Jasper is a photographer's paradise, and once you're here, you may never want to leave.

Offering a wide range of activities and things to do, Jasper is famous for its abundant wildlife and numerous, picturesque hiking trail. For the outdoor enthusiast, Jasper is a wilderness paradise and history buffs will find plenty to entertain them in this charming railway town.

1. SPIRIT ISLAND

Tucked part-way down the eastern shore of spectacular Maligne Lake, Spirit Island is that perfect little spot we all dream of. Visit it on the Maligne Lake Cruise. Come later in the day for that gentle light that makes for great a photo op.

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A hiker takes a rest atop a mountain, looking over wide forested valleys and rocky peaks.

2. HIKING

Here in the Canadian Rockies’ most northerly park and amid some of its most rugged landscapes, there is a range of hikes from easy, marked trails all the way through to longer, back-country hikes. Jasper National Park really is a hiker’s paradise. 

3. COLUMBIA ICEFIELD ADVENTURE

Drive out onto the Athabasca Glacier with an experienced guide, and get up close and personal with this ancient and dramatic landmark.

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A family looking down from the Columbia Icefield Skywalk

4. COLUMBIA ICEFIELD SKYWALK

Explore the glaciology, hydrology, biology and more of the remarkable Columbia Icefield on an interpretive cliff-edge walkway. Then, step out on this stunning glass-floor observatory, a full 280 meters over the Sunwapta Valley.

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Two mountain goats

5. WILDLIFE SPOTTING

Jasper is rich in wildlife including caribou, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, wolves and even cougars. The 25-kilometre hike to the Sunwapta Falls, for instance, leads through major bear and moose habitats.

The Jasper SkyTram going up the cables above the Town of Jasper

6. THE JASPER SKYTRAM

This guided trip in an aerial tramway takes you up Whistler Mountain to an upper station, 2,277 metres above sea level. Boardwalks, complete with interpretive plaques, provide a safe place to enjoy the views, or you can head out on one of the many hiking trails to the summit.

The Jasper Information Centre under a night sky with aurora.

7. HISTORIC BUILDINGS

The Jasper Park Information Centre is one of many historic sites in Jasper, which also include the old train station, post office and fire hall.

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Two museum workers stand at a table outside of a tipi.

8. JASPER-YELLOWHEAD MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES

A treasure house of artefacts and stories about Jasper’s rich history.

A skiier in red and yellow speeds down a snowy mountainside

9. SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING

Marmot Basin, close to the town of Jasper, is a world-class ski resort with a range of terrain for all abilities.   

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