Jasper National Park
What better way to explore Jasper National Park than by pedal power!? Suitable for all ages and abilities, Jasper’s connector trail system linking the town, campgrounds and popular attractions is the best way to get around (just ask the locals!). With over 200 km of mountain biking trails, seasonal-motorist-free-cycling and numerous road biking options, Jasper National Park is a cyclist’s oasis for exploration.
An easy trail network connects the Town of Jasper to nearby campgrounds and some of the most popular lakes, beaches and attractions.
Jasper offers cruisy, cross-country fun ranging from easy to difficult on a well-connected and well-maintained trail network.
Enjoy Jasper’s ‘Motorist Free Seasons’ on three main roadways. In spring and fall, these roads are closed to vehicle traffic, but open for safe cycling...
For a leisurely ride through wilderness or for challenging mountain ascents and descents, Jasper’s roads await you.
Remember, you are responsible for your own safety
- Always wear a helmet and safety gear. Know your equipment
- Stay informed. Visit the trail conditions report and check the weather forecast
- Pack adequate water, food, gear, maps, first aid
- Carry bear spray and know how to use it
- Tell someone where you are going and when you are expected back
- Do not travel alone
EmergencyCall 911 or, if using a satellite phone, call the park dispatch office (780-852-3100). Cell phone reception is unreliable.
Rules of the trail
Most trails in Jasper are multi-use. Please share them with other users, and follow these rules developed by the International Mountain Bike Association.
Mountain biking in Jasper
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Ride designated trails. Mountain biking is allowed only on trails designated for cycling. If a trail is not signed, you’re not allowed to ride it.
- Respect trail closures. Trails can be temporarily or permanently closed for ecological or safety reasons.
- Ride within your limits. Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk.
- Yield appropriately. Let your fellow trail users know you’re coming. Make each pass a safe and courteous one. Cyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill.
- Respect horses, they are easily startled. When passing, use extra care and follow directions from the horse riders (ask if uncertain).
- Leave no trace. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in. Leave natural and cultural objects undisturbed for others to discover.
- Ride designated trails. Mountain biking is allowed only on trails designated for cycling. If a trail is not signed, you’re not allowed to ride it.
Can I use a pedal assist e-bike in Jasper National Park?
As a pilot, pedal assist e-bikes are permitted on all trails and areas that bicycles are permitted in Jasper National Park.
What does pedal assist mean?
Power assistance is only provided when the bike is being pedalled. When pedalling stops, the power assistance also stops. Authorized pedal assist e-bikes also need to:
- generate 500W or less;
- stop power assistance when travelling 32km/h.
A bike that has an accelerator (a throttle) is not a pedal assist e-bike; it may only be ridden on roads, not on trails.
For Parks Canada‘s full definition on e-bikes, visit: parkscanada.gc.ca/ebikes
Share the trails
Be wildlife aware.
Follow proper trail etiquette.
Ride within your capability.
Official trails around the town of Jasper are marked with yellow diamonds. This extensive trail system is maintained by park staff.
Wildland trails are marked differently. You are welcome to use these trails, but they are not maintained or shown on park maps. If a trail is not signed, you’re not allowed to ride it.
To decrease erosion, give wildlife the space they need and avoid becoming lost, please return to the signed trail system.
Trail maintenance crews clear the trails each spring but wind storms can fell trees all summer long. If your ride involved more bike carrying than riding, please report problems to the Information Centre. If you want to help out, inquire about getting involved with trail volunteers.
Bike bear aware
Cyclists are particularly susceptible to sudden, dangerous bear encounters because of the speed and silence of their travel. Slow down, stay alert and scan ahead. Yell and let bears know you are coming, especially when biking through dense vegetation, near streams, on windy days, or when approaching corners. Bear bells are not enough.
Keep wildlife wild, and yourself safer.
Looking to rent a bike?
Name Phone Address The Bench Bike Shop 780-852-7768 606 Patricia Street Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge 780-852-3301 1 Old Lodge Road Journey Bike Guides 780-852-7738 630 Connaught Drive Pyramid Lake Resort 780-852-4900 5 km North on Pyramid Lake Road Source for Sports 780-852-3654 406 Patricia Street Vicious Cycle 780-852-1111 630 Connaught Drive
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