Jasper National Park is magnificent! It’s one of the biggest national parks in the Canadian Rocky’s, spanning 11,000 km (4,200 sq mi), and one of my favourite places to go with eloping couples. This beautiful place is filled with wildlife, hiking trails, snow-capped mountains, and lakes. As an elopement photographer in the Jasper National Park area, the opportunities to help my couples find seclusion during their elopement are endless!
It is essential you know when you want to elope because of the weather. So, let’s explore the seasons and choose one that is right for you.
Summer and Spring are exceptional times of the year to elope in Jasper National Park. There are more activities to do, such as river rafting and mountain climbing, as the ice has most likely melted. Everything is green and beautiful, making it the perfect place for a photo op! The temperature ranges from 10-23 degrees Celsius, and the evenings can get below 0. What is crazy about Jasper is that it can rain, hail, or snow at any time of year! So, don’t forget your coat!
Winter can get cold, with temperatures averaging –10 degrees Celsius. Jasper National Park in the winter is every winter sports lover’s dream. If you plan to elope in the winter, avoid January because the cold can be unbearable. The busiest time of year for visitors is between June and September, with July and August being the busiest.
Since temperatures stay quite low throughout the year, there are clothing tips to remember:
There are so many marvellous places to elope at Jasper National Park. I’m here to help you make the best choice for you! Here are some gorgeous trails around the park. But don’t worry if hiking isn’t your thing, there are multiple gorgeous locations that are easily accessible as well.
This stunning trail is 8 km long, and the peak will make a beautiful breathtaking elopement location. In addition, you have a view of Fiddle Valley. Sulphur Skyline Trail is an excellent place to elope, and you are guaranteed to get magnificent photographs.
Don’t want to leave your furry pal at home? Then, bring along your dog for the adventure. Just make sure they have a leash on at all times. Soak up your trip by taking a dip in the Miette Hot Springs when you are done with your epic journey.
Note: There are roads that lead up to the trailhead that can be subject to seasonal closures. These can change according to the latest road conditions, construction on the roads, and season. Read here to find the latest road opening and closing dates.
This 1.7 km hike is a little more strenuous but totally worth it. You should consider this elopement location if you aren’t eloping with family. Edith Cavell Outlook has thin windy roads, and when you reach the top, you have a magnificent view of three glaciers and the glacial pond.
Summit Parker Ridge is an 8.8 km hike with views of Mount Athabasca, Andromeda, and huge glaciers fed by the Columbia Icefield. You won’t be disappointed with these views, and you are also welcome to bring your dogs along for the journey.
During the spring months, the trail can get muddy from the melting ice. Bring along an extra pair of shoes if you don’t want them to show in your elopement photographs.
View the spectacular alpine meadow at the start of the 13 km hike. After about 9.6 km, you will reach the Watchtower Basin and get a full 360-view of the surrounding peaks. With beautiful creeks, wildflowers, and mountainous views, you can have the elopement location of your dreams.
This 8.5 km hike on Cavell Meadows Trail is one of the easiest to hike in an alpine meadow. There are magical forests, sweeping panoramic views, and flowery meadows. Your elopement location here has it all!
The Valley of the Five Lakes is a phenomenal elopement location! Throughout the 4.5 km loop, you will pass five of the most beautiful turquoise lakes, wooded areas, beautiful valleys of wildflowers, with a mountain view at every turn. It is considered Canada’s natural wonder, and you will agree!
The only downside is that it gets busy here – especially during the summer and spring. So, choose your time wisely before booking your dates.
Did you know there are only 60 caribou left in the south of Jasper? The environment is precious, and we should respect the wildlife’s existence by leaving no trace.
Let’s go over everything you need to get legally married at Jasper National Park:
Are you an international visitor? No problem! You can legally get married in Alberta because there are no residency or citizenship requirements!
There are so many amazing places to stay while in Alberta!
The Irish Country Farm is glamping at its finest. This cozy home is located on a creek in the woods with barnyard animals to enjoy. You can get fresh eggs straight from the coop in the mornings!
Stay in a beautiful rustic-inspired executive suite. Why is this location so fabulous? You get privacy, a stunning view, and only a 5-minute walk to downtown shops, galleries, and restaurants.
As an adventure elopement photographer, my goal is to show you how to elope in Jasper National Park in the best way possible and help take the burden of elopement planning off your shoulders. I will help you find the perfect elopement locations, advice on wedding attire, and much more in my elopement planning guides.
Your elopement photographs are forever, and it is my dream to capture the most intimate moments of a couple’s experience. You deserve to have that moment frozen in time, and I’m here to help get that done!
I’m your elopement hype girl and a photographer for the goofball lovers + those who want to make their wedding day an adventure. I’m also the owner of a converted camper van and love exploring the outdoors. You’ll find my heart on this blog. Whether it’s documenting my real life couples or giving my brides + grooms the tips + tricks they need to plan their best elopement, I’ve poured my heart out for you here.
"Liv is extremely talented and great to work with! She gave us enough direction in our shoots to know what to do but still left tons of room for candid, genuine moments. Nothing beats seeing real smiles and laughter in your photos! She was more than willing to collaborate and go for some sillier ideas, and was always super encouraging. She's an incredibly sweet person and we felt very comfortable to be ourselves around her. Liv's talent is beyond just the technical knowledge, she really has an artist eye for beautiful photos. Her editing style is perfect, not too dark or light but still brings personality with the warm tones she adds. I HIGHLY recommend working with Liv!!"