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Watch SkyTramThe SkyTram is a great place to start since you get to look out over downtown Jasper and the surrounding area and it gives you a great feel for where you are. The tram holds 26 people and there is a guide that talks you through what you are seeing and where you are going.Things To Know:It is good to make a reservation so you don’t have to wait to get on a tram when you get there.The weather can be much cooler up top and especially if you plan on hiking to the summit. You will want to bring at least a sweatshirt.The walk up to the summit is slippery so wear the right shoes, like these Keens.There are no drinking fountains (the restaurant doesn’t offer tap water either only bottled water) so be sure to bring up a full water bottle. Especially if you are going to do the hike at the top.When you are ready to go down there may be a wait to catch the tram down. Be prepared for this and if you have somewhere else to be, give yourself plenty of time for the way down.Maligne Lake CruiseEveryone we talked to about things to do in Jasper National Park recommended Maligne Lake and now we know why! Maligne Lake is a good 45 minutes or more from downtown Jasper and the drive to get there is part of the fun and beauty. It is a popular drive for spotting wild animals.Glacier Adventure and Glacier SkyWalkA 90 minute drive from the town of Jasper is the Athabasca Glacier where you can take an ice explorer truck out onto a glacier! Yes you can actually stand on a glacier and if you want you can even drink the freshly melted glacier water.RaftingAs you probably can tell we like to do pretty much everything with the whole family. So when it comes to rafting, we need an option that our youngest can do too. That is why we end up doing a scenic float! It is actually a great option for all of us as it is getting us use to being in a raft and when it is time to take it up a notch to do some real rafting, we will all be ready!Valley of 5 Lakes HikeThis is a great hike for any skill level. It is pretty short at about 3 miles and you do a little bit of uphill climbing, but not horrible. If you have the right shoes, bear spray, and if you want, hiking poles, you will be good to go.Wildlife TourHoping to see some wild animals while in Jasper National Park?! The Sun Dog Wildlife Tours will take you on a 3 to 3 1/2 hour bus tour of the area with a guide that knows all the best places to find animals!Where to Stay:If you want to stay in downtown Jasper there are a couple of hotels right on the strip. There are also a few cabin locations and Pyramid Lake area. It all depends what you are looking for.Jasper National Park CampingFrom an RV perspective, we stayed in Wabasso campground. I wouldn’t recommend it. If you can, try to get into Whistler Campground. This will put you closer to town and more of the attractions. Wabasso campground was nice, but there were no showers and we were a good 20 minute drive from downtown and a lot of things to do are located on the opposite side of town.The reason we didn’t stay at Whistler was because all the campsites were booked! If you want to have your pick of campsites, book early – I believe sites open up in January, but be sure to check the website for the most current information. Jasper National Park campgrounds fill up fast!HotelIf you’re looking to be right in the mix, check out the Astoria Hotel on Connaught Drive. Here you’ll be right on the main street in Jasper close to all restaurants and activities.EatingThere is a grocery store in town and the prices were decent. Same thing with all of the resturants. They weren’t crazy expensive, but they are vacation location prices. They do have an A and W and a few other fast food options.Other things to do in Jasper (We ran out of time!)Miette Hot Springs – we had heard great things about this and were disappointed that we missed out on them.Suplhur Skyline Hike – the guy at the visitor center recommended this hike. It is marked difficult so be prepared for that.Bald Hills – this is another hike that was recommended at the visitor center.Maligne Canyon – this hike sounded really cool and was recommended multiple times.Overlook Loop by Pyramid Lake – this looked like a nice walk as well.Can you tell we weren’t there for long enough?!For more suggestions on what to do in Jasper with your family, check out this story from our friends at Rockies Family Adventures.Learn more about Crazy Family Adventure! We are a family of 6 plus a dog who sold our house, bought an RV, and have been traveling full time around North America since May 2014. Learn more about us here.