Focus on... Jasper
By Laura Gelder – July 2018 – 2 minute read
This little alpine town may look small but it’s so jam-packed with great places to eat and drink it's just launched a food tour, has an annual astronomy festival which draws top astronauts, and is located in one of Canada’s most beautiful national parks, offering outdoor activities and wildlife viewing year-round.
Jasper Food Tours is a new culinary tourism venture looking for epicureans and adventurers to explore the gourmet delights of Downtown Jasper.
Starting every day at 14.30 from the Visitor Information Centre lawn, the three-hour tour shares local history and visits points of interest while travelling between four local restaurants. At each restaurant, guests will try a top dish and a perfectly paired boozy drink.
“The food scene in Jasper is very unique,” says Derek Herritt, Managing Director of Jasper Food Tours. “The community is diverse and menus are inspired by workers originating from every corner of the world. Set among a town rich in history, we have the perfect recipe for a fun and delicious foodie tour!”
Jasper Dark Sky Festival takes place every year to celebrate Jasper National Park’s Dark Sky Preserve status. The next event, presented by Rocky Mountaineer, will take place October 12-21 2018.
In attendance will be the usual star-studded line-up of international presenters including former astonauts Mark Kelly, Scott Kelly and Leland Melvin and Emily Calandrelli, host of FOX’s Xpolration Outer Space.
Events will be hosted in The Jasper Planetarium, including digital planetarium tours, and guided telescope viewing opportunities (with the largest, most powerful telescope in the Rockies!) and The Jasper SkyTram, which takes visitors nearly one kilometre closer to the stars above and offers a dining and star gazing combo. Festival goers cab also attend workshops on how to photograph objects in the night sky.
Spring/Summer: When the skies are blue, take the 90-minute Maligne Lake Boat Cruise across this turquoise lake surrounded by snowy peaks. It includes a visit to the iconic Spirit Island to learn about the history, geology and wildlife that surround the area as well as its aboriginal routes.
Winter: An ice walk along the Maligne Canyon is a must-do once the white stuff sets in. The river and the waterfalls freeze into spectacular ice formations and a guided hike with ice shoes means visitors can learn about the Aboriginal history of the area.
Food & drink
Head to Jasper Brewing Company for local craft beers, made on site and comfort food like bison brisket, elk meatloaf and poutine. Visitors can even take a brewery tour to learn about the beer-making process. Beers come in a sleeve, glass, stein, pitcher or sampler and the range includes lager, IPA and unusual seasonal flavours like key lime cream ale.