Jasper National Park – A Winter Weekend Getaway
When I think of Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada, I immediately picture the beautiful turquoise lakes, snowy mountain peaks, and endless forests. This was the first time I visited in the winter and was pleasantly surprised at how much more Jasper offers. On this visit, we chose to stay somewhere a bit more remote with activities nearby and a cozy room to warm up in after spending the day playing outside in the snow. Pyramid Lake Resort is the perfect location just 10 minutes outside of the town of Jasper.
Where to stay in Jasper National Park
Pyramid Lake Resort is an idyllic place to stay, it offers a bit of privacy and beautiful lake views. Situated steps from Pyramid Lake, the views are stunning, the rooms are warm and cozy, and the meals in The Pines Restaurant are delicious. After a day in the snow, there is an outdoor hot tub to enjoy, overlooking the lake.
If you prefer to stay in town, The Crimson is perfect! This new, modern hotel is on the main road, Connaught, yet surprisingly quiet! My roomy suite was on the end closest to the road and I did not hear traffic and slept soundly. The decor is completely Canadian right from the Tim Horton’s coffee print on the wall in my suite, to the posters of Canadiana throughout the hotel. My suite also included a kitchen with a Keurig coffee maker which was just what I needed!
What to do near Pyramid Lake Resort
You don’t even have to leave Pyramid Lake Resort if you don’t want to. The Resort offers fat bike rentals which you can ride on the frozen lake or roads, or skate on the lake if the snow is cleared, as well as some winter hikes and walks around the Resort. Most of the winter the ice is safe to be on, but check with the Resort staff to make sure it’s safe before walking out on the lake. Snowshoe rentals are available for your walks to explore mountain trails which offer gorgeous views. Not too far from the Resort is a bridge you can walk or bike over to Pyramid Island. It can be windy and cold out on the lake so make sure you bundle up for this walk. Check the Resort’s website for a map of the trails you can venture out on. There are some for every activity level. Most weekends in the winter, you can also go on a horse-drawn sleigh ride! If this is something on your “must-do” list, make sure to call ahead and confirm availability.
Where to eat in Jasper National Park
The Pines Restaurant at Pyramid Lake Resort offers a delicious buffet breakfast and many rustic options for lunch and dinner. Among the many restaurants in Jasper, the Sawridge is a perfect place for a hearty breakfast — I had a delicious fresh-made omelette. I’ll visit again for lunch and dinner options!
Winter is not the only time to enjoy Jasper National Park…I’m coming back in the summer to take advantage of the summer sports on Pyramid Lake, and spend time at Maligne Lake and Maligne Canyon…with a stop at the Columbia Icefield and Skywalk on my drive!