A quick walk through downtown Jasper and you’ll quickly learn something that many from all around the world know… Jasper is one incredible place! You can hear people speaking every different language imaginable. From German to Mandarin, from Hindi to Spanish, they all share one thing in common – they’ve saved up their money and planned their holidays around coming to see one of Canada’s greatest jewels: Jasper National Park.
Jasper is truly a mecca for those that love the great outdoors, scenery that goes on for miles, and animal encounters that can happen as soon as you draw back your curtains in the morning. My only problem with Jasper is that I wish more Canadians took the time to experience it… as I’m seeing that many people have it on their list of places to visit, but never take the time to do so!
In order to entice families to venture out to Jasper and explore the area, here’s my top 20 things to do in Jasper list!
1. Camp in an oTENTik
An oTENTik is a cross between an A-frame cabin and a tent. It is an easy way for families to camp as it offers no setup, insulated and heated accommodations, but still all of the amazing experiences that go along with camping, such as campfires and s’mores! Check out our oTENTik experience here!
2. Go Paparazzi on the Locals
The local elk, deer, bears, and birds all are used to being photographed, and when you’re in Jasper, your odds of seeing all of the above are high! My only request is that you pack a zoom lens and give yourself and the animals lots of space to explore! Remember, we’re in their homes and if they feel threatened they will treat you like an intruder.
3. Maligne Lake
Maligne Lake is a scenic hour drive out of Jasper where you will pass turquoise lakes, trees burned by forest fires, and perhaps a bear or two along the way. Once you arrive you’ll find a hub of activity and be able to choose between hiking paths, boat tours, or self guided kayaking tours. Many of Jasper’s iconic images come from this lake!