Are you ready for a battle? A Canadian Rockies Snow Battle? Then get ready for Jasper's newest sport: Yukigassen, support the MS Society of Canada and enjoy a great weekend away in Jasper! Read more »
Looking for a post-holiday escape? Jasper offers the perfect laid-back mountain experience, with equal options for adventure, discovery and relaxation. You'll find it hard not to 'unplug' and enjoy the serenity of the Rocky Mountains. Read more »
Most people prefer to visit Jasper National Park in the summer season but the folks in Jasper want to show you just how much fun winter can be! Jasper in January is Western Canada’s premier winter festival, running from January 13 - 29, 2012.
New to the festival lineup this year is Yukigassen, Japanese for Snow Battle. That's right, it's an organized snowball fight. Although Yukigassen was developed in Japan, this sport is about as Canadian as it gets. Says Maggie Davison, CEO of Tourism Jasper, “From new ski lifts at Marmot Basin to dynamic snow battles, the winter experience in Jasper just keeps getting better.” Read more »
By Anthony Brook
When people think of winter in the Canadian Rockies, they usually associate it with skiing. So they should; it’s steep, sometimes deep and the powder is some of the lightest you’ll find anywhere. However, I’ll leave that to the ski hill marketing departments, because there is more to winter in the Canadian Rockies. The thing is, most people don’t look beyond the chairlifts but I know the essence of the mountains lays only a few hundred metres beyond the townsite or parking lot. It’s not hard to get to. Most people will leave without ever knowing they missed it. That’s not a bad thing. Read more »
Travelling is a great experience. Be it within your home country or abroad, it helps young people gain an understanding of other cultures and countries, and develops many life skills along the way. Hostelling International’s mission is to help as many people as possible gain these experiences through hostelling. Over ten years ago the Girl Guides of Canada and HI collaborated to develop the Discover Hostelling Girl Guide Crest program, which can be completed at HI hostels in British Columbia and Alberta. Over the years hundreds of Guides have gained the crest and thoroughly enjoyed the program, and it’s opened their eyes to the benefits of hostelling and travelling. Read more »
By Kaitie Worobec
The Icefields Parkway is one of the most stunning mountain roadways on the planet. Stretching 230 km between Jasper and Lake Louise, this dramatically scenic highway passes by massive glaciers and turquoise lakes. It crosses two mountain passes to take you up to elevations in excess of 7,000 feet (2,100 metres) for breathtaking views of the Columbia Icefields. Cycling the Icefields Parkway really enhances the experience by giving you the opportunity to see everything right up close and in "slower motion ". Read more »
Looking for some adventure in the Canadian Rockies this summer? HI-Jasper may have just thing for you! Join them for some wet n’ wild fun with their two day Wild Waters Package! Read more »
Sorry to break it to you, but summer’s running out of time. As the final days of August roll by like a dog lazing in the sun, don’t forget about all those summertime activities you swore you would do.
Uh, well, maybe not. Read more »
Are you looking for something fun to fill those lazy summer days? Or maybe you just want to remember what it was like to have time for lazy summer days. Either way, your Hostelling International membership card can get you some sweet discounts for summery activities. Read more »
Though the minivan has almost wiped out Griswold-style summer vacations in the family station wagon, there's still a lot of fun to be had by packing the fam into whatever vehicle you've got and hitting the road.
If you don't want to camp, but you don't want to splurge on hotels, we've put together a list of the best family-friendly hostels in Western Canada to offer another option, whatever your means of getting around.
All of these hostels offer family rooms that give you privacy as well as space to spread out. At most HI hostels, the price of a family room is the same as a private room, you just pay $10 each for kids aged 6-17. Kids five and under stay for free. Read more »