Dating back to 1926, the Jasper Heritage Rodeo takes place every August in Jasper Alberta and to this day both locals and tourists still enjoy this exciting cowboy event which includes bull riding, bareback riding, barrel racing and steer wrestling.
The 2013 event will take place on August 14, 15, 16, and 17, and as always it’s sure to be one of the funnest weekends of the summer in Jasper.
*Below you can see some of the entertainment schedule from the 2011 event. This will be updated for 2013 once new information becomes available*
Each evening from 7pm you’ll be able to see thrilling rodeo events at the Jasper Activity Centre, with August 18 being a special Family Night. Doors open at 6pm, and tickets are available at the Athabasca Hotel 10am to 4pm or from 4pm at the Jasper Activity Centre, costing $20 for adults and $12 for children 5-14 yrs, 4 & under free. Family night (Aug 18) has a special rate of $52 for 2 adults and 2 children.
Throughout rodeo week there will be fun events around town, with the Jasper Rodeo Wranglers giving prizes to people dressed in ‘western’ attire, and Miss Rodeo Jasper riding through downtown with prizes to be won depending on her horse’s bathroom habits!
From August 17-19 you’ll be able to grab a great lunch while admiring the scenery at the annual Rodeo BBQ from 11am to 2pm in the CIBC parking lot, while also helping the fundraising efforts of the Jasper Grizzlies Girl’s Hockey Team, who are organizing the Barbecue.
Kids will get their own chance to take part in the rodeo during the Stick Pony Parade on August 17. Open to all, and free of charge, the parade will start at 10am from the Jasper Activity Centre parking lot and proceed through town with Miss Rodeo Jasper.
August 20 sees the Tough Enough to Wear Pink night at the rodeo, in the name of breast cancer awareness, with funds being raised for this worthy cause. To round off the 2011 Jasper rodeo, at 9pm the same night the Rodeo Dance ($20) takes place in the curling arena.
All in all the Jasper Heritage Rodeo is a fun event for the whole family, and a great time to visit Jasper.
Find discounted hotels in Jasper and cheap lift tickets at Marmot Basin ski resort from Jan 11th to 27th 2013 at the 24th annual Jasper in January event. With cheap deals at many Jasper accommodations, there is no excuse not to come to Jasper and experience this fun family festival.
Jasper in January Festival 2013
Room Only for $90 per Night
Many Jasper accommodations are offering very attractive room only deals throughout Jasper in January, with rates at some properties as low as $90 per night at the time of writing.
Click here and enter your dates to check current rates & availability at several hotels in Jasper.
Great Rates at a Luxury Hotel
If you are looking for a special discounted rate at one of Jasper’s most desirable hotels, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge has a Jasper in January Offer featuring attractive room rates from $247 per night from January 11th to January 27th 2013.
Click here to find out more about this offer.
Discounted Ski Passes
Day passes for Marmot Basin will cost $60 + GST during Jasper in January, which is almost a 25% discount off normal rates.
Jasper in January Events & Activities
The Jasper in January 2013 schedule promises an exciting range of fun events taking place throughout the town, including street parties, skating parties, terrific food and wine, and lots of live music.
On the first weekend, to get the festival started, the Whistle Stop Pub is hosting a Kick Off Party from 9pm on Friday Jan 11th and the band Mourning Wood are playing the same day at the Athabasca Hotel from 8pm ($5). On Saturday Jan 12th there is Dog Sledding as well as a whole host of family events taking place at Pyramid Lake from 11am-3pm including ice skating and a bannock bake. On the evening of Jan 12 the Loud and Proud Party is a lively drag show taking place at the Whistle Stop Pub from 9pm and Mourning Wood are back at the Athabasca Hotel from 8pm. On Sunday Jan 13th you’ll find a Family Fun Race at Marmot Basin from 9am, which is a free event.
On Friday Jan 18th, the ever popular Annual Chilli Cook Off takes place at the Jasper Activity Centre from 6pm to midnight including awesome food and an even better party ($15), and on Saturday 19th is the Family Street Party from 6-9pm in downtown Jasper where in past years the fun has included music, food, street hockey, children’s games, street performers, line dancing, face painting, as well as special events and offers from many Jasper businesses. This free event culminates in a Walk of Lights at 9pm and a firework display at 9.30pm at Centennial Park.
The Polar Bear Dip sounds like a sobering way to round off the weekend, taking place at 1pm on Sunday Jan 20th at Patricia Lake. Also on the 20th is the Moonlight Charity Skate taking place from 6-8pm on Mildred Lake near the Jasper Park Lodge, and a Scavenger Hunt at Marmot Basin ski resort (9am-2pm).
On the final festival weekend our pick for Friday 25th is the Wine in Winter evening at Chateau Jasper (7-10pm, $25), which is a wine tasting event featuring a wide selection of international wines plus appetizers. The same evening sees Robbie Burn’s Night at the Jasper Legion (6.30pm) and an Indoor Snowball Fight at the De’d Dog Bar (7pm).
On Saturday 26th experience Avalanche Awareness Days (10am-4.30pm), and Tracks in the Snow wildlife games and presentation (11am-1pm) both at Marmot Basin. That evening the Hops And Scotch beer, wine and spirits tasting takes place at the Sawridge Inn (6-9.30pm, $26), while the Hops And Scotch After Party at Jasper Brewing Company (9pm) looks like a great way to round off Jasper in January 2013 in style with some locally brewed craft beer.
Above is just a brief selection of the events taking place during Jasper in January 2013. To view the full schedule on the Jasper Tourism website, click here.
To find a Jasper hotel during the festival, visit JasperHotels.com.
*The hotel rates shown above are subject to applicable taxes, subject to availability and subject to change without notice, and are generally based on double occupancy.
To confirm packages and for reservations, please use the links provided.
New Year’s Eve is a fantastic celebration in all parts of the world, but there is something about being surrounded by snow in the majestic Canadian Rockies that will make New Year 2012-2013 in Jasper difficult to beat. Hotels in Jasper are sure to be busy on December 31 and early reservations are strongly recommended.
To check availability and rates for Jasper hotels for New Years 2012-13 or any other dates click here and enter your travel dates.
*Note that if you need a room for December 31 you may have a better chance finding availability for a stay of 2 nights or longer.
Several Jasper accommodations have put together special New Years packages, some of which we have featured below:
Perhaps the widest selection of celebrations and activities can be found at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge where you will find several New Year dinner options, a New Year’s Eve party, and a New Year’s Day brunch. Being Jasper’s largest hotel, this may be your best bet if other accommodations in Jasper are already full.
Click here for details and to check availability.
The Sawridge Inn will also be a special place to spend New Years with the Hearthstone Lodge offering a special 5 course dinner, and Walter’s Dining Room offering a New Year’s Dinner Buffet from 5-9.30pm, featuring various types of seafood, a selection of salads, a carvery with Horseradish and Mustard Rubbed Alberta Prime Rib and Apple Cranberry Stuffed Pork Loin, cornish game hen, maple salmon, plus a chocolate fountain!
For another great New Year’s Eve dining option, Marmot Lodge will be offering a special Prime Rib Dinner Buffet on December 31 2012 in Embers Steakhouse.
No Vacancy ?
If you are struggling to find a vacancy at Jasper hotels for New Year’s Eve, an alternative would be to stay at a hotel in Hinton, approx 75km east of Jasper. The atmosphere may not be quite as festive as in Jasper, but it would give you a reasonable drive into Jasper on New Year’s Day.
To check availability at hotels in Hinton, click here.
Many hotels in Jasper will have special New Year’s dinners and celebrations in their own properties, and if you would like to venture out of your hotel and into town, you may be interested in one the following New Year’s Eve events:
New Years Eve Party at the De’d Dog Pub
Located at the Astoria Hotel, the De’d Dog Bar & Grill is hosting a New Years party on December 31st 2012, which will feature a DJ, party favours, and champagne at midnight to see in the New Year 2013.
$25 per ticket
404 Connaught Drive
Tel: 780 852 3351
New Years Dinner & Party at the Athabasca Hotel
On December 31 the Athabasca Hotel will be hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner for $69.95 which includes entrance to the party in the Atha-B where the live band Tupelo Honey will be playing to help you see in 2013.
Tickets for the party only are also available, costing $29.95.
510 Patricia Street
Tel: 780 852 3386
New Years Eve Party at the Whistle Stop Pub
The Whistle Stop Pub at Whistler’s Inn will be open as normal on December 31st 2012 with party favours and champagne at midnight. There is no charge for entrance, which means it will get busy so it’s recommended to get there early!
105 Miette Ave
Tel: 780 852 3361
New Year’s Day may be a day of recovery for many, but for those with some energy in reserve, skiing at Marmot Basin would be a great option, or to continue the indulgence, New Year’s Day brunch at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge would be the perfect way to carry on the party.
*The above hotel rates are subject to applicable taxes, subject to availability, subject to change, and are generally based on double occupancy.
If you want to spend the whole holiday period in Jasper, you should also take a look at the Jasper Christmas packages for 2012.
Jasper is a wonderful place to spend the Christmas holidays. The warm hospitality of the town combined with the snow covered mountain peaks, and abundance of winter activities make Jasper Alberta the ideal destination for a Christmas vacation.
Room Reservations for the Holidays
If you are planning to spend Christmas in Jasper, it is best to make your hotel reservations as early as possible while there are still rooms available at this busy time. Most Jasper hotels do not have special Christmas packages as such but are sure to have a fun festive atmosphere and will generally offer Christmas dinner in the hotel restaurant.
To check availability during the Xmas period and compare rates at several hotels in Jasper, click here.
For anyone searching for specific Jasper Christmas packages, or options for Christmas dinner, the holiday offerings at the following accommodations are sure to see you and your family celebrate Christmas in style:
Jasper’s luxury hotel, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, has a special Festival of Christmas Package which includes accommodation in a Fairmont Room with your own Christmas tree in the room which you get to decorate yourself, plus a range of festive activities in and around the hotel. Starting at $399 per night, this Jasper Christmas package is available from December 23-27 2012.
Click here for further details.
Chateau Jasper is offering a Christmas dinner buffet in the Silverwater Grill & Lounge on December 25 2012 which includes a variety of salads, cured meats, smoked seafood, herbed roasted turkey, honey dijon ham, pecan & chorizo stuffing, roasted winter squashes, red & sweet potato mash, fresh vegetables, topped off with the Chef’s Dessert Table which includes pumpkin pie and warm caramel bread pudding, plus coffee or tea. The cost of the buffet is $28 for adults and $10 for children 6-12 years.
Marmot Lodge is serving Christmas dinner in Embers Steakhouse on Christmas Eve December 24 and Christmas Day December 25, costing $25. Start with a mushroom & chili soup with chicken apple meatballs, or organic greens and garden vegetables, followed by an entree of turkey and wild mushroom wellington with gravy and cranberry sauce and a pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.
**The menus below are from Xmas 2011 and the information is now out of date. This section will be updated as new information becomes available.**
Lobstick Lodge has a dinner buffet on Christmas Day December 25th which features a selection of salads, carved roast turkey with stuffing and gravy, BBQ chicken, oven baked salmon, maple roasted sweet potatoes and vegetables. The dessert table includes pumpkin pie, berry tarts, fresh fruit and cookies. The cost is $28 for adults and $10 for kids 6-12 years.
Amethyst Lodge is featuring a Christmas dinner for $25 on December 24 and 25 with a choice of roasted maple butternut squash soup or winter garden greens to start, followed by Tom Turkey with all the trimmings as the main course and pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert.
The Sawridge Inn is offering a 2 day Xmas Package on December 24 & 25 2012 which includes 2 nights accommodations with a hearty buffet breakfast each morning, a Xmas treat platter delivered to your room, a buffet dinner on Christmas Eve December 24th and a traditional Christmas dinner buffet on Christmas Day December 25th. The Christmas Day dinner buffet will include delectable items such as Roast Turkey, Alberta Prime Rib, and a Chocolate Fountain. There will also be some festive family events taking place such as gingerbread house building, movie night, and children Christmas stockings. Rates start at $261 per adult per package.
As well as the Christmas events organized by individual hotels, there are many ways to spend your days in Jasper during the Yuletide period. The more active visitors will enjoy activities such as skiing & snowboarding at Jasper’s ski resort, Marmot Basin, or dog sledding near Valemount, while a more relaxing time can be had cross country skiing or simply visiting the quaint cafes and interesting stores of downtown Jasper.
No matter where you stay or how you spend your time, Christmas in the winter wonderland of Jasper National Park is sure to be a memorable experience for all.
*The above hotel rates are generally based on double occupancy, and are subject to availability, subject to applicable taxes, subject to change without notice. To confirm full details and for reservations, please use the links provided.
**The rates shown for Christmas dinner do not include tax and gratuity.
With Thanksgiving now just a few days away, now is a good time to make your hotel reservation if you are planning to spend your 2012 Thanksgiving weekend in Jasper Alberta.
To check rates and availability for several Jasper hotels at one time, click here and enter your travel dates.
Many hotels will be offering special menus for Thanksgiving dinner and some will have activities and family entertainment on offer.
Here are a few suggestions of places to spend your Thanksgiving holiday:
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge promises a fun filled weekend for the whole family during the Thanksgiving holiday with a selection of activities and events which are sure to entertain both the children and adults alike, including pumpkin carving, scavenger hunts, movies & karaoke.
The Thanksgiving Package at the Jasper Park Lodge is available from October 5 to October 8 2012 with rates starting at $329 plus tax per room per night based on single or double occupancy with a 2 night minimum stay. For further information about this package, and for reservations, click here.
In true Fairmont tradition there will also be some excellent options for festive dining at the Jasper Park Lodge.
Anthony’s Restaurant at Amethyst Lodge is offering a Thanksgiving dinner buffet from 5pm-9pm on October 7 2012 for just $23 which includes a selection of salads, cheeses and cold cuts to start, with entrees of roasted turkey with herb stuffing, glazed maple ham, garlic mashed potatoes, and sweet potato mash, plus a dessert table with pumpkin pie as well as other treats, coffee & tea.
To check room availability and rates for Amethyst Lodge, click here.
Silverwater Grill & Lounge at Chateau Jasper will host a Thanksgiving Dinner buffet on October 7 for $28. For the main event there will be slow roasted turkey breast with pecan bacon stuffing, baked ham with honey dijon glaze, a squash medley, plus mashed regular and sweet potatoes. With a selection of salads to start, this decadent dinner will be rounded off with bread pudding, English trifle, pumpkin pie, coffee and tea.
To check room availability and rates for Chateau Jasper, click here
Ember’s Steakhouse at Marmot Lodge is also offering a $25 three course Thanksgiving dinner on October 5, 6 and 7 2012 which includes either a pumpkin sage bisque or a roasted mushroom & butternut squash salad to start, followed by an oven roasted turkey breast main course and pumpkin ice cream for dessert, and includes coffee & tea.
To check room availability and rates for Marmot Lodge, click here.
Lobstick Lodge is offering a Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet at its Country Inn Restaurant on Sunday October 7. On the menu you will find a variety of salads, cheese, shrimp, roast turkey with herb stuffing and gravy, glazed maple ham, roasted garlic mash, maple sweet potato mash, a selection of desserts including pumpkin pie and rice pudding, plus coffee and tea. The cost is $28 for adults, and $10 for children 6-12 yrs.
To check room availability and rates for Lobstick Lodge, click here.
Many other Jasper National Park hotels are likely to have special dinner menus for Thanksgiving weekend, and at the time of writing (Sept 30) there are rooms available at many hotels in Jasper for Friday October 5 and Sunday October 7 2012, however availability for Saturday October 6 is becoming limited. Being a holiday weekend, availability is likely to become limited and early reservations are recommended. To view a selection of hotels and to check rates and availability, please visit our Jasper hotel reservations page by clicking here and entering your dates of travel.
*The above Thanksgiving dinner prices are subject to tax and tip.
May long weekend is almost upon us, and in 2013 the holiday falls on Monday May 20. Victoria Day weekend, for many, signals the start of summer, and it’s always a busy few days in Jasper. As the weekend approaches there will be fewer and fewer vacancies in Jasper hotels, with the busiest time likely to be the night of Saturday May 18 2013. Needless to say, reservations ahead of time are strongly recommended to guarantee yourself a place to stay.
To check availability and rates for several Jasper accommodations click here and enter your dates.
If you are visiting Jasper between May 17-20 and have not yet booked your accommodation, you may wish to browse the JasperHotels.com website.
To see a list of recommended hotels and motels in Jasper, click here.
To see a list of recommended cabins and chalets in Jasper, click here.
Two hundred years ago, in 1811, the explorer, cartographer, fur trader, and naturalist David Thompson travelled through the Athabasca Pass, essentially putting the Jasper area on the map and paving the way for millions of visitors and tourists who would visit Jasper National Park over the following 2 centuries.
To commemorate the David Thompson Bi-Centennial, throughout 2011 there are various events taking place in the Jasper area, some of which we have featured below:
From May 6 to September 25 2011, the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives will be hosting the exhibition David Thompson: A Legacy of Art, featuring works of various artists, including sketches and a map by David Thompson himself.
From June 24 to September 4 2011, interpretations of David Thompson’s explorations will be shown as part of the Theatre Program at Whistlers Campground each Tuesday at 9pm.
On Thursday August 18 2011 the Pelts and Paddles Rendezvous is an all day festival taking place at the Jasper Airfield Picnic Site from 11am to 6pm. Take the free shuttle from the Jasper Information Centre and enjoy a whole host of fun and interesting activities on offer throughout the day, including hay wagon rides, trappers’ activities and games, David Thompson’s Amazing Race, horse packing demonstrations, barbecue and beer garden.
Friday August 19 2011 sees the Watch the Brigade! event at Jasper Airfield at 8am, where several crews will be departing in traditional canoes on a historial 3 day voyage on the Athabasca River.
Whether you prefer the term March Break or Spring Break, it would be difficult to find a better place to spend your well earned vacation than Jasper Alberta. With fantastic snow conditions at Marmot Basin, the skiing and snowboarding is sure to be awesome throughout March and well into April, giving you the perfect excuse to hit the slopes with family and friends.
If you are looking for a family hotel package for your March Break, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is offering a Family Spring Break Getaway package which is valid from March 18 to April 10 2011. The package has been designed with families in mind and includes hotel accommodation plus a full weekly program of family activities which includes trivia quizzes, soccer, yoga, fun family games, billiards, table tennis, movies, and even a Kids Late Night Party Zone!
Also included in this package is a $99 resort credit per room per night, which can be used for food and beverage, Marmot Basin lift tickets, spa treatments, and other winter activities.
The March Break package is valid from March 18 to April 10 2011 with rates starting at $279 per night for a deluxe room, based on double occupancy.
Click here for further details and for reservations.
**The information below was valid for last year’s Winter Pride event and is now out of date. We will be posting updated information for Jasper Winter Pride 2011 as soon as it becomes available.**
From February 5 to 7 2010, Mountain Park Lodges and Jasper Tourism will be hosting the first annual Jasper Winter Pride Weekend.
The Chateau Jasper and the Lobstick Lodge are offering $74 room rates for the event, where you will receive a welcome kit detailing the many discounts available throughout the weekend. The Welcome Reception takes place in the Skyline Room at the Lobstick Lodge from 7pm to 10pm on Friday February 5, and on Saturday February 6 there is live music from Linkomatics from 8pm to 1am in the Downstream Bar ($5 cover).
At Marmot Basin there will be a 25% discount on lift tickets and 15% off lessons and rentals, and several Jasper activities companies are offering discounts on some of their tours. Sun Dog Tours are offering 10% off dogsled and snowmobile excursions and 15% off half day rail tours and wildlife discovery tours. Walks and Talks Jasper are offering 10% off guided walking tours, and the Jasper Adventure Centre are offering a 25% discount off their Maligne Canyon Ice Walk.
Further discounts on rentals are available at Freewheel where you can save 25% on ski or board rentals and demos, and Edge Control Ski and Outdoor Store are offering a $4 saving on adult cross country ski rental packages.
Further discounts can be found at several stores in downtown Jasper, and for dining there is a variety of discounts and specials offered by a number of Jasper restaurants.
To book your room for this event, call 1-888-852-7737 and use reference #56005 for Chateau Jasper, or #673529 for the Lobstick Lodge. For more details about these Jasper hotels, visit the Mountain Park Lodges website by clicking here.
For details of other Jasper accommodation options, click here.