A good way to start any visit to Jasper is with a stop at the Townsite Information Centre. It's in the old stone building beside Athabasca Park. Here, Parks Interpretive staff offer information on scenic places to visit, natural history presentations to attend and local happenings in the townsite.
Visitors interested in the human history of the town may wish to take a guided walking tour offered by the Parks and People Co-operative, also based at the Townsite Information Centre.
If you take a guided tour you're certain to hear about the Jasper Yellowhead Museum which opened in 1990. The museum preserves artifacts donated by Jasper's pioneers. Some of these artifacts are on display in exhibitions about the fur trade and the steam rail era.
Across the street from the museum is Jasper's new Aquatic Centre. This is an excellent facility for the whole family, featuring a full-size indoor pool, a 180 ft. water slide, a kids' pool, a steam room and a hot pool.
The Aquatic Centre is part of Jasper's Activity Centre which includes exercise facilities, a hockey arena, racquet ball courts, curling rinks and outdoor tennis courts. Nearby in Centennial Park are ball diamonds, a new picnic ground and a kids' playground. Visitors interested in exercise or weight training may also want to drop by Sam's Gym.
For the less energetic, the Chaba Theatre features the latest movies daily in its twin theatres. And next door, the Whistlers Inn has a Wildlife Museum in which 100 full-sized specimens of Canadian wildlife are displayed in their natural settings.
Jasper hosts special community events during the summer, too. The annual Canada Day parade takes place on July 1st as part of a town-wide celebration including a range of other family-oriented events. And you won't want to miss the Jasper Lions Indoor Pro Rodeo held at the Activity Centre in mid-August.