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By: Jasper Journal  09-12-2011
Keywords: Hiking

If you are thinking about visiting Jasper National Park in September and wondering if it is a good time to visit, you are in for a treat.

All-in-all, the only major trade-off is the likelihood of cooler weather in September compared to July and August – though a given September day can be warmer than an August one.

Visiting Jasper National Park in September offers several advantages compared to the peak months of July and August while still being somewhat of a peak month like its cousin June.

Here is a list of pros and cons of Jasper National Park in September:

Pros of visiting Jasper National Park in September

Pros Why this matters
Less visitors than the peak months of July and August
  • Less traffic
  • Less of a chance of waiting at popular restaurants
  • Less people camping
Lower prices for hotels compared to peak months
  • With slightly lower prices, you might be able to afford to stay longer.  For example, I just looked at prices for a Pyramid Lake Resort hotel room and the numbers I was seeing for September were around 15% less than August.
Less visitors compared to peak months means more hotel room availability
  • More hotel room availability, especially for last-minute booking, means more flexibility in planning your trip.
Less kids in the hotel swimming pool
  • Kids are back to school in September.  If you stay at a hotel with an indoor pool, you’ll hopefully be able to enjoy a little more peace and quiet.
Still a great time for hiking, canoeing, rafting and other outdoor activities
  • Dress warm, have fun.  September is a great time to visit.  Just be aware of the weather variability, especially at higher elevations where is gets cooler and snow can accumulate.
Fall foliage
  • Jasper sees fall colors at the end of September and early October.
  • The Jasper Tramway is a great way to see panoramic views of the valleys below.  (I believe the Tramway season ends around Thanksgiving in Canada – 2nd Monday of October.)
  • Hiking is another way to experience the leaves changing color in Jasper National Park.
Wildlife

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