A vacation in the Canadian Rockies means clean air, jewel-toned lakes, snowy peaks and abundant wildlife. The small town of Jasper, inside the boundaries of Jasper National Park, Alberta, makes an excellent base from which to explore the park and all it has to offer. But Jasper’s many accommodation options can make choosing a base difficult. To help, here’s a guide to Jasper’s hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
The granddaddy of all hotels in Jasper, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge sits grandly on the banks of Lac Beauvert. With its ten heritage log cabins and luxurious suites, guests enjoy exquisite comforts in breathtaking surroundings. Its restaurants, which include Cavell’s and The Moose’s Nook, serve both regional and international cuisine, and its 18-hole golf course is ranked Canada’s top resort golf course according to SCOREgolf Magazine. Wildlife such as deer, geese and owls often make forays onto the Fairmont Jasper grounds, and the resort is just a short hike away from Jasper townsite.
Hotels in Jasper Townsite
It’s easy to find Jasper hotels – they’re everywhere. During the off-season it’s possible to find cheap accommodations but for the most part hotels in the area can be pricey. The Athabasca Hotel (510 Patricia Street) in downtown Jasper bills itself as a heritage boutique hotel, while the Sawridge Inn (82 Connaught Drive), a spa hotel, sits at the edge of town on the main road. Mount Robson Inn (902 Connaught Drive) is a popular choice located near town center, and Best Western Hotels (98 Geikie St.) operates an apartment-hotel just outside town. These are just a few options for travelers seeking a hotel in Jasper.
Jasper Bed and Breakfasts
Perhaps the best option for Jasper accommodations would be its many bed and breakfasts. From simple bungalow basement suites to heritage lofts and private guesthouses, there are options to suit every need and every budget. In the off-season, there are some particularly cheap bed and breakfast deals to be found. Visit BBCanada.com to browse over 100 Jasper bed and breakfast options and make online reservations.
Hostels near Jasper, Alberta
Visitors looking for hostel accommodations in Jasper might be disappointed. Hostelling International’s HI-Jasper is located 7 km outside of town, meaning that anyone without a vehicle will be hard-pressed to get around. That said, there is a shuttle service from Jasper townsite to the hostel which runs from May to October. Hostelling International runs a few other wilderness hostels in the Alberta Rockies, meaning creature comforts may be lacking at these, but they offer the opportunity to stay close to Jasper attractions like Maligne Canyon and Mount Edith Cavell.
Finding Accommodations in the Canadian Rocky Mountains
From luxury to rustic, hotel to hostel, good accommodations in Jasper National Park are easy to find if travelers know where to look. And the right place to stay can make or break a vacation, so browse options carefully before making a decision.