Best Free Things to Do in Jasper

THE 10 BEST Free Things to Do in Jasper

Best Free Things to Do in Jasper

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  • Stewarts Vacation
    1,037 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    These falls, just 30kms south of Jasper, were so picturesque! I absolutely loved them. There was a large volume of water when we were there in September. Clear, paved paths, with some steps, led to viewing areas at the top, middle and base of the falls. It was interesting to view the falls from these different angles, especially the canyon, potholes and downstream flow. It's about a 1 km out-and-back trail (15mins), but allow more time for admiring the scenery and taking photos! Athabasca Falls may not be famous for height or width, but the volume of water and background of forests and mountains create a stunning setting for these gorgeous falls. There were toilet facilities at the car park.
    Written 10 April 2024
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  • Michelle N
    Melbourne, Australia471 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most incredible places I have ever seen in my life. The canyon is so deep and the river and waterfalls are so stunning. I didn’t want to leave.
    Written 2 April 2024
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  • Stewarts Vacation
    1,037 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick and easy to get to, these lakes are worth a visit if you are in Jasper. They are just a few kilometres along Pyramid Lake Road to the north of the township. Subalpine forests and rocky mountain peaks create a stunning background for these two beautiful lakes. The reflection of Pyramid Mountain in the waters of Patricia Lake is a photo worth snapping! The highlight of Pyramid Lake is a walk across the bridge to Pyramid Island. The lakes are a hub for a variety of recreational activities including camping, picnicking, hiking, boating, and swimming.
    Written 31 December 2023
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  • platypus150
    Melbourne, Australia27,816 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    While the road is mostly very flat and well made, I did see two major accidents along the way. September was dry and the road smooth. Along the way there are many scenic places to stop, with mountain views, waterfalls, lakes. Food stops are not cheap, so it is better to stock up in Jasper or Banff.
    Written 19 September 2023
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  • Tammi C
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So glad we stopped in. We sound our a place we were going to visit was affected by a road closure. Also did some souviner shopping that benefits the parks.
    Written 7 October 2023
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  • Kevin L
    Tiny, Canada244 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice views of jasper area a short drive from downtown Jasper. It is on the way to the Fairmont if you are going to see it. You can just take the stairs up to see some nice views. Great place to watch sunset or sunrise
    Written 30 September 2023
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  • JPatti1
    Chicago, IL213 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is perhaps the best view of/around Maligne Lake; however, you have to work for it! The trail up is incessant and much of it is on a gravel road. Do not take the shortcut on the way up - leave it for the way down!
    Written 2 August 2022
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  • Patricia
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you are tired of lakes then this provides an alternative. With views of the Athabasca River and surrounding mountains. Do the steep walk up first and then the alternative route down. If you are lucky you will see the goats at the top. We weren't but did see an elk on the way down.
    Written 29 June 2023
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  • KellyNagle
    461 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We hiked Opal Hills by Maligne Lake May 13 and there was still lots of snow, but we went in early am and it was crusted over so you could manage fine with just cleats. (You have to trek across the snow bound parking section that isn't plowed to reach the trail head.)

    Go into this thinking that it's really steep and you'll be fine. It's pretty steep! And in the trees most of the way. We didn't do the loop due to avalanche risk, instead we went up to the lake lookout point 650m total elevation gain and back the same way. Take right trail fork. Lots of moose/elk tracks, also possibly wolf tracks as there are no dogs allowed (much larger than coyote prints.) Spectacular views on a clear day. No one else seen on trail on a Friday morning.

    Would also like to see it in a summer setting as well.
    Written 19 May 2022
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  • Peter R
    Maroochydore, Australia2,446 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We love this place and had a great talk to the owner. We purchased a porcupine quill jewelry box which was just amazing. There were lots of other things we would like to have bought but space in the suitcases was limited
    Written 11 July 2022
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  • MikeB1952
    Santa Fe, NM1,082 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    In Jasper National Park, there are many trails. But not so many in the Jasper town area. But there is one that’s nice, The Discovery Trail. This is a long trail that encircles the town. Branching off of the trail are other trails that go off into the forest for varying distances. The Discovery Trail begins just off the back of the Hotel parking lot. We took it. Actually it was better than I anticipated. I thought it would be a rather flat trail just off various parking lots. Nope. The Trail went further back into the hillside than I anticipated. Actually in places out of sight of town. And there was more elevation change (both up and down) than expected. A really nice trail.
    Written 8 June 2023
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  • platypus150
    Melbourne, Australia27,816 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The gallery is located just across from the park and has an interesting exhibition of local art. it is free to enter and you can see geese in the park.
    Written 17 September 2023
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  • david n
    Manchester, UK4,793 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Only a few passenger trains pass through here each week. The staff, on the whole, were friendly and the station is small and well-kept.
    Written 22 January 2023
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  • platypus150
    Melbourne, Australia27,816 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    There is an impressive backdrop of snow-capped mountains behind this tall and painted pole. It is well worth the look and a photo opportunity
    Written 18 September 2023
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  • OnAnotherJourney
    Canada330 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent non-profit place for quality souvenirs that also supports the park. We purchased items from local authors/artists and plan to return before our trip’s end to get a ball cap and shirt we had our eyes on.
    Written 16 May 2022
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