My First Trip of 2014

Although I’ve travelled throughout 30 countries around the world, I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I haven’t seen much of my own backyard.  I was born and raised in Canada, yet I have only explored parts of Ontario and Quebec.  And I call myself a Canadian…pshhhhh!  Well, I am about to get a little more patriotic and a little more colder because I’m heading west to Jasper!

Photo Curtesy of Tourism Jasper

HELLOOOO CANADA! Photo Curtesy of Tourism Jasper

I will be heading to Jasper at the end of January to catch the last weekend of the Jasper in January Festival, plus a couple of extra days following for some other adventures.  I’ll be staying at the fabulous Tonquin Inn and experiencing the festival and rest of what Jasper has to offer with the lovely Ayngelina Brogan of Bacon is Magic.

What exactly is Jasper in January Festival?

Considered the hottest winter festival in Western Canada, Jasper in January Festival is when Canadians, and those who can deal with our negative temperatures, drink beer, watch bands, experience an avalanche and much more!  This year is a pretty big one, since it’s the 25th anniversary of Jasper’s winter festival; which makes taking part in the festivities even more exciting!

Photo Curtesy of Tourism Jasper

Photo Curtesy of Tourism Jasper

So, what activities will I be participating in?

  • Fire in the Sky – Astronomy on the Island
  • Hops and Scotch
  • Avalance Awerness Days
  • Brewery Tours
  • Live Band – Turpelo Honey
  • Jasper in January Wrap Up Party

Of course, travelling to a new place isn’t complete for me without doing something new and adventurous.  So, what adrenaline pumping experiences will I be trying in Jasper?

Ice Climbing

I’ve seen pictures of other people doing it, but have yet to try it myself.  I must say that I am most excited to go ice climbing in Jasper.  Who wouldn’t be excited to climb ice in the Canadian Rockies? Talk about a thrill-seeking experience!

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ICE CLIMBING! Photo Curtesy of Tourism Jasper


Not only is it the 25th anniversary of the Jasper in January Festival, it is also the 50th anniversary of the premiere ski hill Marmot Basin, where I’ll be hitting the slopes.  I must admit, it isn’t the first time I’ve tried snowboarding.  Once when I was 11-years old, I attempted to snowboard, but ended spending my day constantly rolling down the hill.  So, I’m hitting the slopes again.  Hopefully, this time with a short lesson, I’ll be able to make it down the hill in one piece.  Wish me luck!

Photo Curtesy of Tourism Jasper

SNOWBOARDING! Photo Curtesy of Tourism Jasper

Polar Bear Dip

No, I’m not watching polar bears go for a swim.  A polar bear dip means that I will be stripping down to my bathing suit and running into freezing cold water.  It will most definitely be cold, but the thrill of participating in such an event with hundreds of others who dare to take the plunge will hopefully distract me.

Photo Curtesy of Tourism Jasper

POLAR BEAR DIP! Photo Curtesy of Tourism Jasper

So, grab your warmest pair of socks and a mug of hot cocoa and join in on the adventure by following the hashtag #MyJasper on Twitter.

You can also join me on Instagram and Facebook. Of course I will also be filming the adventure, so be sure to subscribe to my channel on YouTube so you don’t miss out!

Also, be sure to follow Tourism Jasper on Instagram and Facebook.

Jasper Celebrates

Disclosure: This trip has been made possible by Tourism Jasper.

Kristen Sarah is a full-time traveller, tiny home owner and adventure junkie. She has one of the leading YouTube travel channels and is the head honcha of award-winning travel and lifestyle website, Hopscotch the Globe.



  1. January 15, 2014 / 4:56 pm

    Have a Caesar at the Fairmont Hotel overlooking the mountains and Lake Louise. Beautiful! Sunset over the mountains is something I will never forget.

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