Open from the end of March to the end of October (check the website for exact times, as this can change based on the weather) the Jasper Skytram offers breathtaking views of the town of Jasper, the surrounding park, turquoise glacial lakes, and six mountain ranges (yes, I said SIX!).
Located on Whistlers Mountain, a short 7 km from Jasper, the tram can hold 26 passengers and takes 7 1/2 minutes to travel from the lower station (1,258m above sea level) to the upper station (2,263m above sea level).
If you want to experience amazing rocky mountain views (without having to hike for hours), this is the way to get them.
Planning Your Visit
From the town of Jasper, follow the Icefields Parkway south for 2 km. Then turn right on Whistlers Road (it is clearly marked). Follow the road up the mountain (you will pass a hostel on your way up) until you get to the Skytram parking lot.
Hours of Operation
Hours vary based on the time of year you are visiting. Check the website for updated hours.
Adults (16+) $49.30, Youth (6-15) $26.30, Child (Under 6) Free
*Note: You can purchase a half price one-way ticket if you choose to hike to the top (there is a well-used hiking trail) and would like to ride the tram down.
What To Bring
The weather can change quickly on the top of the mountain so you need to make sure you are prepared, especially if you are planning on hiking to the summit. Here’s a list of items you should bring with you and/or wear:
hiking boots or supportive runners if you are planning on trekking
sunscreen (even on a cold day you can get a sunburn at that elevation)
layers, including a wind or waterproof jacket
When you get to the top, whether you have a clear view or are surrounded by clouds, you are in for an incredible experience.
On a clear day, you can see the shockingly blue Patricia Lake, Pyramid Lake, Lac Beauvert, Lake Annette, and Lake Edith. The Athabasca River winds through the valley, and you’ll also get incredible views of Pyramid Mountain, Old Man Mountain, the Colin Ridge, and the Victoria Cross Range.
But being at the summit on a cloudy can be an incredible experience too, as it feels like you are suddenly in an alien landscape!
There is restaurant and gift shop at the top, a accessible boardwalk near the tram, and a 1.4 km trail that will take you to the summit of Whistlers Mountain. In the spring, the trail is usually still covered in snow and can be hiked in snowshoes that you can rent at the top or in the town of Jasper before you make your way to the tram.