5 Places To Eat Gluten-Free in Jasper National Park

left image: Aalto cheese plate, middle image: Ashlee drinking hot chocolate; right image: Pyramid Lake Lodge

I wasn’t sure what to expect when visiting small towns in Canada, but I was surprised by my culinary experiences to Jasper National Park. The food was fantastic everywhere, and all the restaurants I dined in could accommodate my gluten-free diet. It was easy to eat gluten-free in Jasper.

When Pursuit Collection invited me on a hosted trip to Jasper and Banff, I jumped at the chance. I have wanted to visit the Canadian Rockies for years. To help you plan your getaway, I’m sharing where we ate so you can find delicious inspiration, too.

Here’s where to get brunch, brews, or wine and dine if you’re gluten-free while visiting Jasper – the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies.

Harvest Food & Drink – Breakfast

Breakfast at Harvest Food & Drink in Jasper.

Breakfast at Harvest Food & Drink.

Located in the town of Jasper, Harvest is a family-owned favorite. The chai latte with almond milk and avocado toast will help fuel an adventure-packed day. 

When we had breakfast here, the barista served our latte up with cute foam art in the shape of a bear – how appropriate for the destination. Parks Canada says there are 100-120 grizzly bears living in Jasper National Park.

After breakfast, walk around town and explore the boutique shops or pick up some outdoor apparel at one of the many gear shops. I treated myself to some cute turquoise earrings while walking the strip.

Jasper Brewing Co. – Lunch or Dinner

Lunch at Jasper Brewing Co.

Lunch at Jasper Brewing Co.

There’s nothing more fun than hiking all day and grabbing a burger and Canadian cider for happy hour with your friends or loved ones. You can do just that at Jasper Brewing Co. Located in town, it’s the first brewery in a Canadian National Park. 

While eating here, I got a burger on a gluten-free bun with a cider. Sit near the windows facing the street to enjoy views of the mountains. They also play fun music.

Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen – Lunch

Maligne Canyon icewalk in Jasper, Alberta.

Maligne Canyon icewalk after lunch.

A few minutes outside of town, the Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen is tucked into the forest. I got a chicken sandwich on a gluten-free bun to go. 

Along with tasty lunch items and mouth-watering hot chocolate, it is where a guided icewalk into Maligne Canyon starts. 

I had the opportunity to do the guided hike through the frozen canyon. I was blown away by the ice formations and geology – it is definitely worth doing if you’re visiting Jasper National Park during the winter or spring when everything is frozen. 

Aalto – Breakfast or Dinner

Breakfast and dinner at Aalto.

Aalto Restaurant.

For an elevated meal with local infusions, eat at Aalto for breakfast or dinner. The restaurant is located at Pyramid Lake Lodge and their theme is “alpine meets shoreline.” 

For dinner, guests love the three-course wine pairing option. Indulge on an appetizer, main dish, and dessert while overlooking the lake. Sample the cheese plate, split pea soup, bison petit tenderloin, and a specialty chocolate ganache dessert.

Be sure to try some of Canada’s finest icewine from the menu. The wine is created from grapes freezing naturally on the vine when grown in colder climates – it’s a delectable Canadian treat.

Depending on the time of year, you might be interested in attending a special Stargazer’s dinner event at Aalto. Have a lovely dinner at the lodge, then walk down to the lake for a tour of the night sky guided by experts from the Jasper Planetarium. 

If you’re lucky, you might even be able to catch a glimpse of the northern lights. Jasper National Park is the second largest dark sky preserve in the world.

Breakfast is just as spectacular at Aalto and I highly recommend it. I had eggs with fried potatoes, bacon, gluten-free toast and fruit while overlooking the lake. 

Terra – Dinner

Dinner at Terra in Jasper.

Dinner at Terra in Jasper.

Also located in the town of Jasper, Terra is another local favorite. Its menu changes seasonally, and the restaurant uses as many local ingredients as possible. It is beautifully decorated, warm, and inviting, with huge windows and a fireplace. 

Guests might even watch an elk walk down the street as they enjoy their meal — we did! Now, that is one authentic national park experience.

While ordering gluten-free at any of the restaurants in Jasper, please explain your needs to each place. I found the establishments to be understanding and accommodating. I have a gluten allergy but I do not have celiac disease. 

Bon appetit!

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Ashlee Fechino

Ashlee Fechino is an outdoor recreation and travel writer sharing the best-kept secrets that aren’t in your typical guidebook. Her goal is to inspire people to travel with a sense of adventure by sharing hidden gems across the U.S. and beyond. She is married to an expat Argentine, Pablo. They camp in their Aliner often and love wandering the world. Follow their latest adventures on Instagram @thehappinessfxn.