Wilderness Access Program

A Brief History
In 2005, a small group of people recognized a service gap in Jasper. They noticed children with special needs being excluded from the opportunity to access wild spaces. In response, the Jasper Sit Ski and Wilderness Access Committee was formed. Teachers, parents, youth, young adults, seniors and local businesses came together and fundraised more than $18,000. The committee purchased two adaptive ski machines and two Trail Riders. In 2008, the committee partnered with the Jasper Community Team Society to ensure ongoing rental of the equipment and subsequent funding could be sustained.

Mountain life is for everyone. Thanks to the Wilderness Access Program, the whole family can venture beyond in Jasper National Park. 

The Trail Rider
The Trail Rider takes accessibility to a whole new level. This innovative adaptive equipment allows people with mobility restrictions to explore Jasper’s world class hiking trails with the help of two volunteers. The large single wheel is able to take the seated rider along narrow trails, over roots and rocks with comfort. Hand brakes make for an easy controlled descent after enjoying a spectacular view. 

The Sit-Ski
The Sit-Ski allows people with mobility restrictions to enjoy the rush of down hill skiing at Jasper’s premier ski destination, Marmot Basin.