Family Vacations in Jasper National Park

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Planning on taking the whole family out for a Rockies vacation? One of the top places on your list should be Jasper National Park.

This part of the Canadian Rockies offer children many exciting activities. You’ll find all kinds of vacation activities here to keep yourselves entertained, and you kids from getting bored.

Recommended Kids’ Activities in Jasper National Park

Go Guided: The many talented guides in Jasper can take you and your out and show you the best places in the park, help you safely look for area wildlife, and learn about the park’s history, ecology and more.

Get out: Take a hike, with the kids. There are plenty of great trails all around Jasper that are perfect for younger kids, including The Discovery Trail, located on the edge of Jasper townsite, and Lake Annette Loop. These trails are short, fun and easy, perfect for burning off a some kid energy.

Snowtubing: Another great way to have fun with the whole family, and let the kids get out and burn off some extra energy.

Museums: Need a more relaxed day? Hang out in the local museums. You can learn about Jasper history at the Yellowhead Museum or see the many wildlife displays at the Wildlife Den in Whistler’s Inn.

Just Jasper: The town of Jasper offers plenty of interesting shops, ice cream parlors and restaurants  that can be fun for the whole family. The surrounding mountains of Jasper National Park are almost always visible, so you can still enjoy the scenery. Scenic Appreciation

The whole family can enjoy a pleasant hike through Jasper National  Park.
The whole family can enjoy a pleasant hike through Jasper National Park.

Take a Float: Rafting can be an awesome bonding experience for you and your family, and the Athabasca river in Jasper National Park is perfect for all levels.  You can float this river in a 20-person raft, suitable for even younger children.

Maligne Canyon and Lake: You can walk over six bridges for views of the Canadian limestone gorges and waterfalls. Learn more about Maligne Lake.

An Icy Vacation: The Columbia Icefields are a stunning Jasper must-see. You can go out onto the glacier in an ice buggy. Older kids will enjoy a river float trip, which is a fun way to spend the day.

Jasper Tramway: Open during the warmer months, Canada’s highest aerial tram is the Jasper Tramway just outside of Jasper. In just seven-minutes you’ll reach an altitude of 8,000 feet. A guide shares the history of Jasper as you look out over the spectacular Canadian Rockies scenery of Jasper and the entire Athabasca Valley.

Fishing: Rent fishing rods and buy bait at the boathouse.

Horseback Riding: In warmer months, take a morning or afternoon trail ride that heads out from the Maligne Lake Lodge to the top of the Bald Hills. The rides are from three to four hours long, so this is best for older kids. They will appreciate the wildflower-covered meadows and views of ice-capped mountains that Jasper offers along the way.

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