In Jasper, winter isn’t just tolerated—it's celebrated. Immerse yourself in Canadian Rockies culture with some of our top picks for adventure, cuisine and more. Here's our ultimate three-days in Jasper in winter itinerary that can be enjoyed from early December through early April.
Morning: Say hello to Canada’s largest Rocky Mountain national park
As you arrive in the sweet town of Jasper, take time to drink in the stunning views and crisp alpine air. No one’s in a rush here. The snow-covered streets are alive with the buzz of ski season. If you’ve worked up an appetite during your journey, stop for brunch at the locally-run Sunhouse Cafe. They specialize in breakfasts and brunches! 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
Check into your hotel, then get set for your first adventure. Head to Maligne Canyon where you’ll find yourself in awe of magnificent frozen waterfalls and geological features. Explore Jasper National Park’s deepest canyon with a guide—icewalk tours are three hours long, and you’ll learn about the cave system, fossils and more.
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: Apres ski, apres adventure
It’s time to relax and enjoy a drink as you reflect on the sights you saw today. The apres-adventure scene is core to Jasper's outdoor-loving community. Try local micro-brews at Jasper Brewing Company. Wear your toque and plaid and you'll fit right in! The Whistle Stop Pub is a locals’ favourite hang-out spot and often has live music.
Morning/Afternoon: Experience Canadian Rockies powder at Marmot Basin
A visit to Jasper in wintertime isn’t complete without a day on the ski slopes, so today, fuel up for your adventure with a delicious breakfast at Walter's Dining Room at the Sawridge Inn and then head south out of town. Marmot Basin offers 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.
Tip: You don’t need a car to get to Marmot Basin! The Jasper-Marmot shuttle bus runs daily to several hotels in town.
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. In true small town fashion, this theatre accepts cash only.
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 AM Thursday to Sunday in winter), where you can learn about early exploration and tourism in Jasper National Park. Visit the beautiful historic Jasper National Park Information Centre, a historic site. Discover more historic sites in Jasper
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.
Afternoon: Go for a skate or sleigh ride on Pyramid Lake
Stay warm in the frosty weather with some low-impact outdoor fun. Pyramid Lake is just 6 km (3.7 miles) from town. You’ll be surrounded by epic views as you skate around this stunning crystal clear 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).
If you’ve had your fill of the great outdoors, skip the skate and head to the Mountain Wellness Day Spa 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 you add elk and bison to your list of must-try dishes. There’s no shortage of creative, delicious fare for vegetarians, either. Some of our top restaurant picks include the Pines Restaurant, Evil Dave’s Grill and The Raven Bistro. On your last evening in town, sit back and enjoy the food and memories.