Winter in Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park

The winter season in Jasper National Park is such a beautiful time to visit. From our snow-covered mountain peaks to our lightly dusted forests, the landscape is a winter wonderland awaiting adventure.

Get your winter activity fix and venture out on our extensive trail system. From snowshoeing to cross-country skiing to fat biking, the park offers trails for all levels of ability.

Visit popular landmarks like Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake, Pyramid Island, Athabasca Falls and Sunwapta Falls and enjoy a quieter time of year and some of the most glorious scenery you will see in Jasper (and if you’re lucky winter wildlife along the way). Thank you for not walking, snowshoeing or biking on ski trails!

For the 2023-2024 season, the Friends of Jasper National Park will continue their successful volunteer flat-packing program on the trails surrounding the Town of Jasper.

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Winter safety references

Know before you go, don't take the risk! Thousands of avalanches occur throughout Jasper National Park every year. Visitors wishing to venture beyond the limits of the trails should assume that they are travelling in avalanche terrain and should be prepared with the appropriate knowledge, skills and equipment.

In case of Emergency, call 911 or the Jasper Emergency Dispatch Centre. Note that cell phones are not always reliable throughout the national park.

Safety is your responsibility!

There are always hazards associated with outdoor recreational activities. Even short trips from the Town of Jasper can have serious consequences.

Ice cleats

Most trails become snow packed and are at risk for slippery sections. Ice cleats are always recommended for winter walking. Check the trail report before heading out.


Although bears hibernate during winter, they can awaken at any time for short periods. Cougars, wolves and other wildlife remain active throughout the year. If you see wildlife, do not approach; give them lots of space and observe from a distance with binoculars or a telephoto lens. If tracks are observed, do not follow them towards the animal. Be alert, make noise and carry bear spray.

Ice Safety

Parks Canada does NOT monitor natural ice surfaces for safety or mark potential hazards. Many environmental factors affect the thickness of the ice. If you choose to skate on natural ice, you do so at your own risk. The recommended ice thickness is 15 cm for walking or skating alone and 20 cm for skating parties or games.

Winter gear rentals
The Bench Bike Shop 606 Patricia Street 780-852-7768
Edge Control 626 Connaught Drive 780-852-4945
Everest Outdoor 414 Connaught Drive 780-852-5902
Gravity Gear 625B Patricia Street 780-852-3155
Pure Outdoors 632 Connaught Drive 780-852-4717
Source For Sports 406 Patricia Street 780-852-3654
Totem Ski Shop 408 Connaught Drive  780-852-3078
Vicious Cycle 630 Connaught Drive  780-852-1111
Jasper Park Lodge 1 Old Lodge Rd 780-852-3301
Pyramid Lake Resort Pyramid Lake Rd 780-852-4900
Marmot Basin 1 Marmot Basin Rd  780-852-3816
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