Eight Family Friendly Winter Activities in Jasper

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These Eight Family Friendly winter activities in Jasper are an excellent way to spend time this Family Day Weekend.

1. Snowshoe at Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake is where the snow is, lots of knee deep snow.

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The Maligne Lake Winter Trails, Bald Hills Parking Lot

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Bald Hills Trail is in  Woodland Caribou Habitat, the Bald Hills Trail and many others in the Maligne Lake area remain closed until February 28th. A very reliable source told me that they hadn’t seen a Caribou in this area for many years…hopefully, they are there bust just keeping their distance.

Upper Moose Loop – 6km loop,

Chariot with Skiis or Cross Country Ski Pulk Friendly

Once a tracked set cross-country ski trail it is now a designated snowshoe trail. Although no longer track set, you could comfortably ski the trail with a pair of light touring skis.

The trail meanders through a fragrant Alpine Forest of Spruce and Pine trees, most of which are hosts to Old Man’s Beard and Witches Hair lichens.

This trail also takes you past a very old rockslide.

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Upper Moose Snowshoe Loop
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Ancient Rock Slide, Upper Moose Lake Loop, Maligne Lake.

It isn’t an official summer trail, but my son and I did end up on this trail last summer, and we both concur, is best as a snowshoe trail.

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Upper Moose Loop, Summer – it isn’t an official summer trail.
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Scored tree along the Upper Moose Loop, Maligne Lake

Heading Down Trail, Upper Moose Loop, Maligne LakeAt one point in time, someone has scored the trees with arrows- definitely not something that Parks would have done.

Moose Lake Loop- 2.6km loop

Chariot with Skiis or Cross Country Ski Pulk Friendly

Perfect for families with younger children and beginner snowshoers.

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Moose Lake, Jasper National Park
Moose Lake, Jasper National Park

If you would like to combine the Moose Lake Loop with the Upper Moose Loop, I  would suggest starting with the Moose Lake trail and connect to the Upper Moose Lake Loop, which then takes you downhill to Maligne Lake.

I, of course, did it the opposite way, and started along the Maligne lake shoreline to the Upper Moose Snowshoe trail and went back along the portion of the  Lower Moose Snowshoe trail that goes past Moose Lake.

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Following cross-country tracks along the Maligne Lake shoreline.
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We are not the only ones that follow the shoreline.
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The trail to the Upper Moose Loop continues behind these rocks.
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This group of three were on their way back to the Bald Hills Parking Lot.
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This is me, enjoying my “alone” time. Although I’m never truly alone on the trails and I always manage to meet some fascinating people.

Mary Schaffer Loop 3.2km loop

Chariot with Skiis or Cross Country Ski Pulk Friendly

I have walked the full loop in the summertime, but on this particular winter visit I was pressed for time, so I only went to the viewpoint.

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The viewpoint provides an excellent view of Maligne Lake.
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In a few more months, this boathouse, built by guide Curly Phillips, will be a beehive of activity.
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Mary Schaffer Loop trail towards the Lookout. Snowshoes not required.

2. Ice Skate On A Mountain Lake

Lake Mildred Ice Park at Jasper Park Lodge (JPL) and Pyramid Lake offer ice skating loops, hockey rinks, curling sheets and bonfires that provide a cozy place to warm up beside.

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Lake Mildred Ice Park, Jasper Park Lodge, is open to the public.
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Curling at Lake Mildred Ice Park

Tiki Torches line the Mildred Lake Skating oval so you can skate at night. Unfortunately, these torches didn’t get lit the night I went, thankfully, I had my headlamp, so I managed to see where I was going and skated for a good 30 minutes before I left.

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The street lights were on, but the tiki torches were not.
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Warm Up by the bonfire at Lake Mildred Ice Park, Jasper Park Lodge.
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Snow(?)man at Lake Mildred Ice Park, Jasper Park Lodge
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Pyramid Lake Ice Rink-  there is also a bonfire and a curling rink.

3. Go for a Sleigh Ride

On weekends, Jasper Stables offers Sleigh Rides to Pyramid Island.

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The team from Jasper Stables, getting ready to head home after a long day.
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We have also enjoyed summer trail rides with Jasper Riding Stables.

4. Strap on Some Skinny Skis

There are cross-country ski options close to the town.

Maligne Lake isn’t track set, but you can break trail and head to Hidden Cove. Something I am going to do later this season.

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A group skiing down to Hidden Cove, Maligne Lake
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skiing past Pyramid Island, Pyramid Lake, Jasper National Park

You can rent skis and snowshoes from several different locations in Jasper.

5. Take A Hike With Your Children

Overlook Trail – 6Km Loop

Wide Wheeled Stroller Friendly

There isn’t a lot of snow on the bench, snowshoes are not necessary, and I made it up to the lookout without the need for Yaktrax.

I had the Red Chairs all to myself on this trip.

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ughh, I don’t enjoy selfies, but was told I need to do a few more.

From the Chairs continue along the Overlook Trail for some fantastic views of the Valley.

Pyramid Island Trail

Wide Wheeled Stroller Friendly, i.e., Chariot

The  Pyramid Island on this visit was well packed down, and rather than take this path back I walked back to the parking lot on the lake.

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Bridge to the Island, Pyramid Lake, Jasper National Park
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Pyramid Mountain – the red swath are dead pine trees infested with the Pine Beetle.

Valley of The Five Lakes- 4.5 km Loop

This VERY popular summer hike is also a designated Winter Hike.   I recommend Yaktrax; I’m not sure snowshoes are necessary, as there isn’t a lot of snow in the valley.

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Red Chairs at the Valley of The Five Lakes, Jasper National ParkOpen Water in the middle of January. Third Lake, Valley of The Five Lakes, Jasper National Park
Open Water in the middle of January. Third Lake, Valley of The Five Lakes, Jasper National Park

There are some slippery spots along the steeper sections of the trail, in the winter, I would recommend this trail for families with older children.

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Ice, snow, rocks – a slippery slope on The Valley of Five Lakes trail.
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exercise caution as a slip on the ice could quickly send you sliding down the slope onto the lake.
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Moose Tracks on 4th Lake, Valley of Five Lakes, Jasper National Park

PLAN B

The weather isn’t great, or perhaps the kids are not cooperating? Here are some Plan B’s.


6. Visit The Jasper-Yellowhead Museum

7. Go For A Swim

The Jasper Fitness and Aquatic Centre is a great motivational tool to keep the kids going on the trails.

8.  Play in a Park

My boys loved Centennial  Park!

Download or pick up a Jasper National Park Winter Adventure Guide.

Happy Family Day and Happy Hiking!

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