Jasper Festivals and Events
Summer is prime time on the park’s events calendar. Canada Day (July 1) celebrations begin with a pancake breakfast and progress to a flag-raising ceremony (in front of the information center) and a parade along Connaught Drive. Live entertainment and a fireworks display end the day. The Jasper Heritage Rodeo (www.jasperheritagerodeo.com), on the second weekend of August, dates from 1926 and attracts pro cowboys from across Canada. Apart from the traditional rodeo events, the fun includes a mechanical bull, a children’s rodeo, pancake breakfasts, the ever-popular stick-pony parade, and the crowning of Miss Rodeo Jasper. Most of the action takes place in the arena at the Jasper Activity Centre, behind town on Pyramid Lake Road.
On the other side of the calendar, winter is not totally partyless–Jasper in January (www.jasperinjanuary.com) is a two-week celebration that includes fireworks, special evenings at local restaurants, a chili cook-off, discounted lift tickets at Marmot Basin, and all the activities associated with winter.
Park Interpretive Program
Parks Canada offers a wide range of interpretive talks and hikes throughout summer. Each summer evening in the Whistlers Campground Theatre a different slide show and movie program is shown. The theater is near the shower block. The Wabasso Campfire Circle takes place each Saturday night just before dusk; hot tea is supplied while various speakers talk about wildlife in the park.
Many different guided hikes are offered (all free) throughout summer; check bulletin boards at the park information center and campgrounds, or call 780/852-6176.