In summer, motel and hotel rooms in Jasper National Park are relatively expensive. Most of the motels and lodges are within walking distance of town and have indoor pools and restaurants. Luckily, alternatives to staying in $200-plus hotel rooms do exist. The best of these are the lodges scattered around the edge of town. Open in summer only, each offers a rustic yet distinct style of accommodation in keeping with the theme of staying in a national park. Additionally, many private residences have rooms for rent in summer; three hostels are close to town; and there’s always camping in the good ol’ outdoors.
Staying in hostels isn’t for everyone, but it’s the only type of accommodation in the park that offers options under $100 in summer. Hostelling International to Canada operates five hostels in Jasper National Park, but none right in downtown Jasper. Reservations are highly recommended at all hostels during July and August. Make these by calling 778/328-2220 or 866/762-4122, online at www.hihostels.ca, or through other major hostels such as those in Lake Louise, Banff, Calgary, or Edmonton.
HI—JasperAddress: Whistlers Road Phone: 778/328-2220 or 866/762-4122 Website: www.hihostels.ca, Open: mid-June to mid-October Prices: dorm beds $28 (nonmembers $32), private rooms from $70
On the road to the Jasper Tramway, seven kilometers (4.3 miles) south from town off the Icefields Parkway, is HI—Jasper, which has 84 beds in men’s and women’s dorms, a large kitchen, a common room, showers, a laundry, public Internet access, an outdoor barbecue area, and mountain-bike rentals. In the summer months this hostel fills up every night. The front desk is open noon to midnight daily. Cab fare between downtown Jasper and the hostel is around $35.
HI—Maligne CanyonAddress: Maligne Valley Road Phone: 778/328-2220 or 866/762-4122 Website: www.hihostels.ca, Open: mid-June to mid-October Prices: members $24 (nonmembers $28)
HI—Maligne Canyon is beside the Maligne River and a short walk from the canyon. Although rustic, it lies in a beautiful setting. The 24 dorm beds are in two cabins; other amenities include electricity, a kitchen, and a dining area. Check-in is 5 to 11 p.m.
HI—Mount Edith CavellAddress: Cavell Road Phone: 778/328-2220 or 866/762-4122 Website: www.hihostels.ca, Open: mid-June to mid-October Prices: members $24 (nonmembers $28)
HI—Mount Edith Cavell offers a million-dollar view for the price of a dorm bed. It’s 13 kilometers (eight miles) up Cavell Road off Highway 93A, and because of the location there’s usually a spare bed. Opposite the hostel are trailheads for hiking in the Tonquin Valley, and it’s just a short walk to the base of Mount Edith Cavell. The hostel is rustic (no showers and only pit toilets) but has a kitchen, dining area, and outdoor wood sauna. Check-in is 5 to 11 p.m.
HI—Beauty CreekAddress: Icefields Parkway, 17 km/10.5 miles north of the Columbia Icefield Phone: 778/328-2220 or 866/762-4122 Website: www.hihostels.ca, Open: May to September Prices: members $24 (nonmembers $28)
HI—Beauty Creek, 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) north of Columbia Icefield and 144 kilometers (90 miles) north from Lake Louise, is nestled in a small stand of Douglas fir between the Icefields Parkway and the Sunwapta River. Each of its separate 12-bed male and female cabins has a woodstove and propane lighting. A third building holds a kitchen and dining area. There are no flush toilets or showers.
HI—Athabasca FallsAddress: Icefields Parkway, 32 km/20 miles south of Jasper Phone: 778/328-2220 or 866/762-4122 Website: www.hihostels.ca, Open: December to April Prices: members $24 (nonmembers $28)
Farther north is the equally rustic HI to Athabasca Falls, 32 kilometers (20 miles) south of the town of Jasper and 198 kilometers (123 miles) north from Lake Louise. It is larger than the one at Beauty Creek and has electricity. Athabasca Falls is only a few minutes’ walk away.
At last count, Jasper had almost 100 residential homes offering accommodations. They often supply nothing more than a room with a bed, but the price is right at $60 to $120 s or d. Use of a bathroom is usually shared with other guests or the family; few have kitchens, and only a few supply light breakfast. In most cases, don’t expect too much with the lower-priced choices. The positive side, apart from the price, is that your hosts are usually knowledgeable locals, and downtown is only a short walk away. For a full listing that includes the facilities at each approved property and an online availability page, visit the Jasper Home Accommodation Association website (www.stayinjasper.com).
The park information center has a board listing private-home accommodations with rooms available for the upcoming night. Most have signs out front, so you could cruise the residential streets (try Connaught, Patricia, and Geikie) looking for a Vacancy sign, but checking at the information center is easier.
Click through to our Jasper vacation rentals page to read about why vocational rentals are illegal in Jasper National Park.
Cabins and Bungalows
The earliest tourists to Jasper came by train, but as the automobile gained popularity in the 1920s, accommodations were built specifically to cater to visitors who arrived by motor vehicle. Typically, these “bungalow camps” consisted of a cluster of cabins set around a central lodge where meals were served and — with no need for the railway — were spread throughout the park. This type of accommodation remains in various forms today, a popular alternative for those who don’t need the luxuries associated with hotels and the services of downtown Jasper. They are generally only open May to early October.
Patricia Lake BungalowsAddress: Pyramid Lake Road Phone: 780/852-3560 or 888/499-6848 Website: www.patricialakebungalows.com Open: May to mid-October Prices: $99 to $325 s or d
The cheapest motel-style units at Patricia Lake Bungalows, beside the lake of the same name, a five-minute drive north from Jasper along Pyramid Lake Road, just fall into this price range (from $99 per night), but it is worth paying extra for a freestanding unit. Comfortable but older cottages with kitchens and TV start at $200 s or d, rising to $225 for those with either a lake view or fireplace. Suites ($200 to 275) are a good value in relation to similar-sized rooms elsewhere in town. The newest units ($285 to 325) are in a complex called The Grove. These have separate bedrooms and a balcony or patio with barbecue. Other resort amenities include a barbecue area and an outdoor hot tub.
Pine BungalowsAddress: 2 Cottonwood Creek Road Phone: 780/852-3491 Website: www.pinebungalows.com Open: May to mid-October Prices: $160 to $220 s or d
Typifying a bungalow camp of the 1950s, Pine Bungalows lies on a secluded section of the Athabasca River opposite the eastern entrance to town. The least expensive units are wooden cabins with kitchens and fireplaces (most cabins face the river, but numbers 1 and 3 enjoy the best views), while more modern two-bedroom log cabins are $220. A three-night minimum applies in July and August.
Jasper House BungalowsAddress: Icefields Parkway, 4 km/2.5 miles south of Jasper Phone: 780/852-4535 Website: www.jasperhouse.com Open: May to mid-October Prices: $160 to $260 s or d
One of the least expensive of a string of lodges immediately south of the town of Jasper is Jasper House Bungalows. It comprises 56 cedar log cabins, each with a TV and coffeemaker (those at the upper end of the price range are fully self-contained and overlook the river). Basic but woodsy motel-style units are $160 s or d with a kitchenette. Also on-site is an old-style rustic restaurant open through the summer season for breakfast buffet and a la carte dinner.
Becker’s ChaletsAddress: Icefields Parkway, 6 km/3.7 miles south of Jasper Phone: 780/852-3779 Website: www.beckerschalets.com Open: May to mid-October Prices: $165 to $255 s or d
Farther south along the Icefields Parkway from Jasper House Bungalows, Becker’s Chalets is spread along a picturesque bend on the Athabasca River, six kilometers (3.7 miles) south of town. This historic lodging took its first guests more than 50 years ago and continues to be a park favorite for many guests who make staying here an annual ritual. Moderately priced chalets, each with kitchenette, gas fireplace, and double bed, are an excellent deal ($165, or $190 for those on the riverfront). Deluxe log duplexes featuring all the modern conveniences, including color TV, start at a reasonable $195 s or d and go up to $380 for a unit that sleeps eight. Also available are a few one-bed sleeping rooms ($120). Becker’s also boasts one of the park’s finest restaurants.
Bear Hill LodgeAddress: 100 Bonhomme Street Phone: 780/852-3209 Website: www.bearhilllodge.com Prices: $189 to $414 s or d
With a variety of cabin layouts and a central location, Bear Hill Lodge makes a great base camp for travelers who want the cabin experience within walking distance of downtown services. The original cabins are basic, but each has a TV, bathroom, gas fireplace, and coffee-making facilities ($189 s or d). Chalet Rooms are larger and more modern, and each has a wood-burning fireplace but no kitchen ($189). Colin Rooms are more spacious still; each has a jetted tub, gas fireplace, and limited cooking facilities ($225). Units are discounted 40 percent outside of summer. Breakfasts ($9 per person) feature a wide selection of freshly baked items, fruit, and cereals. Other amenities include a jetted tub, a barbecue area, laundry facilities, and Internet access.
Alpine VillageAddress: Hwy. 93A, 3 km/1.9 miles south of Jasper Phone: 780/852-3285 Website: www.alpinevillagejasper.com Open: late Apr. to mid-October Prices: $190 to $320 s or d
A short distance south along Highway 93A from downtown, at the junction of the Icefields Parkway three kilometers (1.9 miles) south of town, is Alpine Village. This cabin complex is laid out across well-manicured lawns, and all buildings are surrounded by colorful gardens of geraniums and petunias. After a day exploring the park, guests can soak away their cares in the outdoor hot pool or kick back on a row of Adirondack chairs scattered along the Athabasca River, directly opposite the resort. The older sleeping cabins have been renovated ($190 s or d, $225 with a kitchen and fireplace), while the modern Deluxe Bedroom Suites feature open plans, stone fireplaces, luxurious bathrooms, and decks with private forested views ($290 s or d). The Deluxe Family Cabins ($320) sleep up to five, with two beds in an upstairs loft, a fireplace, and a full kitchen.
Pocahontas CabinsAddress: Highway 16, 43 kilometers (27 miles) east of Jasper Phone: 780/866-3732 or 800/852-7737 Website: www.mpljasper.com Open: May to September Prices: $195 to $325 s or d
Located at the site of a once-bustling coal-mining town, Pocahontas Cabins is at the bottom of the road that leads to Miette Hot Springs, 43 kilometers (27 miles) east of Jasper along Highway 16. Sleeping-room cabins start at $110 s or d, or pay $140 for a kitchen-equipped unit. Settler’s Cabins, with separate bedrooms, are $195 s or d. Best of all are the newer log cabins, completed in 2012. Each is equipped with a full kitchen, separate bedroom, TV, and fireplace. You can dine at the well-priced restaurant (open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner) or pick up supplies in Jasper and cook up a storm in the shaded barbecue area.
Tekarra LodgeAddress: Hwy. 93A, 1.6 km/1 mile south of Jasper Phone: 780/852-3058 or 888/962-2522 Website: www.tekarralodge.com Open: mid-May to early October Prices: $225 to $325 s or d
The lure of Tekarra Lodge is its historic log cabins and forested setting on a plateau above the confluence of the Miette and Athabasca Rivers. Each cabin has been totally modernized yet retains a cozy charm, with comfortable beds, fully equipped kitchenettes, wood-burning fireplaces, and smallish but adequate bathrooms. The spacious Tekarra Cabins are best suited for small families. An on-site restaurant is open for breakfast (7:30 to 11 a.m.) and dinner (5 to 11 p.m.). Other amenities include bike rentals and a laundry room. From the lodge, hiking trails lead along the Athabasca River in both directions as well as over the river to the golf course and The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain LodgeAddress: Icefields Parkway, 55 km/34 miles south of Jasper Phone: 780/852-4852 or 888/922-9222 Website: www.sunwapta.com Open: May to mid-October Prices: $229 to $379 s or d
Historic Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge (780/852-4852 or 888/922-9222, www.sunwapta.com, May to mid-Oct., $229 to 379 s or d) is 55 kilometers (34 miles) south of the town of Jasper and within walking distance of the picturesque waterfall for which it is named. It features 52 comfortable motel-like units, with either two queen beds or one queen bed and a fireplace; some have balconies. In the main lodge is a lunchtime self-serve restaurant popular with passing travelers. In the evening this same room is transformed into a restaurant featuring simply prepared Canadian game and seafood in the $24 to 36 range and a delectable wild berry crumble for $8.50.
Athabasca HotelAddress: 510 Patricia Street Phone: 780/852-3386 or 877/542-8422 Website: www.athabascahotel.com Prices: from $105 s or d
If you’re simply looking for somewhere to rest your head, consider Jasper’s least expensive hotel rooms at the downtown Athabasca Hotel. This historic three-story brick building dates to 1928, replacing the original structure of the same name, which was the town’s first hotel. The cheapest of its 61 rooms share bathrooms and are above a noisy bar, but the price is right. This hotel also has more expensive rooms, each with a vaguely Victorian decor and private bathrooms (from $160 s or d).
Miette Hot Springs ResortAddress: Miette Hot Springs Road Phone: 780/866-3750 Website: www.mhresort.com Open: May to September Prices: $110 to 160 s or d
An older motel, Miette Hot Springs Resort is within walking distance of the park’s only hot springs, 18 kilometers (11 miles) from Highway 16 and 61 kilometers (38 miles) from town. Motel units are slightly less than the bungalows, which have cooking facilities. Guest facilities include a covered barbecue area, restaurant, and laundry room.
Astoria HotelAddress: 404 Connaught Drive Phone: 780/852-3351 or 800/661-7343 Website: www.astoriahotel.com Prices: $217 to $235 s or d
Right downtown is the Astoria Hotel. This European-style lodging was built in 1924 and kept in the same family since. Rooms are all over $200 in summer, but are brightly furnished, and each has a fridge, TV, and DVD. Outside of summer, these same rooms cost from $120. Note that there is no elevator in this four-story hotel.
Pyramid Lake ResortAddress: Pyramid Lake Road Phone: 780/852-4900 or 888/852-7737 Website: www.mpljasper.com Prices: $235 to $345 s or d
Near the end of Pyramid Lake Road, north from downtown, are the sprawling, impossible-to-miss grounds of Pyramid Lake Resort, one of only two lodgings away from town (The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is the other) open year-round. Plenty of water-based activities and rentals (across the road), an interpretive program, a fitness center, and a large barbecue area make the resort a good choice for families.
Mount Robson InnAddress: 902 Connaught Drive Phone: 780/852-3327 or 800/587-3327 Website: www.mountrobsoninn.com Prices: from $220 s or d
On Connaught Drive southwest of downtown, Mount Robson Inn has 78 rooms, each air-conditioned and with coffeemakers, alarm clocks, high-speed Internet, and hair dryers–in other words, you could be staying in a generic city hotel. On the plus side, the suites here are a good deal (relative to other Jasper accommodations); each holds two separate bedrooms, a full bathroom with additional outside vanity, and a fireplace from $280 per unit.
Glacier View InnAddress: Columbia Icefield Phone: 780/852-6550 or 877/422-2623 Website: www.explorerockies.com Open: May to September Prices: $229 to $289 s or d
Glacier View Inn, the top story of Columbia Icefield Centre, lies in a stunning location high above the tree line and overlooking the Columbia Icefield, 105 kilometers (65 miles) south of the town of Jasper and 132 kilometers (82 miles) north of Lake Louise. It features 29 standard rooms, 17 of which have glacier views, and 3 larger, more luxurious corner rooms. All units have satellite TV and phones. In May and the last two weeks of September, rates start at $150. (For the view alone, the more expensive rooms are well worth the extra $20.) Because of the remote location, dining options are limited to the in-house cafe and restaurant. The Glacier Dining Room opens at 7 a.m. daily for a breakfast buffet, reopening 6 to 9:30 p.m. for dinner. On the same level is a cafeteria-style cafe and a snack bar. All food outlets are designed around the basic needs of passing highway travelers.
Sawridge InnAddress: 82 Connaught Drive Phone: 780/852-5111 or 888/729-7343 Website: www.sawridgejasper.com Prices: $245 to $345 s or d
The Sawridge Inn (82 Connaught Dr., 780/852-5111 or 888/729-7343, www.sawridgejasper.com, $245 to 345 s or d) offers 154 air-conditioned rooms built around a large atrium and indoor pool. Rates are reduced up to 60 percent outside of the busiest mid-June to September period.
Chateau JasperAddress: 96 Geikie Street Phone: 780/852-5644 or 800/661-1315 Website: www.chateaujasper.com Prices: from $290 s or d
Chataeu Jasper is one of Jasper’s nicest lodgings. Guest rooms are spacious and elegantly finished with maple furnishings and low ceilings that give them a cozy feel. Bathrooms are particularly well equipped, with guests also enjoying the use of plush bathrobes. The classy in-house dining room, Silverwater Grill, offers a good-value breakfast buffet ($16) and dinner (mains $18 to $35).
The Fairmont Jasper Park LodgeAddress: 1 Old Lodge Road Phone: 780/852-3301 or 800/257-7544 Website: www.fairmont.com Prices: from $385 s or d
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge lies along the shore of Lac Beauvert across the Athabasca River from downtown. This is the park’s original resort and its most famous. It’s a sprawling property, with plenty of activities. The best known of these is the golf course, but guests also enjoy walking trails, horseback riding, canoeing, tennis, and swimming in an outdoor heated pool that remains open year-round. The main lodge features stone floors, carved wooden pillars, and a high ceiling. This building contains multiple restaurants and lounges, an activity booking desk, a fitness room, a games room, and Jasper’s only covered shopping arcade. The 441 rooms vary in configuration and are linked by paths and greenspace. All have coffeemakers, TVs, telephones, and Internet access. The least expensive Fairmont Rooms are smallish, hold two twin beds, and offer limited views. Also away from the lake are larger Deluxe Rooms; each has a patio or balcony. Junior Suites have a distinct country charm, and each has either a sitting room and balcony or patio with lake views. Moving up to the more expensive options, Lakeview Suites overlook Lac Beauvert and are backed by the 18th fairway of the golf course. Each features a patio or balcony, fireplace, and two TVs.
The various historic cabins provide The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s premier accommodations. Starting from $1,100 per night, they are priced beyond the reach of most travelers but are mentioned here simply because they are among the most exclusive guest rooms in all of Canada. They have hosted true royalty (Queen Elizabeth) and movie royalty (Marilyn Monroe, during the filming of River of No Return). The smallest is the secluded and cozy Athabasca Cottage, while my favorite is the historically charming Point Cabin. Built in 1928, this cabin features five en suite bedrooms, a kitchen with outdoor barbecue, lake views, and a massive living area anchored by a stone fireplace.
Most guests don’t pay the summer rack rates quoted here. The cost of lodging is usually included in one of the plethora of packages offered. Outside of summer, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge becomes a bargain, with rooms with lake views (remember, it’ll be frozen in winter) for less than $200.
Backcountry Lodges and Ranches
Tonquin Amethyst Lake LodgeAddress: Tonquin Valley; see below Phone: 780/852-1188 Website: www.tonquinadventures.com Prices: from $179 pp per night
Dating to 1939, Tonquin Amethyst Lake Lodge was extensively upgraded in the early 1990s. Private cabins have wood-burning heaters, twin log beds with thick blankets, oil lanterns, and a spectacular view. Tonquin Adventures offers a number of well-priced packages, including riding into the lodge on horses, accommodations, three hearty ranch-style meals, and use of small boats and fishing gear (three days, $795; four days, $1,050; five days, $1,295). The rate for walk-in hikers is $179 pp per night. Rates are reduced in winter, when guests ski in under their own power. Regardless of the season, getting there involves a 19-kilometer (11.8-mile) journey from a trailhead opposite HI to Mount Edith Cavell.
Black Cat Guest RanchAddress: 46 km (29 miles) northeast of Jasper (see below) Phone: 780/865-3084 or 800/859-6840 Website: www.blackcatguestranch.ca Prices: $110 s or d
Black Cat Guest Ranch lies on the eastern edge of Jasper National Park, surrounded by mountain wilderness. All 16 rooms have private baths and views of the mountains. Horseback riding is available during the day (June to September), and in the evening guests relax in the large living room or hot tub. Meals packages are adult $51, child $34. To get to the ranch, follow Highway 16 for 19 kilometers (12 miles) beyond the east gate, head north along Highway 40 for six kilometers (3.7 mikes), turn left to Brule and continue for 11 kilometers (6.8 miles), and then turn right and follow the signs.