Winter is a time for inward retreat, but also for outdoor enjoyment.
With snow and ice, Jasper National Park is transformed into a silent glittering jewel. Yet, even if the park is mostly silent for its non-human inhabitants this is, for humans, it is the time for adventure and fun.
Here are five of the most rewarding things you can do in Jasper National Park and nearby areas.
1. Sight Seeing
Canada is at its most beautiful in winter. Enjoy the most scenic of views under clear blue skies, with the highway stretching as far as the eye can see. You can take a hike (Jasper has an excellent trail network) or drive. The highways are well maintained and the most picturesque spots in the highway are cleared of snow.
You can wear snowshoes when taking a tour. It is a fun way of hiking, and, if you haven’t tried snowshoeing before, it’s very easy to learn—easier than skiing.
With walking, you’ll be able to get to famous Jasper landmarks, like the Maligne Canyon, which gain a magical beauty in the winter. You’ll also be able to spot wildlife as they search for food—best use your binoculars so they won’t be disturbed in this lean time.
Before going off sight-seeing, take advantage of trail information and conditions by consulting websites and guidebooks, or you can go on a guided trip. You can also inquire about backcountry lodges where you’ll be able to comfortably unwind after a day’s worth of rewarding hike.
2. Skiing and Snowboarding
There’s nothing like skiing to enjoy the snow. Jasper National Park has many cross-country ski trails where beginners can relaxedly ski, or for those seeking more thrill, there’s the alpine ski runs along the Marmot Basin, which give a more invigorating glide down the snow covered hill. The Hinton Nordic Center is a another great place for cross country skiers to explore William A Provincial Park.
Skating on a transparent lake of ice is one of the closest experiences you can get to flying. And Canada is famous for ice skating. At Jasper National Park, you can go skating at the Mildred and Pyramid lakes, where there are skating rinks and ovals. You can also play hockey. Like going on trails, best get information from the local safety information desk before heading out on the ice. Ice Skate rentals are available at Jasper Park Lodge
Fishing is a popular sport, especially in the winter, where there is peace and quiet; perfect for the patient angler looking for some serenity. Check out the local shops and information centres for fishing permits and good advice on the most perfect winter spots to cast your line.
5. Just Enjoying the Winter Season
Curling up by the Fireplace at the Overlander lodge while enjoying a book, glass of wine or coffee and that special someone definitely makes for a memorable evening
Jasper Alberta not only offers its unparalleled natural attractions, it also has museums, like the Jasper Yellowhead Museum, and historic sites. Winter is the perfect time to contemplate cultures and works of art.
For more rejuvenating winter pursuits, you can relax at one of the many jasper hotels and spas. Enjoy fine dining at Jasper restaurants. Bring home mementos from Jasper’s shops.
For winter recreation, Jasper National Park is a diamond—serene or scintillating, whichever way you want it. Contact Overlander Mountain Lodge’s front desk during your stay for more details on these activities and for help making reservations/bookings.