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6 DAY WINTER SKIES OF JASPER

CODE
JPWS
STARTING FROM
$2,100 USD
PLACES VISITED
Edmonton, Jasper
JASPER TOUR
Early winter is a time when things slow down and it's the perfect time to escape from the crowds and find relaxation in the Canadian Rockies as the first winter snows cover the landscape. Winter is also the best time to enjoy the wilderness which is at its best with the serenity of the white blanket. Come and explore the best of Jasper in the winter with opportunities of seeing bison near Edmonton, while elk, deer, moose, wolves, and bighorn sheep that are still very active. Take in the beauty of the night skies, as Jasper is the second largest Dark Sky Preserve in the world. Experience the eclectic food scene of Jasper and hear Indigenous tales from the Warrior Woman.
Start Location: Edmonton End Location: Jasper
TOP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Neon Sign Museum
  • Bison viewing in Elk Island National Park
  • Jasper Night Sky, Planetarium and Telescope Experience
  • Foodie walking tour to Discover Jasper
  • Athabasca Falls and the Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park
  • Fireside chat and Indigenous Experience with the Warrior Woman
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ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrive in Edmonton

Welcome to Edmonton, the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, located on the North Saskatchewan River. Known as Canada’s festival city, with more than 30 festivals each year, from the popular Edmonton Folk Music Festival to the International Street Performers Festival, they bring the city to life no matter what the season. Winter in Edmonton is the time to explore the city’s cultural scene for immersive experiences at the Royal Alberta Museum or the Art Gallery of Alberta or embracing some indoor fun (and shopping) at the famous West Edmonton Mall. Today you will arrive in Edmonton at your leisure and meet in the evening with your tour leader for a briefing and a Welcome Dinner followed be a walking tour of the Neon Sign Museum!
Overnight: Edmonton
Meals: Dinner
Day 2: Bison Viewing and Drive to Jasper

Today we will visit Elk Island National Park. Spotting wildlife in Elk Island can be easier during the winter months and cross-country skiing or snowshoeing is a great way to experience the National Park. Elk Island National Park is a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve and home to Canada’s bison conservation legacy. Just 35 minutes east of Edmonton, Elk Island National Park is the place to see the iconic bison and learn how this magnificent animal was brought back from near extinction.This afternoon we will depart Edmonton across the rolling Alberta countryside to begin our adventure in Jasper. Please note that our transfer from Edmonton to Jasper may be in a coach that may have a few non tour passengers on board.
Overnight: Jasper
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Ice Walk and the Jasper Planetarium

The Ice Walk in Jasper, Alberta is one of Jasper’s most popular and impressive winter activities. Our guide will take us to the bottom of the Maligne Canyon - the deepest accessible canyon in Jasper National Park, where we will explore frozen waterfalls, ice caves, and incredible ice formations. We will learn about Jasper’s Maligne Valley, Karst topography, and the mystery of the Jasper’s disappearing Medicine Lake. The frozen lakes and rivers provide a great backdrop for the elk, deer, moose, wolves, sheep and coyotes that are still very active in winter. Renowned for its breathtaking dark sky, Jasper is the perfect place to embrace the night and whether you want to stare into the Milky Way or watch an awe-inspiring aurora. Jasper’s dark sky is exceptional during the winter; we gather under the dome of the Jasper Planetarium. The Planetariums’ experienced astronomy guides will guide us on a tour of the cosmos. Specializing in the night sky above Jasper, visitors have the chance to see the stars above Jasper regardless of the weather. This is a great opportunity to take in a closer look at the heavens over the lakes, canyons, glaciers, and mountain tops of the second largest Dark Sky Preserve in the world.
Overnight: Jasper
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Jasper Foodie Tour and Indigenous Experience

This morning there will be some time at leisure to spend exploring the charming Jasper town centre with the many shops. From the latest designer brands to outdoor gear, there is something for everyone. If you are looking for something special, a visit to one the galleries to take in the local artwork may be what you are looking for. This afternoon we will gather for a 3-hour Downtown Foodie Tour that will take us to four local eating places, visiting points of interest and taking in some of Jasper’s tastiest tales along the way. At each restaurant, we will be able to try a top dish and a perfectly paired drink to get a real experience of Jasper’s food scene. This evening we will take a spiritual journey as we enjoy some friendly conversation, reflection, and listen to the heartbeat of Mother Earth with Warrior Women. A truly unique experience from a local expert as we hear the stories of the land and listen to legends of the Cree people that will stay with you forever.
Overnight: Jasper
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Jasper Photo Tour and the Athabasca Falls

Today we will have a photography experience and take some beautiful photos of the Jasper winter landscape. We will have a photography guide to teach us how to use our camera and take a scenic drive to take some lasting keepsakes from the tour. This afternoon we will visit the 23-metre Athabasca Falls, a jewel of the Canadian Rockies. Although the falls are not very high by Canadian Rockies standards, the sheer size of the river makes it one of the most powerful falls to be found in the mountain national parks. Pouring over a layer of hard quartzite, the falls have cut into the softer limestone beneath, carving intricate features, including potholes and a short canyon. Flowing from the glaciers of the Columbia Icefield, the Athabasca River is the largest river system in Jasper. In 1810, David Thompson, Canada's premier mapmaker and explorer, plied the Athabasca in search of a viable fur trade route to the Pacific Ocean. Discovering Athabasca Pass in early January 1811, David Thompson's route helped establish Canada as a country that spans the North American continent. Winter provides a completely different experience of the Athabasca Falls and instead of water rushing over the rocks, we may see a frozen cascade of ice reaching down to the gorge. The area is far more peaceful during winter too, as fewer people visit that time of year. We may have to trudge through some unpacked snow to reach the falls viewpoints.
Overnight: Jasper
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Depart to Edmonton

Today our wonderful Winter adventure comes to an end. We have an early departure from Jasper and transfer back to Edmonton for our outgoing flights.
Meals: Breakfast
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WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 4 Nights Accommodation
  • Professional Tour Leader
  • 9 Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

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Anderson Vacations specializes in Small Group Fully Escorted tours. If the tour is classified as a ‘Classic Tour’ up to 24 persons may join the tour although tours commonly travel with anywhere between 18 to 24 travellers. If the tour is classified as a 'Tour of Distinction’ only up to 18 persons may join the tour and many 'Tours of Distinction' travel with 12 to 18 travellers.

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We pride ourselves on providing “a small shared group experience.” In the event that we have fewer than ten participants on a tour we will offer a “small-group surcharge” to ensure that the tour runs as scheduled. This fee, which is up to 15% of the “land” portion of the tour, will be offered to you as an option to continue with the trip. This fee will cover the costs associated with handling a smaller group.

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Our tours are suitable for all age demographics. The average age of travelers is typically 45+.

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Some tours are mainly coach based and may not be physically demanding while others may require walking inclines or on rough surfaces to access interesting locations. Please check with us and your booking agent carefully and discuss your mobility restrictions before completing any tour booking to ensure this style of travel is right for you.

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Yes, we can assist you with airport transfers for you in most locations at a reasonable extra cost. Several tours have airport transfers already included. Please contact us for more details.

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Each passenger may bring one large suitcase and one carry-on bag. The weight limit for baggage is 20 kilograms or about 40 pounds. Baggage handling is provided at the hotels in our tour packages but there may be places where you will be required to wheel in your bags for quicker access. Be sure to advise our reservations staff if you will be bringing additional items such as a cane, walker, or wheelchair. You may also bring one small soft-sided carry-on bag, which should easily fit into the overhead shelf of a coach. Each person is responsible for his/her own carryon luggage. Remember to check your airline baggage restrictions if you are flying, as they may differ from Anderson Vacations guidelines.

I am a solo traveller. Is there a single surcharge?

There are options for single travelers to join most tours. Solo travellers can choose to pay a Single Supplement and have their own room throughout the tour. For those willing to share with a co-traveller of the same gender, we have a Twin Share option that is offered for most tours where you share a hotel room with another same gender traveller. In this case, you will not be charged for Single Supplement.

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Yes, it is possible to book triple share accommodations on select trips. Please inquire or contact us regarding this option, as prices and availability vary from tour to tour.

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For convenience, gratuities for local guides and meals that are specified in the itinerary are included in the tour price. For meals not included in your tour package please remember that it is customary to tip your server 10-20% in North America. Gratuities for your Coach Driver (where appropriate) and Tour Director are entirely at your discretion. We recommend about CDN $5.00 per person, per day, for your Driver and CDN$7.00 per person, per day for your Tour Leader.
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The style our travellers have enjoyed for over 20 years, these tours feature inclusive itineraries to popular destinations including the 'must see' sites and attractions. Led by an expert Tour Leader, you will enjoy comfortable accommodation, and coach transport throughout the journey.

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These tours are defined by their incomparably unique itineraries, featuring 'off the beaten path' destinations and immersive experiences. An intimate group size allows us to stay in smaller, centrally located, unique and boutique style inns, lodges and hotels, utilize traditional local transportation and dive deep into each destination's local culture and traditions.

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These tours are defined by their incomparably unique itineraries, featuring 'off the beaten path' destinations and immersive experiences. An intimate group size allows us to stay in smaller, centrally located, unique and boutique style inns, lodges and hotels, utilize traditional local transportation and dive deep into each destination's local culture and traditions.

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INDEPENDENT TRIPS

These tours are defined by their incomparably unique itineraries, featuring 'off the beaten path' destinations and immersive experiences. An intimate group size allows us to stay in smaller, centrally located, unique and boutique style inns, lodges and hotels, utilize traditional local transportation and dive deep into each destination's local culture and traditions.

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