a history buff? The retail therapy in Jasper is definitely worth sampling. Wander through the boutiques and shops in the downtown core of Patricia Street and Connaught Drive — you're sure to find some treasures.

The Jasper Information Centre under a night sky with aurora.

Afternoon: Go for a sleigh ride or skate on Pyramid Lake

Stay warm in the frosty weather with some low-impact outdoor fun. Head to Pyramid Lake, just 6 km (3.7 miles) from town, where you’ll be surrounded by epic views as you skate around a stunning crystal-clear frozen lake. Jasper offers several rental shops if you don’t have your own winter gear with you, including at Pyramid Lake Resort. If you’d rather sit back and relax, you can also take in the sights on a sleigh ride at Pyramid Lake (weekends only).

A horse-drawn sleigh along a snow-covered field below Pyramid Mountain

If you’ve had your fill of the great outdoors, skip the skate and head to Spa Jasper at the Sawridge Inn for some R&R instead.

Evening: Taste authentic Canadian cuisine

Jasper’s culinary scene celebrates fresh, locally sourced food. While in the Canadian Rockies, we recommend adding elk and bison to your list of must-try dishes. There’s no shortage of creative, delicious fare for vegetarians, too.

Some of our top restaurant picks to close out your trip include The Pines Restaurant, Evil Dave’s Grill and The Raven Bistro. On your last evening in town, sit back and enjoy the food, drinks and memories.

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