Jasper Tour Company
Jasper Tour Company
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The Jasper Tour Company is an Indigenous owned, boutique experience that offers fun and adventurous trips out into Jasper National Park. Our head guide, Joe Urie is a member of the Métis Nation and his people have been living and guiding along the Athabasca River for so long that he has come to consider its waters to be the blood in his veins. Drawing from both his Indigenous and European heritage, he’ll bring you to a better understanding of this place by giving you an excellent view of how it was and how it is. He delivers the mountains and all of their inhabitants to you with his knowledge, humour, storytelling and a passion for this place that he has called home for more than three decades. If you are planning on heading out in search of some of the Asiniwaciya’s (Rocky Mountains) wild inhabitants, doing it with the Jasper Tour Company has been described as "simply the best!". Come see for yourself!
Jasper, Alberta, Canada
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VeritableVoyager
New York City, NY68 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
Our wildlife tour with Joe was unforgettable! Joe is extremely knowledgeable and informed about the area as he and his wife Patti are experts in local Jasper history and culture. We set out for an early morning wildlife tour at 7am — at Patti’s encouragement and advice, we departed as early as possible to maximize the opportunities to see animals before the heat of the day. Patti’s advice was 1000 percent correct! Within 15 minutes of departing, Joe spotted a mom and her cubs in a tree! (This is during a period in Jasper when bears were coming into town - obviously no guarantees that this trend will continue). We couldn’t believe our eyes. Joe and Patti also provided binoculars for all guests— I was very grateful for that crucial item as I had not thought to pack my own pair. After an amazing hour of watching the bears, we drove around Jasper and its surroundings and spotted elk; bighorn sheep; a coyote; and a bald Eagle. Joe knows EVERYTHING about animals and has a keenly trained eye to spot them, plus is steeped in local Jasper and Métis culture— it was an absolute pleasure and treat to spend the morning with him. Thank you to Patti for pushing us to get out the door at 7am and also for the additional advice on Jasper accommodations, and to Joe for the fabulous morning. What a great company!
Written September 2, 2022
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sameo416
Western Canada20 contributions
Aug 2021
Joe is a masterful teller of the narrative history of the Athabaska region. We saw lots of places of significance, talked present, past and distant past landscapes and explored the broad relations between place and kin. And saw some wildlife. Been visiting Jasper region for over 30 years and I saw places I had not encountered before. A marvellous tour all around, highly recommended for any of the planned or private tour topics. I am wiser for our time together. Maarsi Joe and Patti!
Written August 4, 2021
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Brent G
Papworth Everard, UK44 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
My wife and I booked a private tour with Joe. We loved every minute of the trip. Joe is personable and extremely knowledgeable. We saw bear (both types) ,elk, coyote, beavers, mountain goats, big horn sheep. Honestly I think we only thing we did not see was Bigfoot!!!( wrong area I know but you get my meaning). Both of us agreed that it was the highlight of our trip to the Rockies. We really enjoyed learning the local history as well. This is one of the rare times that I think 5 stars is simply not enough
Written June 2, 2022
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midd014
Liverpool, UK28 contributions
Aug 2022
We did a private tour with Joe around Jasper National park. The sites are amazing, we saw bears and bull elks.
Joe was engaging, entertaining and informative, his enthusiasm and knowledge was breathtaking, this trip was the highlight of our Canadian holiday.
Thanks Joe and Patti.
Written August 18, 2022
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LisainLondonUK
United Kingdom35 contributions
Jul 2020
It was a privilege to take a tour with Joe! This is without a doubt the best tour we've taken anywhere. We had a four hour private tour where we looked for wildlife. Not only did we see a lot of wildlife, but we also learned some history of the area, background on various First Nations groups, and Joe shared some hilarious stories. Joe is incredibly knowledgeable and his passion for the area's flora, fauna, geography and history is infectious.
I can't recommend this tour highly enough.
Written August 6, 2020
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David
70 contributions
Sep 2019
Joe and Patti gave my family of five a wonderful introduction to Jasper National Park. Our tour was the Maligne Valley Adventure. We saw grizzly bear, black bear, moose, among other animals, as well as beautiful landmarks. Joe effortlessly interweaves the scientific, historic and mythological history of the area in an interesting narrative. This was the highlight of our 2019 tour of the Canadian Rockies, and a year later we're still talking about it.
Written August 12, 2020
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Jason D
3 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We did a morning tour with Joe, who was approachable, engaging, funny and had a wealth of knowledge about indigenous culture and the local wildlife and ecosystem. We spent a good amount of time watching a black bear eating berries, and saw elk, an eagle, deer and whisky jacks, along with lots of beautiful scenery. Joe really made the effort to find as much wildlife as possible.
Written August 4, 2021
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Wandering Rose Travels
Charlotte, NC342 contributions
Jun 2018
We're fans of small business, especially when it comes to private and small groups tours. Anytime we're in a new area we try to book a tour early in the trip. We learn so much about the area we are visiting that it enhances the rest of our trip. We booked an evening wildlife tour the day we arrived and a Maligne Valley tour the next morning. Patti was excellent at providing info prior to our arrival. She even helped us estimate driving times and gave advice on what to pack for our trip to the Canadian Rockies. Her husband Joe led our wildlife tour. We spotted elk, deer, big horn sheep, moose, mountain goats and more. Joe tried so hard to find a bear for us that he extended the tour so he could try more spots. No bear, but ironically we spotted one on our own the next morning. Day two we did the Maligne Valley tour and learned so much about the Jasper area and Canadian Rockies. The advantage of going with a guide is they know how to avoid the giant crowds and tour buses that crowd Maligne Valley.
Written November 5, 2018
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jonsha
Sarasota, FL377 contributions
Aug 2015
We wanted to see wildlife so we did the evening Wildlife safari. Joe, our guide is terrific. He really knows his stuff. He knows the terrain and the habits of the local animals and has a sixth sense about precisely where and when to spot them. We were lucky enough to see lots of Elk, including some bucks duking it out over the females, some bald eagles , a bear, woodpeckers and other birds. Plus Joe is cock full of stories about the area and humorous tales of the past. This is a must do tour.
Written September 28, 2015
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eeemily678
Sydney, Australia17 contributions
Aug 2012 • Family
We're a family from Sydney, Australia and went on the wildlife tour on the 21st of August. It's safe to say that this is pretty much the best tour we have ever done in all of our travels. We were picked up from our hotel right on time, then picked up 3 other groups. You go in a 12 seater bus, but this company makes sure not to overbook the bus to ensure everyone gets a window seat for prime wildlife viewing. Joe (the owner of the company, and head tour guide) is absolutely amazing. He is so enthusiastic about Jasper National Park and it's wildlife. He gives information and facts about not only the areas, but also the wildlife, including animals that you won't see on the tour like beavers and polar bears. Joe provides many laughs with his jokes and interesting, funny stories. His passion for Jasper is clear from the start. Joe knows all the best places to take you to see wildlife. We saw elk, coyote, bald eagles, a woodpecker, blue herrons, and bighorn sheep. We also got to see a beaver dam and lodge. Along the way, we did see a bighorn sheep mother that had been hit by a car and was dead on the road. It's two lambs were so lost and confused and didn't know what to do. They kept darting across the road. It was heartbreaking to watch, but Joe handled the situation so well. He moved the sheep off of the road, and then called Parks Canada to the scene. By the end of the 3.5 hours of the tour, we still hadn't seen a bear. Joe asked if anyone had plans or dinner reservations to get to, but no one did, so he extended the tour for an extra 15 minutes just so we got to see a bear. And we did! We saw a black bear. During the tour it was raining on and off, so we got to see some spectacular rainbows. Whenever Joe stopped the bus for us to take photos, he always made sure that every person had a chance to see the animal, and take all the photos they wanted. When we stopped for photos of the rainbow, Joe even hopped out of the bus and wiped the rain off the windows so we could get better photos! After the tour ended, you couldn't wipe the smiles off of our faces, and we have already raved about this tour to everybody back home. We're definitely regretting not doing the Maligne Valley tour with Joe. If we're ever in Jasper again, we will most definitely be doing this tour again.
Written August 24, 2012
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