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While the first two forced pandemic years Jasper Hibernating National Park tourism, hospitality and arts industries in Canada‘The second busiest national park was certainly not sleeping. As a result, there are many new things to see, do and experience, as well as new and renovated places to stay. And with such a flurry of air travel, road travel close to home is less hassle and stress for a quick or leisurely end of summer or fall Go away.
Be the first to take a trip back in time Jasper Legends Tour with Open Turing on top.which started in July. Similar to both Open the top TOURNAMENTS routes operating in Banff, Pursuit’s newest venture is a 90-minute historic and scenic fun ride aboard a cornflower blue. AND white, 1930s replica open-top car named Billy (after the legendary Wild Bill Peyto), accompanied by a guide in period costume. (Travels until October. 10.)
Follow with dinner at EarthJasper’s younger restaurantexecutive directed cHef Tyler Tays. Located inside The Crimson Hotel, Terra’s airy and fresh mountain-chic decor mimics the raw beauty found outside, and its menu features seasonal, joint-style dishes and Rocky Mountain cocktails made with locally foraged and fresh ingredients. cultivated. of Nook Smokehouse at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is another newcomer, specializing in house-smoked Alberta meats (dinner buffet through Sept. 5; the breakfast buffet continues through the fall).
Afterwards, head to Lobstick Lodge for the opening curtain at 8pm From Jasper with lovethe first show produced by the young woman Jasper Theater Productions. The hour-long production is about local stories, wildlife and the beauty of Jasper ($25 opening season special, Tuesday-Saturday through Oct. 1).
On day two, head to the venerable Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (JPL), which is celebrating its centennial and just launched or special web page of heritage photos and stories from the past 100 years. For a souvenir, take Fairmonthistoric monographh with a chapter on “Royal Retreat.“ Make the weekend special by attending an anniversary event like Symphony Under the Stars (Oct. 14–16) – Part of Jasper Dark Sky Festival (Festival events take place throughout the region, the world‘the largest dark sky repository accessible, October. 14-23), and Christmas in November (November. 4–13). You’ll notice some recent upgrades, which include a private yard por every cabin and suite, and a n wagglyew Golden Retriever named greeter Calla. The golf course, recently rated one of the top three courses in Canada by SCOREgolf, is open Thanksgiving Day, as is The Boathouse (canoe/SUP/boat rentals).
For more wet thrills, Jasper Raft Tours is also celebrating its 50th anniversary with the launch of two new rafts and a $50 prize Scenic Float Trip special (uuntil October 9). Or work off the calories on the new Bites on E-Bikes tour from Jasper Food Tours. Sale (or not) 25 kilometers along scenic roads with stops at three restaurants outside the city (12+uuntil October 9). If you prefer to go all out, take to the skies with it Helicopters in the distance. They recently joined Jasper Park Lodge in two new exclusive guests tournament. They also offer two Dark Sky Festival tours – Big Dipper and Ursa Major.
Parks Canada there’s also a lot going on. In July, JasperNow – a website with real-time parking information for the park‘Most Popular Sites – Launched. Whistlers Campground, that is Jasper National ParkS ‘ “pride and joy” according to Kevin Gedlingpark ccommunication officer, reopened last summer after a complete redo and brought in a new food truck this summer. Miette Hot Springs it has reopened (it closed last year), but staff shortages have reduced hours and services. And be sure to stop by the front lawn of the Parks Canada Office on Connaught Drive (the main thoroughfare through town) to see the Jasper Indigenous Exhibit, which is under construction and will celebrate the grand opening upon completion next year. “It will be very important for the park after that‘completed,” say Gedling.
When you’re walking around town, also keep your eyes peeled for four new street art murals that were commissioned this spring from scratch Lift up! Jasper Mural Festival. More will follow in the next two years. If the weather is bad, Jasper-Yellowhead Museum Our disappearing glaciers exhibition, based on the book by Robert William Sanford, a prolific author and expert in water-related climate science, runs until October 2.
At the end of your adventuretoday, bed down on of Forest Park Hotel (formerly Sawridge Hotel). Reserve a room with a kitchenette in the new wing, scheduled to open in September. 16. Other properties with recent additions or renovations include Miette Mountain Cabin (renamed from Pocahontas), Chateau Jasper, Bear Hill Lodge AND Mount Robson Inn.
If you go
Jasper Tourism (www.jasper.travel)
Jasper National Park (https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/jasper)
Pursuit Banff Jasper Collection: Open the top Tours, Terra, 7 Jasper Hotels and more (https://www.banffjaspercollection.com)
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (https://www.jasper-park-lodge.com)
Jasper Theater Productions (https://jaspertheater.ca)
Jasper Dark Sky Festival (https://jasperdarksky.travel)