Jasper National Park Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Jasper National Park

The best times to visit Jasper National Park are March through May and September through November. While traveling in these seasons may mean chillier temperatures (think: highs around 60 degrees and lows around 20 degrees), it's a small price to pay for a quieter and less crowded park. Plus, camping, hiking and mountain biking are all still options during the shoulder seasons. If you don't mind a crowd, the summer offers slightly warmer temperatures, with highs hovering around 70 degrees and lows around 45 degrees, plus the opportunity for water activities. Otherwise, winter-weather enthusiasts can take advantage of downhill skiing and snowshoeing, but cold-weather explorers should keep in mind that areas of the backcountry are closed for caribou conservation in the winter. 

Weather in Jasper National Park

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Average Temperature (°F)
26
9
31
12
42
20
52
28
61
37
67
44
71
47
71
45
62
32
50
30
33
17
24
8
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Feb
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Jul
Aug
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Oct
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Dec
Average Precipitation (in)
1.05
0.66
1.17
1.33
2.58
3.54
3.5
3.6
2.7
1.61
1.2
0.78
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Feb
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Apr
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Jul
Aug
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Dec

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

March-May

Spring transitions Jasper National Park from its frigid winter to its slightly warmer summer. Temperatures can hit the single digits in March, while daytime highs can reach 50 degrees in May. This mild weather gradient means travelers can enjoy almost everything Jasper has to offer. What's more, the spring rainfall mixed with snowmelt means that the park's many waterfalls become particularly photogenic. Keep in mind that bear sightings are most common in the spring.

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June-August

With temperatures ranging between the low 30s and low 70s, it's no surprise that summer is Jasper's busiest season. Thanks to the warm weather, travelers can take advantage of boat tours, kayaks and paddleboards. What's more, because the odds for a dangerous cold front are lower than any other season, the summer is also the most forgiving time for backcountry trips and day hikes.

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September-November 

Travelers can still eke out the last of the 50-degree days in early fall, but lows drop into the single digits by November. Despite the declining temperatures, fewer crowds mean elevated experiences for those who stick around to partake in activities like camping, hiking and mountain biking. Leaf peepers also flock to Jasper in the fall to marvel at the explosion of color, while animal lovers are most likely to see sheep and elk during this time. 

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December-February

With highs hardly cresting 20 degrees, and lows dropping below zero, winter in Jasper National Park brings a foreboding climate. But, those who brave the weather are treated to an assortment of exclusive adventures. Snowshoeing, skiing and ice skating are all options, while winter campgrounds open up to the most avid outdoor enthusiasts. Keep in mind: The park service closes some parts of the backcountry during the winter for caribou conservation. 

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Spring transitions Jasper National Park from its frigid winter to its slightly warmer summer. Temperatures can hit the single digits in March, while daytime highs can reach 50 degrees in May. This mild weather gradient means travelers can enjoy almost everything Jasper has to offer. What's more, the spring rainfall mixed with snowmelt means that the park's many waterfalls become particularly photogenic. Keep in mind that bear sightings are most common in the spring 

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