Summer crowds

Jasper National Park

Coming to Jasper during the summer months? You will be in the company of more than a million other visitors! Expect congestion and full parking lots during the peak hours of 10am-5pm. Are you looking to avoid the crowds? If possible, plan your trip to the park in June or September when our most popular locations will be a little less busy. Weekdays are also less congested than weekends.

Before you head out for the day, check JasperNow for regular updates of parking lot capacity!


General advice

Here are some tips when visiting the park in the summer:

Go early

Most of Jasper's popular areas get busy around 10 am. Escape the crowds and visit these heavily attended spectacular places bright and early!

Tip: Eat breakfast en-route, or consider bringing a snack to enjoy on site. Make sure to always clean up after yourself and dispose of garbage properly. Human food and garbage kills wildlife.

 
 
Go late

Jasper's summer evenings are long. Take advantage of the late afternoon and evening sun to explore areas when most people have finished for the day.

Tip: Evening light makes for even better photographs. Bring a tripod for better dusk photos! If you’re really a night owl, take in the stars in the world’s second largest dark sky preserve (you read that right!). If you’re really lucky, you may experience the incredible auroras.

‘BYOB’

Bring Your Own Bike’ or rent one! Avoid traffic and full parking lots all together. Pack a lunch and use pedal power. Jasper National Park’s bike trails connect many popular areas from your hotel doorstep or tent flap. It’s a win-win for your health and the well-being of the park. Many small efforts together make a big difference.

Tip: Take it easy while biking, some rental locations rent e-bikes. They provide a bit of assistance while peddling and are a great way to get from the campgrounds/town to the beaches and other popular attractions.

Have a Plan A, B and C

There are so many gorgeous places to visit in the park. If Plan A is busy or full, go to Plan B. If Plan B is busy… Well then you know the drill, go to Plan C. Expect to share these places with other people too. You can always loop back and visit Plan A or B later in the day!


Jasper’s most popular locations

Whether you are travelling by bike or car, here are the Jasper ‘hot spots’ and the busiest times of day:

Around town
Lake Annette

Around Town
Popular locations Busiest time of day # of parking spaces Bike option from town or campground Vehicle size restrictions
Lake Annette and Lake Edith 10 am - 5 pm 164 Yes Yes: No Rvs or trailers
Pyramid Lake Island 10 am - 5 pm 8 Yes Yes: No RVs
Pyramid Lake Beach 10 am - 5 pm 58 Yes Yes: 7.5 m
Valley of the Five 10 am - 5 pm 110 Yes No restrictions
Maligne Valley
Maligne Lake
Maligne Valley
Popular locations Busiest time of day # of parking spaces Bike option from town or campground Vehicle size restrictions
Maligne Canyon 9 am - 6 pm 134 Yes No: *Overflow parking available
Medicine Lake 10 am - 6 pm 14 No Yes: 7.5 m
Maligne Lake – main or day-use area parking 10 am - 5 pm 297 No Yes: 7.5 m (RV parking in upper lots)
Maligne Lake – Bald Hills 10 am - 5 pm 85 No Yes: 7.5 m (limited space)
Jasper East and Miette Hot Springs
Miette Hot Springs
Jasper East an Miette Hot Springs
Popular locations Busiest time of day # of parking spaces Bike option from town or campground Vehicle size restrictions
Miette Hot Springs / Sulphur Skyline 10 am - 4 pm 200 No Yes: 7.5 m
Jasper Lake 10 am - 4 pm 75 No Yes: 7.5 m
Mount Edith Cavell
Mount Edith Cavell
Mount Edith Cavell
Popular locations Busiest time of day # of parking spaces Bike option from town or campground Vehicle size restrictions
Mount Edith Cavell Path of the Glacier Trail 10 am - 5 pm 124 No Yes: 7.5 m
Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93)
Columbia Icefields
Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93)
Popular locations Busiest time of day # of parking spaces Bike option from town or campground Vehicle size restrictions
Athabasca Falls 10 am - 7 pm 93 No No: but limited space
Sunwapta Falls 10 am - 6 pm 30 No Yes. 7.5 m (very limited space)
Columbia Icefields Centre / Glacier Gallery 11 am - 5 pm 530 No No restrictions
Toe of the Glacier 11 am - 5 pm 85 No Yes: 7.5 m (very limited space)
Wilcox Pass Trailhead 11 am - 4 pm 26 No Yes: 7.5 m (very limited space)

Did you know?
 
 

Over 2.5 million visitors drive Jasper roads every year. Safe driving is key to an enjoyable holiday. You may see wildlife by the road and throughout the park. Wild animals feed and travel near roads but this does not mean the animals are tame. Unsafe wildlife encounters in the park have more than doubled in the last ten years. The number of unsafe wildlife traffic jams has increased by 92% in this same period. These incidents often result in injury, harm, or death for animals and humans. Whether you are exploring in the morning, afternoon, evening or night, please be aware that you are sharing this wondrous place with wild animals. Their survival is dependant on your actions. For your and their safety, give the animals the space they need. When on the trails, make lots of noise and bring bear spray and know how to use it.

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