Jasper, Alberta – Small Town for the Queer Visitor

Author: , August 28th, 2015

Jasper, Alberta - Keph Senett

Of the many ways that Jasper, Alberta, is unique, two particulars stand out and shape this small town’s appeal for the queer visitor. First, Jasper is located inside a national park, which means that every one of its approximately 5,000 inhabitants must meet eligible residency guidelines. Whether through work, school or family, the life of every Jasperite is connected to Jasper National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and this plays out in a packed calendar that celebrates the natural diversity of the region, the community and the people. Second, the town mascot — though admittedly, an unintentional icon of gay culture — is a bear.

Located just four hours west of Edmonton by car, the town comprises a small cluster of streets alongside the Athabasca River in the shadow of Marmot Basin. In the winter, daily shuttles make the trip from town to the ski hill, which has recently enjoyed terrain expansions and infrastructure upgrades — developments that only enhance its existing appeal. Marmot’s base elevation of 1,697 metres is the highest of any ski area in North America.

Initiated in 2009, the inaugural Jasper Pride weekend attracted just a few dozen people, but the event has grown steadily to include more of the local population and visitors from farther-flung places.

By Keph Senett – Full Story at Xtra | Alberta Gay Travel Resources

Jasper Pride Festival Comes to Alberta in Two Weeks

Author: , March 8th, 2014

Jasper Pride Festival 2014Jasper Pride Festival 21-23 March 2014 – a three-day winter Pride event with skiing, ice hiking, drag shows, movies, concerts and more! Jasper Pride Weekend is made up of volunteers from all across the business, not-for-profit and LGBTQ community in Jasper in Canada.

Jasper Pride Weekend is the only Winter Pride Festival in the Canadian Rocky Mountains taking place late March or early April every year. It is attracting locals and visitors alike.

A formal committee was organized in the spring of 2009 and the event has grown exponentially since then. In 2013 a not-for profit Society was founded with the support of Jasper’s business community, Tourism Jasper and the Jasper Chamber of Commerce.

Authored By Kelly Riker – See the Full Story at Seasons of Pride

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Jasper Pride Comes to Alberta This Month

Author: , March 4th, 2014

Jasper Gay PrideJasper Pride Weekend, the one and only winter Pride Festival to take place in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, returns this March – bigger and better than ever for its fifth anniversary.

The annual celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities in Jasper started five years ago as a small local event and has since grown far beyond Jasper’s borders, now attracting hundreds of visitors from across Canada annually.
This year themed around ‘Jungle Fun’, the Festival has released a jam-packed schedule of events starting in style with a fabulous ‘Let’s Celebrate!’ Welcome Reception on the evening of Friday March 21st. Other events include lesbian musical comedy entertainment, a show-stopping drag show, LGBT-themed short films, outdoor fun, hilarity, dress-up and plenty of chances for people to get together and have a fantastic time!

New for the fifth Jasper Pride Festival is the ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ guided snowshoe excursion to Jasper’s infamous Maligne Lake, ‘Ice Pride’, a guided ice hike to Maligne Canyon, morning yoga and a fun fancy dress contest on the slopes of award-winning ski area, Marmot Basin. Jasper Pride Festival Society has also secured popular, special drag guest stars from the Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose, the inimitable drag performers from Guys in Disguise, the musical comedy duo “The Dirrty Show” and Canadian country and folksinger Toni Vere.

Long known as being very friendly, eclectic and open-minded, Jasper has always warmly welcomed diversity – attracting backpackers, travelers, workers, students, ski bums and adventure seekers from all over the world.

“Jasper is the perfect home for a truly authentic Pride Festival in the mountains, the only one within a Canadian National Park”, comments Uwe Walter, Co-Chair, Jasper Pride Festival Society.

“We welcome everyone to join us in the weekend celebrations. Jasper Pride Festival brings together the local and LGBT communities, friends, allies and families, all looking to have fun and meet people in a positive, friendly, open and relaxed environment.

The Festival continues to receive incredible support from within the Jasper community, as well as from local businesses and we are very excited to mark Jasper Pride Festival’s fifth year together!”

Mary Darling, CEO, Tourism Jasper adds, “Jasper Pride Festival has quickly established itself as one of Jasper’s signature annual events. Tourism Jasper is proud to support the Jasper Pride Festival Society to welcome both the LGBT communities and visitors to experience such a positive event that celebrates Jasper’s diversity. It’s such a fun, light-hearted weekend of activities and events with something for absolutely everyone – we are all looking forward to marking the fifth Pride Festival here in Jasper!”

For a full list of events taking place for Jasper Pride Festival 2014, as well as to see Pride accommodation packages visit Jasperpride.ca.

For ideas and inspiration on what to see, do and experience in Jasper, as well as accommodation and restaurant options, visit Jasper.travel.

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Looking for Adventure

Author: , August 30th, 2013

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Looking for high adventure, unique architecture and dramatic views? EDGE Contributor Richard Frisbie traveled to four countries on three continents to find enough death-defying stunts to satisfy the most jaded thrill-seekers. For everyone else, the breath-taking views and award-winning architecture he discovers are worth the price of admission.

Macau Tower: Macau is a former Portuguese colony on the South China Sea that is now a special administrative region (SAR) of China, similar to Hong Kong. As one of the most visited gambling destinations in the world, some say Macau trumps Vegas! But money is not the only currency when gambling in Macau. You can also take a leap at the highest freefall in the world.

When it was built more than a decade ago, Macau Tower was one of the ten tallest freestanding buildings in the world. Rising from its needle base to the flying saucer-style, glass-enclosed observation deck at the top, the tower offers spectacular day and nighttime views of the surrounding city. On a clear day you can see all the way to Hong Kong — 50 miles away.

Authored By Richard Frisbie – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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