Believe it or not I was a bit afraid of heading to Jasper in January, while I am Canadian I haven’t spent much time in the north and the only other time I’m traveled toward snow was last year in Finland.
But as I mentioned in the Year of Focus I want to spend more time in North America, and Western Canada has some of the most beautiful views like the one above.
Most people go to Jasper for skiing, dog sledding, ice canyon walks, you can even go on a winter wildlife safari. And while I had a plan to attempt snowboarding I really just wanted the apres ski and to spend time in town. Everyone raves about Banff, Alberta but Jasper is like its little sister that never gets any attention and instead of it being a big resort town, Jasper is an actual working town where tourists are welcome but not the sole purpose of existence.
As I wasn’t breaking a sweat on the ski slopes I had lots of time to walk around and share Jasper on Instagram.
That video scrolls a bit fast here were my highlights.
Bundling up in the cold weather and realizing that while I forgot my hat and gloves, there is a dollar store nearby!
Learning how to make cocktails with great wild boar garnishes at Evil Dave’s.
Practically becoming a regular at the Jasper Brewing Company with a whopping 3 visits and a tour over 3.5 days.
But the most eventful of it all was snowboarding – a story so dramatic it needs a post of its own!