Jasper, a quick drive from Edmonton, makes for an easy weekend trip to ‘get out of the city’ and into the wilderness. One of our favourite times to do this, is during Jasper in January, when there are festivities and experiences, to get out and enjoy the winter.

This year, Jasper in January takes place between January 12 – 29th, and features Winter activities for the entire family.

Here are some of the things to do with kids during Jasper in January: 

Eat Cabane a Sucre | There’s nothing better than boiled maple syrup, wrapped up around a stick and eaten like an ice pop. This delicious treat is one of the must-do things when you’re spending a couple of days in Jasper in January.

Skate on a Frozen Lake | You’ve got two options, the fun event days at Pyramid Lake, or you can check out Lake Mildred and rent skates from the winter rental shop ($10) at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

Fat Bike Races | Head to the lake and check out the fat bike races, or even get on board and try the bike yourself.

Dark Sky Stories | Join an interpreter around the fire for stories while trying your hand at new skills, like making a fire with flint and steel or cooking bannock on a stick. On some weekends we will even have hot chocolate and S’mores!

Learn to Snowshoe | Join a park interpreter for this “learn to hike”. We will cover all the basics from what a snowshoe does, their cultural significance, how to walk with them, how to dress for winter weather, and how to look for terrain hazards. When you’ve learned all you can we’ll put it to the test with a snowshoe race! *Snowshoes will be provided.

Cold Fire Creek Dogsledding | What better way to venture deep into the heart of the Canadian Rockies, than behind a team of enthusiastic and friendly Alaskan Huskies. You will marvel at the beauty of snow capped timbers, frozen waterfalls, icy waters and endless panoramic views. Children under five are free!

Free Wildlife Camera Safari | Every weekend we will offer a Wildlife Camera Safari where you will do a bit of hiking or snowshoeing – depending on the conditions. Along the way you can practice wildlife tracking and learn how trail cameras are helping us better understand the park’s wildlife.

Street Party | This event transforms Jasper into a full on street party, music, street performers, games, food and so much more.

Atco Walk of Light and Fireworks | Bring a light and join on the walk to Centennial Park to enjoy the fireworks. Meet at the ATCO Sound Stage and carry on to Centennial Park for a spectacular fireworks display.

Learn to Start a Fire and Bannock Bake | Learn a few outdoor winter skills, like how to start a fire with flint and steel using natural materials, then cook your own bannock on a stick for a tasty treat. We invite you to bring your own treats to roast over the fire as well, the fire will stay lit for most of the afternoon. We’ll provide hot chocolate and tea.

Snowshoe Under the Dark Sky | Join an interpreter around the fire for stories while trying your hand at new skills, like making a fire with flint and steel or cooking bannock on a stick. On some weekends we will even have hot chocolate and S’mores!

Warm up | One of our favourite ways to warm up is at the hot tub or pool at your hotel. On a recent stay in Jasper, we stayed at Bear Hill Lodge in Jasper – though there wasn’t a pool or spa to warm up in, the cozy fireplaces in the cabins did the trick. If you’re searching for a family-friendly place to stay, we adored the cabins with two bedrooms and a full kitchen for an easy weekend in the mountains.

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