Last Updated on February 1, 2023
Jasper Open Top Sightseeing Tour
Step back in time and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Jasper’s most popular attractions in a vintage-style 1930s automobile. Relax as a knowledgeable guide takes you on a journey through the history of this incredible National Park, all while providing interesting facts and stories about the sights you see. With a fully open roof, you’ll be able to feel the fresh mountain air and take in the stunning scenery!
Open Top Touring offers a unique take on the traditional bus tour, allowing you to travel in style and comfort, with a maximum of only 20 people. Including this 90-minute tour at the beginning of your visit to Jasper between July and October will give you a richer experience by providing historical context, great views, and a general understanding of the area.
The entertaining tour guides are dressed in period costumes to provide the full immersive experience, together with the vintage vehicle.
On this tour, you’re not only able to see the Canadian Rockies from the comfort of your seat–you can also stand up and take pictures at some of the most iconic locations from the open roof!
The Jasper sightseeing tour provides ample opportunity to explore and take in the scenery, including two 10-minute stop periods to hop out and experience the sights outside of the vehicle.
And what better way to see it all than from the comfort of a vintage-inspired open-top automobile?
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Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park is one of the most beautiful places in Canada, and it comes alive in the summertime. The days are longer, and the weather is perfect for hiking, biking, and exploring all that the park has to offer. From the majestic Rocky Mountains to the crystal-clear waters of gorgeous lakes, there is something for everyone to enjoy. And don’t forget about the wildlife! Jasper is home to an incredible variety of animals, including bighorn sheep, elk, and bears. Whether you’re looking for adventure or simply want to relax in nature, Jasper National Park is the perfect place to spend your summer.
Open Top Tour Inspiration – “Old White”
Jim Brewster and his legendary firm were at the forefront of sightseeing activities in the Canadian Rockies during the 1930s. He’d been in the trade for decades at this point, and he was eager to stay on top of developments. With the advent of motor vehicles, people could see more and do more while still feeling incredibly comfortable.
White Co.’s “Old White” was a local and much-loved bus in Banff. In 1938, it ran on the streets and often made its way down Banff Avenue for special events and parades. Because of the bus, Open Top Touring automobiles were created.
The Jasper sightseeing tour vehicles are works of art that visitors will adore as much as the lovely scenery, with their wonderfully built leather and wood interior, vintage lines of the body and front end, and incredible craftsmanship.
These automobiles sure turn heads as it is driven down the street!
The Removeable Roof
With a removable roof, guests can enjoy unobstructed views of the mountains. Don’t be concerned if the weather isn’t cooperative; a glass roof is installed to allow you to still see everything. It really gives a fun perspective!
A special touch to the tour that we loved were some “vintage” view masters, complete with a slide of photos of what Jasper once looked like. It really added that extra retro flair.
Legends of Jasper Locations
In Jasper, there is only one tour available, The Legends of Jasper. Our favorite stop on the tour was the Maligne Valley Lookout for a magnificent view over Jasper.
Highlights of the tour included:
Maligne Valley Lookout: At the peak of the ice age, two great alpine glaciers met here. The Athabasca Glacier was much larger than Maligne Glacier, and carved its valley some 100 meters deeper. At this viewpoint, you are standing on the lip of Maligne Valley, which has been left hanging above Athabasca Valley.
Note: You will want to make your way back to this area to hike Maligne Canyon!
Pyramid Lake: Situated at the foot of Pyramid Mountain, which towers over Jasper in Jasper National Park, Pyramid Lake is one of 20 small lakes that were left behind by glaciers as they retreated from the area known as the Pyramid Bench.
Patricia Lake: Named after Princess Patricia of Connaught, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria, Patricia Lake is found next to Pyramid Lake in the Athabasca river valley. Patricia Lake was the chosen location for Project Habbakuk: a project whose purpose was to use ice-based composite material to construct unsinkable aircraft carriers during World War II.
Athabasca River: Flowing through the heart of Jasper National Park, the Athabasca River is one of the main tributaries of the MacKenzie River.
Jasper Train Station: The train station was originally built in 1911 and is a Canadian National Heritage site. The beautiful old building has been restored and now houses restaurants, shops, and a visitor information center.
Legends of Jasper Tour Details
- Dates: July to mid-October, Wednesday to Sunday only
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Cost: $42.30 for Adults; $24.30 for ages 6-15; free for kids 5 and under
- Open Top Touring in Jasper departs from The Crimson hotel. There is no guest parking available onsite, however, there is public street parking and a parking lot across from the hotel. We did not have any problem finding parking steps from the hotel.
- If it is a sunny day, you will want to bring a hat and sunscreen for sun protection — the roof is open, after all!
- Book your adventure here!
Jasper is a beautiful place to visit. This is a great way to do some Jasper sightseeing if you’re short on time, or if you want to add a bit of excitement and adventure to your trip! Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, this is a fun way to learn about the history and culture of this amazing National Park.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride! We highly recommend it.
Disclaimer: Our visit was hosted by Pursuit Collection, but our opinions are our own.
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