Exploring Jasper Alberta Canada

Jasper is a true mountain sport adventure town. Located in the heart Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Jasper has a relaxed and rustic style. The majority of shops and restaurants are locally owned and independent making it a...
Jasper is a true mountain sport adventure town. Located in the heart Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Jasper has a relaxed and rustic style. The majority of shops and restaurants are locally owned and independent making it a fun place to wander around and explore. As we are usually heading out for some type of outdoor adventure we don't get to spend as much time wandering around town as we should. I forgot how good the shopping is here. I think the next time we visit Jasper; I will plan for it to be a shopping spree.

If you would like to plan a Jasper Adventure, then I recommend Jasper in January. This is Jasper signature month long festival with great packages and deals to be had.

Since Jasper is in a National Park, a Parks Canada Pass is required for exploring the town and the park.
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17 December 2023 at   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
The Jasper Visitor Information Centre (VIC) is one of my favourite mountain parks buildings. I really like the rustic log and stone architecture. Built in 1914, this was the first major building in Jasper. It also defined what would become...
The Jasper Visitor Information Centre (VIC) is one of my favourite mountain parks buildings. I really like the rustic log and stone architecture. Built in 1914, this was the first major building in Jasper. It also defined what would become Jasper's architectural style.

This is a great first stop when visiting Jasper. Here you can find information on front and backcountry camping, hiking trails, the best paddling spots, skiing, events, and even where to see wildlife. The Jasper VIC has all the maps and permits needed for any outdoor adventure in the park.
During the summer, the park space out front is a nice place to relax and read a book or to have a picnic.

Tourism Jasper and The Friends of Jasper Gift Shop are also located in the building.
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17 December 2023 ·   6 months ago taken in   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
A beautiful new Indigenous art installation is being installed on the grounds of the Jasper Visitors Information Centre. The piece features a large bronze eagle resting on a silver sphere. The words from six Indigenous languages are etched onto...
A beautiful new Indigenous art installation is being installed on the grounds of the Jasper Visitors Information Centre. The piece features a large bronze eagle resting on a silver sphere. The words from six Indigenous languages are etched onto it. In addition to the sculpture, new pathways, a seating area and storytelling and art panels highlighting the diverse cultures of the Indigenous communities that partnered to create this installation. The installation honours the histories and cultures of Indigenous peoples including the Anishinaabe, Cree, Dene-zaa, Michif, Secwepemctsín and Stoney. The opening ceremonies are planned for later in 2024.
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17 December 2023 ·   6 months ago taken in   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
The iconic Jasper the Bear, mascot of the Town of Jasper was created in 1948 by Canadian artist James Simpkins. The intention was to use the image of Jasper the Bear to promote environmental stewardship. In 1962, Jasper the Bear was adopted as...
The iconic Jasper the Bear, mascot of the Town of Jasper was created in 1948 by Canadian artist James Simpkins. The intention was to use the image of Jasper the Bear to promote environmental stewardship. In 1962, Jasper the Bear was adopted as the official mascot and the first statue was installed. This original statue can now be seen at the top of the Jasper Skytram.
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17 December 2023 ·   6 months ago taken in   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Bear's Paw Bakery is our favourite Jasper spot for a pre-adventure breakfast, baked goods and coffee. Judging by the people lined up to grab a bite before heading out for a day of skiing at Marmot Basin, it is everyone's favourite spot. Perhaps...
Bear's Paw Bakery is our favourite Jasper spot for a pre-adventure breakfast, baked goods and coffee. Judging by the people lined up to grab a bite before heading out for a day of skiing at Marmot Basin, it is everyone's favourite spot. Perhaps that is why they now have three locations, the original Bear's Paw Bakery, The Other Paw and 'Lil Paw at Whistler's Campground.
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17 December 2023 ·   6 months ago taken in   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Bear's Paw makes great coffee and if you order something other than a drop coffee your drink comes with a chocolate covered espresso bean. Yum.

Bear's Paw Bakery isn't just a daytime destination for coffee and treats anymore. New in 2023, the...
Bear's Paw makes great coffee and if you order something other than a drop coffee your drink comes with a chocolate covered espresso bean. Yum.

Bear's Paw Bakery isn't just a daytime destination for coffee and treats anymore. New in 2023, the original Bear's Paw Bakery undergoes an evening transformation. On Thursday through Sunday evenings from 7:30pm until 1:00am Bear's Paw becomes Ursidae (Aka Bear) Lair becomes a Scotch Whisky tasting lounge.
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17 December 2023 ·   6 months ago taken in   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
In 2022 Jasper launched its Inaugural UpLift! Jasper Mural Festival. After two years, there are now seven new murals scattered around town beautifying otherwise boring walls. This one was created by Montreal artist Five Eight. It is painted on...
In 2022 Jasper launched its Inaugural UpLift! Jasper Mural Festival. After two years, there are now seven new murals scattered around town beautifying otherwise boring walls. This one was created by Montreal artist Five Eight. It is painted on Bear's Paw Bakery's alleyway wall.
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17 January 2023 ·   6 months ago taken in   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Totem Ski Shop is a locally owned and operated mountain sport store. They specialize in skiing, hiking and mountain adventures making this a really fun shop for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Interestingly, Totem Ski Shop has been part of Jasper...
Totem Ski Shop is a locally owned and operated mountain sport store. They specialize in skiing, hiking and mountain adventures making this a really fun shop for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Interestingly, Totem Ski Shop has been part of Jasper since 1911 making it even older than the Jasper Visitor Information Centre and nearly as old as Jasper National Park which was established in 1907.
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17 December 2023 ·   6 months ago taken in   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Baxter's Souvenirs and Gifts has been part of Jasper as long as I can remember. In fact, the Baxter family moved to Jasper in 1935 and first opened an ice cream parlour. Later they purchased a larger property and opened Baxter's Gifts and Coffee...
Baxter's Souvenirs and Gifts has been part of Jasper as long as I can remember. In fact, the Baxter family moved to Jasper in 1935 and first opened an ice cream parlour. Later they purchased a larger property and opened Baxter's Gifts and Coffee Shop. I'm not certain if this is the same location. Either way, you never know what you will find in Baxter's Gifts and Souvenirs making it a fun place look around.
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17 December 2023 ·   6 months ago taken in   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Jasper has plenty of shops that sell souvenirs to remember your trip by. You can pretty much find anything you want in Jasper including locally products, books, art and clothing. Naturally the souvenir and gift shops also sell all the novelty and...
Jasper has plenty of shops that sell souvenirs to remember your trip by. You can pretty much find anything you want in Jasper including locally products, books, art and clothing. Naturally the souvenir and gift shops also sell all the novelty and touristy gifts you can dream of. You know, the ones that are so tacky they are actually great. This particular shop had a nice selection of high-end Canadian products, pottery, art, mountain décor and clothing to choose from.
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17 December 2023 ·   6 months ago taken in   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Jasper has some great shoe stores too. In addition to the pottery, art, and mountain décor from the previous photo this store also sells Manitobah Mukluks. Manitobah makes mukluks and moccasins and are so well known for their craftmanship that...
Jasper has some great shoe stores too. In addition to the pottery, art, and mountain décor from the previous photo this store also sells Manitobah Mukluks. Manitobah makes mukluks and moccasins and are so well known for their craftmanship that they are now a global company. You can feel good about buying you Manitobah Mukluks from a locally owned and independent shop in Jasper because not only are you supporting small business you can feel good about your Manitobah Mukluks because they are authentic, Indigenous-designed products that directly benefit Indigenous communities. As a bonus, your feet will be warm and dry and will look great.
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17 December 2023 ·   6 months ago taken in   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
This may be the only time that I have been able to get a picture of main street (Patricia Street) without anyone in it. There are a few places to point out in this photo, like Marmot Basin Sale Centre. Marmot Basin is Jasper's ski hill which has...
This may be the only time that I have been able to get a picture of main street (Patricia Street) without anyone in it. There are a few places to point out in this photo, like Marmot Basin Sale Centre. Marmot Basin is Jasper's ski hill which has a brand-new Knob Chair this year that I am looking forward to trying out. Syrah's of Jasper is a high-end restaurant, that according to someone we met while paddling on Maligne makes the best food she has ever had. Lastly, look closely at the peak of the mountain. There you can see the top of the Jasper Skytram.
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17 December 2023 ·   6 months ago taken in   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Gravity Gear is another fun outdoor gear and clothing store in Jasper. Gravity Gear specializes in backcountry ski, mountaineering, ice & rock climbing, as such they also have a wide selection of clothing and camping gear. We love to stop into...
Gravity Gear is another fun outdoor gear and clothing store in Jasper. Gravity Gear specializes in backcountry ski, mountaineering, ice & rock climbing, as such they also have a wide selection of clothing and camping gear. We love to stop into Gravity Gear to see what is new every time we are in Jasper.
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17 December 2023 ·   6 months ago taken in   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Patricia Street in Jasper, Alberta is one of the main areas in town for shopping, dinning and planning adventures. The other main commercial area is Connaught Street. Most of the sporting good’s stores also offer equipment rentals. Shops like...
Patricia Street in Jasper, Alberta is one of the main areas in town for shopping, dinning and planning adventures. The other main commercial area is Connaught Street. Most of the sporting good’s stores also offer equipment rentals. Shops like Marmot Basin's Sales Centre sell lift tickets for skiing and snowboarding and everything needed for a day on the slopes. Businesses like Jasper Touring Company and Sundog Transportation and Tours offer a variety of mountain experiences including wildlife viewing tours. Food and dining ranges from sweat treats like Beaver Tails and fudge to fine dining and a grocery store.
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17 December 2023 ·   6 months ago taken in   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
For adventurers that have a sweet tooth a visit to Candy Bear's Lair is must when in Jasper, Alberta, Canada. Candy Bear's Lair makes handmade candy and fudge. I love trying out different fudge flavours, but my all-time favourite is maple-walnut....
For adventurers that have a sweet tooth a visit to Candy Bear's Lair is must when in Jasper, Alberta, Canada. Candy Bear's Lair makes handmade candy and fudge. I love trying out different fudge flavours, but my all-time favourite is maple-walnut. No worries, if you don't have a favourite yet, they sell sample packs too! As for the handmade chocolates, I enjoy the Bear Paws the most. Have you been here? What is your favourite treat?
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17 December 2023 ·   6 months ago taken in   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Ransom Jasper is a locally owned clothing store selling mountain inspired, fashion forward clothing 'for the adventurer in all of us'. They even have their own clothing line where they collaborate with local artists and designers. No wonder, I...
Ransom Jasper is a locally owned clothing store selling mountain inspired, fashion forward clothing 'for the adventurer in all of us'. They even have their own clothing line where they collaborate with local artists and designers. No wonder, I have always loved this store. If you are looking for a unique item to remember your trip to Jasper with, why not pick up a Ransom toque?
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17 December 2023 ·   6 months ago taken in   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
The historic Athabasca Hotel has been a Jasper landmark since 1921. The hotel is ideally situated in the heart of downtown within easy walking distance to shops and restaurants. The rooms are cozy and have private or shared bathroom options. The...
The historic Athabasca Hotel has been a Jasper landmark since 1921. The hotel is ideally situated in the heart of downtown within easy walking distance to shops and restaurants. The rooms are cozy and have private or shared bathroom options. The Athabasca Hotel is also home to O'Shea's Sports Lounge.
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17 December 2023 ·   6 months ago taken in   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
I have always loved the Jasper Firehall's rustic Tudor Style. Apparently, I am not the only one that feels this way. The Jasper Fire Hall is recognized as a Federal Heritage Building. The building's design was typical in the national parks during...
I have always loved the Jasper Firehall's rustic Tudor Style. Apparently, I am not the only one that feels this way. The Jasper Fire Hall is recognized as a Federal Heritage Building. The building's design was typical in the national parks during the 1920's and '30's.
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17 December 2023 ·   6 months ago taken in   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Ana Lea's Candy Lane is another Jasper destination for adventure seekers with a sweet tooth. Ana Lea's carries imported candies from around the world, hard to find treats and bulk candy. Filled with childhood favourites, this store is sure to...
Ana Lea's Candy Lane is another Jasper destination for adventure seekers with a sweet tooth. Ana Lea's carries imported candies from around the world, hard to find treats and bulk candy. Filled with childhood favourites, this store is sure to bring out the kid in you.
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17 December 2023 ·   6 months ago taken in   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Ana Lea's Candy Lane has a seemingly endless collection of candies to choose from. There are old school favourites in flavours that I didn't even know existed to hundreds of imported candies I have never heard of. Ana Lea's Candy Lane is a...
Ana Lea's Candy Lane has a seemingly endless collection of candies to choose from. There are old school favourites in flavours that I didn't even know existed to hundreds of imported candies I have never heard of. Ana Lea's Candy Lane is a nostalgic place to poke around as you rediscover favourites that are sure to make you feel like a kid again.
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17 December 2023 ·   6 months ago taken in   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Ana Lea's Candy Lane in Jasper, Alberta, Canada has a huge selection of bulk candies to pick from including an entire wall of Jelly Belly's! I like to pick up a few treats to keep me going during our mountain adventures. They may not be the...
Ana Lea's Candy Lane in Jasper, Alberta, Canada has a huge selection of bulk candies to pick from including an entire wall of Jelly Belly's! I like to pick up a few treats to keep me going during our mountain adventures. They may not be the technical fuel needed during long outdoor adventures, but they sure do make for a nice little pick-me-up along the way or even a bribe when the going gets tough. Don't worry, I also pack plenty of proper nutrition and fuel for our adventures too. After all one can't survive on candy alone.
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17 December 2023 ·   6 months ago taken in   Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
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