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Jasper In January


Winter is one of the best times to explore Canada. Every January, Jasper hosts a month long event called "Jasper In January" featuring more fun activities than I could possibly list. Luckily, we were able to join in on some of the fun, as listed below.

1. Dogsledding

Dog sledding in the Canadian Rockies sounds like a dream come true right? Jasper In January offers a small taste of what a full dogsled tour would be like. Relax in the warm sled or stand on the back to get the full experience. Dogsled tours are offered through Cold Fire Creek Dog Sledding .

  • Activity Level: Light
  • Fun Factor: (In Gaia's words) AWESOME!

2. Outdoor Skating

Available all winter long, there are actually two stunning locations for outdoor skating. Pyramid Lake (pictured) and Jasper Park Lodge. Don't forget to follow up your true Canadian experience with some Hot Chocolate (or even better, poutine).

3. Hops 'N Scotch

This adults-only event draws in quite the crowd. Featuring breweries from the surrounding areas, different wines, scotches, etc, it's certainly not limited to "beer and scotch". There is also an assortment of appetizers and desserts to compliment the drinks. I had never tried chicken and waffles before, but after a mere taste at Hops N' Scotch, I now see what all the fuss is about.

4. Street Party

A fantastic time for families. Casually wander around this free outdoor event enjoying the street performers, live music, and tasty treats. I would highly recommend dressing warm (I sported a full snowsuit). Hot packs may become your best friend and can be purchased right across from the cotton candy and mini donut stand (yum!).

5. Fireworks

Round off the street party with a gorgeous display of fireworks just minutes away from where all the action is. My daughter had so much fun this day that she fell asleep while I piggybacked her between the live music and firework display. She woke up just in time for the brilliant show.

January is always an exciting time to visit Jasper. The great news is, while some of these events are over until next year, there is still endless amounts of fun to be had in Jasper. See the official Jasper Tourism site for more information.