Jasper is a very child-friendly vacation place, as natural scenery and easy hiking trails can be enjoyed by anyone.

A few restaurants in the area are quite family friendly. Smitty’s Family Restaurant (109 Miette Ave) serves hearty breakfasts, burgers, steaks and chicken platters. The place offers over a hundred dishes to choose from, including a kid’s and senior menu. Utopia Family Restaurant (84 Connaught Drive) also serves traditional fare with kid's meals at about half the price of an adult’s. For children who are craving fast food, there is a KFC / Pizza Hut (640 Connaught Drive).

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a good place to stay for a family vacation, as during the summer months, the lodge offers a day camp for children between 5 and 12 years old, allowing parents a little breathing time while their kids hike, swim and play games under the supervision of the lodge’s staff.

There's nothing like fun in the water for relaxing family times — and tired kids! Jasper has a number of family-friendly sandy beaches, with picnic tables, outhouses, and in some cases, changing facilities. The beaches at Lake Annette, Lake Edith and Pyramid Lake are all within a few kilometers of the town. Lake Annette also has a couple of picnic shelters, and a playground.

For indoor fun, the Jasper Aquatic Centre   has a 25 meter pool, a shallow "kiddie" wading pool, a 50 m (185 foot) water slide, a large hot tub, a steam room and two family style change rooms. The main pool is a 25-metre, 6-lane pool.

 If you want to take the kids for a hike, there are easy and quite scenic ones close to town. Pyramid Lake has a lovely little walk out onto an island at the end of the road, where you'll get great views of the surrounding mountaisn, and can watch the fish below a wooden bridge. Maligne Canyon is justifiably famous and only ten minutes from town. The Valley of the Five Lakes is a few kilometres south on the Icefields Parkway and can be done in loops ranging from a couple of kilometres to ten. For a memorable mountaintop adventure, ride the Jasper Tramway to the top of Whistlers Mountain and walk the extra 600 metres to the very top. Remember, though that all the trails are part of a mountain wilderness - keep your children nearby at all times, and be aware of potential dangers from falls or animals.