This article was published on February 20th, 2017
In just a few weeks, Canada’s second Pride event of the gay calendar year, Jasper Pride, will commence with fun on the slopes. From March 9-12, the rainbow flags and gays run free as Jasper, Alberta plays host to the 8th annual Jasper Pride Festival. In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Jasper Pride festival has over 20 events in four days, providing a little something for everyone who visits this beautiful snowy village.
Thursday, March 9:
The weekend kicks off with the official flag raising ceremony to mark the start of the pride festival in downtown Jasper at the Emergency Services building at 12:00pm on Thursday, March 9. Later that evening, Whistle Stop Pub at the Whistler’s Inn plays host to the Pride kickoff party. Admission is free and this soiree of “music, hugs, smiles, laughter, drinks, and snacks” starts at 6:30pm.
Jasper Brewing Company hosts Pride Beer party at 9:00pm. This is the third annual Jasper Pride Beer party with proceeds benefitting the festival. Wind out the night at the Pride DJ Party at Downstream Jasper. DJ Riki Rocket will be spinning, and guests that arrive before 11:00pm receive bracelets for special drink promos. Admission to both the Pride Beer Party and Pride DJ party is free.
Friday, March 10:
At 10:00am and 1:00pm, join your proud mountain hosts for a ski tour exclusively for Pride guests around Marmot Basin. The tour is complimentary with lift ticket. At noon, the Maple Room at Crimson Jasper is hosting the Pride Movie In the Turn. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door for a screening of the story of a young transgender girl.
At 2pm, Ice Pride starts at Source for Sports. For $65, tour Maligne Canyon, investigating frozen waterfalls and fantastic ice formations inside ice caves. The 3.5 km tour ends with a champagne toast. Jasper Royal Canadian Legion plays host to Proud and Free Young Adult Event. This event is $10 and starts at 5:00pm for the “local and visiting young adults in support of the Jasper Gay Straight Alliance”. A one hour workshop and meal is included.
Double your fun at the double feature at 7:00pm of Send in the Girls Burlesque and Boylesque performances by ManUp! Located at the Sawridge Inn and Convention Centre, this two-act show is $15 in advance and features two sexy storytelling showcases. At 10pm, the Whistle Stop Pub will play host to the Lum-Bear-Jack Party. Admission is free. Meanwhile Four Peaks Nightclub hosts Girl’s Night Out for the ladies. Admission is also free.
Saturday, March 11:
Start your Saturday right at Papa George’s Restaurant for “The Morning After” breakfast hosted by your pride centre hosts. Tickets are $20. Live music from some of Jasper’s local musicians and food begins at 9:30am. At 10:00am, Jasper Yellowhead Museum will host their annual Mountain and Monsters workshop, where you can design and build your own rainbow souvenir for $60. For $20, Proud and Free Pride Yoga begins at 10:30am at the Jasper Wellness Yoga Studio.
Pride on the Hill starts at noon at Marmot Basin. Prices vary, but come for a fun day on the slopes with costumes, a Fun Run, BBQ at Mid-Chalet, and music from Virgin Radio hosts Ian and Chelsea. Ice Pride tour of Maligne Canyon starts at 12:30. Check out the 2:00pm tour listed under Friday for more info. At 1:00pm, Family Pride at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is free and open to the family. At 2:00pm, meet at the Caribou Lounge for drink specials and an afternoon snack between 2:00pm and 5:00pm.
Jasper Proud and Free Gala at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is the 8th annual Proud and Free Party. Tickets to this event are $40 at the door. The theme of this year’s gala celebrates Canada’s 150th year. This begins at 7:30pm and runs until 11:00pm. A silent auction and drag performance are just some of the featured entertainment of the evening.
Sunday, March 12:
Pride Brunch starts at 11:00am at the Crimson Jasper inside C200 Restaurant. $30 for the brunch buffet and live music. At 1:00pm, the Crimson Jasper will also play host to the Pride Movie of the day: Moonlight. Tickets are $7 at the door.
Wrapping up the evening is the Pride Full Moon Hike. Hosted by Friends of Jasper National Park, a volunteer guide will escort you and a group on a hike to their favourite place to enjoy the full moon. Meeting at the information center, this hike starts roughly at 7:30pm and is $10 per person.
In just a few short weeks, Jasper Pride returns for a fun-filled weekend celebrating its 8th year in existence. So, grab your snow gear, and head to Jasper March 9-12!