A Travel Price Comparison for Canada Whistler vs. Jasper National Park for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Whistler or Jasper National Park?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Whistler or Jasper National Park, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Whistler or Jasper National Park?

Whistler

Located in the province of British Columbia in Canada, Whistler is most famous as the largest ski area in North America. It is also only a short distance from the city of Vancouver, and offers countless opportunities for snow boarding and other winter sports. The town has a permanent population of almost 10,000 and there is a larger seasonal population of workers that come from all over the world. Whistler is a major travel destination with more than two million people visiting the town yearly. As such, there are countless amenities available to visitors. Hotels can vary dramatically in price and quality. There are some budget options, including a couple of hostels in the area, but most people do not visit Whistler as a budget travel destination. It's usually an expensive vacation, but few would argue that it isn't worth the cost.

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Contiki Tours to Canada, The Best G Adventures Tours to Canada, The Best 3-Day Tours from Vancouver, and The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Vancouver.


Which place is cheaper, Jasper National Park or Whistler?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Whistler is $125, while the average daily cost in Jasper National Park is $83. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Whistler and Jasper National Park in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Whistler $65
    Jasper National Park $45
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Whistler $130
    Jasper National Park $90
Compare Hotels in Whistler and Jasper National Park

Looking for a hotel in Whistler or Jasper National Park? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Whistler


Hotels in Jasper National Park


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Whistler Hotel Prices and Jasper National Park Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Whistler $20
    Jasper National Park $19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Whistler

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Whistler:

  • Private Transfer from Whistler to Downtown Vancouver: $570
  • Private Transfer from Whistler to Richmond BC: $633
  • Vancouver: Seaplane Transfer between Vancouver & Whistler: $175

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Jasper National Park

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Jasper National Park are as follows:


  • Park Pass
    $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jasper National Park

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Jasper National Park:

  • Jasper Thermal to Edmonton Airport (YEG) Departure Transfer: $171
  • Jasper Thermal Resorts to Calgary Airport YYC Departure Transfer: $171

Is it cheaper to fly into Whistler or Jasper National Park?

Prices for flights to both Jasper National Park and Whistler change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Whistler $30
    Jasper National Park $24
Typical Food Prices in Whistler

Some typical examples of dining costs in Whistler are as follows:


  • Coffee at Starbucks
    $12
  • Tim Hortons Breakfast
    $12
  • Coffee at Timmy's
    $3.66

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Whistler

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Whistler.

  • Finer Things: 4-Course Dinner Tour in Whistler: $131
  • Finer Things Dinner Tour in Whistler: $145

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Jasper National Park

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Jasper National Park.

  • Half-Day Jasper Culture Food Tour: $107
  • Peak Nic - A hike and an outdoor cooking lesson: $119
  • 4-Hours E-Bike Food Tour : $201

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Whistler $79
    Jasper National Park $7.81
Typical Entertainment Prices in Whistler

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Whistler are as follows:


  • Driving Range
    $15

Tours and Activities in Whistler

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Whistler are as follows:

  • Sea to Sky Highway: a Smartphone Audio Driving Tour: $6.73
  • Audain Art Museum Admission Ticket: $16
  • One Hour Axe Throwing Guided Experience in Whistler: $34
  • Vallea Lumina Multimedia Experience: $35
  • The Great Whistler Walking Tour: Discover Whistler's Sights, History & Culture!: $49
  • Whistler Sightseeing Tour: Discover all of Whistler Year-Round!: $79
  • Rock Climbing Beginner Experience: $94
  • Sky-Walk Mountain Climbing Tour: $102
  • Whistler Glacier Discovery Tour: $104
  • Guided eBike Adventure: $106
  • Medicine Trail Snowshoe Tour : $109
  • 2 Hour Late Afternoon Winter Zipline Adventure: $112

Tours and Activities in Jasper National Park

Here are a few actual costs in Jasper National Park for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Icefields Parkway Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour: $17
  • Live Theater Show Ticket 'From Jasper with love': $25
  • From Jasper: Jasper National Park Wildlife Discovery Tour: $53
  • Planetarium and Telescope Combo Tour : $54
  • Maligne Canyon Hiking Tour: $60
  • Maligne Lake Cruise: $63
  • Morning Jasper National Park Wildlife Tour: $64
  • Jasper Evening Wildlife Tour: $64
  • Winter Wildlife Discovery Tour: $64
  • Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island: $64
  • Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike: $72
  • 1-Hour Guided Group Fat Bike Tour: $82

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Whistler $8.79
    Jasper National Park $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Whistler

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Whistler:

  • Whistler Distillery Tour & Tasting Experience: $66


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Whistler and Jasper National Park, we can see that Whistler is more expensive. And not only is Jasper National Park much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Jasper National Park would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Jasper National Park and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Whistler would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Whistler than you might in Jasper National Park.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Whistler Expensive? and Is Jasper National Park Expensive?.