In fact, once the sun is tucked away behind the mountains, Jasper is the perfect location to spend an exciting night out! Whether you’re heading to town for a pint or watching the sunset, Jasper has plenty of activities to keep night owls entertained and energized.
Here’s a list of the top 10 ways to experience Jasper at night to help you plan the perfect evening in Canada’s Base of Adventure:
Jasper Brewing Company
Brian Van Tighem
With 11,000 square kilometers of preserved dark sky, it’s guaranteed that on a clear night there’s a spot in Jasper to see night sky in all its glory. If you’re wondering where to go stargazing, take a look at the list we compiled of some of our favourite spots in Jasper.
Tip: You can visit the Jasper Planetarium and learn all about the world’s largest accessible dark sky preserve with a live guide, rain-or-shine!
Jasper is host to many spectacular events throughout the year. Attend an evening event during the Jasper Dark Sky Festival in October or get festive with Christmas in November! You can also spend the night celebrating winter during Jasper in January or show your pride at the Jasper Pride Festival. There’s something for everyone!
Spend an evening venturing into the hottest hot springs in the Canadian Rockies or travelling up the Jasper Skytram to look at the stars.
Surrounded by mountain vistas, the Miette Hot Springs are open until 11PM in the summer months, while the Jasper Skytram is open until 9 PM. During September and October, the Jasper Skytram offers Star Sessions, a unique dining and stargazing experience that runs until 10:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Jasper SkyTram Star Sessions - Ryan Bray
Watching the sunset is always a fantastic way to end an adventure-packed day. Head down to one of Jasper’s lakes, grab a blanket and watch the sun go down before your very eyes!
Savour the flavours of Jasper by exploring the local restaurant scene. Go on a DIY dessert crawl or sit down for a relaxing dinner for two. Whatever you’re feeling, Jasper’s dining options are sure to satisfy your culinary cravings.
Jasper’s welcoming atmosphere encourages musicians to play live shows in town! If it’s Friday night and you find yourself in Jasper, head down to the Royal Canadian Legion for open jam night. The Whistle Stop and the Athabasca Hotel also host a variety of live music performances throughout the year.
Taking time to re-energize is key to a successful visit to the Real Rockies. Jasper Wellness provides a variety of yoga classes for every level. Try their Fireside Flow evening class on Thursdays and let your muscles relax after a day full of adventure in the park.
Sitting by a campfire is always a great go-to nighttime activity in Jasper. Who doesn’t love warmth and s’mores?
Always be aware that fires are only permitted in a proper fire receptacle and no random fires are permitted in the park, be sure to check with the Parks Canada website or the Visitor Information Centre to see if there is a fire ban in order. For more information on campfire safety, please visit the Parks Canada regulations site.
Parks Canada/Ryan Bray
Jasper Park Lodge
With the growing popularity of nighttime photography, Jasper is the perfect place to put your astrophotography skills to the test. Need some ideas of where to take photos? Take a look at our recommended stargazing spots and some dark sky photography tips for ideas.
So don’t hide away when the sun goes down! Explore Canada’s base of adventure in a whole new light – the light of the moon and stars. With the days getting shorter, it’s an ideal time to embrace the evenings in Jasper National Park and become a nighttime adventurer.