Oct. 17, 2018

Complete guide to a happy holiday season in the mountains

Make the most of Jasper's festive cheer with this helpful to-do list.


The holiday season is a special one, and it's made all the more magical by spending it among the mountains. With so many amazing and unique activities – skiing! dog sledding! sleigh rides! – not to mention oodles of deals that your wallet will love, it’s not hard to see why our chilliest season often delivers the warmest memories.   From festivals to furry friends, there’s no shortage of reasons why spending the holidays in this lovable mountain town will create a host of lasting memories, not to mention a one-of-a-kind experience.

Ski at Marmot Basin

There are few joys in life more equally exhilarating and peaceful than gliding down a sparkling slope of snow. And Jasper’s beloved local ski spot, Marmot Basin, boasts some of the best snow around. With a new section of the mountain (Tres Hombres) now open to advanced skiers, there’s never been a better time to hop on a lift.

Celebrate at Christmas in November

For the past three decades, Christmas in November has been the most anticipated event of the year at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, aka Canada's Ultimate Cabin Escape. With a variety of presenters, activities and sessions to attend, this event has surely been one to remember. Join a lineup of celebrity chefs and presenters for an occasion like no other. The 30th annual Christmas In November is almost sold out, but 2019 is now open for bookings! Book before November 30, 2018 to take advantage of our Early Bird Booking for Christmas In November 2019 and secure your spot at next year’s #JasperCIN! 

Score deals

With all the gift-buying that often goes hand-in-hand with this season, it's never a bad idea to score a deal. In which case, winter is definitely the time to visit our quaint mountain town. With hotel deals aplenty, not to mention discounted rates on ski and spa packages, winter visitors get to soak up all the mountain beauty for a fraction of the summer price.

Indulge in comfort food

Hot chocolate at Coco’s Cafe. Karma curry from Evil Dave’s Restaurant. Fire-roasted tomato bisque at Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria. When the weather outside is chilly, it’s time to warm yourself from the inside out. Bonus: the quieter nature of winter travel means that there’s rarely a line outside restaurants, which means there’s less standing in the way between you and a happy tummy. Find an eatery to suit your stomach here

Try dogsledding

Make like Canada’s earliest inhabitants and experience dog sledding. Cold Fire Creek Dogsledding takes visitors along an old trapping route with spectacular views of the mountains and a river. There’s never been a better way to experience Canada’s oldest transportation method than within Canada’s most beautiful mountains.

Skating on Mildred Lake

When you stay at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (or even when you stay elsewhere) you don’t have to go far to enjoy a beautiful day in Jasper National Park. Enjoy the groomed skating rink on Lake Mildred offering round-the-lake oval and hockey rink for pick-up games. Skate rentals available at the Winter Rental Shop.

Jingle bells on a sleigh rides

Matched teams of horses, tuned bells, sleighs with comfortable seats and warm throw blankets make for a classic holiday experience. Join Jasper Park Stables for a 40 minute ride along the sunny shore of Pyramid Lake.

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