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5 Jasper Festivals Not To Miss

on Thursday, 04 July 2013.

5 Jasper Festivals Not To Miss


The Overlander's location close to Jasper means that our guests can participate in the abundance of festivals that Jasper throws each year. All events are family friendly and provide wholesome entertainment for all age groups. There are festivals in every season:

1. The Jasper Heritage Rodeo

The rodeo began in 1926 as a gathering of outfitters and ranchers. In 1985, the Lion's Club joined forces with the rodeo and by 1991 it was a professional event. Now, the Jasper Heritage Rodeo helps fundraise for a variety of causes and hosts an exciting lineup of events, including the MS BBQ fundraiser, Rodeo Dance, Stick Pony Parade, and the Jasper Fire Brigade Breakfast. Tickets are $20 and the festival begins May 9 and runs until May 11.

2. Dark Sky Festival

From October 25 to 27, join nature lovers and astronomers in celebrating the pristine Jasper sky. Jasper is home to the world's largest Dark Sky preserve. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada designated the Jasper National Park as a 'Dark Sky Preserve,' which means that Jasper works to preserve the nocturnal environment and the quality of its night skies.The festival encourages appreciation of this natural beauty and celebrates the stunning panorama of stars. Though the festival is only a few days long, sky themed events are held all throughout October; some specifically for those who are eager to practice astronomy and others for those who just want to do a little stargazing.

3. Jasper Heritage Folk Music Festival

Held every other year the Jasper Heritage Folk Music festival sets up outdoor stages in Jasper's Centennial Park. There are a variety of musicians perfuming concerts, holding workshops and jam sessions. This year, the festival will be held on September 13 through 15.

4. Jasper January Festival

For just over two weeks, January 11 through 27, Jasper becomes an icy wonderland of fun. Events include family friendly parties, street festival, fireworks, cook-offs, dog sledding, live music performances, and ice skating -- to name a few. The area also boasts reduced ticket prices on hotels and ski tickets during the Jasper January Festival.

5. Parks' Day

On Saturday, July 20, from 9 am to 4 pm, the Friends of Jasper National Park group holds kid's games, exhibits, music, guided walks, demonstrations, and displays.The Friends of Jasper National Park group is a non-profit registered as an official Canadian Charity. For 30 years, they've been celebrating the park and showcasing both its natural and cultural history by guiding hikes, maintaining trails, and helping to restore meadows.

When you make plans to visit the Overlander, inquire about the festivals occurring in Jasper during your stay. Our staff will be able to let you know when these festivals occur and what events they'll be holding.

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