Jasper in January is one of those traditions you’ve got to make happen at least once in a childhood. Exploring with the kids, making Caban a sucre on a frozen Pyramid Lake during winterfest, feeling the rush of the wind in their face behind a team of dogs, tucked warm into a dogsled, and warming up after a cold day learning to snoeshoe, in the hot tub.
With multiple themed activities through different weekends in Jasper, it’s a way to get away with the kids (or without the kids) and enjoy the best of everything Jasper has to offer.
Jasper in January: Adventures
During Winterfest on Pyramid Lake (Add that to your winter bucket list), Olivia learned how to make a fire, roast bannock and tasted caban a sucre for the first time. She learned to shoeshoe, had the chance to dogsled for the first time and cozied up with new friends on a sleigh ride on the lake.
Violet spent a lot of time indoors, warming up. A little under the weather and a little unseasoned for the cold, she warmed up a little at the idea of dogsledding, and made fast friends with the dogs having a break.
Bring your sleds or bundle up and take in the lookout at Old Fort Point, or warm up in the hot tub. Whatever you choose to do with your weekend, you’re going to be able to head back to the city refreshed.
For older children (7+) you can take the Maligne Canyon Ice Walk Tour where you spend three hours trekking through ice caves and wonder. Our kids weren’t old enough, but it’s on our list when they’re just a wee bit older to tackle that. As an alternative, you could explore yourself, but we decided against it with a three year old.
Jasper in January: Eating
OShea’s in the Athabasca hotel is a delicious breakfast suggested to us more than once. The portion sizes are big, there’s cake, and it was a perfect ‘fill-you-up’ breakfast for the way home. Unless you’re really, really hungry, I would even venture sharing one of the breakfast dishes, because they’re so generous in size.
For dinner, Jasper Brewing Company is a kid-friendly choice, with delicious food and a blueberry vanilla beer that’s going to warm you up fast, after a day outside. My only regret about dinner? We didn’t bring home any beer. The kids meals were great, and the adult meals even better.
Jasper in January: Staying
We stayed at the Best Western with the kids. Comfortable accommodations that won’t break the bank, and enough space for them to play in the room, made this one a winner. The family-friendly pool area where you could lounge in the hot tubs, or on the patio chairs, was a hit with the kids. Like any vacation with the kids, we had a morning and night trip to the pool area.
For younger kids, there’s an offset, more shallow, pool attached to the larger one. I appreciated that it was separate, and next time would bring a ball or some toys for the kids to play with while we were there.
We heard great things about the restaurant within the hotel, but didn’t get a chance to try it out this time.
Jasper is close enough to be a tolerable fast weekend trip, even when you’re road tripping with younger kids. So, stash this idea away for next year (or steal away with the kids quickly coming up for the last weekend in January, and experience Jasper in January for yourself).
xx Thank you to Tourism Jasper, for the invite to get out town and share our Jasper in January experience.