March 10, 2021 in

5 keys to an unforgettable spring break in Jasper

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Escape the classroom (even the virtual ones!) and head outdoors to celebrate the warmer temperatures.

Spring is around the corner and we, like many Canadians, are ready for it.

Whether you want to soak up some sun, spot young wildlife, or kick-start your break with some dogsledding-induced adrenaline, there’s something for every spring break adventurer. Get scheming with the ideas below.

1 Hit the trails

Jasper has thousands of kilometres of trails to explore, with options for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and just normal hiking. For a truly stupendous snowshoe or hiking setting, take a flight up Whisters Mountain on the Jasper SkyTram; at the upper station rent a pair of snowshoes and explore the trails around the summit. The Jasper SkyTram opens for the season on March 26.

Weather in late March and April can be unpredictable though, so be sure to pack lots of layers!

2 Sample local cuisine

Any patio is lovely, but a patio with a mountain view is a particular treat. Jasper has plenty of patios and are the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal and just soak up the rays. Or, take your food to-go and chow down on a picnic blanket at some scenic spot, or retreat to your private cabin for an intimate dining experience.

3 Go dog-sledding

Try one of Canada’s oldest transportation methods while seeing the sparkling and varied backcountry just outside of Jasper National Park. Cold Fire Creek Dogsledding has been leading their highly accessible tours since 1998, and their pooches are impossible not to love. Tours operate until April 10, 2021.

4 Hit the Slopes

Think skiing is just a winter sport? Think again! Get the best of both worlds with spring skiing, when fluffy snow meets warmer temperatures. With its high elevation and northern latitude, Marmot Basin ski resort boasts a fresh, fluffy blanket that covers the mountain all the way into May. Over 450 cm of natural snow falls on the mountain throughout the entire ski season. And should a dry spell occur, a state-of-the-art snowmaking system helps fill the void and keeps the slopes sparkling.

5 Watch the Wildlife

Spring is when nature and the animals come alive. Join SunDog Tours or Maligne Adventures on one of their wildlife tours with the chance of spotting lively elk, deer, mountain goats, coyotes, and perhaps a moose, all while taking in the awe-inspiring views around you.