Travel Budget for Jasper National Park

Alberta, Canada

How much does it cost to travel to Jasper National Park?

How much money will you need in Jasper National Park? CA$91 ($70) is the average daily price for traveling in Jasper National Park. The average price of food for one day is CA$26 ($20). The average price of a hotel for a couple is CA$100 ($77). Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    CA$91
  • One Week Per person
    CA$640
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    CA$1,280
  • One Month Per person
    CA$2,742
  • One Week For a couple
    CA$1,280
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    CA$2,560
  • One Month For a couple
    CA$5,485
How expensive is Jasper National Park?
  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    CA$50
  • Food2 Meals for one day
    CA$26
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    CA$2.31
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    CA$21
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    CA$8.54
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    CA$0.25
  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
    CA$0.51
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    CA$13
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    CA$20
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Jasper National Park On a Budget
Jasper National Park Jasper National Park
An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jasper National Park, located in Canada's Alberta Province, is one of a few national and provincial parks that showcase the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Sights
A visit to Jasper is an opportunity to enjoy wild beauty and natural scenery. In this alpine ecosystem, natural features like mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons, and caves are the main attractions. It is for these landscapes that Jasper National Park was named an UNESCO World Heritage Site along with several other of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. A few locations worthy of note include:

Medicine Lake: An overflow form the Maligne River, Medicine Lake changes drastically from a lake of blue glacial melt in the summer to a few number of pools in the fall and winter. The phenomenon occurs because of its location over a series of underground limestone caves.

Maligne Canyon: The deepest canyon in the Rockies, Maligne Canyon can be explored by hikers over a series of six bridges. It is the gateway to the breathtaking scenery of the Maligne Valley.

Miette Hot Springs: Guests can soak in warm mineral waters while enjoying stunning mountain views at the Miette Hot Springs.

Athabasca Glacier: This glacier is a part of the larger Columbia Icefield that spans the continental divide in Banff and Jasper national parks. It is about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) long and between 90–300 meters (300–980 feet) thick.

Pyramid Mountain and Lake: Named for its pyramid-like shape, the mountain is one of Jasper's landmarks. The lake reflects its unique shape beautifully, and is surrounded by abundant scenery and wildlife.

Other notable features include Athabasca Falls, Spirit Island, Sunwapta Falls, Mount Edith Cavell, and Mount Robson (the highest point in the Canadian Rockies).
Neighborhoods
Jasper is an alpine town located at the center of the national park. The town itself is small enough to easily navigate on foot, and has plenty of options for dining, drinking, and accommodations-both camping and lodging. The train station is located on the east side of town, around which visitors will find a concentration of cafes, restaurants, shops, and inns. Many of the shops sell outdoor gear and apparel. There are two main tourism companies in town: Brewster (larger, 50-person bus tours) and SunDog (smaller, 12-person bus tours). Both offer a varieties of tours to most of the park's major attractions. For a more independent adventure, many hiking trails are accessible right from the town center. Located at the heart of Jasper National Park, the town is nestled between mountains, with the Athabasca River situated to the east and alpine lakes all around.

Activities
In Jasper, activities ranges by season from hiking, biking, and camping in the summer, to cross country and downhill skiing in the winter. No matter the activity, the scenery-abundant with native flora and fauna-will steal the show. Visitors can arrange a bus tour for a more guided experience of the park's features, or hop on the Jasper Skytram for stunning views from above. Be prepared to spot wildlife on any adventure. A few of the local species include elk, caribou, moose, porcupine, beaver, river otter, grizzly and black bear, coyote, mountain goat and bighorn sheep, bald eagle, great horned owl, and many others.
Food and Dining
As a major vacation and tourism destination, Jasper has also become a hub for good eats, fine food, trendy restaurants, cozy pubs, charming cafes, and more. From hearty alpine meals to globally-inspired entrees, the dining options in Jasper are many and varied. Guests looking for authentic Canadian cuisine, should be sure to sample the local maple syrup with a pancake breakfast. The province of Alberta, within which Jasper is located, is also world renowned for its locally raised beef. It can be barbequed, grilled, braised, minced, or skewered and is often served with mushrooms, onions, green peppers, rice, beans, and a variety of sauces. Game meats and wild fish are also common, as are bison steaks, burgers, and sausages. Meals will often come with a side of vegetables like beets, carrots, or sweet Taber corn, and desserts usually consist of local nuts and berries. Jasper will have a variety of these local eats, in addition to the more varied international options.
Transportation
The nearest international airports to Jasper are the Edmonton International Airport (four-hour drive) and Calgary International Airport (five-hour drive). From Edmonton travel west on AB-16 and arrive at Jasper's eastern entrance. From Calagary travel west on AB-1 and connect with AB-93 North to arrive at Jasper's southern entrance (note: AB-93 may be closed at times, and it might be best to head north and then west to arrive at Jasper's east entrance). AB-16 bisects the parks in the east-west direction.

Visitors can also arrive at the park by train. VIA Rail provides commercial rail travel from Edmonton and Vancouver, in addition to a private Rocky Mountaineer tourist train.
1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.
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Getting Around Jasper Canada

By backpackguru in Local Transportation
Jasper is a small town and it's relatively easy to walk most places. Public transit isn't available but there are a few taxis and possibility to hire a rental car. In the summer you could rent a bicycle. If you're open to hitchhiker, it is fairly easy in this area.



There are tour companies that can help you organize trips to various sights including Maligne Lake, the Miette Hot Springs, or Columbia Icefields.

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