Jasper Travel Guide 2020: Eat, Stay, & Explore

Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen

Eats: This trip to Jasper we decided to go off the beaten path and head up to the Maligne Waterfall 20 minutes outside Jasper township. Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen is Jasper’s only smokehouse and opened in 2019. Dine in or grab n’ go with great picnic and takeaway options. We choose a window seat but next time I think I would opt for the patio along the water. There were picnic bench options and fireplace seating, all of which had an incredible view of that waterfall!

Pyramid Lake Resort
Pyramid Island
Pyramid Island
Pyramid Lake Resort

Accommodations: We tried the newly-renovated Pyramid Lake Resort, just outside of Jasper’s township but within the food delivery zone for many of Jasper’s restaurants. It was the perfect mix of scenic, with the hustle and bustle of Jasper a short drive away. The peaceful mountain views were incredible. This resort is open year-round with all rooms overlooking the lake. In summer, you can rent a kayak, canoe, paddleboard or mountain bike from the resort.  

Maligne Lake River Cruise
Spirit Island, Jasper National Park, Maligne Lake

Activities: Journey to Spirit Island on this family-friendly boat cruise. It’s a must-do experience while in Jasper. This was my second time but our families first. The kids LOVED it! And that blue water, breathtaking.

Jasper Lake

Along Highway 16 into Jasper from Hinton, you’ll see a long sand line on your right hand-side. Approximately 30 km outside of Jasper. Jasper Lake is shallow with a silky sand beach line. And attracts many due to it’s beautiful colour and shallow depths. You’ll see people wading only up to their knees 150 meters off shore. Jasper Lake is part of the Athabasca River River and is a must stop to dip your toes in that Columbian Ice Field’s glacier water.

Disclaimer: Pursuit sponsored this trip by providing accommodation and experiences. They did not pay for this service or this article.