Jasper in January

Parks Canada photo
Parks Canada photo

We've reached the unofficial midway point of winter in the Mountains.  It's a great time to get out and enjoy Jasper National Park. Join Parks Canada’s senior interpreter, Brian Catto at the Whirlpool Winter Hub. He’ll be offering a variety of programs during Jasper in January, now through January 28, 2018 and Family Day Weekend (February, 16 – 19, 2018).

Bring your snowshoes and attend our very popular dark sky program. No snowshoes? No problem! We’ll have complimentary snowshoes available at Whirlpool Winter Hub for you to use. **Please arrive fifteen minutes early if you wish to borrow our snowshoes.

New to snowshoeing? Check out our ‘Learn to snowshoe’ session offered during the day. For the nature enthusiasts, don’t miss our ‘Pine beetle’ and ‘Wildlife snowshoe’ programs. AND, for those who like to brave the winter temperatures, take in our “Learn to winter camp” session.

Dark sky snowshoe/Night vision edition

Date: January 19 & 26 and February 16

Time of program: 7 pm to 8 pm (except on February 16: 8 pm to 9 pm)

Immerse yourself and experience the star rich dark skies or moonlit skies of Jasper National Park. Learn all about some of the nocturnal adaptations that help the animals of the park (including us) see in the dark!

Learn to snowshoe/Snowshoe games

Dates: January  20 & 28 and February 17 & 19

Time of program: 10 am to 11 am

Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to get around the valley bottoms and shallow slopes of Jasper National Park. The best part? It’s not even that hard! We will cover all the basics from what a snowshoe does, their cultural significance, how to walk with them and how to look for terrain hazards. When you’ve learned all you can, we’ll put it to the test with some snowshoe games!

Pine beetle snowshoe

Dates: January 20 & 27 and February 17 & 19

Time of program: 2 pm to 3 pm

Why are there so many dead trees in Jasper? If you’re asking yourself this question, then this is the activity for you. Explore the pine forests of Jasper with a park interpreter and discover the good and bad side of this tiny endemic insect with a big punch.

Learn to winter camp

Dates: January 21 and February 18

Time of program: 10 am to noon

Have you ever thought about camping in the winter? Learn about winter camping safety, the extra gear you’ll need to bring, how to layer properly and what food to bring. Then we’ll cook up a hearty meal to share.

Wildlife snowshoe

Date: January 21 & 28 and February 18

Time of program: 2 pm to 3 pm

Take a peek into the world of wildlife research in Jasper National Park. We’ll do some basic tracking, use some of the equipment our experts use, visit a wildlife camera site and learn how these tools help the park better understand the wildlife populations.