July 28, 2021 in ,

What to do in Jasper in August

Sabrina Doyle
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Written by Sabrina Doyle

The warmest months in the mountains are extraordinary, but they can be fleeting. Soak up the last true month of summer with this to-do list of fun.

A note: to skip the line to get into the national park, purchase your Parks Pass in advance!

1 Glacier walk

At first blush, exploring a glacier might not seem like a good summer activity. But in fact it's the only time, at least where the Athabasca Glacier is concerned. Rockaboo Mountain Adventures leads small groups onto this famous glacier (the only way to walk on it is to go with a guide) and it's guaranteed to be an experience you'll never forget.

2 Float Tour

With Jasper at its hottest temperatures, there are few activities more appealing that going for a relaxed float down a river. With Jasper Raft Tours, people of all ages can go on this gentle and fun tour (even dogs can go on special tours!). If you seek a bit more adrenaline, Jasper has other rafting outfitters who can meet your need for speed.

3 Jammer tour

New this year!! Go on a safari-style sightseeing tour of the park in SunDog Tour Co.'s fully refurbished 1939 Jammer. The open top style affords elegance, comfort and luxury in this nostalgic way to see the park.

4 Wildflower spotting

The wildflowers that decorate Jasper National Park are beacons of colour and variety that pop against our rocky peaks. They’re also a yearly reminder of the resilience of nature; the mountain climate can be harsh and each time you see swaths of White Mountain Avens blooming on slopes where snowdrifts still linger, you can’t help but sit in awe. Here's a guide to seeing wildflowers around the park.

5 Hidden gem hikes

For all the jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring, world-renowned hikes there are in Jasper – and believe us, there are a lot – there’s a network of less-trafficked beauties just waiting to be discovered. Have the trail to yourself and venture beyond the ordinary with these 10 hidden gems.