How to Have a Hassle-Free Trip to Jasper, Canada

How to Have a Hassle-Free Trip to Jasper, Canada

Are you looking for an idyllic outdoor destination? If Jasper made your list, you’re in for a treat. But don’t dive into an adventure until you know more about where you’re going.

There’s a lot you should know before visiting Jasper, Canada. You can visit many iconic sites, take part in fantastic adventures, and indulge in various treats.

But before you get there, it’s essential to plan ahead. And the tips below should make it easier for you to map out your journey and create an itinerary that will ensure you don’t miss out on anything fun.

What to Prepare in Advance

Jasper in Summer

Jasper is one of the top camping destinations in Canada. So, it doesn’t matter if you want to stay at a hotel or a local campground during your trip. But finding a place if you’re visiting in the summer is difficult.

It’s also worth noting that park entry is free. However, you need to buy a park pass if you want to explore it with a vehicle – something that you might have to do.

If you don’t want to leave your pets behind, know that there are many things to do in Jasper with them. In fact, many lodging places welcome guests with pets. But there are always strict rules to follow.

An extra consideration is regarding hiking with dogs. Dogs and bears don’t always make for good company. And you would need to pay additional attention when hiking with your furry friend. You may even need an extra-strong leash just in case.

Speaking of bears, it’s no secret that Canada is bear county central. Whether you’re in your car or on a trail, it’s common to see these majestic beasts. Most of them will leave you alone but you never know when something potentially dangerous might happen.

Parks Canada recommends carrying bear spray and sticking to the trail closures. It’s also a good idea to have something that can make a lot of noise if needed. If you don’t pack bear spray, you can rent or buy it from Jasper’s many equipment shops.

How to Get Around

Jasper Long Roads

If you’re not traveling with your personal vehicle, try to rent a car. It’s because visiting the largest national park that the Canadian Rockies have to offer isn’t an easy task. Many of the iconic locations in Jasper National Park are quite some distance away from each other.

The best way to get around the area is by car. Sure, you can also rent a bike, take on some hiking trails, or take a shuttle bus, for that matter. But if you don’t want to tie yourself to a tour group, you need a car to explore at your own leisure.

Seeing wildlife on the side of the road is very common in the area. So while driving through Jasper, keep your eyes peeled. This way, you won’t miss out on seeing elk or bears. 

It’s also an excellent way to make sure you don’t hit any of the 69 species of mammals that call Jasper their home.

And if you want to explore the many lakes in Jasper, you can always rent a boat. Most of the big lakes in the area have boat rental shops on the shore. It’s easy to rent out a boat for a couple of hours and float off to take in the scenery.

But if you want to visit the famous Maligne Lake, know that it is far from the town of Jasper. It’s a 31-mile ride through a narrow wildlife corridor. And it can also get a bit crowded during the summer.

Also, do note that Wednesdays and Saturdays are when trains come into town. That’s also when things get extra busy in the area, thanks to an influx of tourists.

But those days also present a unique opportunity – you can hop on a train and see the Rockies by rail. The only downside is that you usually need to book your seats plenty of time in advance.

Exploring Jasper

Rafting in Jasper

Mountain weather is often unpredictable. Yet, the patterns of weather conditions in Jasper aren’t that difficult to appreciate. 

During the summer, it’s warm enough to take a dip in the lakes. You can go rafting and hiking in the spring. Fall weather often disappoints, yet the colorful scenery always makes a trip worthwhile. And when visiting Jasper in the winter, expect snapping winds but plenty of Alberta sunshine, too.

Before you start exploring, know that Jasper has a very elaborate trail system that spans over 620 miles. The trails range from beginner-friendly to expert difficulty levels. Yet not all courses offer the safest conditions. Usually, it’s best to stick to the beaten track. 

Some of the most popular hikes include Trail 2 and the Valley of the Five Lakes. You can also have an easy time finding your way in Maligne Canyon or on the Old Fort point.

Keep in mind that these are popular and therefore crowded trails. At least during certain months of the year.

Prepare for an Amazing Outdoorsy Vacation

Nature lovers appreciate Jasper more than anyone. But you don’t have to be one to have fun and appreciate the local scenery. Plan your trip well enough and you won’t miss out on any iconic sites and trails.

If you follow the local guidelines on conduct and safety, you’ll return home with some fantastic memories.

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How to Have a Hassle-Free Trip to Jasper, Canada