September 23, 2021 in ,

What to do in Jasper in October

Sabrina Doyle
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Written by Sabrina Doyle

Bring layers and a sense of wonder for an October trip to the mountains. This time of year rewards visitors who are prepared for variable weather with stunning starry evenings, a gentle fall palette and plenty of unique activities during the Jasper Dark Sky Festival.

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


1 Jasper Dark Sky Festival

The premier stargazing festival is back for its eleventh year! With tons of outdoor events and activity options and fascinating speakers filling the line-up, don't miss this unforgettable celebration of our universe. Get tickets and updates here.


2 SkyTram Star Sessions

Blast off with astronomy experts from the Jasper Planetarium for an exclusive dining and stargazing experience atop Whistlers Mountain. Available only on Fridays and Saturdays in October, as well as on Oct. 20th during the Dark Sky Festival.


3 Thanksgiving

It's easy to feel grateful when you're in the mountains. Take advantage of the long weekend and escape with the family to Jasper. You'll feel even more grateful for the deals available.

Train in Valley

4 Train tours

Combine a classic sightseeing excursion with a scenic tour along the train tracks that helped make Jasper what it is. SunDog Tour Co.'s train journeys are a unique and beautiful way to see some of the best views throughout the park.

Elk in Bushes

5 Wildlife watching

With autumn comes a wildlife event that is both fascinating to watch and dangerous if you get too close. Throughout the park, male elk enter into a phase of the year called "the rut" when they begin to fight with other males for dominance. During this period, the animals are extra aggressive and unpredictable and people should be sure to keep extra distance from them. For safety, we recommend going with one of the excellent wildlife tours.